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Old 01-03-2008, 08:23 AM   #15
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:30 AM   #16
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Mine reason is that it was a childhood fantasy. My young mind was filled with scenes of adventure, camping and taking flight When it became obvious that I was spending money to rent an apartment that I was never in, (it only took me 6 years, I'm slow, not stupid), I thought of an Airstream. My roomate's first advice was don't buy an Airstream, but that was what I was looking for. As it's just me, I wanted a 27 footer. Close by my rental, I found a 2006 Safari SS. The previous pilot and his first mate bought it at Bates and didn't use it much. I bought it at Longview next door. After looking at oher TTs, an Airstream was the only one I could live in or travel with.

Anyway, what does SOB mean? duh.

I'm a true bum, working less and living longer.

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Old 01-03-2008, 08:40 AM   #17
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My Airstream chose me...

I believe you have to have a calling, especially if you have a vintage Airstream. I would lie awake at night thinking about the 66' Caravel I now own before I bought it. I had no choice.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:19 AM   #18
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I remember seeing them as a kid when camping with my parents and siblings in a my Grandpa's Norris trailer.
I've always wanted to own one and now I finally do. I also wanted to purchase a trailer with the least amount of depreciation so if there are reasons I must sell in the future I won't feel as bad. Another reason is because I found the size that fits well with my tow vehicle - the wife seems to like it too.
I have no delusions when it comes to maintenance - everything a persons owns seems to take a lot of maintenance. Keeping up with maintenance also helps resale value - some have called me "anal" about maintenance.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:47 AM   #19
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Because . . .

I was attracted to them even as a child, and I knew one day I would own one. My Airstream is a blast from the past but future is now.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:55 AM   #20
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Because other than the floor, I don't have to worry about dry rot. Of course there is the floor...but I didn't know about that potential problem when I bought my first A/S.
My last SOB started losing a piece of skin as I was going down the road. I pulled over to check it out. I used my screw gun and screws to make an emergency repair but had trouble finding any good wood in the walls to anchor the skin too.
At least I won't have that problem anymore...
It really came down to quality and towability. The box just pushes too much air.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:56 AM   #21
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If you are going to pay hard earned dollars for something it may as well be unique, maintain it's value or better yet increase in value as you spend money on it. It should be something you are proud to own, and that has "history" to it.

We get a kick out of people who see it when we pull in for gas, at CG's, restaurants, and on our driveway when it's up front, and they ask if they can have a look. It's like it's something really neat and beyond the average persons ability to acquire, new or old. Visitors to our home often ask to stay in the Airstream, camped out in our back yard. I never had any of this with my SOB's (some other brand) excepting on a very occasional basis someone asking questions about our Boler - but there was no interest in it beyond "I didn't know they made these things in a 17'.

We wanted an Airstream for many reasons. It would work well behind our vintage cars. Both of us have liked them since we were kids. We realized while talking to owners and sellers that owning an Airstream wasn't just buying an RV - it was joining a family (WBCCI), it was getting into campgrounds others with vintage trailers were being told no at, and it, like our cars, was a piece of Americana that we felt proud to own. The fact that it functions extremely well in a camping environment wasn't even part of the equation as we figured if these trailers have been made for longer than we've been alive and still in the basic same format they had to be good. And they are. For all their faults they are still about the best camping unit we've ever seen or had.

That's what did us in. We are ruined now. We couldn't imagine not having at least one, and our friends are converting as well.

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Old 01-03-2008, 10:03 AM   #22
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here's a twist- We never cared for Airstreams or the way they look . Our 34' SOB Class A was great and we were very satisfied, then Katrina ate it . We bought a 35' Coachman and it's pretty much parked at our weekend place, realizing it would never be capable of draging down the road and arriving in 1 piece. Then we saw a photo of a restored Spartian and started thinking that something vintage would be cool. I found an old Spartian for free but it was too much of a long term project so we passed only to see the Airstream on E-Bay in the price range we were looking to spend. 12 hours later we were towing it home, 3 days later we were camping.
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:06 AM   #23
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We had a 30 foot SOB ultralight and last year our teenage kids reached the age of independence (or so they think!) and basically told us they wouldn't be coming camping with us as much. So my DW and I started looking for something smaller that would be easier to tow and fit on the smaller Provincial Park waterfront sites we prefer and National Park campsites that can't take 30 footers.

Taking into account the cost of TV's we looked at Trailmanors and Hi-Lo's that could be towed with more modest TV's. We always thought an Airstream would be the ideal trailer for our PK (post kids) lifestyle but that would have to wait for retirement. But fortune smiled on us and we happened upon the 2001 Safari in the sig a few months ago. After looking at various SOB's we kept coming back to the Airstream and decided to pull the trigger. It certainly helped that the Canadian loonie has improved and as it turns out the used Safari really wasn't any more expensive than a new SOB, and has lower depreciation as a bonus.

Our Safari 25SS was an ideal trailer for our needs right now, and the fact that it's an Airstream is just icing on the cake. Until/unless our needs change, our ultimate goal is to buy a new 27 foot classic for retirement, but that's a way off yet.

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Old 01-03-2008, 11:29 AM   #24
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I got one because it was cheep at the time. Now that I am on my second one (God I hope I finish the major repairs this spring) I have meet the nicesest people.
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:48 PM   #25
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...when you say you have an airstream, you get all kinds of reactions, raises eyebrows everytime...when we are driving in from a distance, you can see this shiney bubble reflecting like a jewel in amoungst the square trailers and it feels real good to know thats your home and it's solid and dependable and backed up by such an army of individuals...we never flew anywhere at all, but sitting here is as close to the interior of an airplane we're ever gonna get! LOL
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:26 PM   #26
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We got an Airstream because we "supersized"! We went from a 1946 teardrop (which we still have btw...) to a 1963 Bambi! Besides the cute factor is a 10!

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Old 01-03-2008, 11:33 PM   #27
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I have asthma. So far.. I am NOT allergic to aluminum..

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