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Old 01-26-2008, 10:56 PM   #43
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I was getting ready to retire and wanted an activity that we could both be passionate about in our leisure years. I already knew that only one of us was passionate about motorcycling so I had to look elsewhere. We enjoyed traveling with our kids all over the Southwest and our one trip to the East Coast in the SOB class C motor home we bought from the in-laws. Having worked and sweated to keep it on the road and running we decided to look for a quality product, that wasn't large and pretentious, would last us a long time (I still have my 35 and 23 year old BMW motorcycles) and encourage travel to out of the way places as was our habit. We found those things in the Airstream.

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Old 01-26-2008, 11:31 PM   #44
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I have always loved camping and so does my family but my wife was over the tent after our last rain soaked camping trip so I decided we should get a camper in order to keep enjoying some great family time and I always thought Airstreams were the coolest campers in the camps.

Different strokes for different folks!

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Old 01-26-2008, 11:56 PM   #45
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My wife got tired of driving from Nashville to Destin (500 miles) to sail on our boat and I got tired of dodging hurricanes. The compromise was to buy a new Airstream while on a trip to the boat to put her up for sale. (PS, I got another sailboat and put her on Old Hickory Lake, 20 miles from our home).
Alls well that ends well. Gerry
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:38 AM   #46
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Choose a vintage Airstream? Shucks, I thought it was sort of like with our stray cats and dogs: We didn't choose anything; it chose us, and we're happy.

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Old 01-27-2008, 08:00 AM   #47
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I wanted something that wasn't going to be a pile of rotting particle board in 5 years.
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Old 01-27-2008, 08:50 AM   #48
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The people !!

We picked up our Airstream ( 08' 27' Fbse) in Aug of 07', we love it, we have been camping for almost 30 years, pop-up trailer, 22' Prowler, truck camper, to many tents and the good old stand by, the motel, nothing comes close to staying in our Airstream. My wife loves the contemporary interior I love the way it tows, but most of all in just a few short months of using our trailer I would have to say its all the great Airstreamers we have meet, we have been on a few rallys with a group we connected up with on this forum and they are some of best people have a every met.

We are looking foward to many years of trailering and meeting new friends around this great country of ours.

Happy trails to all, hope we meet up on the road.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:26 AM   #49
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I was looking for a restoration project and I wanted something that would hold its value, be a classic, and turn a few heads on the occasional road trip.
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:48 AM   #50
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I needed something besides a tent for camping trips with a group which celebrates CA history. A local doctor was selling a 17' Caravel which he had used every weekend since he purchased it in 1965. As I was leaving work enroute to the credit union for the money, one of our mechanics drove in pulling a 17' Caravel. His family had outgrown it and he was looking for something larger. We hooked onto my Bronco and the deal was done. It was in better shape and a fraction of the price the doctor was asking.
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Old 01-27-2008, 12:30 PM   #51
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I didn't know I did ,until after I bought it and saw the Airstream tag plate thing in the door frame .Called the ex org.owner,did some (alot) of research,now a happy camper!!!
Brian,the proud (2nd) owner of aluminum 1986 '32 Airstream Argosy (Squarestream) #305 Rare? It's either the Hemi Cuda of all Airstream's,or their Edsel.
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Old 01-27-2008, 12:46 PM   #52
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Perfect combination of art and architecture

Susan and I love camping, and spent three years camping out of the truck bed of our '03 Dodge Dakota. Then weather became an issue, and we decided to treat ourselves to an Airstream. We saw our first Bambi at an RV show in 2000, and decided we'd save up for it because its rounded, organic shape stopped us in our tracks! Its durability and architectural appeal clearly put it in a class by itself. It has become our cozy "escape pod" that blends naturally into any landscape, and is a show-stopper in every campground!
"I have found through trial and error that I work best under duress. In fact, I work only under duress." -Ed Abbey

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Old 01-27-2008, 02:16 PM   #53
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Smile Hi,

When I retired I wanted to get a fifth wheel. But the AS came up. It was a pure accident. I have nver looked back. If I change it will fo As MOHO. Regardas from Russell In cool and rainy Tucson Az.
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:03 PM   #54
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Some of the reasons follow, they all add together to help explain why I bought a Airsream (in no particular order):

I was looking for a older RV to live/batch in while I build a cabin.

Several friends who have owned a "number" of different RV's have all stayed with Airstreams once they bought one.

I like the look of an Airstream.

Didn't like any of the other RV's I found used.

Wanted a RV I would also use after building the cabin.

This one sort of fell into my lap (I had quit looking and was planning to just tent camp while building the cabin), as it where....
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:18 PM   #55
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Choosing an AS

Quality, character, longevity! We are customizing our rig to reflect our tastes and personality.
Enjoying the journey!
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:52 PM   #56
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1- the only SEXY rv...anthropomorphic gorgeous body...

2- subconciously connects me to my childhood through mid-century milleu..

3- amazing design..quality workmanship...a true land yacht..

4- cool...very cool...will never not be cool...

5- enjoy renovating older things...did my I have a house on wheels

6- too old to tent camp...bad back...don't wake up sinus-y anymore..

7- poor digestion, prefer to cook and eat my own brown rice on the road and am tired of Wendy's salads

8- have always been a bit Safari confirms this ;-)

9- have always wanted a 23-foot rolling sculpture that I can sleep in...

etc etc etc ad infinitum...

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