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Old 01-02-2008, 07:23 PM   #1
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Why Did You Choose An Airstream?

Speaking for myself we started looking a square corner RV's. We knew very little about trailers. Looking back I was about to make a big mistake.

There was an AS dealer near us and one day we decided to stop and look at their AS stock. Boy, it was an eye opener. After looking we never looked at another square corner trailer. Since this was our first experience with an RV we didn't want to put a lot of money into an RV and then discover that we did not like the lifestyle.

We purchased a 77 Argosy. It was 25 ft long with the rear bath and twin beds. For its age it was in great shape inside and out. Although we really liked the Argosy I really wanted an Airstream.

After getting into the Argosy we started to appreciate their construction and how many older Argosys and AS's that were still on the road. They had an unique look and an almost "cult" following.

We upgraded to a newer AS this summer because we discovered that we really liked getting out for the weekends. Visitors alway remark how warm the decore of an AS is on the inside.

I picked the AS because of the quality of construction. Course we all know they are not "cheap" and the don't look "cheap" regardless of age.

Why did you purchase your AS?

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Old 01-02-2008, 07:26 PM   #2
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Because AS's are as unique as the people who own them......

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Old 01-02-2008, 07:34 PM   #3
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:36 PM   #4
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I started out with a couple of Coachman's a 22ft. and a 24ft. I sold the 24ft. and got my first Streamer a 27ft. Excella. I will never go back. One thing I like is that the 27ft. Airstream is easier to pull than the 24ft. Coachman. Also I was unable to keep either Coachman from leaking. The curved walls of an Airstream are much more inviting and give it a homier feel.
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:42 PM   #5
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Because an Airstream is really cool and different.
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:07 PM   #6
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:25 PM   #7
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There was another choice?
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:27 PM   #8
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Originally purchased a used SOB to see if the reality was as good as the dream. DH was still not comfortable with not having the "security" of a conventional home. So we bought a house and he detested it within 6 mos. Really happy he had some reservations now, because we only knew what looked good and functional. Found RVCG and ordered their book and CD. Equipped with the better info and understanding of how an rv is/is'nt built, AS was the only way to go. The up front cost is higher,but a whole lot less over the long term. Plus it is a really cool unit to tote around. 'shaker
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:14 PM   #9
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People,People,people....I got to meet so many wonderful people in the Airstream travels. We have been to RV Shows and still love the cozyness of the Silver Bullet!! Now we are on our 3rd A/S and still love it!! Where else do you get to see America with the locals by having something in common.....I must admit I do miss The
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:16 AM   #10
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Answering the original question as to why we got an A/S....

We had another brand as our first camper and really enjoyed camping. When we purchased our house we sold the camper to help make a down payment on our home. After a few years we really missed getting out and camping so we started looking for another camper. We came across a 1968 Safari of which needed quite a bit of work on it. At the time the price seemed to be the factor as to making the original purchase.

After we made a few repairs and started using it we were hooked. We enjoyed it until trading up to a 75 international. After owning that for a while we enjoyed camping in a 1983 Excella. We really enjoyed the A/s's that we owned and the attention that came along with owning one.

However, in time we out grew the space and sold the A/s adventuring out into the unknown other brands. We purchased a M/H of which we only kept for about 2 years then we traded for the 5th wheel we now have.

Although A/S's are nice we are very happy with what we have now. I still enjoy watching this forum and feel like I'm still part of the A/S family. We even find that we still watch for the silver shinny things when we are out on the road. I guess it's where we met so many nice people along with the common bond between camping in general. We have a few photos of our 5th wheel in our photo gallery from when we first purchased it if you are curious.

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Old 01-03-2008, 04:16 AM   #11
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Had a friend who owned several. He found one for me back in the 70's. I got too busy working to use it and sold it. Once you've had one, you can't get them out of your heart. Finally got another about three years ago. It is our much loved Argosy. Never really wanted an AS, BUT one big one found us this Fall and is now parked beside the Argosy. We have looked at several other brands that are beautiful when new; however, you seldom see an older one in decent shape. Didn't take us long to realize that a vintage Argosy/AS is a great investment. Right now we're investing a lot in the new 31ft to get it ready for the Spring I'm dreaming of.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:29 AM   #12
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We have a local Airstream dealer. I had been drooling over the Airstreams since the mid-Nineties. But every year I saw the price increases and I felt that I couldn't afford one.
In 2001 we bought a square-sided SOB and the troubles began. Long set-up times, lots of maintenance. I was not having the fun that I was expecting with a new RV.
In 2004, despite the cost, we bought our Airstream. Set-up is easier and maintenance is less. Plus it looks cool and we get lots of interest at the campgrounds. I'm a Happy Camper.
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:57 AM   #13
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we had 3 SOBs ...all class A's ....all with alot of we wanted to stay RVing I said only if we get an move we ever made !
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:55 AM   #14
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I purchased one for a deer lease, 1970 Land Yaht/International 27' 90% original. It was used as storage for clothes for the first owner. The second owner used it to travel out west to fly fish. New air, wheel bearings tanks and regulater was all that was needed. Thinking about selling it and upgrading. It gets in your blood. I wish my wife liked this type of recreation. Good investment.

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