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Old 07-14-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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'with that much you could have bought a fifth wheel'

I've now heard this 3-4 times as folks find out my AS is non order.

I could have but I chose not to. I know I know - you would have done this but it was our decision - we needs to like what WE liked - not what YOU like....

I'm just venting a bit folks.
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Correction *need to like*
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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That'll fade into the background once you get it out on the road and into campgrounds. Heads turn. People ask questions about AS's. They want to come look at it. They admire them. And they'll admire your decision. Have fun when it arrives. It's the best purchase I've ever made. Not the most cost effective. Not the most prudent. Nor the biggest bang for my buck, but I admire no other rigs in the campgrounds other than another AS. Okay, Ive also been know to stop and admire the huge class A's...
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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We all have our vices. Aluminum is expensive. Not everyone likes it. Not everyone can fit it into their lives.

It takes a special sort to love an Airstream. (My Dad was the same way about a Oldsmobile, he actually cried when they stopped producing them!)
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:02 PM   #5
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You may have even been able to buy a class A. Or maybe 2 Harley's or even jet packs for the family. I get advice about what I buy from a lot of folks, most of which have no idea about what I am buying. Some of the things they are buying can or will get you killed but I don't mention that fact to them each to his own.

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Old 07-14-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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IMHO, their opinion is worth just about what you paid for it.... <2 cents.

Did we pay more for our AS than for a 5th wheel? Probably!

Would we have chosen a 5th wheel (or Class A) over our AS? Never!

..... Just my 2 cents......
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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First off, I never tell anybody what I paid for anything! It's none of their damn business.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:15 PM   #8
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I think I said this on another of your threads where you briefly mentioned you were getting this kind of grief from some folks. Pay them no mind. They don't get it and they probably never will. You don't need to justify your choices. You will be so very happy with your new rig, and what's been said above is true...heads will turn. It happens all the time...we get comments all the time at gas stations, at stop lights, in campgrounds, from the rangers...even from border agents when coming back from Mexico and border patrol guys when we go through check points. Face it...no one ever says, "Look there's another Jayco!" while honking and flashing lights and waving furiously. And that fifth wheel they thought you should have bought...will NOT be on the road in 30 years...it probably won't even get close.

By the way, we never answer when someone wants to know how much our Bambi cost. It's none of their business and if they really want to know, they can go online and figure it out for themselves.
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By the way, we never answer when someone wants to know how much our Bambi cost. It's none of their business and if they really want to know, they can go online and figure it out for themselves.
My thoughts exactly.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:33 PM   #10
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Like I tell people who like to comment on what I've spent on something, "I'f I'm spending your money, you have a say. If I'm not, zip it!"
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Well, if you travel in SOB circles, it's all about how little you paid/what kind of great deal you got. Typically you can get 25 to 30% off MSRP's that are about 1/3 to 1/2 the MSRP's of an AS.

Last fall I bought a very nice fifth wheel to use as my lodging while I work out of town. It'a a 37 footer with 3 slides, a washer dryer, a generator, big tv and all the power accessories. MSRP was about $89k and I paid about $62k for it. Not a tremendous deal, as this is a hot model right now, but alot of value for the money.

Pricing of AS is really not related to the cost of manufacture. They are priced at the maximum of what their consumer base will pay. You pay for exlusivity and the cool factor. Having something special definitely has a value, but that is not something that most people understand. Most are trying to stretch their dollars and get the "most" they can for them.

So this said, most folks will think you are nuts with spending $80-$90k or more for a travel trailer unless it was plated in gold. For that kind of bread, you can buy a very high end fifth wheel or a very nice gas class A motor home.

Granted, it's your money and you can spend it on whatever makes you happy. But don't expect most folks to be impressed.
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Yeah, right... Well, in figure I have never seen an Airstream parked in front of a "shrinks" office, but several cars like you drive.

Kinda fits with 9th Commandment about "coveting". Yes, it is an investment in family values. Can't put a price on it.
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New Airstream costs more than my first 2 houses... combined. I went vintage because that is what I want. My money, my choice.

BTW had a fifth wheel, sold it too.

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Old 07-14-2013, 09:04 PM   #14
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I could have. What's your point? I have owned an sob and been in sob circles and had sob troubles. That is what drove me to purchase an Airstream.
I can't help it. To me fifth wheels are just ugly and I don't like all those steps.
I like shiny silver trailers.
I have wanted one since I was a kid and our neighbors 2 doors down had one. They also had an MGB. Our neighbors son had a Firebird. I always wanted a Harley since I saw an aqua and white FL on the showroom floor when I was no more than 8 years old. It is ok to finally buy something you have wanted for 35 or 40 years.
I bet those fifth wheel owners aren't hanging out on some forum getting excited about others purchases and renovations right now.
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