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Old 03-29-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Ok Tell me again

Hi everybody , I've been look and shopping, shopping and looking. I know that it will be an unbiased opinion here but tell me again why A/S over a fw.

Rving trips with us usually brings the grand babes (2) with us. Can all of us be comfortable? I know that no trailer is perfect but I see some complaints against newer models. Price is every high. But also resale values. Is maintence the same with sob? Just getting down to making a decision.

The fw I have look at are about half price and slides everywhere. But lack that looks of A/S. And lack resale values.

Also we hope to go to a rally to meet some of you guys and look at your A/S!
Thanks for your replies

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:02 PM   #2
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As an owner, I know why I am attracted to AS TTs, but you have been looking around here a bit and showing interest in them: can you tell us why YOU are interested?

I mean, bang for the buck, don't you find that there is more of just about everything in an SOB (some other brand)?

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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Welcome Denkim

I used to ride a BMW motorcycle and go to lots of BMW rallies. BMW owners are different than Honda and Harley owners- Honda and Harley owners have their rallies at a motel. BMW owners have their rallies at a campground. I think the same can be said about Airstream owners versus SOB owners. Airstream owners value the quality and the design that they see in an Airstream and are willing to pay a premium price for it. They know that it will be around long after they are gone. With an Airstream they are made to travel anywhere and long distances are no problem. With the SOB's they will travel, but they really don't like it. That is a start.

Look at lots of them, go to a rally and talk to the owners and look at their trailers and go find your own Airstream and have some fun.

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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Good questions, although the sob has more "stuff". But I,m still thinking A/S is the best product.

I' ll think more on how to answer you.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:23 PM   #5
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Simple. Airstreams are cool.

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #6
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Simple. Airstreams are cool.


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Old 03-29-2012, 09:44 PM   #7
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My cousin has a FW, but asks if I would consider an exchange annually. I don't know what the attraction is other than ours is always ready to go and apparently needs less maintenance. Both our rigs are over 10 years old now. Maybe its the fact that when we meet up on the road other campers stop by to chat and see our 28' Airstream slideout while his is ignored.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:40 PM   #8
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February 13, 2012, our maiden voyage and 20 days after we purchased our new-to-us AS. I was about 75 miles down the highway, passing a big rig...he acknowledged us with a toot on his horn and a friendly "thumbs up". How many fw drivers got that reception from an over-the-road professional on that day?
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:27 PM   #9
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Well Denkim, you said it in your first post.....resale !!

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Is Johnson City to far to go to satisfy your curiosity?

A great way to figure out WHY.

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:31 AM   #11
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You have to have an Airstream to join Airstream caravans, which are the gold standard for camping caravans. And by that I don't mean expensive. National and regional caravans run by the Wally Byam Caravan Club International are just magnificent. After following the Southwest Adventure Caravan and the Southeast Coast Spectacular Caravan, I am absolutely convinced this is the best way to see North America. Spend some time on the WBCCI website poring over the caravan options: WBCCI Caravans.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:40 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by TouringDan View Post
Airstream owners value the quality and the design that they see in an Airstream and are willing to pay a premium price for it.
Exactly true in my case.

While shopping for my Interstate, I also looked at the Winnebago Era and the Roadtrek Adventurous, both also Sprinter-based, each of which costs about 20% less than an Airstream Interstate. Balancing increased quality versus increased cost, I decided the Airstream was at least 20% better and worth the added price. There wasn't any one thing that stood out, but an accumulation of small touches: heated tanks to extend the camping season (you'd think the Canadian-built Roadtreks would have this, but no); better cabinetry throughout, especially the door latches; a sofa that converts to a bed without using the tabletop as a filler panel; a tabletop that stores on the front of the galley cabinets and not in the back under the sofa; lower road noise while driving; factory solar panel option; full-height wardrobe closet option; better (more ergonomic) layout for the pumpout controls; real insulation all around, including the floor; more elbow room in the wet bath without encroaching on the aisle; all LED interior lights; the list goes on.

The only Airstream Interstate feature I didn't like was that privacy curtain that hangs from the windshield visors and leaves the sun to beat down on the dashboard, and I fixed that with an aftermarket sunshield.

As a late-model Interstate owner, the reaction I usually get is a bit different from most Airstream owners: "Wow! I didn't know Mercedes Benz makes motorhomes!" Then I have to explain, "They don't. Airstream takes an excellent MB Sprinter and makes it better." The Airstream emblems are very discrete and easy to miss at first glance, but the Mercedes emblems front and back are very obvious, so it's an easy misunderstanding. If only Airstream made an embossed circular WBCCI emblem (out of aluminum, of course) that could clip in place over the Mercedes emblem in the grille…
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:43 AM   #13
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Ain't nobody no where doing the full monty on a 40 year old SOB.

We had a fiver first, and simply got tired of pulling the damn thing. I would open the basement storage and find things the had been in there for years that I had forgotten were even on board.

It is just us two, but we like Airstream.

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Old 03-30-2012, 08:57 AM   #14
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Ain't nobody no where doing the full monty on a 40 year old SOB.JD
JD - I've never seen it put better.

But I think the old adage that "If you have to ask, you may never understand" may apply.

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