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Old 03-31-2006, 09:32 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by uwe
....right, many are a lot more.....
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Old 03-31-2006, 10:08 PM   #30
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The list is endless.....

To compare vintage to new is like the old saying "apples to oranges". You just can't It's up to the individual an his (or hers) personal desires and abilities at that point in their life that comes into play when picking out the AS.

Many of you say very simular things "I started with XXX (vintage) then years later found the 200X model that made me happy", and your finances were in place to buy the new one. When you have the skills to work on a vintage the task dosn't look so huge.

For me the major reason is allergies, sitting in my Father-in-laws new SOB, with that "NEW TRAILER" smell of all sorts of chemicals and solvents in the air nearly shut down my lungs and sinus. Required a quick trip to the hospital. Made camping out a real misery. So vintage with mostly older adhesives and completely vented out furniture was a must for me. I enjoy the camping life and my Caravel was the bridge to continue that with my wife (NO MORE TENTS!). Other reasons come into play and the time was right for me. We moved into our new house 2 years ago after I completely restored our previous home of 16.5 years, an 80 year old cottage on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that we sold. I have a shop of my dreams now with NOTHING to do. Most weekends were spent searching for a blown lightbulb to change. Now I have "Lucille" and my weekends are whole again with frustration over water leaks in the plumbing, questionable wiring, gas appliances that look like bombs in the making - I'M IN HEAVEN...


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Old 04-02-2006, 09:46 PM   #31
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Value your input

Thank you for all of your valuable input. I'm hearing some consistency in opinions. We are narrowing down the wish-list I believe priorities are:
1) Floor plan
2) Condition
3) Age
4) Price

2,3,4 are all directly proportional. If you buy an older model it inevitably will need more $s to bring it up to long haul cross-country standards. You can save some now by buying one in need of more repairs but it will need to be spent later. Floor plan and look seem to be the real variables where opinions vary. So more research and soul searching needed. The easy part was decided a long time ago... It will ONLY be an Airstream besides, I bought the fold down Airstream hich receiver when I bought the truck 9 months ago ...Picture to come.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:51 AM   #32
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AZstreamin, I see you made your decision, a 2005!

We are in the same boat as you, vintage vs. new.
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:23 PM   #33
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Vintage doesn't mean only trailers! There are AS motorhomes well over 25 years old - - mine is 27 - - that are running and all systemsd working because of lots of enjoyable work restoring and fixing. Restoring and maintaining a vintage RV of any sort is nt a job; it's a career.
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:38 PM   #34
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Vintage for me.
Love the challanges of the vintage trailers. Love creating my AS into a reflection of my interests and personality. When I bought it, it was all working original, now its a blank canvas...NAKED. I dig the new Airstreams, but Id HATE to make payments on something new.
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:13 PM   #35
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I like vintage because .... well, I guess because I'm vintage.

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Old 03-04-2010, 07:32 PM   #36
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If your like me you go with what ever your budget will let you get. If that means something old and needs restored then get it. If it is brand spankin new the have fun camping tomorrow. but from what Ive seen some of the "vintage" trailers that have been completely restored go for almost as much as a new one.
but If your wanting something not so vintage and usable for a good price the mid 80's to early 90's are going for a reasonable price and there ready to use most of them any way.
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #37
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We rescued a '69 Tradewind that had actually floated in a flood near the Oregon coast. It wasn't perfect inside...which was great because we wanted to add our personal touches...but then as it became clear that the "quick cleanup" was much more extensive we started designing our dream interior. 2.5 years later.....voila!!! All of the design aesthetics of the era with many many modern amenities, which makes Glamper Girl very very happy

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Old 01-20-2011, 10:48 PM   #38
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We had a Vintage 72 Tradewind til last sept. When it was stolen. We had put a ton of work in her replacing Fridge furnace gaucho toilet lights and even put real wood veneers over the plastic paneling. Then new Axels and brakes and shocks. After about 16k invested she was our own creation unlike any other trailer. In about 30 minutes someone cut all the locks and she was gone. We looked at a few other Vintage trailers but there was too much pain in all that cause it only made us want our trailer back. So we left the vintage world and bought a 2006 Safari 25FBSe. It's a beautiful thing and we love it? Don't have to fix things every time we go out and bring a tool case to work on some project. We learned that there's been a few improvements over the 35 years. We miss the Vintage world and our trailer but are very happy with the new trailer feeling. In the end we're still Airstreamers.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:06 AM   #39
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There has been a development since this question was originally posted, i.e. a major recession. If the cost of new has been a deciding factor, maybe it would not be now. We purchased new in 2010 and got a significant discount off of list on a 2009 "leftover".
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:13 AM   #40
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I have to divulge that I lusted over the newer Airstream that came in yesterday. It was a moment of weakness. I'm over it now.

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Old 01-30-2011, 02:12 PM   #41
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Seems to m it depends on what your plans are. For my wife and I we want to snow bird 4-6 months per year so we needed something well equipped and lower maintenance. I would have loved to purchase brand new, but I think I got more than I would otherwise been able to afford by purchase a slightly used AS.

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