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Old 08-14-2015, 08:26 AM   #15
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Incorrect, there are members of the tin can tourists who remodel Fiberglas trailers. No, I don't know why!
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:07 AM   #16
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Having just picked up our new AS last week, after an exhaustive year of research before purchase (married to an engineer), here's what it came down to for us: it's a tidy package of really well considered design. Storage all makes sense, the fit and finish is far superior to most other TT's (we have Serenity and I realize this is hardly objective), and as jdalrymple implied, it's a legacy TT. You simply do not bring an Airstream to the town dump or leave it out in the woods to rot - it is something that will be recycled into more fun for future generations.
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Ain't nobody no where restoring or remodeling a fiberglass RV.

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Old 08-14-2015, 09:41 AM   #18
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Sitting in a national park campground and was observing my neighbors rigs. Seems most of them have more external storage space than the entire cubic footage of my trailer. Just a bit depressing when I think about going full time in my Airstream.
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Sitting in a national park campground and was observing my neighbors rigs. Seems most of them have more external storage space than the entire cubic footage of my trailer. Just a bit depressing when I think about going full time in my Airstream.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:36 AM   #20
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Sitting in a national park campground and was observing my neighbors rigs. Seems most of them have more external storage space than the entire cubic footage of my trailer. Just a bit depressing when I think about going full time in my Airstream.
I'll do you a huge favor and relieve you of your depression - let me know where to pick up your Airstream, and I'll take it off your hands for you. Just think - that'll free up a lot of space for a big SOB!
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:56 AM   #21
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Temporary condition, Already cured, just a little storage envy.
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:30 PM   #22
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Back in 2000, my wife and I began shopping for our first RV as an upgrade from tent camping. We looked at all sorts of rigs and brands. After more than a year of shopping, we knew we would ultimately end up with an Airstream even though the cost was so much higher than many of the alternatives. We agreed that we would bite the bullet and buy what we wanted right out of the gate rather than mess around buying something cheaper with the plan of upgrading in due time. Our plan was to buy the one we wanted and keep it for a long time. That was more than 14 years ago. We still love our Airstream and we have no plans to part with it.

When we bought ours, our friends and family members who also owned RVs were shocked we would buy an Airstream as our first RV. Why spend so much money? When we told them our plan, they seemed a bit skeptical but time has shown our decision was sound. Our new AS cost about $30k out the door with the hitch in 2001. We couldn't replace it for anywhere near that cost today. And, we've had the enjoyment of owning an American icon all these years.

Yes, it's had a few service issues over the years but they've really been very minor. I'm confident we would have encountered the same or worse with any other brand. I enjoy tinkering and maintaining it as much as I enjoy traveling and using it. So, the amount of effort I've put into it has not been an issue.
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Old 08-15-2015, 02:49 PM   #23
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We have owned many types of MHs over the past 20+ years and decided is was time to go back to pulling a trailer rather than pulling a toad. Once that decision was made, the choice trailer became pretty easy.

We were looking for something that would allow a couple of old(er) f@rts to travel up to 4 months away from home (as soon as the other retires). We don't need a ton of room, but we do require quality in the "box" of the trailer. The insides are all pretty much the same regardless of make, plus you can customize if you feel like. The wide body of the new models makes a slide out unnecessary for us and our dogs. The height makes it fit in many larger garages/car ports.

Yes, it looks cool and has a following - but we aren't followers, though we do love the look. The community on the forums is welcoming & very helpful! The opportunities for rallies, etc. seem pretty endless.

The ability to do repairs on the exterior yourself is appealing but hopefully won't need to happen for a while. Not a lot of storage, but we down sized our home recently and realized stuff is just stuff. Learning to organize in a small space is part of the fun/challenge. Getting the darn WD hitch "dialed in" has been a true challenge.

Resale, when we get to that point, should be better than most TTs.

Hey, it's a great excuse to buy that truck you have always wanted.
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:52 PM   #24
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Why Airstream?

I've been thinking about this for a couple of days. Old subject … but one that deserves thought.

First, the monocoque. Of course it's strong. But most of all it is absolutely rigid. And stays that way. The frame it sits on is also strong. And the suspension is very good. All of this means that trailer box does not twist and shake when traveling. The trailer last much longer and most important, the cabinet stay on the walls. It's pretty rare to hear about a cabinet failing in an airstream. It is not with others.

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Old 08-15-2015, 05:47 PM   #25
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My 2cents, having owned 5 previous RV's including a 40 ft diesel pusher with 4 slides. Quality, class, iconic, comfortable, manageable, expensive but you get what you pay for & I'm getting 16 MPG towing it with my RAM Ecodiesel 1500 truck so it's also economical. Airstream's a lot of bang for the buck.
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Old 08-15-2015, 05:58 PM   #26
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Why an airstream as opposed to SOB? It's very difficult to understand until you own an airstream. It's every bit as much about enjoying the airstream while camping as it is about camping!
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I enjoy reading this type of thread because it focuses on the positives. Are there some negatives? Of course. Anyone who is thinking about spending a fairly large sum of money needs to look at both positives and negatives. A "positive" for one person might be a negative for another, and a negative for one person might be a positive for another. Each of us has to decide what best fits us.

As for holding their value, I think that there is something to that. I just looked up the price list for a coach of the type we're thinking about. List price was somewhere around $65,000 back then. Asking price now is about half that. In other words, asking price has dropped about 50% in 20 years. By contrast, our DP was 20 years old when we bought it. MSRP back then was about $350,000. If I were to put it up for sale today I'd ask $35,000, a 90% depreciation in 22 years.
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