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Old 08-16-2015, 10:50 AM   #29
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I think an Airstream depreciates somewhere in the 20% range for the first couple years, but if kept in good condition, once at 50-60% of retail, a lot seem to hold their value.

One the other hand, My moho, a Tiffin Allegro Bus, MSRP $375,000 in 2010, went for $180,000 about a year an half ago, 51,000 miles. Fortunately I had a good discount initially, but the total coast for the 51,000 miles was about $3.25 per mile, all costs included.

The Airstream plus Dodge/Cummins is far less, somewhere between $1.50 and $1.70 per mile, all costs included.

So, if I pull 15-20,000 miles per year, I spend about $22,500 to 34,000 per year. And, I cannot say I have been happier, the far less worry with a nice truck and the Airstream vs. a moho. Also the fact it is about half as expensive to travel with the Airstream, and IMO absolutely no more trouble and because of the windows in the Airstream, more comfortable to live in, especially when sleeping with everything open....YES!

Are you guys ever going to move to Sioux Falls?

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Old 08-16-2015, 12:31 PM   #30
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Why Airstream - Oh! you want to justify it. Financially, you can't. Emotionally, it's a slam dunk. But then, how did you justify the other RVs that you have owned? Use the same approach. There are other solutions - light weight, reasonable quality, good looking - but an Airstream is special. My brother sat in his FRRW SOB and was at home. It was the right solution for him. We liked that trailer, but when we sat in the AS, it was home.

No slideouts - we did not want one. AS were built with SOs. Saw one in Grand Junction 7-22/23.

Low to the ground - we did not like climbing a mountain to get above all that storage in a MOHO. Others have storage envy. We cope so we don't climb.

Easy tow - we wanted an aerodynamic trailer. There are SOBs that are aero, but for what ever reason, they did not work for us. In our opinion, the torque axles are a significant improvement over leaf springs. And the weight is held inboard and low with the layout configuration and rounded shell form.

It's an heirloom - feels good to buy something that is not disposable. We like to keep stuff and use it a long time.

It's expensive - well new they are, but used not so much, if you can DIY it and you may like the style and configuration of a vintage rig. Besides, it is shinny and shinny things are supposed to be expensive.

One thing though. People stare, smile, and talk to you. If you can't take that, don't get one. Leave it for someone who can handle that life style.

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Old 08-16-2015, 02:33 PM   #31
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Here's my two cents on the usage costs. To me it makes more sense to figure usage costs on $/night not $/per mile. We value our time stopped rather than the highway getting there.

Our latest Airstream is a 2007 Classic. We have only used it 363 nights so far. Still, using the MSRP (2007) of about $75k and the 50% rule of thumb in the previous posts for the resale value, we are are running about $75 a night. (We didn't pay MSRP even new) The good news is that the depreciation does level off at a value quite a bit above zero, compared to SOBs.

Of course the costs above don't include repairs, upgrades, campground fees or additional fuel for towing all of which will bring up the nightly costs.

Some might say that RV traveling is cheaper. It's not unless you buy used after most of the depreciation if over.

But even after looking at the math, it's a better way to travel. Don't have to find hotels, deal with a gauntlet of outstretch palms, worries about the bedbugs the previous guest brought in in the seems of their luggage, finding a restroom on the road, etc. etc.

There is another message in all this. It is not a good idea to buy an Airstream and let it sit idle for 99% of the year.

We've come from a tent and an MG, then a VW bus in the '70s, tent trailer in the '80s, and a white box in the 90's. We are on our second Airstream and would never go to anything else.
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:01 PM   #32
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Greatest "toy" I could have bought for the wife. She has great time doing things inside the coach and was an out doors camper in the UK as a girl, so the comforts are just wonderful.

I find once the landing gear is down and the truck is unhitched, the days stress slips away just being in the moment fixing dinner on the grill outside and enjoying the table to eat. Then there are the great third party mattresses that help me sleep nearly all night long.

Like most folks in Airstream land, we have modified ours to what we wanted after a few trips. At age 70, I want to go for the gusto while I still can.
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:40 PM   #33
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"But even after looking at the math, it's a better way to travel. Don't have to find hotels, deal with a gauntlet of outstretch palms, worries about the bedbugs the previous guest brought in in the seems of their luggage, finding a restroom on the road, etc. etc." Absolutely!

We've got a recently-married daughter living in Wyoming. She is under orders to plan her children's births to happen in the summer so we can visit. That way we can stay in our own coach while we're there, just like we did for her wedding.

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