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Old 07-12-2008, 04:48 PM   #21
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Where are the NO Responses

I notice that all of the comments added to this thread are of the "YES" variety. I would like to hear what the 5 (so far) "NOs" have to say - why wouldn't you buy another one. Unless as some of the comments say, they don't plan on buying another RV ever.
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:54 PM   #22
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We bought our first and only Airstream (2001 Safari 25SS) last Fall. Even being a seven year old entry-level Airstream model it still cost us about 50% more than a BRAND NEW white box trailer that we could have purchased with new appliances, slides and all the latest amenities.

Even though the appliances in our Safari are starting showing their age, and it's been back to the dealer several times for minor issues, we couldn't be happier (well, unless it was new 27 FB Classic, which we'll buy right after we win the lotto!)

Bottom line: No regrets here. But keep in mind we lean towards the simple side of camping/RV'ing. Buying a 5'er or a 35 foot TT with three slides is the last thing we would want -- which is why most folks will never own an Airstream. It's not necessarily the money, they just want biggest and the latest.

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Old 07-12-2008, 04:57 PM   #23
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Shoot yeah. We are on our third. This is our keeper and I am wanting a second for a "spare"
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Old 07-12-2008, 05:49 PM   #24
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Of course I would if my needs changed and I needed a different trailer. But you are asking the question on a site that is devoted to Airstream aficionados, so don't expect too many "no" answers..
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:01 PM   #25
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ummm.. good guestion

Yes I would.....but will I?

Probably not, unless something drastic happens to the "Frantic Banana".
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:21 PM   #26
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No, because they don't honor there warranty, "What do you expect there built by humans", and mine is junk.
Two years old and the axles are shot! Re-skin and it still leaks between the marks put on by Airstream, read "And the Fun Never Stops" ( I haven't posted on it for awhile so there is more). Approx $3000.00 in two years, haven't got the final price on axles yet.
The only time the warranty was honored Sutton replaced the water pump with the wrong pump and flooded the trailer.
If anyone replaces the 19" TV, the power supply is between the frig and the wall, boy that was fun, Thanks Lew.
Vintage maybe but not new!!

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PS: Airstream claims the axle's are 3800 lb. and the GVWR is 7000 lbs., the trailer is 7040 with Black, Gray, Fresh Water tanks and both Propane tanks full and all my gear.
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:46 PM   #27
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We've owned a 72 Argosy 20, a 77 Argosy 24, a '75 Argosy 22RD, a '63 Overlander, and a '74 Sovereign. If anything happens to Bertha, we'll buy another Airstream. Like Gunny, I'm concerned about some of the issues with the brand-new units, so if we got another one, it would probably be a several-years-old coach.
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:29 PM   #28
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Until Airstream gets the manufacturing problems squared away that are causing the filiform corrosion - and makes some arrangements to take care of current owners who have this problem - I would not even consider buying another. And that's too bad since they have a new floor plan I like in the 23' Safari/Flying Cloud.
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:39 PM   #29
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I would not own anything else. Why change a good thing.
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:45 PM   #30
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Is this some kind of joke? My water heater leaks, the floor has soft spots, the AC sounds like a freight train, awning needs replacement. Darn right I would buy another one I love it!
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:39 PM   #31
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Is this some kind of joke? My water heater leaks, the floor has soft spots, the AC sounds like a freight train, awning needs replacement. Darn right I would buy another one I love it!
It never ends, eh? It amazes me how many don't know or forget about the 'M' (maintenance) word. Just be glad it's not an SOB!!
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:21 PM   #32
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I know that in most cases, no one build "crap" any more. For example, there is not one car that does not have a life expectancy of 100+ thousand miles. And when is the last time you had to adjust the fine tuning on your tuning knob to get a clearer picture on your tv?
Modern RVs are much more complex than anything we had as recently as 1970, and I would expect the price of complexity and convenience to be more "glitches". How many of us have a circuit board running their fridge? Our water heater? I expect these things to go South with appalling frequency, and they don't. What I don't expect is the aluminum skin to disintegrate around me while camping, as it is something that has been done, and done well, for decades. Many (most?) of you are too young to remember in the late 1960's and early to mid 1970's, when most automobile manufacturers got runs of bad steel (too little carbon content), and nearly new cars would fall apart within months of being put in service. The auto manufacturers couldn't do anything overnight but complain to the steel industry. I now drive a 20+ year old truck with not one spot of rust on it, something that would have been unheard of not that long ago. A 1974 Ford LTD would crumble to a pile of rust in a few short years here in Florida, not to mention what happened in the rust belt.
I hope Airstream will enjoy the same end result, and get better aluminum for the manufacture of their trailers--soon. They can then go back to being trailers that can be expected to stay on the road for 60+ years.
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But you are asking the question on a site that is devoted to Airstream aficionados, so don't expect too many "no" answers..
Well, the results are about what I expected - 11% no, 89% yes at this point. Guess I am considering an older one now, based on what I am hearing about the new manufacturing issues (not to mention the cost).

I will start a new thread about what to look for in an 'experienced' AS.

Thanks for the replies.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:17 PM   #34
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'05 Safari 25-I'm very happy with it. I plan on it being my last RV so while I voted "yes" I doubt I'll be buying another one. At the time of purchase I planned on a 10 year term of use.

But no horror stories here..just normal maintenance. Does trip after trip with only occasional minor fiddling or tinkering (stuff like spider webs in water heater burner tube) . Cosmetically it has held up better than the other brands my friends have --of similar age. No complaints.
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Well, the results are about what I expected - 11% no, 89% yes at this point. Guess I am considering an older one now, based on what I am hearing about the new manufacturing issues (not to mention the cost).

I will start a new thread about what to look for in an 'experienced' AS.

Thanks for the replies.
I posted over on your other thread. Don't make that newer vs older decision yet...I get the sense that you have more fact finding to do.

Now to the point of this thread and poll.
I have owned several SOB RVs and am now on my third A/S. Never say never, but I don't intend to go back to square again.
Been there, done that.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:52 PM   #36
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We love ours! Yes, there is maintenance.... but the style and design is unsurpassed! We've had square boxes... their maintenance is even higher!

Airstreams rule!

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Old 07-12-2008, 11:56 PM   #37
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Hmmm - not quite sure how to answer this - don't see the need to think about buying another - we like the one we've got - and I doubt that is going to change!


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I think a better way to ask the question would be:
Would you buy an Airstream again?

Many, like us, like the first one we bought and may not ever buy another. Don't forget, something like 80% ever built are still in use. Any other RVs in business for 75 years have that kind of record? Any other RVs been in business for 75 years?

Somebody has been doing something right..........for a very long time.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:10 AM   #38
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Heck No!

Hi, buy another Airstream? Absolutely not. We spent three years deciding exactly what model, size, weight, color, and interior arrangement that we wanted and that's our final decission. Not to mention the tow vehicle we chose to tow with. I don't want to up-size, I don't want to down size, I don't care about keeping up with the Jones's, And I don't care about so called super duper, fancy schmancy, Limited, exclusive, designer, or the latest and greatest and whatever sales gimmick they come up with. We are extremely happy with our decission and the only way we would ever consider buying another Airstream would be if something really bad happened to our trailer makeing it not worth repairing. [totaled] Therefore my answer is ...................YES!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:41 AM   #39
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If something were to happen to my fly ass 75 Argy duece4 then for sure I'd buy me another sweet ass vintage AS. Foshizzel mynizzel.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:05 AM   #40
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We'll always own an Airstream(s), but won't buy another new one. What we have now really works for us. Should something happen to either of our trailers, (or not!) we would buy vintage again.
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