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Old 07-10-2014, 12:58 PM   #29
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Airstream...are they still around?

You guys caught the date of this original post also....wonder if there is a picture of the happy camper with his new AS and family....wonder if he still owns and would be interesting to hear his experience's since that purchase ....
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:49 PM   #30
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Sorry Guys, I totally spaced out on this one. I didn't notice the date on it until AFTER I made a fool of myself. I will pay attention from now on.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:36 PM   #31
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AS for structual build I rolled a 30 ft. in 1967 back onto wheels when I went back to look at it only damage I could see was gap at bottom of door that was still closed no windows broken out side skin including roof was not damaged but when I went in food etc. was on ceiling walls so I knew it rolled, it was complete loss as AS dealer didn't want to est. I bad mouth them but after 6 AS I like them but new ones I can not afford for 4 or 5 outings a yr. plus I like my 76 31ft. Resale value is within $2000.00 of pur. price that I pur. new in 1977, but buy what is best 4 you & use.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:41 PM   #32
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Sorry Guys, I totally spaced out on this one. I didn't notice the date on it until AFTER I made a fool of myself. I will pay attention from now on.
Not to worry.....happens all the time.

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Old 07-10-2014, 06:41 PM   #33
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Don't feel bad, Terry!

Think of how many hijacked threads where you realize after about the 10th page the "OP" hasn't posted since back at the beginning! Nothing you said wasn't true, for you anyway, and for many of us. So, the only way it might have been better is if you had begun your post by stating... "Having given this considerable thought, I thought I'd tell you my story..."

Well, I appreciated your tale and I'm sure so have many others. I'll bet it, with slight variations, are similar experiences for many of us.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:52 AM   #34
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Thanks Guys, you are too kind.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:40 PM   #35
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So, what did you conclude ...are they that much better???
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:36 PM   #36
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Absolutely!
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:39 PM   #37
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it was interesting to read. Besides, I bet someone in 2014 has the same question!
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:44 PM   #38
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it was interesting to read. Besides, I bet someone in 2014 has the same question!
Same question in 2014!! We recently retired & have been 'campers' for years ... Tents, pop ups, HR travel trailer & a park model. Now we'd like to travel. We'd like this to be our last change. The thought of buying a huge gas guzzling pick up & 5th Wheeler is a bit intimidating. I have trouble backing up a lawn mower; my hubby is not a retired semi driver. We didn't actually tow our 30' HR much and definitely would like something smaller & more nimble. We could probably hook up a 16' AS to our Nisson Murano BUT ... Will we be wishing we went to 25' Flying Cloud next year?? Some TT owners tell us the little 16 footers are harder to tow than 23' - 25' lengths. So many questions??? Thanks, in advance, for suggestions!
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:53 PM   #39
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Kenmar2, we retired and bought a 20' Airstream. Loved to travel with it but too small for extended trips. We do 6-7 months every winter around the country settling in the Southwest for much of the winter.

Traded for a 25' because it is the smallest of the large Airstreams with the larger storage tanks, axles, brakes and wheels. Same width as the largest Airstreams. We converted our dinette to recliner chairs with foldup table. Queen bed, large bath, useable kitchen. A good match to a half-ton truck or large SUV which makes for a decent daily driver on our extended trips.

We have been coast-to-coast and border-to-border several times without any discomforts.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:29 AM   #40
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We were looking for a 25' with the right (for us, anyway) floor plan. It seems that there was always something wrong with everything we looked at. I didn't want to buy one and re do the interior. Finally, we decided to go for a 27 or 28 foot model.

I wanted a queen bed with walk around, large bath, no dinette (dinettes are a waste of space, as far as I'm concerned), and kitchen with oven, large fridge, and microwave, and at least some counter top. Opps, that' a 31 foot trailer. My dad had 31' Airstreams back in the day. Oh no, I've turned into my father!

I found and bought a gently used '02 31' Classic that had just the floor plan I wanted. Perfect! Now, I have to be able to tow that monster. I drove my '05 Chevy all wheel steer pick up down to Reliable RV in Springfield MO to pick it up. (Those guys are wonderful, BTW)

They put a hitch on, adjusted it all up, and away I went, very slowly at first. Scared to death! Know what? It wasn't that bad. First thing you know, I was running along at 65 and 70 mph, and that "monster" behind me was following along like a meek little puppy.

When I got back to the Des Moines area I encountered my second big fear... backing it up. Another big surprise... nothing to it. Long trailers turn slowly when backing up! They slowly go right where you point them! I got this! I can do it!!! (Just remember to steer with the bottom of the wheel when backing.)

Now, after two little week end trips, we are ready to go on vacation, with confidence.
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:40 PM   #41
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First thing you know, I was running along at 65 and 70 mph, and that "monster" behind me was following along like a meek little puppy.

Now, after two little week end trips, we are ready to go on vacation, with confidence.
Keep towing that thing at 70 miles per hour and your newfound confidence may be short lived a couple months from now.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:34 AM   #42
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Keep towing that thing at 70 miles per hour and your newfound confidence may be short lived a couple months from now.
Good advice! 30' at 70MPH is scary even without traffic!
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