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Old 02-28-2019, 06:56 PM   #15
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Ok, so maybe I will do my best to avoid bad washboard roads. But how about just dirt roads? As long as I take it slow and steady the 16' Sport will make it right?
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:37 PM   #16
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We do it..

There are plenty of us that take long dirt roads to where we want to be. Last spring, my first trip was 27 miles on dirt with washboards (each way). You just have to go slow. And fix hinges (that is a promise). I added 6 more screws to the microwave, others get rid of it entirely. Mirrors fall. Rivets pop. Shower doors need additional support, etc. The rattling takes a toll but nothing you can't fix or manage after each incident. My airstream provides me with accommodation in places where there isn't accomodation outside of tent sites. I bought it for that reason and its how I use it. And I'm not at all alone.


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Old 02-28-2019, 07:37 PM   #17
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Slow and steady is the trick.

Airing down tires make a huge world of difference to ride. Try it sometimes with your tow vehicle solo. Drive with normally inflated tires. Then try with them down to 18-20 psi.

Jarring to plush. The trailer will experience the same thing.
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:55 PM   #18
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My first question is that your tag line says the trailer is an "investment"...Please rethink that. Trailers are luxury items that cost money..they don't offer financial return like an investment. Now investment in terms of return on enjoyment, fun, family time, my own potty that my buns like, etc. they are totally there.
Second thought is that from my experience here on the forum, and with my own trailer they are a bit of a Queen (or prince or princess some might say) who felt the pea under the mattress. Meaning they don't take hard roads well. So if you are wanting to go offroad or on BLM land maybe another brand would be a better solution for you?
I know some here do take them on BLM land regularly, but I also think they like to tinker and fix stuff so it is doable. If you aren't into the handyman fix it thing you may not be as happy as you want to be.

Just some hopefully helpful thoughts.
Good luck on your decision, and enjoy what you do chose to do.
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:00 PM   #19
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Ok, so maybe I will do my best to avoid bad washboard roads. But how about just dirt roads? As long as I take it slow and steady the 16' Sport will make it right?
Yes, it is great trailer. Just keep your speed low and was previously mentioned try airing down.
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:32 PM   #20
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Welcome Aboard!! 🥂👍

As noted above...Airstream as an 'investment' is a bit of an oxymoron, it's more like a payroll deduction. 😂

If you end up loving the lifestyle it should last a good while.

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Old 02-28-2019, 08:54 PM   #21
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When I read "investment", it was deja vu all over again. My ex would use that word anytime she spent money that she knew I would not approve of or that we had not discussed beforehand. The ROI was not what I had hoped it would be.

The best thing going into a large purchase like this is to do so with eyes wide open. I would think it might be best to buy used first to see if the lifestyle fits you two.

The last thing I would have thought to ask about was how well they hold up on washboard roads.

But, this is a very good question and got some very good advice.

Best wishes and many miles and smiles,
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Old 02-28-2019, 09:23 PM   #22
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Sorry everyone my choice of words was a little misleading. I was thinking of "about to make the investment" as in I am about to begin on the journey of owning an airstream which is an investment of money, time, sweat, tears, work, etc. to receive the payoff of memories, fun, adventure, etc.

I understand that this purchase is not going to be giving me any sort of financial return.
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Sorry everyone my choice of words was a little misleading. I was thinking of "about to make the investment" as in I am about to begin on the journey of owning an airstream which is an investment of money, time, sweat, tears, work, etc. to receive the payoff of memories, fun, adventure, etc.

I understand that this purchase is not going to be giving me any sort of financial return.

James, Aren't we humans odd the way we see a word and take off running with it. Here's hoping your ROI is far more than you can even imagine and that the new Airstream brings much joy. When I see my little 23FB I can't help but smile. Make your's a way to bring relationships closer and make lots of memories along the way.
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:10 AM   #24
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James, Aren't we humans odd the way we see a word and take off running with it. Here's hoping your ROI is far more than you can even imagine and that the new Airstream brings much joy. When I see my little 23FB I can't help but smile. Make your's a way to bring relationships closer and make lots of memories along the way.
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Very well said Wolfwhistle. It is kind of like buying a car. Buying new is expensive. Most folks buy new because they can and it is easier than buying used. Buying used definitely saves some money but it is harder to find and get what you want. Whatever works for you.

Looking at our 66 Tradewind always brings a smile to my face. That is a good feeling.

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Old 03-02-2019, 07:31 AM   #25
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Sorry everyone my choice of words was a little misleading. I was thinking of "about to make the investment" as in I am about to begin on the journey of owning an airstream which is an investment of money, time, sweat, tears, work, etc. to receive the payoff of memories, fun, adventure, etc.

I understand that this purchase is not going to be giving me any sort of financial return.


Nothing to apologize for!

“Investment” - the action or process of investing money for profit or material result (according to an online dictionary).

“Profit OR material result” suggests to me there are non-“material” (as in “financial”, not “significant”) profits to be gained by some expenditures.

Meaning - in our case (DW & I) - we weren’t expecting to make a financial profit on the purchase of a new AS in 2012 - but we were absolutely expecting to profit significantly in ways that have nothing to do with money. Our returns have vastly exceeded our high expectations going in to it in the first place. You couldn’t offer me 3X what I paid for it - even though that could fund a whole new rig - the memories contained in our Tin Goat are priceless. Just thinking about it cranks up endorphins. Seeing it - that much more - and being on the road and camping with it? Literally more valuable to me than gold.

Oh - and I’m not an idiot - if I was offered $10,000,000 for it, I’d make memories in another unit - but you get the gist

Enjoy your investment. I hope you get the same kind of ROI we enjoy!
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I bought my first Airstream in 2005 and hated it so much that I am now on my third and probably last one.

One thing about an Airstream I truly still love is pulling into a new place, setting up and propping the door open, while getting ready to drink some iced tea or cider. Usually takes 15 minutes or less before someone walks up with a wistful expression and I offer them a quick look at the inside... and I am no longer a stranger in a strange place. The Airstream is the best Welcome mat. Priceless. Only downside? Always have to dust and sweep before going outside.

First day of towing first Airstream on first trip...
a man follows me west on I-64 and I pull into the Williamsburg rest stop to find a state trooper. The other car followed and the very nice man and his wife approached. "My dad had an Airstream and I've wanted one for years, yours is just beautiful, would you consider selling it, what year is it? By the time he left he learned that (A) they're still making them, (B) mine looked brand new because it was and (C) they lived within 50 miles of Lakeland, NJ home of Colonial Airstream.

That said... were I a boondocker getting ready to buy my first trailer, I would get a Casita, Oliver or Scamp, but NOT a Nest by Airstream (early production bugs). The fiberglass "eggs" are much more affordable and body damage is easy and inexpensive to fix, plus go look at used ones! They depreciate about $500 a year and often sell within hours of showing up on craigslist. No dealer networks or middleman markups - see the websites to get a tour from a safisfied owner near you, drive to the factory to pick up the one you order! Bad side to that? Ask what the wait time is... six months in some cases.

More than a few members here own a fiberglass egg and an Airstream or two. The egg is for down and dirty camping, the Airstream is for glamping.

Good luck and happy trails and welcome to the world of Airstreams. You have Alumanitis. Resistance is futile - but full onset can be delayed and you'll buy more intelligently if it isn't your first RV.
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:23 AM   #28
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Ok thank you for the information. Doesn't sound like it will be to much of a problem! I'm really excited to take it out for the first time, already have a list of campsites to hit this summer.
One comment that I will make is the idea that someone mentioned that you need a big truck to pull a 16' Bambi. We have pulled, very successfully, our 19' FC with our 350 2013 Highlander Limited with the factory tow package. We live in the Willamette Valley. So, many of our trips begin with a serious climb up the McKenzie pass an through the summits in the Rogue Valley. Never have we had the slightest issue with not enough power or bad weight distribution. We have an Equalizer hitch set-up. No sway issues. D
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