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Old 03-18-2015, 11:36 AM   #41
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Thank you for your service in the Coast Guard.

You mentioned one thing that is a hot button for me - SALT Air.
Your concern is legitimate. Filoform corrosion (aluminum rust basically) is always going to be a problem though the plasticoat is better than it used to be. I looked down at my 16 inch Sendel wheels the other day and said (expletive, expletive, expletive). Yet another chore to do. Never occurred to me to wax those. And then I found a local company that will refinish them for me for a smallish fortune, but less than replacing them. I could do it myself, but I'd probably futz around and spend 2 hours per wheel, not forgetting the spare. (It starts right on the sharp corners where the black paint meets the aluminum.)

SO to muddy the waters even further may I suggest you look at this one:

Oliver Travel Trailers | Fiberglass Travel Trailers

Built like a double hull fiberglass boat. Should appeal to a Coast Guard man.
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:46 PM   #42
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I think a "Burb" would be my tow vehicle of choice, Big Sis. color to be determined. I also have a Lotto ticket...OUR TURN, Oh Lotto gods where ever ye be!

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Old 03-18-2015, 03:51 PM   #43
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Finally got a good look at a Lance the other day. Reminds me of a Clorex bottle inside and out, little to no positive personality. I will say they do look very well made and the owner was very happy with his purchase.

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Old 08-11-2016, 05:07 PM   #44
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Not an easy decision

I wonder if the questioner finally decided whether to go with an Airstream or a Lance. I have owned 5 Airstreams over the past decade or so and am about to give up on the brand. I have an unusual program in that I spend a lot of time on gravel roads and always dry camp. The Airstream is just not up to the task. It leaks way too much dust, the ground clearance is marginal and the interior construction gradually falls apart. Also the plumbing system has many points of failure and is extremely difficult to service when it does fail.

Whether any American made travel trailer is truly up to the task is an open question. I suspect that only Australian travel trailers are built to withstand the rigors of my style of travel. There is always the EarthRoamer, but it is far to large for me.

It's a pity that Airstream doesn't build a version of the Sport, say, that had better ground clearance, better insulation and a simpler more durable build out.
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Old 08-11-2016, 05:27 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by eeltinge View Post
Greetings, Everyone! I am a new member and this is my very first posting. I own a 2014 Toyota 4Runner that can tow 5,000 lbs. max. I want to buy a new Airstream 22-foot Sport or a Lance 23-foot 1985. Both have a dry weight around 3,800 lbs. The Airstream is about $15,000 more expensive. Any recommendations? Thank you.
I'd recommend the Lance.

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Old 02-01-2017, 07:26 PM   #46
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I'd recommend the Lance.

The 1985 has a walk around bed. Not the best use of space. The frontal area is greater and will hold a lot more wind. Weight is not the only factor. 1685 is still on the heavy side for 5000 towing. AS Bambi 22 is 7' wide will tow easier but the less then 2' walkway inside is tight. If you are going use it for travel get the 22 Bambi. If you are going to stay in it for long periods, get the Lance 1685 if you can find one.

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