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Old 01-17-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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Airstream or Lance?

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.
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Old 01-17-2015, 03:26 PM   #2
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A 85 Lance or a new Airstream? Having the AS is a lifestyle choice. Owning some white box is just camping. We have met lifelong friends "Streaming" worth much more than 15K. Get the Airstream. You can thank me later!
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Ditto, and welcome to the forum. I use mine for work and pleasure, I have not been able to attend any Rally's but I have stayed at Pennwood a few times overnight and got a feel of a very caring, helpful group of people. I never had that with my Funfinder.
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:33 PM   #4
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You must have joined this forum cause you want us to help justify the extra $ ... Otherwise you might go to the Lance forum ... They will talk you out of spending the $ for an AS.

Here's why I spent the money:
A- I liked Airstreams better
B - there is no B
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:57 PM   #5
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If you buy the Lance you will likely always be asking yourself "Should I have spent the money and gone for the Airstream?" Might as well treat yourself, you only go around once!

I suppose it depends to a degree on your circumstances how much is an extra $15k is worth to you amortized over the number of years you re likely to own the trailer.

Another consideration is that neither is an investment, but the Airstream will likely hold its value better.

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Old 01-17-2015, 06:04 PM   #6
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As you are well aware this is an Airstream forum, therfore I say buy the Airstream.
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I see the '1985' model Lance on their website, and it does look very nice, plus it has a slide out, which makes it a bit roomier inside. I guess you should go sit in each one and see what you think of them in person. Depends on what is most important to you and what your camping style is. You don't say if it's just you or a whole family plus dogs - that might make a big difference if you need a bit more elbow room to fit everyone inside on a rainy day

I agree with others who say the Airstream comes with a community of owners that really can't be beat. I thought I was just buying a camper, but instead we made a lot of new friends, and look forward to visiting with them at least once a year around the campfire. Plus there is the longevity factor - if you buy the right Airstream you'll be replacing the tow vehicle before you replace the Airstream, in fact you might be passing the Airstream down to your kids! At least that what my 47 year-old Airstream tells me!
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I don't believe you are for real. (That's as polite as I can be.)

Now, if you had asked if you should buy an '85 model SOB or a 30 year old AS, you might have sucked me in.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:16 PM   #9
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How big are the occupants ?
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I don't believe you are for real. (That's as polite as I can be.)



Now, if you had asked if you should buy an '85 model SOB or a 30 year old AS, you might have sucked me in.

That is exactly what I thought...

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Uhhhhhhhhhh........guys..........

The Lance being discussed is a NEW trailer. The 1985 designation is simply the model #..............NOT THE YEAR OF MANUFACTURE!!!
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Airstream or Lance?

IMHO it depends on how much you will use it. If it sits in storage for 11-11.5 months a year. Both trailers will depreciate over time. Even when not used.
The A$ will depreciate, but will have higher resale value. But it costs more.
Ask yourself.
Would I rather have $15K in the bank? Or have it slowly go away.
If you finance. Do you want to pay the higher payments and the interest on the extra $15K. Other costs related to the purchase= insurance and license fees. All based on value. Soo more $$$$.
I would read the reviews on the Lance model you are considering.
The majority are NOT good.

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Thank you everyone for the many constructive comments. As I am in the Coast Guard, the trailer will be used for the inspections I do from Puget Sound to the Mexican border. Otherwise, it will be for myself, wife, and our bulldog. I hope both trailers can withstand the salt air! Also, with a weight distributing hitch, my 2014 Toyota 4Runner can handle a maximum tongue weight of 705 lbs. Does anyone have a recommendation for the best weight distributing hitch and sway control for my rig? Thank you.
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The Lance being discussed is a NEW trailer. The 1985 designation is simply the model #..............NOT THE YEAR OF MANUFACTURE!!!

I was just wondering why you'd ask about whether you'd buy an Airstream or something else on an Airstream forum... It's pretty obvious what the answer is going to be on here. The Airstream has its issues, isn't the best use of space, leaks, etc. etc. yet, we love them. I've seen so many troll questions on here, like what hitch should I use (which was the next question asked), is my truck too small, what tires should I run... I'll just back on out now. Sorry if I offended. My advice, buy the SOB until you know you want an Airstream. If you don't want one, any camper will do...

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As a former Lance owner I can tell you that I never had anyone come up to me in a campground and ask to see inside my Lance...
I also never had people walk up to me at the gas station as I was fueling my truck, put their hands on my Lance and tell me "I always wanted one of these"...

So if you want peace & solitude while camping, get the Lance...
If you want to be the guy everyone wants to be and the host of the party, well treat yourself and get the Airstream.
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I looked at the Lance website for sh*ts and giggles, and the interiors actually look less ugly than 80% of the SOB out there, good floor plans too.

Lots of space, weights look good looks like a fiberglass front cap, no idea about the construction quality, could be wood frame and crappy membrane.

Happy Trolling and buy what you like. I say you get 2 of the Lance.
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The Airstream 22' Sport was a dry weight of 3,634lbs., net carrying capacity of 866lbs., and a gross vehicle weight of 4,500lbs. The Lance 23' 1985 has dry weight of 3,600lbs., net carrying capacity of 2,040lbs., and a gross vehicle weight of 5,700lbs. Why the great disparity?
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:13 AM   #18
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Hi, I don't need to tell anyone what I think about Airstreams, but from what I've seen, Lance campers are pretty well built; Lance trailers on the other hand, not quite as nice. Less quality in build and materials, in my opinion.

On the Airstream forum this discussion is about Lance and Airstream.

On the SOB forum the discussion starts with Lance and Airstream and drifts off into several other SOB's for the OP to consider.


I'm glad that I bought my choice of trailers before joining a forum.
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What's with the snarky comments? Since when did we start walking above water?

There's some genuine poor form being exhibited by a few people in this thread. The Coastie is asking a legitimate question. At the very least, we could have the decency to tell him why we like our Airstreams. We could also relate our experiences with other brands. Failing that, silence is appropriate.

Eeltinge, I like mine for the ease of pulling, the style and the quality. There are some really old Airstream's that are still in top condition. It isn't perfect, but I like it. It's not a 4 season rig either. Aluminum is great conductor of heat/cold. There is also a great sense of family, although you've seen the elitist side, too.

I'm an old Jarhead (and a boater), and I greatly appreciate your service to our country and my other love, the boating community.
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As a former Lance owner I can tell you that I never had anyone come up to me in a campground and ask to see inside my Lance...
I also never had people walk up to me at the gas station as I was fueling my truck, put their hands on my Lance and tell me "I always wanted one of these"...

So if you want peace & solitude while camping, get the Lance...
If you want to be the guy everyone wants to be and the host of the party, well treat yourself and get the Airstream.
YES!!!! This statement sums it up!!!!


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