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Old 04-22-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of buying this, can the experts share their opinions.

36 foot Airstream Land yacht

I'm thinking of buying this, any thoughts on what its worth? Pros and cons of the 1990 land yachts? I need some expert advice.

Considering it for a 3month long cross country voyage (east coast to west coast). Husband and wife plus a 2 year old and a 4 year old. We are not particularly inclined mechanically.

Things I should consider or think about before purchasing?

Anyone have longer term experience in one of these, traveled for 3 months or longer in one?

What about fuel use comparisons between MH and trailers?

Any thoughts will be helpful.

Thanks everybody.
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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36 foot Airstream Land yacht

I'm thinking of buying this, any thoughts on what its worth? Pros and cons of the 1990 land yachts? I need some expert advice.

Considering it for a 3month long cross country voyage (east coast to west coast). Husband and wife plus a 2 year old and a 4 year old. We are not particularly inclined mechanically.

Things I should consider or think about before purchasing?

Anyone have longer term experience in one of these, traveled for 3 months or longer in one?

What about fuel use comparisons between MH and trailers?

Any thoughts will be helpful.

Thanks everybody.
I'm not sure just what happened to your listing but it seems to have been removed from eBay. Either that or you have posted it incorrectly.
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Old 04-22-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
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There is a 91 on E Bay but very sketchy information.

eBay Motors: 1991 Airstream Land Yacht 30' Class A- Like New (item 290310638375 end time Apr-23-09 09:00:37 PDT)

If this is the one you are looking at in Allentown I would want an explanation of what aluminum is rattling because I think the skin is ABS plastic.

eBay Motors: 36' Airstream Land Yacht LOW RESERVE!!!!!!! (item 260397488174 end time May-01-09 09:54:43 PDT)

Drive the 90 miles and take a good look.
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Depending upon your vehicle, you will get about 10 mpg hauling this. For reference, I got 12 mpg hauling a '69 31' Sovereign with a 2007 Chevy 1500 at 60mph. I am not sure what happens with a MH.
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There is no such thing as a 36 ft Land yacht. I'd bet it was a scam ITS BEEN REMOVED
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:15 AM   #6
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Here's the link again

eBay Motors: 36' Airstream Land Yacht LOW RESERVE!!!!!!! (item 260397488174 end time May-01-09 09:54:43 PDT)

Sorry I did it wrong.

I think by aluminum rattling, he means the aluminum blinds.
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:10 AM   #7
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A few pointers..

For what it's worth, I once drove a MO from NH to Fla. with a 454 gas engine and, we had 6 adults and, one 13 yr old aboard. Mileage will vary but in our case, 7 to 11 mpg was the range with 9 to 10 being the consistent average. This was, IMHO, all downhill..
Your trip, depending on your route, will be at times, quite abit more hills or mountains. This will eat into your average mpg. For the type of trip your thinking of..If it were me, I'd look very seriously at a diesel engine setup. A diesel engine with 50k, is just getting past being broken in. The other cost saving aspect is the on-board generator for a diesel rig is almost "always powered" by diesel fuel as well.
Nothing kills a gas engine quicker than sitting bogged down in traffic under a blazing hot sun. Think about where you're going and, the conditions ahead of you.
The cost to replace tires is much more reasonable if they are of the 22" trucker type. These size are cheaper, easier to find. So, do consider the tires size and, always pay attention to the tire load rating, tire pressure, etc..I'd say this to you, check your tires every single time you stop for rest, gas, or, just to get out and stretch your legs. Put your hands on them and feel the temp.
Another thing, not on all but look for it..most diesel rig will have an exhaust braking system. YOU WANT THIS~! I'd say, that this would rank "much higher" in importance than a slid out, for example.
For safety sake, whatever you buy..be sure you get an extra large fire extinguisher as the one provided is totally a joke. Which brings up another point, make sure all of the alarms work and, if any go off..GET OUT and, let the fire dept worry about fighting the fire. Almost every single RV fire that has been captured on video, is totally consumed in flames in minutes. I alway go by the premise that, you have 90 seconds (or less) to get out~!! It's not the fire that will kill you, it's the toxicity of the gas fumes given off~!!
While these point are but a fraction of.. Just to share with you this thought, buying a MO is much more than just buying a car or truck for a trip. If I can be of any help, send me a PM..
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Here's the link again

eBay Motors: 36' Airstream Land Yacht LOW RESERVE!!!!!!! (item 260397488174 end time May-01-09 09:54:43 PDT)

Sorry I did it wrong.

I think by aluminum rattling, he means the aluminum blinds.
Not sure what is wrong with your listing link but this works for me and is the same E Bay item.
eBay Motors: 36' Airstream Land Yacht LOW RESERVE!!!!!!! (item 260397488174 end time May-01-09 09:54:43 PDT)
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Great advice guys, keep it coming.
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:59 PM   #10
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Great advice guys, keep it coming.
Price is great, but not the only thing like others have said.

You say you are not mechanical, neither was the PO of my new to us 2000 LY 30. He bought it just out of warranty, spent 7000 in the first 4 years of use.
I have corrected most of what the expert mechanics did to screwup a well made machine. Only the squirrels did a better job of messing up wiring and vacuum system.
I have been keeping a list of items replaced, repaired or removed, at the new mechanics rate quoted on RV net, if I had paid for all services I would have passed PO's expenses and then some.

If you have the book value price in your pocket, buy it but be prepared to spent. Get a good road service contract, not AAA unless it is their best
as they don't tow MH's, with their reg service.

You didn't mention toad but with a MH that size and two kids, you will need one.
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Having just come off a trip from Ottawa Canada through Chicago, Phoenix AZ, I-10 to Florida and back to Ottawa, I can attest that diesel is the more economical engine - I got between 12 and 14 mpg towing a car behind me. The generator in the older diesel motorhomes runs off liquid propane. So if you use it often, you'll have to fill your propane tank frequently.

Do carefully check tires - mine are 19-1/2 inch. A set of 7 (included the spare) cost me $2,000. On the way to last year's International Rally in Bozeman MT, the left inside rear tire blew - it was an 8 year old Michelin. It took out part of the bottom siding between the wheel well and the generator, which my insurance paid for repairing. Know that any tire older than 5 years from the date of manufacture, which is stamped into the sidewall with the DOT label, should be replaced; tires rot from the inside, and any tire older than 5 years is actually dangerous.

With the depressed market for RVs today, you should hold out for a diesel; it's a buyer's market now.
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Sorry I didn't think about the 36 ft Land Yacht being a MO.
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