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Old 02-08-2011, 12:22 PM   #15
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:27 PM   #16
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It looks good, it feels good. It is forever repairable, and after 50 years or so, it still looks good and feels good.

Try that criteria on the bargain brands.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:31 PM   #17
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:39 PM   #18
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Since we live in WI and our funds are hard to come by, I am having a hard time convincing hubby that we need an AS. This will be our 4th RV and I'm truly tired of trading in something because there are problems. As I see it, the others are just disposable trailers (although with the money saved it might not matter).
Airstreams have their teething problems as do most if not all travel trailers and RVs. One big difference is that once the teething problems are sorted out, the Airstream will still have lots of life left. Unlike most other travel trailers, the wall structure is aluminum ribs rather than 1" x 2" lumber -- the only structural wood in an Airstream is the floor -- if coach is kept leak-free the life expectancy is infinite. True, certain appliances and mechanical devices will eventually wear out and need to be replaced, but the coach structure should be sound enough to warrant replacements. I can't speak directly to new Airstream coaches as both of mine were Vintage when purchased, and I can't say that I regret a single penny that I have spent on either one.

Something else to keep in mind is the camaraderie of a group of owners of similar coaches. There is a very active Wally Byam Caravan Club International Unit in Wisconsin. Even though I am several hours South of Wisconsin, I still maintin my membership in the unit and try to make as many of their activities as possible.

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Old 02-08-2011, 12:40 PM   #19
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I would say that it depends on how much you will use it. If it is going to set in a storage lot or your driveway for 11+ month's of the year. It doesn't make much difference.
All Rv's require maintenance, some more than others.
I believe there are some out there that if taken care of would last as long as an Airstream, but would not hold the resale value. Of course if you buy new the depreciation in the first few years is a real eye opener. So do you want to buy an $80,000 unit and have it lose $40,000 in 5 years or a $40,000 unit and have it lose $20,000 in 5 years.
I own one (An Argosy) that is 37 years old and expected to have to do some major fixing of things; I don't believe it is any more expensive to up grade an Airstream as long as you don't have to deal with the skin or frame of the trailer.
I would not consider buying a new Airstream; they are way too expensive for what you get and as far as I know from reading here; owners of units less than 10 years old are faced with many of the same problems that owners of vintage units are faced with. Rotting floors, suicide doors and frame problems.
I just don't know why Airstream doesn't come into the 21st century and upgrade their designs to solve these problems. They still are the Cadillac of Travel Trailers. But just like General Motors use to be the worlds largest auto maker; there is a Toyota or Honda lurking in the wings.
Simple things like resolving the floor rot problems; the suicide door problems and building it on a stronger frame would be good places to start.
Of course unless you have owned one you don't know about these inherent problems; you may not know it even if you do own an AS.
Of course the SOB have problems as well. People put 10's of thousands of dollars into restoring the "Tin Can " trailers as well.
There are a lot of SOB's out there that are nice and cost a lot less than an AS.
If I were in the market I would certainly do a lot of comparing and research on forums such as this one before I would make a choice.
Give serious consideration as to how much it will be used; it's intended purpose to live in for extended periods of time or just to go on holidays.
I am convinced that if anyone buys an RV as an investment, they might as well burn their money.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:47 PM   #20
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bottom line is you get what you're comfortable with and what you feel you can afford..and you get out there! that's really what it's all about.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:10 PM   #21
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:55 PM   #22
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and you will always have a project
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:59 PM   #23
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"Hubby and I went to the RV show in Madison last weekend. There were no AS at the show to compare the apples and oranges with. "

exactly - most rv dealer do not want you looking at an AS. they want you comparing 10 similar styles of the exact same box that will have to be replaced in less than 10 years.

'nuff said.
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:12 PM   #25
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Like many have said, there are many factors that I would look at. If you or your spouse need ameneties when you camp, you should buy a newer one. If you don't and camp for the great outdoors part, buy an older one and save your money for gas and repairs.
When living in WI, we found our trailer along the side of the road near West Bend. An older couple was selling it, at what we now know, for a 'song'. Its been great for weekend get aways and our one week vacations in the summer each year. She's only 45 this year, and she's been to Yellowstone, Hot Springs, Mammoth Cave, and Niagara Falls. We have only had her 5 years. I know she needs new axles, but that will have to wait until next year. Oh, and it pulls real nice as well.

Oh well, if I didn't convince you to buy one, I just convinced myself to buy another one.
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:13 PM   #26
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If all the above comments are not convincing enough, AS are engineered. Every inch of an AS has propose designed intergrated for its use.
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #27
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THank you all for your replies. I have another question which I will post separately
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:26 PM   #28
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Because when you take photos of all the beautiful places you visit -- you will have a beautiful trailer in your photo. To my family, our Airstream is a piece of art and we are very proud of her.

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