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Old 02-08-2011, 01:29 PM   #29
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You and your husband need to look at some used Airstreams and see if you are able to find any that are within your capabilities to fix, or clean-up, and go camping in. If not, then look at a NEW SOB....

Don't buy an Airstream because everyone else loves them, or their is a strong feeling of "family", they hold their resale or any other reason... none of that will matter if you can't get in your truck and tow it somewhere and feel the joy of using it!

Oh, and the picture above is truly beautiful!
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:34 PM   #30
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:01 PM   #31
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Some buy for image. Some buy for nostalgia. Some buy due to the construction and engineering. I am the latter. Let's face it, the RV industry is about where the automotive industry was in the 70s. They all have quality issues. However, AS has airplane type riveted construction, somewhat thicker aluminum, and overall, just plain better engineered "stuff". It's a culmination of hundreds of little things. Sure there are issues, but keep in mind, folks post about their problems. They have a tendency not to post or call AS just to say how great the other things are. I've had SOBs. thin skinned, stapled together wood structure (not all, of course). My last SOB was 17 years old when it finally "got ahead" of me...and I'm an anal retentive mechanic. Dry rot WILL GET YOU, with the low cost entries. Sure, I could've performed surgery and repaired....but why. Book value was $1000. And, mind you, it was in pristene condition mechanically and visually. It's now a hunting cabin, where it will quickly deteriorate to nothing but a lump. My AS will be my "forever" trailer, barring any accidents or acts of God. I've got solid, long lasting bones to work with now. That's what you pay for.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:42 PM   #32
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Many to see...

Funhouse, last summer we were one day from starting our trek to the North Shore of Lake Superior, MN, when we noticed our refrig had quit-kaput. Many phone calls later, we found an AS dealer just to the NW of Minneapolis--Anoka-- who welcomed our problem, solved it, and had a new Dometic to fit our unit when we arrived at the dealership. All that just to point out a great dealer who is not unreasonably far from you. Now to the main point: this dealer had a huge show room filled with different models of AS, from tiny sports model to very large Classics with all the bells and whistles. I spent the day--the entire day-- touring and comparing these models while our AS was in "hospital" getting refrigerated. I can't remember the count of units on the floor, but it pretty well covered whatever I had wondered about from looking at AS catalogs and following this forum. For example, I finally found an AS that was fitted with two recliners in the front in place of the awful gaucho that is usually there, sat in it, saw how it fitted us, and immediately began redesigning our older Gypsy. The staff was incredibly helpful and cooperative, leaving us alone to tour, try out, imagine...and answering questions when we had them. We decided that if we were ever to shop for a new AS, we had found the display floor/dealership that would help us make our choice. We would recommend a trip to Anoka if you are wanting to see lots of new AS to test out. They had some older units as well that you could visit to compare new and used. Best wishes as you search for an answer to your question. ~G
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:48 PM   #33
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I just want to add.....whether you spend 10K or 300K....THEY ARE ALL MAINTENANCE PIGS! As others have said, the same appliances and equipment are used across the board. But, Ultimately, for a TT I'd recommend AS.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:50 PM   #34
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Just convince your husband you'll be more fun in an Airstream....
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:03 PM   #35
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I'm speaking for my wife here - she is quite a devout Catholic - different from myself - so maybe you can appreciate the shock that I felt when we (she) made our (her) final decision on what trailer to purchase for our retirement years ....

.... we had looked at what felt like 100's of trailers .....

.... over a 6 month period .....

..... narrowed things down to three manufacturers ....

..... Bigfoot, Award and Airstream .....

..... and at the 11th hour ....

.... her words of wisdom .....

..... "get the best ..... and f**k the rest" .....

..... I agreed .....



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Old 02-08-2011, 04:03 PM   #36
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Simply because you love them, have always loved them and must have one. Go for it!
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:42 PM   #37
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I'm speaking for my wife here - she is quite a devout Catholic - different from myself - so maybe you can appreciate the shock that I felt when we (she) made our (her) final decision on what trailer to purchase for our retirement years ....

.... we had looked at what felt like 100's of trailers .....

.... over a 6 month period .....

..... narrowed things down to three manufacturers ....

..... Bigfoot, Award and Airstream .....

..... and at the 11th hour ....

.... her words of wisdom .....

..... "get the best ..... and f**k the rest" .....

..... I agreed .....

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Best reason hands down! Everyone around me (airport) now think I'm crazy because I can't stop laughing! Great set up on that one!
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:17 PM   #38
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I baught my 2007 20 footer couple of years ago thru Craiglist. The seller wanted to upgrade to 28' AS. The price was very reasonable and after 2 years use I can sell it for more than what I paid.
It is true every where we go folks like to see ours from inside they are all envy of our lettle AS even though some them have huge trailer or 5th wheeler. I believe if you buy an expensive product you only cry once, the cheap one will be trouble for ever.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:41 PM   #39
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WOW amazing!!! Glad noone was hurt. Didn't look like he had sway control installed.....The bright side would be it's a lot easier now to check the roof seams.

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Old 02-11-2011, 12:40 PM   #40
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If your choking on the price, then buy a used one. I bought a 1970 27' from the original owner, it was immaculate and well taken care of. I have owned five other 'BOX' trailers, the A/S pulls like a dream, handles like no other, it has a certain consistent nostalgia about it, it is extremely light, well built and enduring. We LOVE it.... Best we have ever owned. I know the old 70 is a bit dated, I replaced water heater and installed a cat heater in it to update it a bit. Buy a newer one that is about the same price as the box trailers new, you will never regret it.
I am not much of an attention monkey, but it amazes me how many people stop and chat about this old 'silver bullet' when we are out and about.
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Why Buy An Airstream?

Personally I think you just fit into one of three categories, a white box dude, a motor coach kind of person, or an Airstream kind of person. For the Airstream person, only an Airstream will do. The other units just don't hold any attraction. I dreamed of owning an Airstream for a long time before I finally bought one. I've had quite a few compliments on my unit from the white box crowd and one time had a motor coach guy come up to me and say "this damn thing (motor coach) is just too big and too complicated for me alone, I need to get a unit like yours". I think cost drives a lot of buying decisions. A lot of folks that would like an Airstream get scared off by the price and end up with something less than what they really wanted. If I wanted a new trailer today, I would just go out there and get another Airstream. I'm just an Airstream kind of guy.
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The best looking guy should have the best looking trailer. Of course if that was true, Id be hauling a manure spreader. Sal.
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