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Old 02-08-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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Give me reasons to buy Airstream!

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. Of course, Jayco, Dutchmen, etc., have HUGE price savings over AS. Plus, I've read on the forum that AS has almost as many issues with leaks as a cheap trailer. 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). After years of pulling them down the highway, they all seem to wear and tear apart. Is there a really, truly, convincing argument to buy AS? Or, is it just the same as buying a Lexus or a Cadillac (they get old too)? Not saying that it would be a bad thing, but I've never been the kind of person who had to wear Guess jeans and carry a Coach purse. So, I need to know if there's more to it than the name. Give me your best sales pitch
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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show me one of those jayco dutchman etc. in 20 30 40 years...you can find airstreams that age all over the place...don't see too many others that age rolling around! they are alot more expensive but they're much better built and they hold thier value and they're easier to maintain in my opinion...plus they just look soooo cool!
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:01 PM   #3
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For the most part, most trailers use the same components like a/c, refrigerators, stoves, sinks, faucets, furnaces, water heaters, lights, etc. That said, those components all have about the same life span, so there's no advantage there. The big advantage of the Airstream over other brands is the very long life of the bodies and the ease of towing. They are towed very easily with an F-350 or F-550, even a 25 footer!
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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. Of course, Jayco, Dutchmen, etc., have HUGE price savings over AS. Plus, I've read on the forum that AS has almost as many issues with leaks as a cheap trailer. 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). After years of pulling them down the highway, they all seem to wear and tear apart. Is there a really, truly, convincing argument to buy AS? Or, is it just the same as buying a Lexus or a Cadillac (they get old too)? Not saying that it would be a bad thing, but I've never been the kind of person who had to wear Guess jeans and carry a Coach purse. So, I need to know if there's more to it than the name. Give me your best sales pitch
1. You will probably never Have to trade it in due to problems.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:03 PM   #5
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As someone who's considering his first TT and is a geeky tech and design snob, I'm down to 2 choices... Airstream or Earthbound. Now, part of the reason for me is the interior. Only the Earthbound offers an interior that appeals to me in the way that the Safaris and International CCDs do, and that difference in interior design makes a HUGE difference to me. To sane people, it's probably less important.

My impression is that ANY RV (TT, Moho, houseboat, etc) is a maintenance-intensive proposition. Older Airstreams seem to be more rewarding of good maintenance than many older SOBs, but that could be that there are more people devoted to truly maintaining their Airstreams rather than just patching them up to get them to the deer lease. You'll get much better-informed responses from people who've actually owned Airstreams for years, I'm sure, but I wanted to share my perspective as someone in the market who really wants an AS but is looking at the final price as well.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:05 PM   #6
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2. You have to look at it. I look out the w indow right now and dont see anything ugly. Sal.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:12 PM   #7
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Last month we caravanned down to Quartzite with several members of my family. We were following my sister and brother in law with their brand new white box trailer. We watched that trailer whip back and forth all over the road in the wind down by Palm Springs, while were having no issues what so ever, made me very grateful that we had an Airstream.

Besides how incredibly cool they look, you also have this great Airstream community behind you every step of the way.

Spend some time shopping, and you'll find a great deal.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:12 PM   #8
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That's a tall order - I'll leave it to Airstream's Marketing people...However...

Aside from the quality/construction/cost issues, Airstream has that certain 'cachet' that seems to attact people where ever one travels...tough to put a price on that...It is the ONE trailer that's still here, after years and years of exposure - I'll bet there's 1000's of other 'expired' brands scattered in the RV archives

I agree, new AS's are are BIG ticket item, that have caused many of us here to seek out older, more affordable, AS's to fix up or modify to our own desires or uses...

You're going to find 'flaws' in any RV you buy - warranty helps when you buy 'new'...when buying an older rig, you have to inspect it as best as you or your helper can determine, and then 'negotiate' the price accordingly to allow you some wiggle room to affect any repairs, etc...

Buying NEW does have the advantage of ordering the options and features you want - with older units, of course, you usually have to make some compromises...

Would we do it again?...Yes, we're happy with our older rig, but lust after the new AS designs available today - our Lotto tickets just haven't been very cooperative, to date!
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:14 PM   #9
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Hi from Spring Green and welcome to the forums.

I don't know if I can give you a single good reason, but I'll tell you our story.

We looked at used travel trailers all last summer. A new one was out of the question. I didn't want a fifth wheel, my wife wanted a slide out. There are a lot of trailers for sale in the state and we saw a lot of them. But, we didn't see any that we thought were a good "value" or any that we really liked.

Then we saw a 37 year old Airstream in relatively good condition at a very reasonable price. After reading a lot of threads on this site, familiarizing myself with the important issues for that age trailer, etc., we looked at it and bought it. It was the first time we saw a trailer that excited us and one that seemed to meet our criteria for "value".

I think the single most important reason that you see Airstreams that are 30, 40, 50 years old still being used is that they were well constructed utilizing quality components. A quality trailer, properly maintained, should remain useable and hold a reasonable resale value for a long time. The less expensive and cheaply made trailers will both deteriorate and depreciate at a much faster rate.

So, for me, quality and resale value would seem to stand out.

Good luck with your decision. And happy hunting.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:15 PM   #10
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I spent a couple of days in a Kentucky state park last summer and was surrounded by large 5th wheels and MOs all with several bump out rooms. They were all very beautiful and spacious. The funny thing was everybody came over to see my little 45 year old Safari. That means a bunch to me.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:16 PM   #11
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More aerodynamic = less sway (with the correct hitch setup)

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Old 02-08-2011, 12:17 PM   #13
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

We have a 2005 Airstream 25FB, named Lucy. We have had Lucy for five years. We bought her new in 2006. Thus far, we have spent just shy of 800 nights in her, and have pulled her 70,000 miles. She has held up very well considering the heavy use and abuse that we have subjected her to. We have done some minor repairs and some upgrades over the years. We don't believe that there is another brand of travel trailer that could have withstood our heavy use.

Lucy still looks pretty much as she did the day we got her. She does have a few rock dings on her front end, but otherwise looks great.

Yes, Airstreams are expensive. They are not perfect, but they are that much better than anything else out there.

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3. It's an Airstream; not a house on wheels. Some of the new RV's are beautiful and pricey - but they don't remind me of camping and taking it easy... they're like a new rolling house on wheels. Airsteam is an icon and is Americana... and they hold their value well.
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