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Old 02-04-2010, 07:29 PM   #29
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We are very happy with our 2009 Flying Cloud 25FB. We have owned the AS for almost a year and have found no major issues. Congratulations on your new AS.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:48 PM   #30
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I've had both vintage and new (2008) AS. The old trailers were good and so are the new ones. Some things are a little different, but most are still the same. I think a lot of people that posted about disapointments with the new trailers had their heads in the clouds. No product is perfect. Given the choice between a vintage AS or a new one, I'd go with the new one. If you want a full time hobby restoring an AS; get a vintage trailer.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:49 PM   #31
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I think there are major differences between the workmanship of Airstreams. Whether it's a Friday trailer thing, dumb luck, or what, some people have few or no issues. We have had a lot of problems because of poor workmanship.

Some problems are bad design. The location of the water pump on many models for a long time is a good example. Another is the positioning of the wire to the jack under the propane cover.

I don't think those things can be excused especially in a trailer sold at a premium price. I am glad some people get better built trailers. Ours has no corrosion so we are glad about that.

Shane, I hope you are one of the lucky ones.

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Old 02-04-2010, 10:16 PM   #32
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We are very happy with our 2008 30ft classic.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:17 PM   #33
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We are the lucky ones: we own a beautiful Airstream!

She is coming up on two years old - yes we've had some very minor and mostly cosmetic issues that were fixed immediately and without complaint at our local Eugene dealer - and we love her as much as when we became infatuated with her on the lot. Really, everything in life needs maintainance and upkeep so we're looking forward to many, many years of travel adventures in our glowing silver trailer!

I love the charm of the beautifully restored vintage Airstreams but we're not "fixer - uppers" and paying someone else to fix, fix, fix stuff just wouldn't make us happy...
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:36 PM   #34
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the 31 is my 2nd new airstream.1st was a 2005 28 safari.have owned this one comming up on 4 years.other than a pump replacement in year 2,the only thing i do is use it and clean the interior and exterior after each use.only real maintenance is checking tire pressure and the hensley greasing and retourqing.i dont seem to have all the problems that other forum members have complained about.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:44 PM   #35
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Very Happy

We're very happy with our 2009 classic. The only "design" problem we have is why put the outside shower right next to the sewer. There's a bit of an ick factor for some of our non-camping guests. And yes, we keep the sewer area very clean :-)
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:54 PM   #36
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I would love to have a new trailer, but it is just not in the cards for us at this point. We have an old one.... a very old one and I often find myself secretely envious of the new ones. They are cool and they are relevant. Most of all it is still an Airstream which is one of the coolest American Made Icons to roll off of the assembly line. I say good for you and I hope you enjoy your purchase.... remember.. the worst thing you can do is let it sit... get out and use it and have fun! Hope to see you down the road sometime.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:46 AM   #37
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Shane,
Good luck on the new trailer purchase. We purchased a new trailer in June 09. I don't think there is any right or wrong to it. It all comes down to what you really want. After reading all kind of info on here and also looking at older models for sale, which were very scarce in our area. We just decided to purchase a new one. We didn't have the time or space to buy an older model and fix to our likings. So far we're still happy with it, just wish we had more time to travel.
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:21 AM   #38
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reality check?...

Bottom line for me.....quality does not match price point.

It didn't in 2003, it still doesn't in 2010.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f318...eam-53083.html

Been Streaming for 22yrs, wouldn't own any other trailer, but that doesn't mean that we should be satisfied with the "best" of a mediocre choice.

It's unfortunate that AS has no competition for quality trailers in today's marketplace, listening to owners hasn't worked, competition might.
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:08 AM   #39
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Well after two days of Driveway Camping, I'm in love!!! The fit the finish, the luxurious beauty of it all. I'm a "Streamer" for life. I'm Very Lucky and LOVE my International.

Thank-you for all the kind words, this is a dream come true!!

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BTW, I posted some pics on the Forum under International/2010 International.

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Old 02-08-2010, 09:38 AM   #40
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We bought our '08 in '07 going on 3 years of happy camping. The only problem is the skylight started leaking and the battery got a dead cell. The skylight problem has exsisted on all models for many years. It's made of a fast deteriorating thin plastic with really crappy attachment. Seems the factory would have come up with a better design by now. The battery was dated 4 years ago and had many deep discharges so I can't blame AS.
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:31 PM   #41
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For the price of an Airstream you are entitled to a good product. Go over your purchase with a fine tooth comb and don't take delivery until they fix anything that is wrong.

Keep a list and bring it back if any other faults show up later.

This is the only way the dealers and factory will take quality control seriously. If the customers let things slide the dealer will think they don't care. If the dealers don't complain the facory will think nothing is wrong.

The faults people mention, in most cases could be easily eliminated by the factory at very little cost, if the customers demanded they do so.

In the long run the worst thing that could happen is for everyone to suffer in silence.... and never buy another Airstream again.
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:56 PM   #42
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Enjoy that new aluminum Shane. Don't get pulled into the Forum vortex of unhappyness. Just remember if you are happy with your new AS that is all that matters. My suggestion is to stay on top of the issues found (if any) while it is under warranty, do the required maintenance and log onto the Airforums for its great wealth of information on Airstream ownership.

Safe Travels!!!
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