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Old 07-09-2016, 09:15 AM   #29
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Like hanging 4 bikes off the back of a 19' trailer?

You still on that? One bike.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:53 AM   #30
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Pick the middle out of the watermelon....

Full Timing... not in an Airstream.

The most popular Airstreams are in the 25 foot and under sizes. Why? Tow vehicle optional use for home and towing.

Optimum lengths that preserve value are the 23 foot and 25 foot models. More people are interested in buying a USED 23 and 25 foot Airstream. The 28 foot Airstreams in Colorado seem to be always available for sale at the 23 foot and 25 foot price ranges.

Buying a four or five year old Airstream has someone else eat the depreciation of the first three years. When the price used is only 25% less than new... the used trailer must be one used on Holidays and Short Trips. Not lived in 24/7/365.

An Airstream used for Full Time for sale by owner... Cheap, cheap... cheap.

With an experienced Airstream owner to inspect, there are individuals who are selling an Airstream, or a SOB, with minimal actual time of use. These are the 'gems' of the hunt. They buy their first trailer new, discover no other family member wants to travel in a trailer and it is either stored or sold for whatever the market will pay. Some remote areas an Airstream or a small Cabin with acreage is the same price.

A deceased spouse is the most common good deal for purchasing an Airstream. Check around in cities that Snow Birds frequent...!

I bought new in 2006 and 2014. Not the smartest way to purchase, but I can repair or replace whatever falls off or apart in the trailer. You can never tell what someone has done with or to the trailer when used. First you have to quiz the owners and look how they live at home and imagine them in a tight living quarters. Dump = Dump. An owner with a nice clean work bench, tools and garage that sparkles... you are now getting the idea.

Airstream is like a gold or silver coin. It will always have a resale value and a number of buyers. Some to flip. Some to use it. But the trailer will get more interest than a fiber glass all look alike trailers. Price may go up or down, but there will always be a willing buyer.

If I were to deal in trailers... Airstreams would be one that would have a good chance of at least breaking even after use. Or the smaller Casitas or Olivers... for the younger generation with smaller tow vehicles and tighter budgets.

I may complain about some aspects of Quality Control of my Airstream, but compared to others... it is just a cost of ownership. In a couple years the trailer will meet or exceed the factory's intent to manufacture a dependable trailer... but it is the owner that makes it... dependable.
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:34 AM   #31
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Cazual6,

That was a bit funny though.
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Old 07-09-2016, 12:29 PM   #32
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Thanks Hittenstiehl, if I am reading you right. Humor is lost on some . . .

IMO.



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Otra, you read me correctly and Cazual likely did too.

He has a good sense of humor also. He stood strong on that issue and came out it still positive.
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There are people fulltiming in 25' and 27' Airstreams even with the storage space limitations.

Why are you considering a trailer. Why not a 5th wheel?

If the Airstream is just another trailer to you, then I would get some other brand. If you have aluminumitus in your blood, then no other brand will suffice. Only you can answer this question.
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There are people fulltiming in 25' and 27' Airstreams even with the storage space limitations.

Why are you considering a trailer. Why not a 5th wheel?

If the Airstream is just another trailer to you, then I would get some other brand. If you have aluminumitus in your blood, then no other brand will suffice. Only you can answer this question.
Well this is my first trailer experience so I can't say I have that airstream bug yet. I am closing in on 30 days left to pick one.

I can appreciate the small space and really love the hook up and go portability. But the more I shop, the harder it is to find a $30k airstream that isn't a wreck or in need of repairs. And the more I consider I may lose a bit of money once I sell it the more I consider entering the market at $20k. It is really a conundrum for me because I always want the best and want to "buy to keep forever".

I appreciate everyone talking it out with me.
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talk you out of it...ok
what your about to read is only just my opinion

it is my opinion they (airstreams) are over priced, new or used
are they built better mmmmmm no!
Airstream does not make the, stove, air-conditioner, furnace, hot water heater, refrigerator / freezer, or microwave! They do not make the axels
i personally have had to get on top of my camper trailer (some other brand) and my airstream motorhome... Flat roofs are great, especially for a/c repair the airstream roof scares me whenever i need to go up there.
The round roof robs you of much needed space on the interior,
people here are right, your going to need to be handy, oh ya and the parts are just as overpriced as the tin can you'll be putting them on.
Speaking of the tin can...
Ya ever notice you never see a soda can with riveted seams? Ya know why? They would leak like sieve!
I know i'm getting older but more then once i've been woke up to a wet bed, and no it wasn't me! Ever been up on a round wet slippery aluminum roof?
And probably the most important thing... Look at the floor plans for streams and other brands... I think (again only my opinion) if someone put just the floor plans, of three different brands in front of you and asked you to honestly evaluate them and rank them in order i'd be willing to bet that no matter what the other brands were the airstream wouldn't come first.
Keep in mind your going to loose 2-5% of the inner space, just do to the round roof
so why did i buy my airstream motor home... Because it was "soooo cool" that's exactly the words the tow truck driver used as he hooked on to my riveted leaky can that sits on top of a 34 year old chevy bread truck chassis.
But... At least i didn't buy new.
Sadly, i've seen posts on this forum of people who have paid $90,000.00 more then i have, and have similar problems, and the new motorhomes are on mercedes chassis!
So do you want to be "cool"
or do you want to be cool (like 10*f cooler) i may have neglected to mention what the sun does when it relentlessly beats down on that metal skin.
Airstream doesn't make the a/c unit, but they do make it work 10% harder)
wow...
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