Originally Posted by utee94
So, after reading your several threads about various things Airstream, and now that you have bought one of your own, I would love to see your answer to the same question--
Well, first and foremost I'd say that most of "why" was in place before I even asked the question in the first place, but I really wanted to see if others were buying for the same reasons that I thought I should buy.
I am big about quality of construction and it's clear that if someone or in the case of vintage AS owners, many people, are willing to buy campers that are 35-70 years old and use them regularly and are able to maintain them, then that's quality and longevity. Kinda like old John Deeres...you can walk into a JD dealer today and see microfische and order parts for a 1936 model D just the same as you can with a 2003 model 4310. I see the same for AS. The original parts are still made and still available. Second is servicability. Obviously that's there. You can go to Lowe's or Home Depot and get basic systems parts (wood, paint, elec. fixtures, plumbing, valves) Yeah, there are some RV specific things, but in general everything on an AS is repairable. You never get to the point of...oh there's just too much to replace / throw away...might as well buy a new camper. With an AS, it never gets to the point of needing to replace it all unless it's neglected and let to sit in a field for 5+ years. Even then, someone says, "let's gut it and rebuild." A SOB just gets scrapped or left to fall apart in the field.
Lastly, I do like brand identity. I'm a big motorcycle buff. I've never been a fan of HD because until the last about 10 years the quality clearly wasn't there and I'm not a fan of breaking down on the road, taking short trips, or repairing my bike more than riding. So, I've been a Honda man for a long time. I bought one brand new even...loved it...rode the $hit out of it and still sold it for over $10000 at 4 years old with 44,000 miles on it. Problem was that a Honda is a very durable bike. BUT, Honda as a corporation isn't really interested in supporting the fanatics that ride their bikes. The limited amount of merchandise was expensive and really not as good as mainstream gear that was 1/2 the price. So, I pal'd around with a lot of BMW riders and went to a lot of BMW rallies. They were accepting of me and my Honda. But, they had true comradery. They rallied. The company rallied with them. I loved it. I'm now on BMW bike #2 and I think I'll keep her for a while. Not the couch on wheels that my Honda was, but it's so much more in a different way.
Not sure if the reason why I bought an airstream really comes through in all that, but that's how I rationalize it. Nobody knows or cares what brand of trailer you have when it's square and white. When you roll in with an AS, no one needs to ask what brand it is...they all know. I think the best part is going to be telling them that it's 35 years old and still that nice.