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Old 09-22-2016, 01:33 PM   #15
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Yes.

Almost all Airstreams are stored outside. If you buy one used (or new!) from a dealer, it was stored outside. As others have said, you need to examine it very carefully--and hopefully with someone else who knows Airstreams and/or trailers--to determine whether it's right for you.

The good news about storing up North is it's had less UV exposure... :-) But the good news about storing in southern climes is no road salt...

Check it out thoroughly as described. If it looks good, go for it!
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:18 PM   #16
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Our's was stored outside for its first 6 years in blazing hot humid central Florida. Needed all new roof chalking around vents, and factory skylight was trashed. Replaced with new, now like new and each fall I have winterized and stored in Michigan NON heated pole barn. Heated storage a great environment for rodents and utilities malfunctioning.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:19 PM   #17
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Still on the hunt for a 25 - 28ft. AS. This forum is an invaluable tool for research and I am thankful for being part of it.
Among others I am looking at a 2014 AS that spent the last 2 winters exposed to the harsh elements (snow and ice) up North. I understand the most desirable storage would be heated and enclosed. At least a carport kind of storage would help. But completely exposed, I am very concerned, should I not?
Looking forward to your input...
Being stored outside would not bother me at all, since that is the norm.

Being from up north would give me pause, because of all the salt used on roads during winter. Check out the exposed steel underneath. If it looks really rusty, steer clear. Most people do not tow in the snow, but you never know!
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:55 PM   #18
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Still on the hunt for a 25 - 28ft. AS. This forum is an invaluable tool for research and I am thankful for being part of it.
Among others I am looking at a 2014 AS that spent the last 2 winters exposed to the harsh elements (snow and ice) up North. I understand the most desirable storage would be heated and enclosed. At least a carport kind of storage would help. But completely exposed, I am very concerned, should I not?
Looking forward to your input...
Hello: If you are still looking for an A.S. I have also a 2014, never slept in,
carport shelter, 27FB Flying Cloud, bought new. Still factory winterized, never
connected to water. New batteries, Converter upgrade to Progressive Dynamics
PD4600 series, w/converter status remote pendant. Excellent upgrade done
before factory unit destroys anymore batteries. Michael 270-765-6620
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Old 09-22-2016, 04:21 PM   #19
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My Tradewind spent the first 56 years of it's life outside in St Cloud MN. Never had any hail damage. Not a problem.
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:39 PM   #20
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Absolutely! Our Airstreams have NEVER been stored inside ...
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:06 AM   #21
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All terrific comments toward finding the least problematic water problems in an Airstream . After purchasing 13 used A/S over the last 32 years, all living outdoors from Colorado to Southern Texas, here is what I learned. Age never seemed to matter. The oldest A/S I bought was a 1964 & everything in between including an Argosy & 3 A/S MHs. I had only one leak due to bringing an A/S from southern Texas to northern Colorado. The humidity change from Texas to arid / dry Colorado caused various seals to shrink therefore allowing water to enter the A/S. In another case, an A/S used on the West Coast beeches caused rust in various places often not seen until several years later when corosion appeared from behind such things as an A/S emblem.
My advise to find & avoid water leaks is look at the floor in a multitude of places beginning at the door. Then check the walls & put your nose to work for musty smells!
Good Luck.
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Old 09-23-2016, 06:56 AM   #22
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well, thank you all so much for your suggestions and opinions, certainly very helpful...now it's just down to getting it for the right price... :-)
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:22 AM   #23
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Ours sits outside at all times with no cover. 9 years in MN winters, and no problems. We winterize carefully every fall.

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We winterize ours meticulously every fall as well. We drag it down to Florida and don't bring it back until May .
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We winterize ours meticulously every fall as well. We drag it down to Florida and don't bring it back until May .
Whheeewwww! One thing I don't have to worry about in LA
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:32 AM   #25
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I wish I could do that! Unfortunately, I'm still paying your social security.
BTW: Road salt in the winter up North is not a problem if you don't tow your trailer on the roads in the winter.

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Old 09-26-2016, 08:26 AM   #26
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I wish I could do that! Unfortunately, I'm still paying your social security.
BTW: Road salt in the winter up North is not a problem if you don't tow your trailer on the roads in the winter.

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You would't have to be paying for my social security if the stinking lying politicians left my money in the trust account so it would be there for me as prescribed by the original statute.

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Old 09-26-2016, 09:03 AM   #27
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If it passes a rigorous pre-sale inspection (hire a pro, bring a friend, be thorough), then why not.

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