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Old 10-30-2003, 04:50 AM   #15
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I agree entirely with Maurice. It would be like trying to logically and analytically explain why someone else should fall in love with a particular girl. The first time I saw an Airstream drive by was like the first time I saw our Concorde fly past. You can't rationalize that gut feeling to someone who doesn't intuitively feel it. Toad of Toad Hall in "The Wind in the Willows" had it right when he saw his first motor car drive by. He just sat in the middle of the road, saying "Oh my, oh my!" Nick.
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:48 AM   #16
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As much as we complain that there are QC issues (or were), I'd still have to say, have the folks go and look at a few other brands and then go look at the Airstream......we were at an RV show last year and every other brand we walked in, creeked, felt unstable, etc.

The Airstream by comparison feels very solid. The structure is phenominal and for the very technical description....

The darn thing just look cool!

My .02

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Old 10-30-2003, 08:59 AM   #17
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what others think

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Orignal posting from Inside Out:
We were at a rally this weekend, there were about twenty of us. I overheard a couple talking in the community room talking about all the Airstreams at the campground. The best comment was, "Wow, I never saw so many millionaires in one place!"

Even though it was far from true, it made me smile...

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The above says a lot about other SOB owners and their opinion of Airstream and their owners .
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Old 10-30-2003, 12:29 PM   #18
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No explanation is necessary---

Another one that seems to fit Airstream is as follows:

"For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't understand, no explanation is possible."

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Old 10-30-2003, 04:16 PM   #19
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If they want a trailer that will take one final trip to the dump in five years, buy SOB. Fiberboard walls and 1X2 studs shake apart in the first 10,000 miles.

If they want a trailer that will last a lifetime, buy an Airstream. My father bought his used in 1974 and kept it until his death in 1999. I bought mine new in 2002, and plan to keep it through retirement (still 15 years until my retirement begins).

Keep an Airstream indoors and it will look like new for a lifetime too!
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:16 PM   #20
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Airstreams are built WITHOUT:

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Old 10-30-2003, 08:33 PM   #21
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Mine's a 75 but...

...When my cousin stopped over the other day the first thing he saw was my trailer.

"Oh, you got an Airstream?
Geez, I didn't know you had one of those. You must be doing pretty well. Can I see the inside? How old is it?"

"It's a 1975"

"Really, that old? Gee it looks REALLY nice. Can I see the inside?
Can I?"
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:38 PM   #22
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Lots of Good Reasons

I think just about every good reason has been stated here but I think Cracker pegged it with the unknown author quote. Nickcrowhurst too.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:39 PM   #23
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Re: Need help justifying Airstream brand!

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Help! Friends of mine are getting ready to purchase some-other-brand of trailer so I need the collective help (and knowledge) of this community summed up in one tidy thread.

My thought is I will direct my friends to this thread in a day or two so they can read why they should purchase an Airstream trailer over a some-other-brand trailer. So please, take a moment to explain why you believe the Airstream brand is the best choice!
Mine is 32+ years old, and has had NO maintenance of any kind for over ten years. I towed it home, washed it, and went camping in it the next weekend. Most other brands would be a pile of rotted wood and tin siding after being treated in such a manner. Airstream construction is almost exclusively metal, inside and out. That means no (or very little) wood to rot, no termites, no sagging ceiling tiles, etc. The increased cost is offset by a much longer lifespan of the trailer.
About 60% of the Airstreams I see going down the road are over ten years old, and still look like new, most other brands of trailers at that age are relegated to being a "hunting cabin" somewhere, because they are no longer in good enough condition to be used as travel trailers. Obviously, higher-end brands of travel trailers will last a little longer, but not that much.
Show your people a ten year old Airstream, then show them a ten year old other brand trailer. The difference will be instantly obvious.
Properly cared for, and Airstream will be something your grandchildren will enjoy camping in someday.
Another brand, properly cared for, will make an excellent utility trailer someday...
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Old 10-31-2003, 01:32 AM   #24
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My idea of "roughing it" would be - NOT staying in an Airstream - and I don't even have one!
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Old 10-31-2003, 08:48 AM   #25
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"Oh, you got an Airstream?
Geez, I didn't know you had one of those. You must be doing pretty well.
I got that, too, only with even more shock and awe (i.e. mis-underestimating of my net worth ) I was visiting some old collegues from a past life...showed one of the guys some pics of my "new toy". He said to me, "geez, I guess they must be paying you really well in the computer biz...alot better than I would have thought!" took me a minute to catch what he was saying....then it dawned on me, and I said, "well, its 30 years old". He did a double-take, and exclaimed "GET OUT!?". This guy knew what Airstream's are, and what they cost. but even he was shocked at how good an old one can look.
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Thank-you for your comments!

I want to thank everyone who took the time to comment on this thread -- the response was overwhelming!

The good news is we now have a single, tidy thread which contains a good summary of what makes the Airstream brand a legend.

The bad news is my friends have decided to buy a SOB, but at least it is a Thor model so they are halfway there! My next plan of action is to immerse them in the "Airstream experience" by taking them to as many buddy rally's as I can next year.

Resistance will be futile!
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Old 11-01-2003, 08:00 PM   #27
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What was the reason for SOB?

Yukionna,

What were the compelling reasons for SOB? Did your friends benefit from this feedback and did they explain why SOB?
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Old 11-02-2003, 09:18 AM   #28
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My idea of "roughing it" would be - NOT staying in an Airstream - and I don't even have one!
That is a slight modification of a quote from a celebrity, I don't even remember which one, which went, "My idea of 'roughing it' is having to stay in a four-star hotel."
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