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Old 03-05-2008, 12:28 PM   #15
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Hi Wags-

What kind of tow vehicle do you have? That will dictate what trailer you can pull. So you know- I believe that the new airstreams only have 1 year warranties- so that shouldn't make or break your decision. Vintage is fun- but modern in awful comfy. Whatever you choose you will love it. If your thinking vintage- check out this site. It will put everything in perspective.
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:42 AM   #16
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Hey 3streams,

Thanks for the info on the warranty. I didn't realize the warranty period is only a year (seems kinda short but I guess there's no motor or transmission to wear out like a car).

We currently have two vehicles that are capable of towing. A van and a Grand Cherokee (the Cherokee has the big V8 and the tow package). Honestly, my wife and I want to zero in on the model of Airstream and then figure it out if we need to upgrade our tow vehicle (which it seems likely that we will). We're really starting out at ground zero. The Cherokee is getting up there in age so it's due to be replaced anyway (great excuse to get something bigger and better).

I checked one of the rental sites that was recommended in this thread. It's pretty cool--they actually deliver the airstream for you to your destination, you camp in it for a few days, close the door on the way out and they do the rest. I'm going to call them to try and set something up as it seems a really low hassle way to experience an Airstream first hand (we've never slept in one ourselves).

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Old 03-06-2008, 10:28 PM   #17
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Wags...Welcome to the forums! You're going to love an AS, no matter what size you decide is right for you...and that all depends on how you plan to use it, how much space you think you want/need, etc, etc...and trust me, everyone has different needs. One size does NOT fit all! Go look at them in person and sit/walk/lie down in them...the right one will find you!

Keep us posted and let us know what you decide...see you down the road!
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:26 PM   #18
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Hey 3streams,

Thanks for the info on the warranty. I didn't realize the warranty period is only a year (seems kinda short but I guess there's no motor or transmission to wear out like a car).

We currently have two vehicles that are capable of towing. A van and a Grand Cherokee (the Cherokee has the big V8 and the tow package). Honestly, my wife and I want to zero in on the model of Airstream and then figure it out if we need to upgrade our tow vehicle (which it seems likely that we will). We're really starting out at ground zero. The Cherokee is getting up there in age so it's due to be replaced anyway (great excuse to get something bigger and better).

I checked one of the rental sites that was recommended in this thread. It's pretty cool--they actually deliver the airstream for you to your destination, you camp in it for a few days, close the door on the way out and they do the rest. I'm going to call them to try and set something up as it seems a really low hassle way to experience an Airstream first hand (we've never slept in one ourselves).

Best,

Wags
Whats funny is that in the vintage airstreams- if you open up the pantry door - there is a warranty page that guarantees a lifetime of fixes- just stop by the factory! Our '07 Tahoe had to have the transmission replaced already- and we think it was the weight of the "05 Intl CCD. Even though it is within the tow capacity and feels okay when we are towing- we don't want to have to put another transmission in it. Who wants to be stuck on the road with no gears and a 25' trailer attached to your SUV with 4 dogs in the back? We love the charm of the vintage- not to mention the better gas millage and road time! So we are selling the '05 in favor of all vintage. Whatever you decide- you will love it and be so glad you can call yourself an "Airstreamer."
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Old 03-08-2008, 12:17 AM   #19
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3streams,

Are the vintage trailers "projects" that need a lot of work? I love the look of the some of the older models but I don't have the time to restore one (with two little boys at home--we call them the soccer hooligans--time is at a premium). Or, can you buy one that is already road worthy that you can just pack up and take on the road?

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Old 03-08-2008, 05:16 PM   #20
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Wags-

First off- every vintage trailer is a project (keep that in mind). You can buy already restored trailers- but be cautious! Not every restoration shop is equal and some places will polish the skin and freshen up the interior and call it restored. Almost all vintage trailers have leaked at some time or another and may have floor or frame rot/rust. That should be checked along with axle's and general overall maintenance of the trailer. My wife and I have found that we like the appearance of the older trailers. But our '05 CCD is very comfortable but your tradeoff is weight and gas. We kind of jumped in head first without a lot of research or idea what really was available besides the dealers lot. I would suggest attending a rally in your area and ask other Airstreamers to see their trailers and what they like/dislike and this should give you a good idea what you may want. They may also be able to tell you a good garage for repairs or restoration work. Hope this helps. Good luck in your search.
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Thanks 3streams. I'll look into the idea of attending a rally. Seems like a good idea to get some first hand knowledge. Sounds fun, too.

Just curious, why are you selling your 05 International?
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3streams,

Are the vintage trailers "projects" that need a lot of work? I love the look of the some of the older models but I don't have the time to restore one (with two little boys at home--we call them the soccer hooligans--time is at a premium). Or, can you buy one that is already road worthy that you can just pack up and take on the road?

Wags
Go Vintage!!! I've been restoring my '52 Cruisette and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Look for a vintage trailor in descent condition and run with it. Anyone can get a new trailor...but few can get a vintage trailer and have a great story to go with it. This is just my opinion any I many others with disagree... Good luck with picking a sweet A/C.

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Old 03-09-2008, 10:57 AM   #23
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I think the more you can LEARN up front about just how an Airstream is made and that would include learning what to look for in a vintage unit (floor-rot, axles/running gear, appliance function, water-tightness, etc.) the better your success at finding an older one that you can just hit the road in without a lot of renovation. It's hard to really learn this stuff without either owning a trailer (my way of learning) or hanging out in one A LOT. I'm not the type to learn well from just reading I need to be DOING so I'm glad I bought a '69 in 7 of 10 condition and could get busy fixing it myself (I'm also self-employed and can vary my schedule). Ideally, you'd find a friend who'd let you use or rent their vintage unit for a month or a year and really get to know it (you'd still need a TV w/hitch/sway bars/brake controller) and see if you can hang with vintage. I'm totally sold on the older units: weight, style, and retro vibe really do it for me..
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We have a 78 24ft Argosy, and now a 76 31ft Sovereign. We pull them with 1/2 ton pickups, I have the Tundra and my husband is a Ford man. His Ford has the bigger engine and I would have to recommend it for the 31ft. All that is up to you and where you intend to travel and how much you travel. Here in Oklahoma, we have few hills and we mostly tow ours down to the lake, about 150 miles. You will have things to work on in any vintage; however, there are trailers out there that have been well taken care of. Keep in mind that plastic gets brittle and things get old, but you will not have $30k to $60k invested to worry about. You can usually fix whatever the kids break (or your husband breaks) and maybe make it better than before. I was nervous about "breaking" my first trailer, but now I know that there is nothing we break that my husband or the RV man can't fix. If you can't find a replacement for the original part, and many are now available, you just update with something better or entirely different. Having your own Airstream is a fun time that you and the kids will remember all the rest of your lives.
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Thanks 3streams. I'll look into the idea of attending a rally. Seems like a good idea to get some first hand knowledge. Sounds fun, too.

Just curious, why are you selling your 05 International?
We have an '07 Tahoe as our Tow Vehicle- and although warranties- already had to replace the transmission. The vintage trailers can be made to be just as comfortable and modern as the new ones with every connivence. They are lighter, better on gas, and just plain cooler! Sell the '05 and buy 3 more vintage! Naw- we are thinking of buying a vintage tow vehicle- '57 Chevy Station Wagon (if we can find one).
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