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Old 04-20-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Buy the one you want. That's what I'd do.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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Well most of us are here because we chose Airstream. I went with the Airstream because of its style, durability, aerodynamic qualities and because of the (relative) ease of towing.
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Well most of us are here because we chose Airstream. I went with the Airstream because of its style, durability, aerodynamic qualities and because of the (relative) ease of towing.
And hopefully you'll continue to enjoy it when the filiform corrosion starts showing up. Check around the marker lights carefully to begin with.
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Airstream, but you have to consider that asking that question is like asking on a Ford forum if you should buy a Chevy or a Ford:-)
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And hopefully you'll continue to enjoy it when the filiform corrosion starts showing up. Check around the marker lights carefully to begin with.
I like to think of them as laugh lines for the Airstream because, from what I've read, it's almost impossible to stop or correct.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:43 PM   #7
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Yeah, with a Coachmen, you probably get bigger tanks, more interior space, shorter lifespan, and somewhat worse aerodynamics.

With an Airstream, you get ...... us! Now isn't that a prize worth winning? Lotsa free advice from folks who have already made almost all of the mistakes anyone can imagine and a few that are unimaginable ... it doesn't get much better than that!
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If by "somewhat worse aerodynamics" you mean terrible:-)!!!!
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Yeah, with a Coachmen, you probably get bigger tanks, more interior space, shorter lifespan, and somewhat worse aerodynamics.

With an Airstream, you get ...... us! Now isn't that a prize worth winning? Lotsa free advice from folks who have already made almost all of the mistakes anyone can imagine and a few that are unimaginable ... it doesn't get much better than that!
Don't forget the stimulating conversations about which tow vehicle is best!
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I would take a serious look at the Arctic Fox. My Argosy is 38 years old. I've dumped a ton of money into it and it's working for us. But I would certainly give others a good look before choosing another A$ product.
A$ that are less than 5 years old have similar problems to my Argosy. The problem I see with A$ is that they are stuck in the last century. Yes the have nostalgia, and many new other than A$ gadgets. But the trailer itself hasn't been upgraded or improved in decades. The 60 year old problem with floor rot is still there. About the only improvement has been larger holding tanks and I'm not sure that's a plus given their reputation for weak frames and rear end sag.
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We love our Airstream, so we are biased. Enjoy your hunt and hope to see you on the road regardless or what you finally decide to get.
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Should i buy a airstream or a coachman travel trailer. Just retired
In the end, this is a question only you can answer. My first brand new travel trailer was a 1980 Nomad 1780 Lightweight Special. Initially, I looked at both the Nomad and Argosy Minuet (a leftover 1979 Minuet). Had I stood my ground and spent an additional $750 - - I would likely still have that Minuet today. The Nomad began falling apart when it was six months old and by the time it was 30 months old I was having trouble keeping up with its various failures and sold it going back to camping in a cabin tent until 1995. I learned my lesson . . . and the only thing brand that I was willing to consider when I began looking for my next RV was an Airstream . . . in 1995, I determined that a pre-owned Airstream would fit my desires better than a new Brand X. Some of the things that I like best about my Airstream:
  • With regular maintenance, an Airstream is capable of serving multiple generations. I have friends who are the third generation to camp in their 1960 Overlander . . . . and their young children and the fourth generation to camp in the coach.
  • While there are many on the Forums who don't enjoy the WBCCI, I joined shortly after bringing my Airsream home and haven't regretted a minute . . . in fact, I have been a lifetime member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International for a number of years.
  • The overall design is enduring. While the design has evolved over time, to the uneducated eye, it can be difficult to easily distinguish a new or late model coach from one that may be more than 30 years old.
  • The interior design lends itself to comparatively easy upgrades to softgoods as well as structures.
  • Compared to other RV manufacturers that I have encountered, Airstream is better about supporting its older products than others. Like any other manufactured product, some replacement parts become difficult to source over time; but with Airstream there is a higher probability of finding replacement parts over a greater period of time than with the Brand X manufacturers.
I haven't heard it said as often recently, but when I first began Airstreaming in 1995 there could be something of a stigma associated with traveling in an Airstream as other RVers were said to consider Airstream owners to be somewhat snobbish. I have always enjoyed socializing with all of my RV neighbors, and have never felt any issues with being an Airstream owner. Today, with all of the media exposure, arriving in an Airstream almost always results in a variety of curious questions and often requests for tours - - traveling in a Vintage Airstream increases the curiousity even more . . . then add in a Vintage tow vehicle and it is almost impossible to stop anywhere without attracting a crowd.

Good luck with your decision!

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