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Old 07-22-2013, 12:23 PM   #15
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Best course of action......spend some time checking the new competition at various SOB dealerships, talk to owners.
Then go to an AS Rally, all the while continuing to peruse the Forums.

Decide for yourself.

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:22 AM   #16
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Thanks, all - Here is what I distilled from there replies:

Thanks to all that took time to respond -

1. SOB = Some Other Brand. The fact that your cult have this unique idiom is a testament to the brand loyalty. As a marketing guy (not for Airstream) that is nirvana
2. There is no math to defend cost of acquisition vs cost of ownership rational. The brand loyalty is driven by “it’s an Airstream” which is akin to “it’s a Southern thang – you wouldn’t understand.” Airstream brand loyalty is driven by a (NOT snob like) elite uniqueness. Unfortunately I suck that up hook, line & sinker. I was REALLY hoping that I could cost- justify an expensive elite product. Nope. Ain’t gonna happen.
3. Airstreams are for towing, not sitting.
4. A 33 ft Airstream will sleep fewer people than the big ol honkin FFT that I sold.

I think there are so many older Airstreams out there is the same reason there are so many vintage Rolls Royce’s on the road – Considering the acquisition cost, who’s gonna retire one?

What this means is, plan B … Not sure if I will go SOB to park & sit or a smaller unit that wife & I can tow behind my wimpy F150.

Thanks to all for your input -
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:47 AM   #17
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I wouldn't count out your wimpy F150. I just pulled my 28 International 4000 miles back and forth across the rockies with a Lincoln Navigator. I have the 5.4L engine. I had my doubts about how it would handle the mountain passes. It did fine. Back and forth across the Continental Divide at 8500 feet and it was a champ. Sure, I would have liked more power and my next tow vehicle will probably be the Ford Diesel but I wouldn't worry too much about the F150.

You can find a lot of threads on here about what to tow with. A lot of people are using SUVs and vans. The ecoBoost V6 has a lot of boosters (no pun intended) Engine power isn't as important with the Airstream as it is with an SOB due to it's aerodynamics. Andy of CanAm RV had a good article in the Spring 2013 Airstream Life about this subject.
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"2. There is no math to defend cost of acquisition vs cost of ownership rational."

I think there is a way to defend it. We purchased our first As for dirt cheap. It was used and abused, but without too much effort it was perfectly usable. We learned a lot about what we might like in a trailer. We used it for about 4 years and got what we paid for it when we sold it. We bought a gently used 2005 in 2005 and paid, what we felt, was a reasonable price. We used it for 7 years and when we traded it in we got almost exactly what we paid for it. That isn't going to happen with an SOB.
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