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 -