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Old 05-19-2019, 06:01 PM   #1
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Hi there,

Just jumping on board the AS Forum. My wife and I are looking at a 16' Sport. We prefer small. We've been tent camping for years and have many miles under our belt with our kids (9 & 11). Since we live in the PNW, tent camping can get interesting during the "wet" season. Hence the jump into an Airstream (quality and longevity). We are also considering a 19' Flying Cloud but the hitch weight is too high for our Explorer. Not trading that one in just yet.

On another note, today I spoke to the sales guy at Seattle Airstream Adventures Northwest that I have been dealing with and here is what he said about new models coming in 2020:

Sport line is going away. Going to be replaced by the Caravel series - 16' 19' and 22'(?). Interiors will be more like the International Series. They are no longer producing them going forward. Price increase of ~$20k over the Sport models.

19' Flying Cloud is also going away.

"Airstream can set the price due to demand."

We'll see if he was accurate.

Glad to be here to do my research as I figure out what I'll be pulling in the near future.


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Old 05-20-2019, 07:27 PM   #2
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Hello from Colorado: Welcome to these Forums. Airstream trailers are in high demand now as are many other RVs. Airstream is setting sales records. They are building a bigger factory in Jackson Center.

I do think Airstreams hold their value better than many other brands, and I do know the trailer will last a very long time. Our Limited is 33 years old and the Overlander is 44 years old.

Many people invest in the "horse" before the "cart". Give good thought before you buy a trailer suitable that you may not like for your family in short order. We've seen that many times here on these Forums. Decide who sleeps where, who eats where, who sits where and how much stuff comes along on your trips.

Do you have the room you need for a rainy night in the campground five years from now?


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Old 05-20-2019, 09:46 PM   #3
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Best of luck in your search, you've come to a great resource for AS research; lots of experience here, just ask!
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:42 AM   #4
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Fiberglass is MUCH easier to maintain if you do deep woods camping.

Airstreams are a bit of an artistic statement. Lots of oohs and ahs, but would your wife wear $900 spike heels while camping?
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:58 AM   #5
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. We have been Airstreaming for a very long time and have not tired of it yet. Best wishes in your pursuit.
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:45 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. It's great to have you aboard.

The other day I read a statement posted here on the forum that went something like this, "Buy your second trailer first". The thought is that there is a tendency to buy one smaller than you really want and then later buy a bigger one. That's an expensive proposition.

So think what you will be wanting in several years, when you kids are bigger. Will the 16' model meet your needs then. Just food for thought.

All the best!

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