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Old 11-28-2005, 01:53 PM   #1
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Talking Hi, I'm Coldbigred, and I love Airstreams!

I KNEW there had to be a support group for those addicted to Airstreams, and I found it! I'm in love with these trailers, but obviously cannot afford one now. Where do most of the Airstream owners get their money to buy one? Maybe I can sweet-talk Santa into slipping one under my tree?
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:51 PM   #2
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I KNEW there had to be a support group for those addicted to Airstreams, and I found it! I'm in love with these trailers, but obviously cannot afford one now. Where do most of the Airstream owners get their money to buy one? Maybe I can sweet-talk Santa into slipping one under my tree?
Coldigred,
Welcome to the forums...there are several way to get an Airstream....legally You can hock the farm and make outrageous payments to the bank or finance company every month for a brand new one, or you can buy vintage and make outrageous payments to the parts house every month, as well as have no life...you are always working on the Airstream...

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Old 11-28-2005, 11:36 PM   #3
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Affording the First Airstream

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Coldigred,
Welcome to the forums...there are several way to get an Airstream....legally You can hock the farm and make outrageous payments to the bank or finance company every month for a brand new one, or you can buy vintage and make outrageous payments to the parts house every month, as well as have no life...you are always working on the Airstream...

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Dr. Aaron,
Thanks (I think) for those encouraging and inspiring words.
From what I've read and seen, there's a whole lot of truth to what you've said. It still boggles my mind, though....how and WHY in the world do some people have SEVERAL Airstreams, and someone like me can't afford ONE? Wouldn't you think someone might "share" a little???? Nawwwwh! Guess I need to re-evaluate my priorities: Food...or...Safari?
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:08 AM   #4
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With luck and alot of looking, (and the knowledge to know what to look for from reading forums such as this) you can likely find a usable Airstream for under $3000, if you are not a purist. This is cheaper than you can buy a SOB that is newer but will not last as long as the Airstream. Yes, you have to maintain it but (if you are handy) you can keep the budget reasonable. No, it is not as cheap as sleeping under the stars or in your car but, you do not get wet and it is a more reasonable camping experience for longer trips. And you meet the nicest people when you come to our community events.
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:41 AM   #5
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And you meet the nicest people when you come to our community events.
And you meet people like me, but with therapy, you'll recover...
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:43 AM   #6
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Guess I need to re-evaluate my priorities: Food...or...Safari?
Food is over-rated, go with the Safari!
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Old 11-29-2005, 09:42 AM   #7
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Coldigred,
Welcome to the forums...there are several way to get an Airstream....legally You can hock the farm and make outrageous payments to the bank or finance company every month for a brand new one, or you can buy vintage and make outrageous payments to the parts house every month, as well as have no life...you are always working on the Airstream...

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What Aaron said. Either way, your gonna pay....
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Old 11-29-2005, 10:14 AM   #8
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I KNEW there had to be a support group for those addicted to Airstreams, and I found it! I'm in love with these trailers, but obviously cannot afford one now. Where do most of the Airstream owners get their money to buy one? Maybe I can sweet-talk Santa into slipping one under my tree?
Coldbigred-----Support groups as I understand them are formed to help people get over additions. You'll not find any help getting off the Airstream addition on this forumn. Pieman
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Old 11-29-2005, 10:34 AM   #9
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Amen Brother!!

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Coldigred,
Welcome to the forums...there are several way to get an Airstream....legally You can hock the farm and make outrageous payments to the bank or finance company every month for a brand new one, or you can buy vintage and make outrageous payments to the parts house every month, as well as have no life...you are always working on the Airstream...

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Can I get an Amen from the Crowd??? Brother Aaron speaks the truth

When I told a friend of mine about our AS purchase, he said these words, "Hey...isn't that like a cult or something?"

Of course I responded by saying 'of course it is.'

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Old 11-29-2005, 08:23 PM   #10
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Airstreams are bankable

Some people have savings accounts, other people like us, we gotta work on our Airstreams.

I have no doubt that every bit of money and time I put in to my rig I will get back either as time spent camping and enjoying or offering it to others (guests and relatives or others in need) or as a (heaven forbid the thought) a future sale to a lucky buyer.

It's an investment for most of us. That's how I think of it.
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Old 11-29-2005, 09:13 PM   #11
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Welcome. we're all addicted to aluminum. I myself am doing life with only one as. The wife says she is not ready to be a widdow yet.This forum is a great support group, it will turn you into a full blown JUNKIE in no time. I'll ask santa when I see him to get you your very own as. there are always several for sale here in the metroplex to choose from. Oh I'll help you out if santa brings me that trillion dollars I asked for so I could have a fleet of my own. Merry Christmas and good hunting.
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Old 11-29-2005, 09:22 PM   #12
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Hey there! Welcome to the forums.
Actually, my Safari found me. Give it some time and it's amazing what's out there when you least expect (and can least deal with) it. This is a great place to start feeding your addiction! Good luck,

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Old 11-29-2005, 09:22 PM   #13
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Thanks for the bounty of responses! I think I'll probably get hooked on this forum, too! Think I got issues?

These previous posts have raised questions. Dare I ask? Feel free to jump in where you feel the most comfy...

Dwightdi...Two questions...
1. I can spring for $3000 for a road-ready rig. I'm a handyman, love to tinker....but hate debt, if you know what I mean. Where in TEXAS can I find such a buy?
2. I just KNOW I'm gonna regret this question, but as a newbie, I have every right in this forum to ask...."What is a SOB" (in the context of travel trailers, please)?

Mike Lewis...I think you meant to say "addictions" rather than "additions." However, you're not far off! I am ADDICTED to wanting an ADDITION...that is, an AIRSTREAM ADDITION. Not being obsessive compulsive here...just couldn't help seeing the connection to my wishes...

Overlander63...I already like the way you think!

Jimmy James...An investment? I agree! For me, I find it difficult to break into this particular field of investment, in spite of how alluring and attractive it may be.

Bill Benton...You're in Mansfield??? That's in my neighborhood. I live in Arlington. Can you point me in the direction of these metroplex "for sales"? Saw a few in the paper, but by the time I called, they had already evaporated!

To all...THANKS for the warm welcome. Happy trailering to you all! To me, I'm still on the lookout for a cheap fix......not an expensive fixer-upper...
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Old 11-29-2005, 09:45 PM   #14
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I would be VERY careful of a 3,000 Airstream - at that rate a good usable one is hard to find - however not impossible if you look hard.

In my experience you are way ahead to pay more for one that needs less resoration - most of the 3,000 one's I've seen need much more than 3,000 just to get it usable

Not trying to discourage you, just be careful - there is a lot of junk out there. But then you are only needing one trailer - so look in all the classifieds you can - there is one out there that has your name on it.

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