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Old 06-14-2012, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hi there!

Hello everyone! My wife and I are in the initial stage of shopping for a trailer. We have been attracted to the Airstreams for many years, and are now looking to acquire one. While my main interest is sucking as much information from this site as is possible, I hope to be able to contribute as well!
We are of an advanced stage of life and she will be using the unit for a base for her photography at horse shows and attendance at dog shows, but we will also be using it for enhancing our life experiences as we go forward.
I am encouraged by the tenor of the forum so far!

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Glad to have you, Are you looking for an older one or newer, Looking to do lots or remodeling or get right to camping?

Both have there rewards.


May you have at least one sunny day, and a soft chair to sit in..

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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Smile Welcome

Good luck in your quest for that perfect AS. There's lots of good information here so enjoy.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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It was only a short time ago that I was in your shoes. Welcome! An Airstream is a unique trailer for sure and timeless too. Old or new, there is so much to learn. I shared recently that I wish I would have searched more about the older units. I like mine but there are some really neat older ones too. Some people on here have their own fleet!
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:45 PM   #5
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Welcome Spike, we're glad to have you with us. Be a sponge and absorb all you can. If you don't find what you're looking for then ask away. There really are no dumb questions.



"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."

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Old 06-15-2012, 01:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcome! We are looking for a vintage trailer from around the 70's or 80's, one that is pretty much ready to go. Some work is OK, I am pretty handy.
We are thinking around 25 ft., but we need to go walk around in some to see if that will be optimal. We will be traveling with three dogs as well, they are around 40# each.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:43 AM   #7
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Linda and I were in your place about 18 months ago. We kept searching, reading, and listening until we found our Perfect Airstream. Yours is out there, too. Don't avoid looking at 28-30 foot units. Ours pulls like a dream, and the xtra few feet make a big difference. Another nice place to look is
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:08 AM   #8
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We found the 25' a good size for the two of us (no pets) on very extended trips. Dogs need space, be sure all of you have a place to lounge.

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Old 06-18-2012, 12:33 PM   #9
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Lots of luck with your search and welcome to the amazing Forums!!! Cheers
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:52 PM   #10
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I bought an Airstream trailer in 2010 to take a trip I've been wanting to take for years. I thought I'd clean up the trailer and go on the trip. I started doing the deferred maintenance, making some minor repairs, replacing the fixtures and appliances, replacing the cabinets, counter tops, sink, faucets, plumbing, floor covering, blinds & drapes, new hitch, mud flaps, rock guard, and tires. I'm still working and I still haven't spent one night in the trailer except to check for leaks during a thunderstorm.

The refrigerator worked but my wife said she didn't like it because it had some rust on the bottom of the frame and tarnish on the shelf, so I got a new one. Then she said she wouldn't go in the trailer until I polished it. It's polished. Now she says she won't sleep in the back because there's no egress door.

I'm finishing up on the interior. Still need blinds.

I'm planning to make a new awning for the good frame I have. I'll have everything done on this trailer this fall. 2 years + about 4 months.
Click on the link to see a picture of the Sioux River falls near my home.
Eastern South Dakota is very pretty with hills, rivers, and trees.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #11
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Best of luck to you, Spike! We bought ours one year ago this July and have never regretted it a bit! Since you're in PDX, have you visited Airstream NW to get a feel for the sizes? Sure glad we were able to walk through all of them before we made our choice.

Hope you find just what you're looking for!

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:25 PM   #12
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Welcome Spike,
Good luck in your search. We bought ours about a year ago with lots of searching.
I know that when you are searching you want to look at as many as you can...if you want to come on down to Silverton to check ours out you can.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:38 PM   #13
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We are on our 3rd Airstream. We started w a 1993 29' Classic, then a 2000 30' Classic and now a 1999 28' Classic. We have loved them all for different reasons. This size range seems to suit us best, a full bedroom, walk thru bath suite, front living room/kitchen. Lots of storage for long trips. Carry a screen room/canopy for a sun room/living room/dining room during extended times in one location. We have installed wood floors and added more efficient storage in all units. So figure out how you will use it as best as possible and go for it. You won't be sorry.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:40 PM   #14

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Welcome Aboard....


25' is about the minimum for us, two four leggers, and four two leggers.

As long as everyone gets along.

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