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Old 06-29-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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New from St Louis with questions


I have been lurking and learning for some time now, and I wanted to say hello. We currently own our 3rd fifth wheel trailer. This one is a 2009 38 foot monster with slides and space galore. Having towed all around midwestern states with a fiver has been great, but marriage, 2 young children, and 2 great danes don't add up with a fiver so I have found myself looking towards my first travel trailer. Yes you guessed it, an Airstream.

I will not be replacing my tow vehicle, which is a 2005 Dodge dually diesel with a 6 speed, but as I learn more I read the more I am becoming concerned about Airstreams.

We have been looking towards the 29 to 34 foot older Airstreams, but we have not found the right one yet. I am a former carpenter and a current gearhead that wants to redo an Airstream and still use it at the same time (no shell off).

I have been reading about dually suspensions being too rough on Airstreams. Are they that fragile? What are things that a newbie should be looking for? I am reading that frame and floor rot are somewhat common, bathrooms falling out, poor repairs, and bad electrical systems.

This site has great info, but scaring me at the same time.

Thanks for the share of knowledge

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Old 06-29-2010, 10:24 AM   #2
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Airstreams are not fragile. We have towed our 2005 25FB almost 60,000 miles with our 3/4 ton truck, and it has not fallen apart yet, and we have not seen any signs of disintegration.

As with any Forums, there is always a certain amount of the "Chicken Little Syndrome" present. Airstreams couldn't be too fragile, as there are 50 year old examples still running the highways.

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