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Old 06-12-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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My family (wife and 2 toddler age kids and a small dog) are looking at travel trailers to make lifetime memories of camping and touring. We live in Northern MN and have easy access to lots of state parks and Canada. We WILL be Airstreamers! (no white box for us) but dont know yet if we should buy a vintage unit or newer? Cost really isnt much of an issue, but obviously, we want the most cost effective for us. Also, does anyone know if you can get a rear queen bed in older trailers. The single beds dont seem like much fun camping with my wife in the other bed! I am currently thinking 27'-ish. I would like a dinette for the kids and a rear bed. Any thoughts, recommendations, things you wish you would have done differently?

Thanks! Adam

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Old 06-12-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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Vintage Airstreams like classic cars tend to need more attention. We know because we have both. We have the time since we are retired. Vintage is nice to own and if you like to 'tinker' find one that is ready to camp in and do the upgrades as you go. Welcome to the Forums and to Airstreaming.

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Old 06-12-2010, 11:12 PM   #3
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Welcome to the AS Forum. This is a great place to get info on anything AS. My wife and I chose to do the vintage route and bought a 78 Argosy/AS 27ft and went thru it. Some ASers gut the whole inside and start over. We did not but if you did then you can design the bedroom anyway you would like. A new AS is like anything new but the fun of rehabbing an older AS can be a challenge and a thrill all at the same time.
We have been working on ours since Oct, 2009 and we have it ready to travel to Gillette this week to the International AS rally. I wish you much success on your plans. jjustice
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:56 AM   #4
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I would have to say vintage, they a lot cheaper and lighter to tow. You can find plenty that need little to no work. Even the new ones will have issues, and then you have to deal with dealers for warranty repairs. I would rather fix it myself. We have a 79 28' Argosy with mid twins. I made it so the beds slide together to make a king size bed with real twin pillow top mattresses. It is awesome so much better than my home bed. I know they several AS models with rear beds you just have to shop around. The only thing wrong with our was the water heater and furnace so just be choosy.

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