We put our 40' motorhome up for sale last night. Why? Well, returning from Florida last week we had to stop at an RV center for a repair (another one!) - the dealer turned out to have Airstream trailers, so we decided to take a gander at these alien transports. We were very surprised to say the least! We had always bypassed the Airstreams in favor of big, luxurious, over-stuffed money pits (after two 40 footers, we know!). So soon we will be owners of a "space ship".
I am retired and my wife will be soon (very soon) and we plan on traveling 4 to 6 months of the year. After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of repair and fuel bills ($4.25/Gal for diesel!) we decided to simplify. Sure there will be maintenance on an Airstream, but with diligence and these forums to help, how bad can it be? When we consider that our 7 year bumper-to-bumper extended service agreement cost $5,000 and it has paid out almost $20,000 in 4 years, and faced with it's expiration in 2 1/2 years, it was a no-brainer. Only one engine (TV), no slideouts, simple plumbing, tires that don't cost $720 each, and on and on. We really liked what we saw, so now we are educating ourselves, and look forward to our first Airstream.
We have a ton of questions, but we'll start with the dealer, then search the forums, but I'm sure we'll need to ask for advice here.
Well, I do have one question which so far I've not found an answer to
The dealer, when asked about maintenance issues with the aluminum exterior, said that Airstream is now using an aluminum which is "impregnated" with a sealer instead of just being a coating on the finished panel. His implication was that other than cleaning and waxing, the shiny finish is permanent and would never dull. Alcoa doesn't seem to acknowledge this and I can't find details here or on other sites I've queried. Any thoughts/answers? Or is the dealer blowing smoke?
Thanks much for the welcome,
Chuck & Carol