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Old 01-13-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
Just Retired~ Airstream??
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Why Airstream?

We are newly retired & would like to do some traveling. Aside from the "name" what is it about the Airstream that justifies the price? Thanks for convincing us!

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Old 01-13-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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Welcome to the AirForums!

Can't tell you why for trailers, but in my case, for the Interstate, there are several companies all making competing Class B models based on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter. Before I looked at the Airstream Interstate, I also checked out the Roadtrek Adventurous and Winnebago Era.

All three had similar— but not quite identical— layouts. The real differences between the three came in the fit and finish of the interior. The higher quality of the Airstream not only obvious at a glance, but it was worth every penny of the increased price, and then some. The Airstream interior was the only one that actually looked like it belonged in a Mercedes body.

Cats and ultraleather Airstream upholstery don't mix!
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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My reaction is that if you need to be convinced then you probably don't want one. We never considered anything else. I don't think I'd spend the money on something I needed to be talked into, you'd probably not be happy, which is, after all, the goal.

Good luck with your decision.

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Old 01-13-2013, 02:06 PM   #4
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What? Besides the fact that just looking at one makes you sort of smile inside?

Well, this is what we love about ours:

It looks, well, awesome: a pleasing aluminum shape; no trendy/tacky paint job, no awkward corners, no imposing walls of steel.

The rounded interior without a corner between wall and ceiling has a way of feeling more spacious, as if the walls and ceiling are somehow endless. The roundness feels cozy inside.

The older ones have a nice, rounded shape that remind us of the ones we loved to see on the road when we were kids. The older ones also polish up to a very nice shine that just plain looks cool.

An older trailer also provides opportunities for personalization. Efforts spent won't be wasted on a trailer that's about to run out of time. A well cared for Airstream can last longer than we will. We've had oodles of fun and satisfaction designing, implementing and enjoying the changes we've made in ours (blog in my sig lines shows some of the stuff).

The aluminum framing makes them lighter weight. This is more true with the older models, since the newer ones have heavier frames and more conventional wood framing in the interior furnishings. A lighter trailer is easier to pull, doesn't require as beefy a tow vehicle, and saves on fuel.

They last far longer than other trailers. We bought ours used. It was 40 years old. How many other trailer makes are still out on the road after 40 years?

They are aerodynamically more efficient than boxy trailers. This makes them easier to tow.

They don't collapse from rot, since the frames and skins are rust and rot proof aluminum. So even if one has been long neglected, it is usually repairable.

Old Airstreams never end up in a landfill. At the very least, they are worth something as scrap.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:08 PM   #5
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Here's my two cents:

We looked at trailers, and class B (van conversions) and class C "mini" motorhomes, even 5th wheel trailers. My wife's folks had all except the class B over the years. We decided on trailers because we already had a Suburban and we watched her folks struggle as they got older with "TOADS" in the Class C and before that, just hitching and un-hitching a 5th wheel to run an errand from the campground. We looked at SOB trailers from the $12K to $25K range, both new and used but realized that the Airstreams not ony looked more "classic" but stood out from the crowd. Then we found a 36 year-old Airstream, remarkably original and remarkably cared-for, that was way less then the low price we'd been looking at, but with far more features. That was last May.

Since, we've found the Airstream is not only a great decision, but it pulls better than we ever thought, is more aerodynamic and tracks better at speed and with big rigs going and coming. I think it is better built then some of the cheap, new SOBs we looked at.

We have not been disappointed. Oh - and welcome to the forums - just THIS resource (Airforums) is something that can't be duplicated on the other forum sites.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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Oh, yeah, another HUGE perk of owning an Airstream is the connection to all the other Airstreamers.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:10 PM   #7
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:35 PM   #8
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We have an Airstream because we like to stand out from the crowd and we like things that are unique and different. I've had people stop at the house to look at it, approach us in parking lots, rest areas and gas stations, and everyone at the trailer park is your friend when you have an interesting Airstream to look at.

Sofar we've only seen one other Airstream in any park we've stayed at. And you can identify an Airstream. My parents have a 5th wheel and you can't pick it out of a crowd. Everyone knows who the Airstream people are. I also have a Flex, which again stands out, not like the grey and black sedans all my co-workers drive.

Also, we had been looking at a brand new 22' white box trailer, but found that we could buy our "77 Safari, and restore it to our specifications and tastes for around the same money. In 10 years the white box will be disposable while our Airstream will likely still be on the road.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:59 PM   #9
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They tow better and you can go to Airstream rallies.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:28 PM   #10
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Ditto everything WebSpinner said.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:56 PM   #11
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1. Life span. I understand a typical white box trailer is about dead after 10 years - IF you've kept the roof coated every year.

2. Resale value. Mine's worth probably a couple thou more than I paid for it, 10 years ago.

3. Towing stability. I've done things with mine that were flat out dumb, and never had a problem.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:04 PM   #12
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Have you ever heard the phrase "Pride of ownership"? It is an apt phrase to apply here!!!
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:04 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forums!

Because it is an Airstream.

Happy travels.

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:05 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by jdalrymple View Post
Welcome to the forums!

Because it is an Airstream.

Happy travels.

Well said! Now sign up for the rally!!

Get involved and sign up for a Rally!
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