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Old 03-16-2012, 08:31 AM   #15
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"My wife is onboard with the idea of purchasing a travel trailer in the next year or two, but is having a hard time rationalizing the added up-front cost that an Airstream (be it new or used) demands."



60mi away>>>no brainer.

.....dothepaloozathing, maybe keep it to yourself, "honey lets go down to Jackson Center and just look", then let the distaff side do the convincing.

By the time she's done commiserating with all her new gal-pals the task may be over and done.

Be prepared though, the year timetable may go by the wayside.

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Old 03-16-2012, 08:38 AM   #16
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Why Airstream? Well, they are the best towing trailers on the planet, and they looked darned sexy, too!
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:48 PM   #17
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Great feedback, all. Thank you. I hadn't given the ease of towing and low center of gravity benefits much thought; same for the decreased exposure to crosswinds. Since I don't have much towing experience under my belt, it seems these would be important features for a newbie. But beyond the rational arguments you're each making, I'm hearing a lot of emotional reasons for your loyalty to Airstream – and I imagine those intangibles come only from experiencing Airstream. Sounds like I need to get my wife to Alumapalooza this year. Since it's close to home for us (and since we don't own a trailer), do you think just a one-day trip there would be sufficient/worthwhile if we did the factory tour and talked to Streamers for a bit?
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:03 AM   #18
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Hi, I'm pretty sure that if you take the Airstream factory tour and visit Alumapalooza, you and your wife will for sure get infected with the non-curable, Aluminitus disease.
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:35 AM   #19
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Same thing said about boats

Why aluminum over fiberglass. I owned fiber and dreamed about aluminum rigs. Floating around in bath tub is not my gig. Airstreams have class other's do not plain and simple. I also like some other brand early aluminum trailers. Shastas are cute
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:33 AM   #20
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To borrow an advertising slogan from another (unrelated) brand.
"Airstream, there is no substitute!"
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:51 AM   #21
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In the 3.5 years I've owned one, the few family and friends I have that already own SOB's have all replaced theirs at least once. That's not inexpensive even for a SOB. I remain completely satisfied in mine, and confident it will retain it's physical integrity. I don't think SOB owners can say that after a few years.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:52 AM   #22
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"Sounds like I need to get my wife to Alumapalooza this year. Since it's close to home for us (and since we don't own a trailer), do you think just a one-day trip there would be sufficient/worthwhile if we did the factory tour and talked to Streamers for a bit?"

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:52 AM   #23
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You and your wife are going through what a lot of people do prior to buying. We started out with my wife wanting an Airstream and me wanting to spend as little as we could, we retired three years ago and had never owned an RV. So, I won, we bought a Keystone Bullet to see if we liked the traveling RV life. We owned the Bullet for two years, took it back to North Carolina three times. On our way home the third trip the slide out cable pulled out of the side of the slide, this was after having to have the roof resealed, the slide out top had to have a roll out awning put on it to keep the water out. We were able to get the slide out pushed back in and blocked in with two by fours (with the help of a very nice campground mang) and drove home to California form Tenn. with no slide out. It was repaired at a Keystone dealer, while my wife and I started looking a Airstreams again. We felt after making three trips to North Carolina in two years that the Keystone Bullet was on it's last leg.

So, we took the Bullet to our Airstream dealer and made the move, bought our Airstream . We took it back to North Carolina last year and what a difference! Got better mileage, towed way better and felt the quality of a well made product. After our three months on the road with the Airstream last year it was well worth the price.

I think the old saying "you get what you pay for" is true.

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Old 03-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #24
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My hubby just asked if I wanted to go away for a few days, even though we just had vacation last month. My reply which even shocked him, "I had rather go camping"!
We looked at several other campers before we bought the stream, they just aren't even comparable as far as I was concerned. We were lucky with our purchase, we bought out 2008 classic from a couple getting divorced. They had bought it for retirement and realized they didn't like each other, used it 3 times. And, we only paid $39,000 while it looked like it came right out of the show room! Still more than we wanted to spend, but worth the investment. And, there is a great financing company called Penfed. You don't have to be a military member, if you aren't you pay a small fee to join (40 maybe). I think our interest rate was under 3% where other places charge 6% or more.
Good luck convincing the wife, if she has any questions have her contact me. I love ours! And, have tons of pictures, etc..
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