Fryzowt explained the value reasons very well. Buy quality at a fair price, keep it for a long time, and you end up spending a lot less and enjoying the item a lot more. Goes for practically anything - cars, clothes, furniture, whatever. How new you buy depends on how much money you have now.
The other reasons are towability (balance and aerodynamics) and style. Nothing else compares. There is no tactful way to put it; SOBs are simply tacky with their silly graphics. They would look better as plain white boxes. That's my opinion, anyway. (I have also met people who think Airstreams are ugly.)
They keep going and going and going. I know there is nothing short of a horrible accident that could not be fixed on this trailer. I'm pulling a trailer that was made in 1978, and folks have no idea it is that old. Of course since it's an Argosy, folks have no idea what it is either. And it's soooooo cute too.
It seems that there is a certain personality type that buys Airstreams. I am curious why you all made the choice to buy one – was it because of the product appeal, or something more emotional. I have always loved them and am interested in your thoughts.
We have owned 3 SOB class A RVs , but there is nothing like the beauty and quality of the AS. Think about it ...longevity of product , persons that value all that is important in the RV experience , classic style , and a great forum ...what else could YOU want ?
They are cool, great to camp in. I gave a lot more for our 67 Caravel than I could have bought a much newer comparable (used) rig for. But after owning it for 4 years I am pretty sure I could sell it for more than I paid. With interest rates as they are it's a pretty good investment and we get to camp in great places and be a part of the Airstream community.