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Old 05-01-2007, 07:14 PM   #43
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Mostly due to shoddy detail from the factory and leaks....leaks??? HE say they get (in his words) "90 percent of all AS come back for leak repair in the first two years of ownership. They also sell Lance campers...and as a comparison HE told me only about 10 percent of the Lances campers leak in the first two years of ownership. Thats scary to me...I want an AS so bad I can taste it.
Of course, they will still be leaking down the road in another 30 years, and the Lance campers will probably all be in the big RV park in the sky.
Also, Airstream owners have a higher expectation of quality than most other RV owners.
I owned a Daewoo car that I was very happy with, but if the car had been a Cadillac, I would have been screaming bloody murder about what poor car it was.
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Old 05-01-2007, 08:03 PM   #44
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We looked at other small SOBs. When my better half stepped in her first AS she said this one doesn't make my eyes water and doesn't smell. As good a reason as any plus like others state "there COOL".
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:39 AM   #45
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I am working on my brother to take the plunge. He's always had SOB's and always liked the Airstreams - he just felt he couldn't afford one. He never buys new - like me he's just too thrifty to take a depreciation hit. He keeps his trailers quite a while and typically only sells them when someone comes along and asks to buy it because he keeps everything he owns in as-new condition, some times better. He'd be a great Airstream owner. I'm starting to send him pictures of used ones I find in his area that are listed for sale. I really hope I can bring him over from the dark side. Maybe meeting them half way at a campground in the mountains this summer and him seeing the typical crowd of folks coming in a steady stream to chat about the Flying Cloud will bring him over the line.

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Old 05-03-2007, 08:29 PM   #46
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...seeing the typical crowd of folks coming in a steady stream to chat about the Flying Cloud will bring him over the line.

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Or, if he's a bit of an introvert, it might send him running for the hills!!!
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:21 PM   #47
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The trailer's are cool, the people who own them are cool and being so different from everybody else is cool. Oh yeah, we have cool get togethers, and you can party with airstreamers 52 weeks a year if you want. Or, it's cool just traveling by yourself in the icon of independence. Looks like cool is the word for me.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:44 PM   #48
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Another thread that compliments this topic is at:
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Baseline: A friend's 6 yr. old SOB is looking 90. Our 23 yr. old Airstream is looking great, feeling strong, looking forward to another 23 yrs. & then more.

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Old 05-03-2007, 10:23 PM   #49
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Or, if he's a bit of an introvert, it might send him running for the hills!!!
He drives hotrods so he's no introvert. His 35 Ford always draws attention and it's a beauty he built from the ground up. The same with his 54 Ford Wagon. Yep, this boy needs an Airstream in a big way.....

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Old 05-03-2007, 10:39 PM   #50
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Longevity (holds value)
Aerodynamic (better fuel mileage)
Quality interior (real wood cabs, hardware)
Cool and Classically unique (not everyone has one)
Have loved them since I was a kid (love at first sight!)
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Old 08-27-2007, 09:54 AM   #51
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Thought Iíd revisit this thread as I got to thinking about it as we were heading home late Sunday night from yet another awesome weekend in the AS.
We have done over 3k miles this season and will probably double that by the time we put her away for another (long) New England winter. I just canít help thinking how durable and well built this camper is; lotís of miles being towed (on some not so nice roads), kids, dogs, rain, etc, etc. In other words; lots of hard use (not to be confused with ďabuseĒ) and she just keeps on ticking. Yes, we have replaced a few appliances, and I do keep up on maintenance (bearings, brakes, etc). Every year we use her more and more, going further and more often. We have had SOBís and after 5 years or so, they start to leak, hatches donít close, etc. But not the AS. Rock solid everywhere; doors, cabinets, windows, tows like a dream. It really is worth the price of admission, especially if you camp a lot. The more we use her, the more we appreciate her. Wally sure got it right!

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Old 08-27-2007, 10:33 AM   #52
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.... The same with his 54 Ford Wagon. Yep, this boy needs an Airstream in a big way.....

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Right-on Barry!!! It just don't get no better than go'n anywhere in a Stream.........anywhere!!!
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:50 AM   #53
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Well, I've read every post on this thread and only Goin camping, BillTex, Condoluminum, ben4981, claybags, Barkingdogg, moosetags, rickandsandi, Alumatube, DFord79, HOG-I, nohillgrish and razorback gave the right answer.

Yes, they're well built for the most part, yes they last for years, yes the floorplans are well thought out....but so are some SOBs, and if you follow routine maintenance, ie: reseal the roof every two years, etc, an SOB will last too.

The real, and only, reason IMO is that we own Airstreams is because it's COOL to own one. Hell, I met a psychiatrist in a RV Park in California who told me that the only reason I owned my Airstream was because I was narcissistic and craved attention. My response was that if he were actually a good psychiatrist, he'd make more money and be able to afford an Airstream.

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Old 08-27-2007, 11:14 AM   #54
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My response was that if he were actually a good psychiatrist, he'd make more money and be able to afford an Airstream.
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:54 PM   #55
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Started out in tents... moved up to a basic pop-up camper then 'splurged and got one with an auto lift, 'bathroom & shower', A/C... overkill for a canvas sided box. Looked at gazillions of SOB's and after my eyes quit burning & watering from whatever it was they made those things out of, I relented to the draw of the Airstream. As a kid and then an adult one, I always gravitated to the lone Airstream I'd see around. Just HAD to check it out and admire it. They just made sense design-wise considering they're towed behind a truck... pulling a big box on wheels behind me driving didn't seem logical. Oh well, sure are alot of them big boxes on wheels around though.

Besides the asthetics and confort, I figured if they're good enough for NASA, wId probably be pretty pleased myself... and I am!
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:36 PM   #56
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Right-on Barry!!! It just don't get no better than go'n anywhere in a Stream.........anywhere!!!
NICE cars! And my buddy bought an Airstream. The almost absolute twin to mine. A 1951 (registered as a '52) Flying Cloud, serial number is 30 exactly older than mine. The downside is his is far nicer than mine so I'm now harassing him for that . His is shinier, almost zero for exterior marks, and the interior is gorgeous original. He needs to update it so it will function in todays world, but it sure is neat. It will hit the road next spring so his wagon towing his rig and our set up should be a lot of fun.

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