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Old 06-07-2010, 05:28 PM   #1
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1992 land yacht question

A fellow has a 1992 land yacht for sale. What concerns me is it has a more square shape and is white in color, unlike "standard" Airstreams. Is this an orphan trailer made for a short time and abandoned as a bad idea or is it a "real AS" worth of checking out???

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Old 06-07-2010, 05:45 PM   #2
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Sounds like that's an infamous "Squarestream", and '91 was the last year. Airstream experimented with these, as squarer is cheaper to build, but they never really caught on. In "Silver Palaces" by Douglas Keister "If a company has been around long enough, sooner or later it will have its Edsel or New Coke. For Airstream, tht moment laster throughout the 1989 to 1991 model years..

"...some genius at the company decided to change the one thing that truly separated Airstream from its competitors: its shape..." The public perceived "...that the company was cutting corners and was the slave to the proverbial bottom line." p. 82

Still, it is an Airstream product, and if the price is right, I would consider it.
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he wants $12,900 for it, I have not placed an eyeball on it yet and have asked some further questions....... We will see, I am so gun shy of internet scams that nothing surprises me any more.

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In my opinion, that's way too high. NADA on this is probably about $5K. For $12,900 you should be able to get a fairly nice 30' AS Excella 1000, even a later year. After 1994 AS went to a wider, taller body style, but still in the classic look. I paid $13K for a nice 1994 30' Excella 1000, and got a lot of AS for the money.

If you are also an Edsel collector, owning a "Squarestream" might be worth the dough, but I think this guy is dreaming. At that price, the unit had better be perfect.
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