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Old 07-15-2016, 02:28 PM   #57
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Wish I had that answer BUT, we're making headway on it... I'm thinking we could be paid off by the end of the year, leaving us with only a mortgage, again.. that would be nice.
It is always safe to say "It's paid for." This says nothing about who has been paid and who did the paying. Nor, of course, whether anyone else still owes and is owed. But it is certain that at least Thor and the dealer have been paid.

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Old 07-15-2016, 02:30 PM   #58
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so you don't give tours you just tell people of all the problems? Sorry for your bad luck. Referring to post 56.

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Old 07-15-2016, 03:17 PM   #59
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I always reply $150,000+

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Old 07-15-2016, 03:19 PM   #60
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I had always wondered if the fiberglass coaches had the durability and dependability of standard airstreams, or if they were sob's with the airstream name.......guess I know now. Thanks for the post JAdams.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:28 PM   #61
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I get comments about my diesel Airstream everywhere I park it. Currently on a cross country trip and even at gas stations people have approached me to ask about it. Most only thought AS made trailers then they are even more shocked when I tell them how old it is....1997.

A few remember them from when new and they will often question me about upgrades and or performance. Towing a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee (2007) seems to add to the curiosity as even fewer knew that Damler Chrysler put 6cyl Mercedes diesel engines in Jeeps the last 2 years they owned the company.

At the last AS Rally I went to in Big Timber, the whole group wanted to see the inside. Thank goodness it was cleaned up that day

Currently in Virginia Beach where its almost 100 degrees and 90% humidity!! Both AC's got it so cold inside I had to turn them off when I got back from the beach. Staying at a KOA so when I returned new neighbors on both sides come over to compliment how sharpe it looked....and to inquire about the hydrolic levelers.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:45 PM   #62
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I can understand why people are put off when asked "how much did you pay for that", but a simple answer is "current asking price for a Sport Bambi is $65,000.00 ranging to a high of $160,000.00 for a Land Yacht". People are curious, rarely ever have a malicious intent. They are trying to imagine themselves in our trailers. This World desperately needs smiles, generosity and kindness.
Now, in our particular situation, I can't wait to tell our story to anyone who displays the slightest bit of interest. I love telling people about my husband challenging me to find a less than 10 yr old AS for < $20,000.00. I am delighted share our "purchase price" of $5.7K dollars for a 2009 25 ft FC. It does dampen my spirits a bit when asked "did a tree land on it?". I say this smiling. We all need to lighten up and be gentle in this tormented World.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:46 PM   #63
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The Airstream dealer warned us we should keep the inside of our 2015 16' Bambi "sorta neat" as many would want to peak inside.
As a retired behavioral medicine specialist, I'm fairly good at assessing potential friend vs. foe.
We finally began to invite those RVers walking by who took a second look to "come see" - with only one or two "no thank you" replies during a recent 44 night Airstream Adventure. Let them take turns, even their pooch if with them and looked clean. Got a number of reciprocal offers, dinner/come have a drink invites, etc.
Same when gassing up or stopped for shopping. Lead to many suggestions about local favorite eats and unique sights - some not yet on the 'net.
Best to do what feels best for you.
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:05 PM   #64
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Thank you is a good reply. I always say that i feel blessed that we found it on ebay and that the sellers were good to us. And I tell young people, you CAN aspire to this kind of retirement, it's not out of reach. Open a 401k NOW, especially if your company is a fund matcher. Chris saved up enough money for ours in only 6 years. It's an old one. We are just getting by on a 20yr military retirement, and my VA disability. We make owning one look more reachable. We aren't above anyone so I don't feel funny at all about compliments.
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:23 PM   #65
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Originally Posted by cazual6 View Post
Ever since I bought my AS, numerous people come up to me and family and always say something nice about the AS.

I am one who feels uncomfortable about getting compliments like that. Not sure why.

My wife and I always smile after they leave and feel a sense of pride. We say thank you after a minute of small talk.

What are some of the responses you give? I am worried I will come out sounding condescending or prideful. I want to ease into the humble response.
My response is characteristically me.. "I've always loved Airstreams but never felt I could afford one. When I found this one it needed a little help and only a little I bought it!"
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:46 PM   #66
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We hit the road in 2013 with our shinny new 2014 Classic and we've enjoyed the adventure and the positive responses from other folks. We always have neighbors stop by to see our coach and they always have questions as to why Air Stream. I share with them their longevity, value when you sell it, tolerance of the wind and durability. During one of our stays in Florida the winds got up to 70 mph during the night and we rode it out comfortably unlike our neighbors.

Simple answer is we love it! This normally starts the conversation and some cases long term friendships!!!! It also matches my Coors Light can!!!
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:33 PM   #67
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We Just Say Thank You

.... and if they want to take a look, we'll let them in. Our favorite experience with this was a couple of weeks ago in Bellefontaine, OH. We were boon-docking at a local park when a young guy knocked on our door. Said he had been working at the Airstream Factory in Jackson Center for a year and had never seen the inside of an Airstream 'in the wild.' He was very enthusiastic about working for Airstream and you could tell it meant alot to him to see the fruit of his labors being enjoyed by a customer, again, 'in the wild.'
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:59 PM   #68
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I usually agree with them and then follow that with something like "They really do a nice job!" (Airstream).
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:06 PM   #69
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Just say Thank You :-)

With Dali, my '86 polished 345 Classic Motorhome - I always get: I didn't know Airstream made a motorhome or is that a custom built? On the road, we get people that speed up, slow down, take pics, thumbs up, wave, honk and when stopped, always someone taking a photo or stopping by to inquire, but thankfully no one asks to enter. A few do want to peek inside ;-)

We just say Thank You and answer a few questions before hitting the road. Questions usually asked: year, gas or diesel, engine, length, mpg, how long did it take to polish, a few would ask if I'd ever sell? t's all good and we don't mind a quick chat.

Will be attending my very first Airstream Rally at Urban Air!!!

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Old 07-15-2016, 08:39 PM   #70
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OF COURSE! I show them the insides. Then I offer a drink or a cup of coffee and ask them to sit and chat awhile. Isn't this what traveling about the country is all about? Meeting strangers and getting to know them?

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