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Old 05-29-2010, 12:32 AM   #1
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i have a 1993 aluma-lite by HR. Its a 34 foot front galley. It has an aluminum frame, cross members, fully insulated. It doesnt have heated tanks. Thats its only drawback.

It pulls like a dream. It weighs in a little heavier than a comparable AS, but not enough to make a difference.

It has a floor-plan layout that AS should envy. Tank sizes are superior.

Why do some say my HR is worth $1,000 and some AS owners for a comparable trailer think theirs is worth $8,000 or more?
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:48 AM   #2
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Check the market. What a trailer is worth is exactly what someone is willing to pay for it, not more, not less. Your Aluma-lite is worth what you can get for it. The Airstream (1993) is probably pretty close to that $8000 (maybe more) if it is well taken care of. My experience is that most Airstreams are well taken care of and most SOBs are junk by the time that they are 20 years old.
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Old 05-29-2010, 04:21 AM   #3
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I don't know what your Alumalite is worth, but yes, anything used, not just a travel trailer, is worth exactly what someone will pay for it. Sad maybe, but that's a fact.
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:16 AM   #4
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i have a 1993 aluma-lite by HR. Its a 34 foot front galley. It has an aluminum frame, cross members, fully insulated. It doesnt have heated tanks. Thats its only drawback.

It pulls like a dream. It weighs in a little heavier than a comparable AS, but not enough to make a difference.

It has a floor-plan layout that AS should envy. Tank sizes are superior.

Why do some say my HR is worth $1,000 and some AS owners for a comparable trailer think theirs is worth $8,000 or more?
That's like asking why a beachfront house costs more than one in the middle of the desert. One is more desirable than the other.
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:09 AM   #5
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On a recent trip to Ohio,I hit one place with a heavy side wind,sobs were slowing down and they were still all over the road,I passed them @ 75 and never looked back.That is one of the difference.
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I think that it boils down to is that Airstreams have a cult-like following and Holiday Ramblers don't. It's all in the look. An Airstream looks like an Airstream, and a Holiday Rambler looks like a big off white shoe box with wheels attached.

It really doesn't make any difference if a Holiday Rambler is a better built trailer than an Airstream. A twenty year old Airstream is just coming into its own. A twenty years old Holiday Rambler is just an old out of date travel trailer.

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Not that your trailer isn't worthwhile but Brian's points mirror the opinions of many. The primary issue IMHO is brand recognition. Airstreams are unique in appearance and are widely recognizable. I'm always flattered when we get the "We love your Airstream" comments but the truth is that its a 34 year old trailer in bad need of an renovation.

Take pride in your HR and enjoy it for the same reason(s) that led you to purchase it to begin with. It sounds like a well built unit and when someone questions the value show them the merits of your rig with pride.

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Old 05-30-2010, 06:42 AM   #8
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The first RV I ever set foot inside was a HR. Very nice. Those I've known who have owned them swear by them. A friend who now owns an AS thinks that in some ways the HR was superior to the AS. As for me, I'll take my AS.
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Back in early 60's my dad got a Holiday Rambler dealership and brought the first one home to the lot. It was well built and heavy.
Interesting to note he owned many trailers in his life but always wanted an Airstream, if he could have afforded one.
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i have a 1993 aluma-lite by HR. Its a 34 foot front galley. It has an aluminum frame, cross members, fully insulated. It doesnt have heated tanks. Thats its only drawback.

It pulls like a dream. It weighs in a little heavier than a comparable AS, but not enough to make a difference.

It has a floor-plan layout that AS should envy. Tank sizes are superior.

Why do some say my HR is worth $1,000 and some AS owners for a comparable trailer think theirs is worth $8,000 or more?
I agree with the others on the reason why AS is worth more, but also consider this; HR is made of wood with the same alumn that goes on homes, Airstreams are made of Alumn skin,frame, etc which increases the value over wood. Then you have to look at towing in weather, AS will always perform better than box trailers no matter who they are made by.

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