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Old 04-19-2015, 08:19 AM   #1
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Next best trailer?

We've had some less than pleasant issues with our 19' Bambi. Many I believe would exsist no matter what brand of trailer we had. I have been working on my wife to move to a 23 FB, thereby moving the bed away from all but one wall and for some other roomy issues. My question is what is the next best trailer other that AS. I don't plan on owing anything other than an AS but I have to impress my wife how far from the competition the AS models really are.
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:42 AM   #2
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There are lots of blogs out there with interesting food for thought. Here's just one:

http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/best...v-2015-ca-show
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:57 AM   #3
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Gene, if you were to spell out the specific issues you have had with your A/S, then others could more easily chime in on whether the problems are unique to A/S or simply common problems faced by RV's in general.

You might also define what it is about an A/S that makes it the "best". That would shed some light on whether these attributes are unique to the A/S design. For instance, if the rounded, shiney aluminum shape rises to the top of your ( or your wife's ) list, then you may simply have to put up with some other shortcoming in order to own the attributes of shape and color.
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:59 AM   #4
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I have seen some interesting tents set up on utility trailers.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:08 AM   #5
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I think Big Foot makes a well built trailer. It's one piece fiberglass not vacuum bonded or pinch rolled. A bit rounded but still square enough to support cabinet space. Some of their models have very large widows. Cris
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I would have to say an Artic Fox, the best SOB.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:50 AM   #7
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The best that I have seen is the Oliver Travel Trailer made in Tennessee.

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Old 04-19-2015, 10:27 AM   #8
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Thanks for the quick responces. I probably should have left out the issues comment. Those are for my wife and I to hash out. The other brands are what I was after. Prior to buying the Bambi, I looked at many trailers, but I had already made up my mind that the AS was the only one because of its appearance and I thought all the best componets. After all it is the most expensive, right? I just want to show her, and myself, why AS is the way to go.
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Owning an Airstream is purely emotional. They use the same components and systems as every other brand on the market. As expensive as new Airstreams are there are trailers that are more expensive and they all seem to have the same issues if you follow any other brands forums. There are other trailers that are much less prone to catostrophic leaks and the resulting floor failures. Owning and maintaining any trailer is just like boat ownership. It is a constant job of preventative maintenance and upkeep. Wally had it right but there is always room for improvement of anything made by man. All that said, at this time I can not imagine owning any other brand.
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:43 PM   #10
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i was all set to buy an Arctic Fox 25', twin swivel chairs and a light and bright interior, until i reread the specs and realized it was actually closer to 30', LOA. that is just to big a trailer for the areas we frequent so by a whim, we stopped by the AS dealer in Covington. They had 4 2014s they wished to clear off the lot so i made them a crazy offer, and they accepted. 25' front bedroom with a beautiful light wood and light vinyl floor interior, ultra leather, and of course lots of windows to bring the light inside. best part of this AS is it's not a cave with dark everything inside. and yes, we did walk through several AS's that suffered from these dark 'designer' interiors, not for us. would i do it again? maybe. good to keep in mind all gear has warts.
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:44 PM   #11
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We bought an Airstream because we wanted the look, feel, and legacy of an Airstream. Coming from a good cruising sailboat, I was struck by how cheaply made and inaccessible our trailer is for maintenance and repair. In our travels we have come across numerous other brands, less expensive, with some interesting features and basically the same equipment. But none of them are an Airstream with the close community. I really do not think an AS deserves a premium so unless you are set on an AS, look around.

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Old 04-19-2015, 01:38 PM   #12
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I have towed two different pop ups and two different box types (SOB). Once I towed an Airstream there is no other trailer that I would risk my life towing. I would suggest that you take some time and go to a well stocked Airstream dealer. Not knowing just where in Michigan you live, you could go to the Airstream factory. It is only about 110 miles south of Toledo, Ohio off of I75 in Jackson Center.
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Show her an Avion..... then you'll both want one.

If you are patient, you'll find one in good shape at a decent price.
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Airstream stands alone, well above the remainder we believe. No one else has the aluminum panels riveted to a curved aluminum frame, aerodynamic in all directions, semi-monoquoque construction for lightweight strength and timeless style, clear long-lasting aluminum finish outside and in, independent suspension for excellent handling, easy towing, and low entry height. It is always repairable and the design timeless, beautiful in and out.

Airstream interiors are available in moderate to high-end cabinetry in styles to suit modern to traditional tastes with cheap to decent quality fixtures and appliances. Owner upgrades are possible and common. Floorplans are practical and concise. Construction is as good as any and far better than most.

We have traveled and camped extensively for 50 years in various camping modes, now we spend seven months year with our Airstream in retirement. Our Airstream is near perfect for what we do. We understand the maintenance needs to control corrosion and water damage as well as system servicing and regularly do them. What breaks we fix. It would be nice to be bigger when camped, smaller on the road; the moderate Airstream sizes a nice compromise for everything.

No other can meet these practical and design qualities for us. The nearest competitor is the rest lumped together bidding for a distant second.

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