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Old 07-09-2011, 04:05 PM   #43
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Hey - my Volvo 740 turbo wagon had that Lucas part too! As a recovering VW owner, my heart also goes out (as did the MAF sensor and all of the vacuum lines and lots of exterior trim....) I now own a new Honda and the reliable reincarnation of a MG, a first-gen Miata.

Back to trailers. I read here once that you can't compare owing a AS to a new Japanese car. That's very true - but I have to say, after just spending 10 days in the Argosy, they're sweet after you work the bugs out.

If/when I buy a newer AS, I'm going to view it as the same as buying a vintage trailer that just had a shell-off restoration and new axles, but you get the interior stuff free. That way I don't feel bad doing as Gene says, going through it and upgrading stuff as need be.

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Let's not have the people who aren't into aircraft think you can buy a 10-year-old Mooney for $60k. Then again most of them wouldn't know what a Mooney is.
Can't even get me a 25-year old Piper Malibu for that...or a non-scrapped 40-year-old King Air...

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Old 07-09-2011, 04:22 PM   #44
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I took demo flights in a couple Mooneys out of Hooks airport near Houston. A 201 and a 231. Slippery little airplanes! In those days you could have found a Piper Tri-Pacer or maybe some other tube and fabric planes for that....

How bout the old Ercoupes? Those were aluminum, except for a few during the war, and I remember seeing those for sale for not much money.
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Sounds like they are making progress....shop-vac's.
May be a small thing, BUT!!

Would like to have been there, hope they take it to heart
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:35 AM   #46
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I'm not defending Airstream's exorbitant prices on new trailers, but let's be honest about that statement... you can buy many a 25- to 50-year-old aircraft, and a few newer kit planes or needy aircraft that are $10k short of airworthiness for under $60k. Let's not have the people who aren't into aircraft think you can buy a 10-year-old Mooney for $60k. Then again most of them wouldn't know what a Mooney is.
I never mentioned Mooney in my post...And in case you haven't noticed the US is bankrupt...As is Mooney Aerospace Group. And as of April 2010 they haven't built a plane in 18 months.

There's plenty of great aircraft in the same price range as a new Airstream, hell a 34' Airstream in Canada is 96K, there's a 1980 Aero L-39c Albatros in California with fresh paint and 2300hrs left before a rebuild for 99K! Now I know the Airstream is pretty and all but you may agree that the jet has a tad more R&D involved. And I still maintain that if I drop 50-90K on something, I damn well shouldn't get wet inside when it rains! :P

Speaking of Mooneys...My brother just flew his back this weekend after a complete Avionics upgrade, next is De-icing...Now if you want to talk about expensive...
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Very enlightening thread! Thanks to all who have contributed so far.

We were fortunate enough to get a factory tour last month, and we saw the famed "shower room" in use. Now, if the rig passes the water test before the interior is installed, what causes the leaks later? It sounds to me like perhaps the plastic needs a better gasket.

We're still a year or so away from deciding on the class of RV for fulltiming, but at this point a used Airstream is still in the running. Reading between the lines a bit, it sounds like the quality of older rigs was better than the current quality level, with the exception of floors. Would there be any cost advantage to buying an older Airstream and having it basically gutted and rebuilt over buying a 5-8 year old similar Airstream? Anyone done this?
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I can't remember the web site or the name, but there is a company that will GIVE you an Airstream if you get them to restore it. They have a pretty good inventory, so all you have to do is pick your trailer and they do the rest. Sounds pretty good if you ask me. Now, they might be very expensive, but even if it's $30,000, you've got an excellent trailer that will last forever. If, over night in my dreams I remember the name, I'll post it!
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Great thread... and LOVE our Airstream!
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Very enlightening thread! Thanks to all who have contributed so far.

We were fortunate enough to get a factory tour last month, and we saw the famed "shower room" in use. Now, if the rig passes the water test before the interior is installed, what causes the leaks later? It sounds to me like perhaps the plastic needs a better gasket.

We're still a year or so away from deciding on the class of RV for fulltiming, but at this point a used Airstream is still in the running. Reading between the lines a bit, it sounds like the quality of older rigs was better than the current quality level, with the exception of floors. Would there be any cost advantage to buying an older Airstream and having it basically gutted and rebuilt over buying a 5-8 year old similar Airstream? Anyone done this?
Yes, many times. There are a bunch of people that have done that very thing. Some have done it themselves, others have an experienced shop do it for them. For about half to two thirds the price of new, you can have a completely restored Airstream that is customized the way you want it.
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I can't remember the web site or the name, but there is a company that will GIVE you an Airstream if you get them to restore it.... If, over night in my dreams I remember the name, I'll post it!
Frank's Trailer Works does that. He does wonderful work - I'm a client. But a fully restored trailer will be over the $30k you mentioned, even if you get the trailer for free...

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I think the water test at the factory does not test for what happens after the trailer is towed for a while. If the factory seals the trailer badly, the leaks may not show up for a little while, but do by the time you tow it home or after your first trip or after a few trips. The factory should have realized this by now.

When they reseal places where there have been leaks at the Service Center, they put the trailer under a portable shower (only way I can explain it) for a while. Whether this is better or not as a test I don't know, but the sealing they did for us at the Service Center held up better. My guess is they did a better job.

Maybe the factory should increase the water pressure or time or both.

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Thank you 'mutcth' for Franks web site. It still didn't come to me over night! I think if I had the $30,000 + for a trailer, I'd go with Frank's. I believe that the trailers would be nicer than what's put out new today. Not that there's anything wrong with the new Airstreams, but my wife and I REALLY like and prefer our restored '71 Overlander. As you can see, it is rather unconventional in it's interior design. You can't get that from any factory!
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Ag'71 - your Overlander interior is just about the coolest I have ever seen. I would never step outside if I had this beauty to enjoy - you have excelled yourselves with the decoration. Airstream quality ... at it's finest! Wendy
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Wendy, your comment was very kind. My wife did all the interior design. We utilized mostly 'antique' stuff like old spindles for the galley/living room divider, old wine crates distressed, stained and varnished for the countertop, old fabric for the pantry and closet doors. She faux finished the walls and ceilings as well as the cabinet/cupboard doors and bedroom drawers I made. It is 'French Country' design and very comfortable. We love it! Thank you again.
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I took demo flights in a couple Mooneys out of Hooks airport near Houston. A 201 and a 231. Slippery little airplanes! In those days you could have found a Piper Tri-Pacer or maybe some other tube and fabric planes for that....

How bout the old Ercoupes? Those were aluminum, except for a few during the war, and I remember seeing those for sale for not much money.
The Ercoupe is not so cheap any more. They are like Airstreams have their own club.
I was at the EAA airshow in Kerrville the year that they introduced the 201 The test Pilot was doing a show and tell airshow with it. The 201 signifies its airspeed.

I bought a Cessna 206 with 800 hours for 40k back in 1985 and it sold for over 160k a few years back. It was stolen before I bought it and had made a drug run into Mexico. They found it in south Texas with only the pilots seat.
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