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Old 06-03-2009, 05:07 PM   #15
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New units need tires, brakes and we saw someone with a brand new unit the skin looked dreadful, and he had a leak in the new bathroom? Ours has no leaks and anything needs maintainance. IN this economy ck out the unit you are buying and then go for it. A wise seller will give you references of service and upkeep.

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Old 06-03-2009, 05:08 PM   #16
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Pick she looks great to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Old 06-03-2009, 05:37 PM   #17
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My dad always used to say that for a boat owner, the only thing better than the day you buy it, is the day you sell it....
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:47 PM   #18
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Save money By Buying an older AS

My '64 Overlander came to live with me in 1995 after I had considered everything from a brand new Airstream to a 1978 Caravanner. Today, counting all of the refurbishing and repairs, I have spent a total comparable to what a new coach of similar size would have cost in 1995. My costs would have been lower had I not contracted for most of the refurbishing labor. I have no regrets, however, and can't really think of another coach that I would rather have -- every travel trailer that I have owned has had a large rear bathroom and I have never found a side-bath floorplan that I could live with on a daily basis -- the Overlander has been my temporary full-time residence two different times when I have relocated and I am still sold on the coach.

A vintage or even a coach that is a decade old isn't for everyone. Sometimes it is necessary to look to the vintage ranks to find a coach with the floorplan or some particular features that you want. At least with Airstreams there is a rather high probability of finding one that can still be made roadworthy -- I doubt that my 1980 Nomad 1720 trailer is still on the road today -- it was beginning to self-destruct when I sold it in 1983.

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Old 06-03-2009, 09:29 PM   #19
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Thankfully there are lots of Airstreams out there to meet the needs of just about everyone, some old, some new. We chose vintage (mostly trashed) because we could afford it and we had the know how to fix it fairly cheaply. We decided early on we were not going original, too expensive and we wanted our own style. So far we have been well please and who knows in the future we may purchase a newer camper with a "real" grey tank.

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Old 06-17-2009, 06:53 PM   #20
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Buying our first right now, '79 Sovereign, 31 foot, International (whatever that means.. vs land yacht) and expect we will put SEVERAL thousand into it getting it right again, or right to us, as it where.. but know for sure we won't have anywheres near the admission price of a new 31 footer in it, and we will have a cool custom older trailer. and we like doing such things so it's win win for us.

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