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.
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)