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Old 03-04-2009, 08:42 PM   #15
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Here's what I'd do: first, take wife to an Airstream rally. There are dozens of these every year. Have her look at the incredible range of interiors, modifications, ages, etc. EVERYONE will want you to tour their rigs, offer you a drink, expound on the virtues, etc. (let them be the salespeople!). If you want to be totally overwhelmed, go visit the annual WBCCI national rally this summer in Wisconsin, where there'll be hundreds of Airstreams.

Next, take your wife to a Shasta rally. There are actually a few. Snoop around there too.

By the time you're done, your mind will have made itself up, as will hers. (Hope you both come out the same way!) Good luck!

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Old 03-04-2009, 10:19 PM   #16
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My wife and I wanted a vintage Shasta at one time. We love those wings! Once we looked at a few trailers, we could see that the quality difference was astounding. The Airstream is the better trailer, but is priced accordingly.

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Old 03-05-2009, 05:35 AM   #17
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This is a choice that really boils down to two things; first, what do you really want to do with the trailer, and second, what style are you after. Believe it or not, there are folks in this world who are just put off by Airstreams. They don't like the look, the aluminum, or the shape... you won't find those folks here, but I've met a number of them over the years. Hopefully, your wife isn't one of them!

I don't have to be an Airstream salesman, there are plenty of others in the thread who can do that... but if you're wife's one of those folks, buying an Airstream will be a miserable experience for both of you. And fortunately, for those folks who want quality, but not Airstream, there are other options today.

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Old 03-05-2009, 07:01 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by CA Streamer View Post
Those new Shastas ARE kind of nice. The only problem is they are all electric which means no hot water, stove or refrigeration unless plugged in.
They are introducing a larger model with propane; not sure if the shorter model will also get a propane system. The Shasta dealer I talked to just shook his head when talking about the lack of propane; it seems to have made the trailers hard to sell.

The lousy interior finish - even compared to the so-so "standard of excellence" that exists in the RV world - is also a turn-off.

But I'm not convinced it's harder to find an old Shasta than an old Bambi. Plus, Shastas sell for a lot less money. There always seem to be a few for sale on the Tin Can Tourists website.

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Old 03-05-2009, 10:09 AM   #19
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Or you could go with a trailer built better than either one of them; here's a nice example currently for sale in California:

1970 Silver Streak trailer

There are other small tandem-axle Silver Streaks, Streamlines and Avions out there, too. None, though, as nice as this one.
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:22 PM   #20
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My parents '59 Shasta is what got me into Airstream's later in life. This shot is from our trip out west in '64. This is from the Badlands.
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:21 PM   #21
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To look on the positive side... if your wife likes a Shasta you are lucky, you can save a lot of money.

The boxy shape gives more inside room for cupboards.

That's about all I've got. Did you ask the same question on a Shasta board? I'd love to see their slant on this.
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:37 PM   #22
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One More Early 60's Shasta Picture

I would bet this is from 1963, no later than 1964. My parent's unit is the yellow '59 Shasta. I note that in this park in either Illinois or Iowa, there is also a larger white with silver Shasta in the foreground. Note sure what the third trailer is. Also dig the 50's Buick that was used as the TV before the '62 or '63 LeSabre the next year.

Oh, and the Airstream is still way better. Sorry '59 Shasta, you're cute, but you are painfully small.
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:54 PM   #23
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About five years ago there was a relatively active Shasta forum that I often participated in while rebuilding a 16' Shasta for my son and his family. I'm not sure if they're still active but a quick search might be rewarding. Nice little trailers - but a world apart from an Airstream of any vintage!

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Old 03-05-2009, 05:51 PM   #24
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I can recall as a young teenager, traveling with parents and sister in 1961 in a trip across Canada. The roads were filled with many, many trailers in tow. I recall seeing more Shasta's than any. The other popular trailers were Yellowstones, Fans and Airstreams.
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:43 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by InsideOut View Post

However I prefer Airstreams for several reasons:
  • More variety in size, layout & options
  • More windows - brighter inside
  • "Real" bathroom with some privacy
  • Toilet vs Porta-Potty
  • Has a shower
  • More storage
  • Shasta's wood interior (while very pretty) is easily damaged if it leaks
  • Smooth shiny aluminum rather than painted ribbed
  • Easier to find replacement parts
  • Better re-sale
  • Lots of camaraderie for restoration help
  • "Airstream" legacy
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You forgot the WBCCI!
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:55 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by jacarape View Post
You forgot the WBCCI!
Shasta needs a club too...maybe they could call it Shasta Travel Trailers International...the acronym would be SHTTI..
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:51 PM   #27
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You could always leave your wife and sell what is left of your life and purchase an Airstream. It just depends on your priorities.
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:21 PM   #28
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Stumbled onto this tread. I am reseaching the tow capacity of a Dodge Dokota to see if it can tow any trailer. I have a 24' Argosy and a 93 F150 with a 350W. It twos the A but at 10 mpg. It has also turned into my daily driver abd i commute 80 miles a day. I have to get a small truck befoe I go broke!!!! LOL. A GF bought a 16 SCS Shasta a while back & I towed it home for her. It is an amazing lettle trailer with lots of ambiance(SP?) toilet and shower but it's not an airstream. It is easier to work on as you can gut it in less than a day and replace everything in less than a week. There are more options to comstomize the Shasta becuase it has little resale value compared to my Argosy. IMHO buy both and enjoy. The Shasta can be used for weekend trips, shot hopes, etc. The Airstream for longer outings. Oh one last comment, if you are going to have more than 2 poeple in the trailer, Airstream is the only way to go. Bring a tent for the kids to sleep outside if you have a Shasta. LOL

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