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Old 06-28-2016, 11:30 AM   #1
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Upgrade or buy newer?

I have a "72 Tradewind Land Yacht that I live in. I am trying to decide whether to invest more money into it or buy a newer version. I don't travel with it but would like to eventually. The AC has been freezing up in the 90+ degree weather we have been having here in Colorado and the one Winter I spent in it I almost froze to death. The other deciding factor is there doesn't seem to be anyone in my area to work on it. Any insight you may have would be helpful.

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Old 06-28-2016, 11:57 AM   #2
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Newer units are just as cold and justt as hot!
The only difference is that youll find more modern ac and heat in the new ones..... youll spend $100000 to get the same effect as upgrading your current hvac appliances yourself for $2000

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Old 06-29-2016, 08:28 AM   #3
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Hi Atomic,

Are you back in the area?
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:54 AM   #4
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:16 AM   #5
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The 72 Trade Wind is a great trailer for living in. I'd upgrade to new air conditioning and start researching winter living in what is, essentially, a 3 season trailer. I spent a winter in mine and would rather not do that again.
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:48 AM   #6
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I've lived in mine for the past 7 years. Only one Winter in Colorado burrrrr. I am trying to find a place nearby that can work on my Airstream. I have no idea what I should replace the ac with. I want to have it polished, add awnings and have my bath redone. I found a newer Airstream for $27,000 that is why I was considering upgrading as I did not know how much I would spend to update mine.
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:16 AM   #7
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You have lots of vintage Airstream owners in Colorado. Try to reach out to Luke Bernander in Ft Collins he might be able to point you to a closer resource.

You may also want to see when the DenCo unit of WBCCI is having their next get together to network with them about services closer to Montrose.

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Old 06-29-2016, 04:22 PM   #8
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If the money is not an issue, and you have no sentimental attachment to it, buy a new one.

You'll appreciate the modern amenities and technology.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:01 PM   #9
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Just bought a new unit. I have had it at the dealer for multiple repairs. Still under warranty, but now I know, it is not worth the money. I had such plans for travel when I bought, but now I worry what else might go wrong. I am told the factory is rushing them out too fast and people are not trained very well. I bought an airstream because of the reputation of quality. No longer true from what I hear and have experienced.
My recommendation is not to buy brand new, but maybe something before the 90's.
Good Luck to you. Come to a warmer climate for the winter..
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:09 PM   #10
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We had a similar experience with our 2014 unit when we bought it new. Lots of things had to be fixed over the two years of warranty work. Good news is that none of the things that were wrong were serious enough to stop us camping. The only thing doing that was the time Rocinante spent at the dealer over those two years, getting fixed. So we were able to batch up the work. We just kept a running list of busted stuff and when it got long enough to be annoying, we took the trailer in for warranty service. Fortunately for us, our dealer was only about 30-40 minutes from our house!

We love our trailer though. Based on our experience, new is nice, but gently used might be even nicer because hopefully the previous owner took care of the warranty stuff. Our 2-year-old trailer was better than a new one, because everything was perfect.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:10 PM   #11
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If you are determined to live in a travel trailer in Montrose, CO.
Get rid of the A$ and look for a 4 season trailer. Like an Arctic Fox and others.
It won't matter if you have a '72, '82, '92, '02, or even a 2017 A$. They are not made to live in where the weather is +100 or below freezing.
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:58 AM   #12
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Upgrade or buy newer?

I personally would do a remodel with modern upgrades. For me, the only reason, I would want to buy a new Airstream Classic is because it's a wide body. Other than the wide body, my '94 Classic has the same floor plan.
If you do desire to do a restoration; you might want to upgrade from a 30 amp to 50 amp
house power, add two heat pump A/C, electric radiant floor heating, heated water tanks,
on-demand electric hot water heater.
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Old 07-02-2016, 05:42 PM   #13
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Remember that an RV is a depreciating asset, so you won't get your money back on the upgrades that you do, even if you list the trailer immediately after doing the work.

You say that you don't travel now, but you want to in the future. Be sure to check the various threads about bringing a "fixture" back to road-worthy. Read those and then decide what you want to do.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:31 PM   #14
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Technology has improved a lot since 1972. If I were going to live and travel in it, I'd prefer newer technology.

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