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Old 02-19-2007, 04:50 PM   #29
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i do not think inflation is the only factor, face it airstreams are for a niche market. the same as harley davidsons.

oddly enough the marketing angle seems to be the same. airstream was quoted about two years ago as using harley and their recovery as a business model.

the cost of labor and health care is another factor.

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Old 02-19-2007, 05:04 PM   #30
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What people see they want. This has proved out over and over in sales.


We recently ordered a new A/S and expect to take delivery this April. DW and I have been looking at many, many, many MH, 5ers, and TT over the past 5 years in anticipation for our escape to RV land and the wonders it holds. We will not be full timers, but that expectation might change with some on the road exposure to the RV life. Anyway, we made the decision to become A/S owners 2 years ago and have only "fine tuned" the product decision since then.
Our decision to select A/S boils down to what the previous posters have already said: be clear what your needs are, consider your wants against your budget, take into account the estimated time you expect to keep your RV and estimate your approx. resale amount, and other words of wisdom I don't recall offhand. Then comes the trickiest consideration of all, follow your heart! Buy what you really want and don't compromise. If that's SOB brand, then good for you.
For DW and I the best value is Airstream.
Good luck on your journey and hope to see you streamin.


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Old 02-19-2007, 05:08 PM   #31
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so, what did you order? gotta love that new trailer day! be sure to ask lots of questions when you are ready to get it!

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so, what did you order? gotta love that new trailer day! be sure to ask lots of questions when you are ready to get it!

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you will like that size, mine is a 29 very easy to tow.

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Old 02-19-2007, 05:44 PM   #34
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Hi Jack:

The $100k is the MSRP. These units should go for about $80k. Still not cheap.

I attended the RV show at Rosemont this past weekend. For 72k you can get an extremely nice Mobile Suites 5th wheel (38 foot). Very tempting.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:58 PM   #35
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I think the fairest way to measure these prices is to look at it as a percentage of the average man's wages.

So if Joe Sixpack made $30K in 1990 and his 34 footer cost $40K, that's 1.33 times his average wage. And if Joe now makes $50K and the 34 footer costs 100K, then it's 2.0 his wage. It's more expensive then in real dollars.

To me, no travel trailer is worth $100K. Especially one as small as an Airstream. Even the 34's are small compared to a 5er. As others have mentioned, $75K will get you a swank 5er that is a monster and you need the Son of Kenworth to pull it.

And no offense to anybody with a new one, but I personally like the looks of the older trailers better. Even though they lack even the room of the newer ones, the trailers of the 50's and 60's really have a nice look to them. The narrower bodies just looked more svelt.

But you don't buy an Airstream for room. You buy it for other reasons, just as John said above. Like a Harley. Harley builds some cool bikes, but you can get one from a Japanese brand that will run just as good for a lot less. But it's not a Harley. A Vulcan just does not have the cool that a Fat Boy does.

Yeah, I'm one of those guys. I like the VRSC line a lot!
(that's the 4-valve liquid cooled Harley for you non-bikers....)

Mine was $2500, which was probably too much After I put $10K more into it, it'll be really swank though
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(that's the 4-valve liquid cooled Harley for you non-bikers....)
yeah but nothing sez cool like a 1955 FL in stock trim! (check the avatar)

the restored one year only speedometer cost more than half of what the bike cost new! (the bike was $1015.00 in '55) plug that one into your inflato meters!

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almost forgot, the standard for the cost of a new harley has always been the cost of a 4 door family sedan.

the same holds true today.

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That is a cool bike John!

My buddy has two Harley's; one old and one new. The old one is a panhead (I believe...) that looks kind of like your's, but it's not that old. I think it's a late 60's early 70's model. Then, he just got a new one that is styled to look like the old ones. It's a springer with a black front end. Very long and low looking, like your's. I'm not sure of the model. Heritage springer maybe? It's not a chopper looking bike like the DynaGlides.

I can't afford one now. I ride a Kawi

I test ride a Street Rod though. I really liked it. Mike (my buddy with the pari above) isn't big on the VRSC's at all. Most of the guys I know don't like them. But I thought it was a nice bike. I'd happily take a Vrod.

OK back on topic: Airstreams have always cost more than a 4-door sedan
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kawi's are cool too! that's what i had before i lost my mind and got into harleys.

your guess on your buddies bike could be correct, generator style panheads were produced until 1965. those look alot like mine. a heritage softail is designed after the 50's bikes from a distance they are hard to tell apart.

the vrods are cool too, not my cup of tea at the moment. perhaps after the rubs get done with them they will be an afforadble alterative for a project bike!

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but way back on topic, airstreams could always be hauled by a 4 door sedan!

what did we do before 300 horsepower pickups?

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Just remember that everyone buys what they need and want. Also, remember that every Airstream was, at one time, new and that someone had to pay that new trailer price.

Also keep in mind that a new Triton 21 foot bass boat with a 250 Mercury Verado will cost over $50K. In fact, the motor alone with controls will cost over $22K.

The high end market for any item (motorhome, trailers, etc.) is less sensitive to price than the mid to low end markets. When diesel was over $3 a gallon, the local Motorhome dealer was still selling the $500K units but the botton dropped out of his 80-150K market.

So buy what you like, your justification only has to satisfy you.

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good point jeff, everyone has their own personal threshold when it comes to plunking down the cash.

bottom line is get what you like, the justification is not needed here. just use it for our spouses!

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