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Old 06-13-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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Airstream Bashing Depresses Newbies

After reading a thread where the OP was very disappointed in his unit, I'm not so depressed that I need to phone the suicide hotline, but it's....it's.....upsetting.

Granted, I am still quite ignorant about this Airstream thing, but I am not stupid.

I suppose the naysayers or "realists" could say "caveat emptor" and "You're an idiot for not doing your homework," but I do not think I deserve that. I worked hard, was careful with my finances, and after so many years, was able to finally buy something new and shiny.

Maybe it's upsetting because I grew up poor and it seemed everyone else could afford something "new and shiny."

Or maybe it's because I bought my unit as the ultimate "escape" and any criticisms are viewed as a dead end along that path.

Oh dear.

Is the psychologist in?



p.s. Sorry for posting so many threads; I guess it's all part of that initial enthusiasm.
I will try to restrain myself now.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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Never restrain your self! Airstreams are not for everyone but for those who " get it" they are. I am a very particular person (some say a bit too particular) and I love our Bambi! Is it perfect? Nope. Is it water proof, nope does it keep me up at night when it hails, yup but I love her the way she is. If you think spending big bucks will give you the perfect trailer without any problems or upkeep, keep shopping.., you will be dead before you find perfection on any trailer! Go camping and build some memories.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:16 PM   #3
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Take away what you want and like

Just take away the information that is valuable to you when you need it and don't worry about the unhappiness of others. There really appear to be many more folks here who are perfectly happy with their AS than those who feel shortchanged vis a vis the amount of money they spent.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:24 PM   #4
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If you gave some people a $1000 bill they would bitch because it was green and wrinkled. Enjoy your Airstream and don't worry about those people. LJH
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:26 PM   #5
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The way I look at it you can buy An Airstream and enjoy and fix the things that go wrong or complain like some on the forums. I have lots of friends that have Some Other Brand they have lots of problems with their trailers. They would trade in a heart beat for my Airstream i have never felt that way about their trailer. In fact after about seven years their trailer is ready to go to the scrap heap my Airstream is just getting broke in. Just my thoughts about my Airstream.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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I've wanted an Airstream for YEARS. I finally got one. Is she perfect? Nope. She leaks on occasion. She's old. She has "quirks". She was 70's shagalicous but we "get" her and wouldn't trade her in for anything else. My husband is slightly obsessed with fixing her.

We've found that the "quirks" or fixes are the things other A/S owners like to talk about. Enjoy!
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Chances are the person or persons bashing the AS have no clue that "issues" are part and parcel with any pleasure craft. Be it an RV, boat, airplane etc.... Frankly, we've never owned anything that was flawless.

My wife and I both came from lesser means and have worked hard (lucky too) to get to a place where we can afford luxuries like our AS. There have been some disappointments, but I usually forget them when I'm lounging around camp with a glass of scotch. It's about then that I recall that there are a lot of other folks in the world that would literally kill to have our problems.

Bottom line, get out more, see more, do more, and get over it.

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Old 06-14-2011, 12:15 AM   #8
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After reading this thread I feel blessed.

Got the Airstream new and have had zero problems with it. It's been to the beach, mountains but usually it goes down dirt roads out in the desert looking for the perfect boondock spot. No leaks and everything still works. Sure we've bent the bumper and it has some scratches. But hey those are battle scars and memories. And if we do break it. We'll just fix it and go camping.

We figure to do our best to wear it out from the inside and then be buried in it.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:21 AM   #9
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If you gave some people a $1000 bill they would bitch because it was green and wrinkled. Enjoy your Airstream and don't worry about those people. LJH
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:55 AM   #10
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Things fall apart. Such is the nature of the universe. these people whining about a few airstream problems should try living here for a year.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:16 AM   #11
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There is a 2 year old SOB in our shop right now that is undergoing $12k in repairs. The roof leaks, the floor is rotten, the walls are rotten, half the appliances don't work, and the awning fell off the side of the camper. Imagine how THAT RV owner feels...
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I'm sorry but I don't see this as bashing...http://www.airforums.com/forums/f318...eam-53083.html

"part and parcel"... no way!

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I have got half the interior of our Bella out in a shed whilst I chase bad wiring. I am not complaining. I cannot wait to get her fixed and back on the road...hopefully this season!!!
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Think yer airstream is high maintenance, try owning a similar sized boat for a year.
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