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Old 03-29-2009, 02:41 PM   #29
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Are you going to go to school some place with a moderate climate, or will you be staying in Ontario? If the latter, winter in an Airstream will be interesting. Living in an Airstream during a Vancouver winter was enough of a challenge!
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:41 PM   #30
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As a quick update, someone on the boards was kind enough to contact me, but it didn't work out owing to the logistics of getting it.

I also found a 21' Argosy (with receiver) for $800, but then found out I simply can't tow one this summer =(

At least I know what I'm looking for now, I'll be back later! Thanks again for everyone's help and advice.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:29 PM   #31
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Well a year later, and I'm back to bump the thread. I've been keeping my eye out around Canada for a deal, but yikes are these things hard to find at a reasonable price (well, for someone in my position lol).

I've really appreciated the help I've been given through pm's by some of the board members who've taken a kind interest in my search. If anyone knows of a decent shell in Canada (preferably in AB or BC), and would be kind enough to post here or pm me, I'd be very appreciative!
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:44 PM   #32
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Hi again!

Do you have a tow vehicle now?

Keep an eye on this link.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:57 PM   #33
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Also keep your eye out for an Argosy. they were built by AS, just as good. Not as expensive.
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thanks for the link! And I've decided to hold out for an Airstream. I've looked at a couple of Argosy's close up, and for some reason they're not quite the same. I've got patience, and time, however, so hopefully something will come along eventually.
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Well a forestry road just about put an end to the 14" single axle low-ride trailer I've had for the past two years, and my hunt is now in earnest for the beginning of next season.

A few questions, for those who know, and are willing to share:

1. Any recommendations on what specific years/models are the "best" if I'm interested in something between 20"-25" with a double axle? It has to be an airstream, and silver. The older the better in my mind.
2. How difficult is it to winterize an Airstream?
3. It seems that airstreams in Canada are consistently more expensive than airstreams in the U.S. - is this generally true?
4. Is there any major fluxuations in energy consumption between models in the range I'm looking in? I'll have to often run off of a generator, and I'm trying to obviously limit my fuel expenditures.
5. As an addendum to #4 - is there a solar paneling system that's been used and that works well for airstreams?
6. How difficult is to restore the body of a damaged/dented airstream? I'm not very handy, and although I'd like to find one super cheap and restore it myself, it's hard for me to gauge how difficult it would be - especially when I don't have an indoor/covered shop I'd be able to use.
7. As always, if anyone has seen any good deals posted recently (I'm following that site aggregator whenever I get into Wifi range in camp, so anything on Kijiji/Ebay/Craigslist I see) it would be much appreciated.

As a personal update - I can't stand tenting so got an old travel trailer (South Park is the manufacturer I believe). I plan on doing another year of undergrad, then law school, and working in the bush for the next five summers or so while I do it, so I'm now looking to invest more than I was previously. I'll be getting a proper tow vehicle and be willing to invest somewhere in the $8k range on the airstream over the next little while.

Best thing I have going for me is that I don't need anything fancy in the interior. A working fridge is the only real essential. I don't care much about a working toilet or shower, and really don't need a stove. Fans/space heaters should do the trick for hot/cold as far as I'm concerned.
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Well a forestry road just about put an end to the 14" single axle low-ride trailer I've had for the past two years, and my hunt is now in earnest for the beginning of next season.

A few questions, for those who know, and are willing to share:

1. Any recommendations on what specific years/models are the "best" if I'm interested in something between 20"-25" with a double axle? It has to be an airstream, and silver. The older the better in my mind.

It's a matter of choice, budget, and what you are lucky enough to find. Anything old enough that you can afford it, will require thousands in repairs.


2. How difficult is it to winterize an Airstream?

Practically impossible. Airstreams are not made for extreme cold or extreme heat. They are made to move with the seasons to a more salubrious climate.

Aluminum absorbs, radiates and conducts heat like mad. The walls are only 2" thick and poorly insulated. There is also the condensation problem. There is nothing you can do to cure these problems. It is possible to survive in an Airstream but not a lot of fun, if the temps are much above 80 or below 50.


3. It seems that airstreams in Canada are consistently more expensive than airstreams in the U.S. - is this generally true?

Very true. There is nothing you can do about this except shop in the US. You can watch for a bargain in Canada for years, and if you are very lucky, possibly get one for a price that is only a little above average for the US


4. Is there any major fluxuations in energy consumption between models in the range I'm looking in? I'll have to often run off of a generator, and I'm trying to obviously limit my fuel expenditures.

There is some difference depending on size. Otherwise not much except the newer the unit the more power sucking accessories. The oldest models did not even have air, or even fans, just a few light bulbs.


5. As an addendum to #4 - is there a solar paneling system that's been used and that works well for airstreams?

Some have tried. You can get enough juice to run a couple of light bulbs but that's about it. Forget about running a furnace or air conditioner.


6. How difficult is to restore the body of a damaged/dented airstream? I'm not very handy, and although I'd like to find one super cheap and restore it myself, it's hard for me to gauge how difficult it would be - especially when I don't have an indoor/covered shop I'd be able to use.

Pretty difficult. Small dents can be ironed out from inside, but this requires removing the inner panels. Large dents or stretched or torn metal require replacing panels. This is all pretty advanced stuff for an amateur. Such repairs are actually harder than repairing appliances or even replacing floors. Best answer, do not buy a unit that has external damage you can't live with. You will find plenty to do even in a unit that looks good, believe me.


7. As always, if anyone has seen any good deals posted recently (I'm following that site aggregator whenever I get into Wifi range in camp, so anything on Kijiji/Ebay/Craigslist I see) it would be much appreciated.

As a personal update - I can't stand tenting so got an old travel trailer (South Park is the manufacturer I believe). I plan on doing another year of undergrad, then law school, and working in the bush for the next five summers or so while I do it, so I'm now looking to invest more than I was previously. I'll be getting a proper tow vehicle and be willing to invest somewhere in the $8k range on the airstream over the next little while.

Best thing I have going for me is that I don't need anything fancy in the interior. A working fridge is the only real essential. I don't care much about a working toilet or shower, and really don't need a stove. Fans/space heaters should do the trick for hot/cold as far as I'm concerned.

You will still get more for your money in a box type trailer. Some have metal frames example, Holiday Rambler and Golden Falcon. These will stand up better than the typical trailer for your use.

If that won't do consider an Argosy. They are generally simpler and cheaper than an Airstream, and the bodies are easier to repair because you can paint them. You can usually find a decent Argosy for $4000 where a comparable Airstream would be $7000. Canadian prices of course.
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Thanks a lot Ganaraska, much appreciated, though a bit disheartening lol.
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