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Old 03-29-2011, 11:47 AM   #15
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I prefer new and then make the modifications you want. zz

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Old 03-29-2011, 01:16 PM   #16
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Bluntly, honestly, yes. (Well, not new - but lightly used.) But hindsight is wonderfully 20/20 and there were a few things I didn't know when I started this:

- I bought my Minuet to stay within my Odyssey's 3500 lb tow rating. I know the van is good for more than that, with some reasonable precautions.
- The recession made late-model small Airstreams more reasonable.
- I wound up really liking the trailer and investing a lot into it to make it mine/fix underlying issues. (And my trailer was a solid survivor.)
- I also didn't know how much I'd like using the trailer - we camped 35 days last year and towed it 5000 miles.
- I wanted to pay cash for the trailer. Happily, we would have been able to pay off a loan for a newer trailer - but that wasn't a certainity at the time.
- The 22' Sport would have been affordable (enough) but we didn't like the trailer. Updates since then have made it a far nicer trailer (IMHO.)

So we really like our trailer. (My wife loves it.) But part of me wishes I had plunked down the $30k for a used 2007 Safari SE 20'. I admire those who enjoy working on vintage trailers, but that tinkering isn't for me.


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Old 03-29-2011, 01:26 PM   #17
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:29 PM   #18
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No, I love having vintage Airstreams. I love working on them almost as much as I love camping in them.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:22 PM   #19
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Well I am always looking for a "new one." Just last night I was trying to buy a "new" 1957 Overlander. I love vintage and could not see myself in a brand new one. We rented a 2008 25' out in Las Vegas at Circus Circus for New Years this year. It was nice but my wife and I both agreed for the money and workmanship we love the old ones. In our if it does not work quite right we can say well it is 32 years old.

Besides we would rather spend the money on gas and get out camping.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:23 PM   #20
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The "vintage" key principle is choose wisely.

I doubt you'll hear "I would have rather spent double upfront and then done most of the things I wound up doing anyway".

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Old 03-29-2011, 02:38 PM   #21
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We just got a 1977 overlander and I am so excited to start working on it and going camping,we also have a 1999 which I love but I think we like the vintage the most. It has character.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:56 PM   #22
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wally's vintage

I guess the early guys didn't have much of a choice, hmmm? and for them, a new airstream surely must have totally defeated the idea of camping back then. It makes me wonder why a new airstream was ever created. well those new ones back then are today's vintage, and so on. This question is exactly why I couldn't figger out the forum's absolutely negative reaction to the flooded Georgia new(er) trailers. for me, the question at that time was: "Would I rather refurbish a new trailer or refurbish an old trailer?" Now, how about that 1940 Ford? You can actually buy a new one, today. But, is it vintage or new? and is a refurbished old(er) airstream vintage or new? I do not think anyone is reproducing a/s bodies (yet). fun question.
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:10 PM   #23
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if a trailer is "restored", it is brand new. That is what the word means, to return to original condition. If we are talking about a renovated trailer than I always would be wanting it new.
I looked at the "new" trailers at a RV show a few weeks back. I will take a solid pass on one of those. Too much plastic for me. The nicest feature was the plastic film all around the rivet holes on the interior. They peel it after the panels are installed. Gives the new owner something to take care of right away after purchase.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:00 PM   #24
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Sure, I like the new trailers everytime I look at them at a rally show. But frankly I like the $75,000 change I got with my 1988 from the price of the new one.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:13 PM   #25
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I'm with many others. New inside old outside.
Getting and old one that is solid an reduing the interior how you would want it, you can buy some pretty high end stuff for the difference in price...Plus a lot of travelling cash for fuel

Just like new

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Old 03-29-2011, 05:39 PM   #26
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Our Bambi is just fine for us.. what we did not like we changed..
so now it is near "perfect" foe our needs
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:44 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by MoBambi

Our Bambi is just fine for us.. what we did not like we changed..
so now it is near "perfect" foe our needs
And we get to see her in Branson! Old and new there. A couple more weeks!
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:51 PM   #28
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They still make new Airstreams?


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