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Old 03-29-2011, 06:34 PM   #29
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As beautiful and convenient as the new models are. I love my vintage rig(s) and would not trade it for a new one. I love the nostalgia that comes with owning a vintage Airstream. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 03-29-2011, 07:33 PM   #30
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Well, when you live in a house that is more than 150 years old, relatively speaking, a 1969 AS is quite new!
It's a 'comfort food' sort of thing - what is now vintage is what we grew up with. Fun and fuzzy to escape with for a few days when we can. But, if we were in it 3 or 4 months of the year, who knows? I think I was just born with old bones!

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Old 03-29-2011, 07:35 PM   #31
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I wish I had or old.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:04 PM   #32
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Been there, done that: sold my 22' 66 after taking 4+ years rebuilding it, and bought a 2005 30' Classic.

I love the space of the new and my craftsmanship of the old.

Do not like the poor craftsmanship of the new, or the amount of time needed to maintain the exterior of the old.

The issues of the new that bother me most will be fixed over time, after all I did it once and can do it again. Only this time it doesn't have to be done at one time (or at all, for that matter).

BTW, it's a lot easier finding parts for the new!!!
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:33 PM   #33
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I love my old one, and love the original interior. However, if I full timed, I would want to have a renovated or new one. I don't like having to fight the water heater for more than a few days at a time.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:51 PM   #34
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Hi, we never even considered a vintage trailer/Airstream. We wanted a slightly used one but all of the trailers we looked at were about 10 years old by numbers, priced like a ten year old trailer, but about 50 years old in condition. We had a truck bed/trailer/camper and my wife said we're going first class this time. We bought our trailer brand new and don't ever plan on trading up, down, or sideways. We like what we decided on as our life time trailer. The vintage are nice and I have the ability to make one right, but unlike most of you who live on a farm, have a barn larger than my property, and six million acres of land to practice towing on, we only have about three square feet of dirt to work on. [exaggerations] I'm getting old and don't want to use up what is left of my time restoring a trailer.

I live in a house that was built in 1952 and have a car that was built in 1959, that's enough old for me.

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Old 03-30-2011, 01:26 AM   #35
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Our Globetrotter was built the year we got married. It, like us, has stood the test of a lot of time. I don't particularly like the newer Airstreams as much. There is something magic about the curves and seams of the older streams!!! Plus... I would never even consider dragging a new Airstream into the places in the back country of Arizona we've taken our '68!
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:37 AM   #36
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I have felt that way at one time or other. But once I fixed it again!!
I would state , Boy I like these old airsteams.
They have character. No wonder everyone likes them!!!
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:15 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by zigzagguzzi View Post
I prefer new and then make the modifications you want. zz
Ditto. That is what we did and are doing!

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Old 03-30-2011, 12:24 PM   #38
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Seems to me that old and new are both are terrific, but in different ways. Newer have a few more creature comforts and (unless systems on an older coach have been upgraded) are probably more reliable. Older have more nostalgia value and weigh a LOT less for easier towing with smaller tow machines.

But in either case, entropy takes its daily toll: there is always the ongoing, never ending vigil of maintenance and repair. And with the maintenance comes the opportunity to take either new or old and modify it lust a little here and a little there, so it does what YOU want, so it is reflective of how YOU live and travel, so ultimately it is YOURS.

That is one of the things I like about going to AS rallies - visiting form unit to unit, unless they are brand spanking new, they are all different. Each reflects the owner's personality, habits, desires, style. It's all good, folks!
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:05 PM   #39
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Ours is a 1992, and I really don't even think about a newer one. I like the one we have. We feel free to do anything we want to it and just love camping in it. If we had a new one, I think I would worry myself to death. How awful it would be to dent or scratch it!

Ours has a big dent right between the "eyes" on the front and several other "beauty marks". Suits us just fine!

Besides that, even if we could afford it, I would not spend the ridiculous amount of money a new one costs.

Oh, yeah, and I feel sorry for people with big, new, fancy SOB fifth wheels, too, when they pull in with all that bulk and weight. That ain't campin', it's hauling your house around with you.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:10 PM   #40
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We enjoy our newer trailer very's a choice we made for good reasons... BUT we also highly value and respect vintage rigs and their owners... ALL Airstreams are cool, no matter what their age, and all have their own advantages...
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:24 PM   #41
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We, too, have looked at newer A/S's....but feel that ours is much more flexible in the amount of storage vs the newer units. If we don't like the way something is working out, we can create something better in its place (not that you "can't" do that with a newer unit, but it's certainly easier and possibly "cheaper" to do it on a vintage one). Plus, the newer ones appear to lack the soul that the older ones do -- it's like each decade there's a little more lost.

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Old 03-30-2011, 03:42 PM   #42
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............... Plus, the newer ones appear to lack the soul that the older ones do -- it's like each decade there's a little more lost.
Time is passing by....

I believe nostalgia is lost on the older generation.In other words what comes around goes around. Kids now who travel in New Airsteams will be nostalgic on the current models. They won't associate their good times with a current vintage 50-80's model.

I take my Family in our new one and my son Loves it. In 20 years he will look at our "late" model with "soul" and will look for the times that have gone by and want to relive those memories. So don't fret...There is no losing of soul,,,,it's all about PERCEPTION.



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