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Old 03-30-2011, 05:10 PM   #43
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After having spent some money for improvements in the past 6 years on our '88 we have it where we are comfortable with it, ie.new tires, shocks, rewelded front step connection, new refrigerator, riser attachment for the toilet and new mechanism for it, rust preventive work on rear bumper compartment, new window rock guards, new vent covers and fantistic fan, couch reupulstered, painting on trailer skirting.

We recently got interested on a slightly used 2011 27ft Flying cloud, but started thinking that the sales tax alone on $55,000 could see us through new flooring, curtains, and selective interior painting to further improve our 88. I'd love to have a new one, but don't want one bad enough to pay for it. We decided that for us, we would prefer to use some money traveling with the '88.

Airstream has done some savvy things with the new ones that we like, ie vinyl flooring, Oceanair shades, beautiful cabinetry in the Intenational Serenity. They are great looking trailers. We would love to have one!

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Old 03-30-2011, 05:35 PM   #44
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I love to look at new ones, but I can't say I would really want one. I'm the opposite of most of the comments in this thread. I love the look of the outside of the shiny new trailers, but the interior doesn't do it for me. I prefer the interior of the vintage '50s and '60s trailers. They just have a feel to them that I can't quite be matched by any of the new models. The first comment that most SOB owners make when they see the inside of my '69 is, "They sure don't make 'em like this anymore!" I'm inclined to agree with them, even in comparison to the new ones. Don't get me wrong, the CCD and the Ocean Breeze interiors are a real breath of fresh air in a market full of also-ran white boxes, just not my thing.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:12 PM   #45
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From this thread it appears vintage owners outnumber newer owners at Air Forums. Is there any compiled data of Air members as to what models and year their Airstreams are? I think it is searchable but I don't think it is tallied.

Oh and to in keeping with this thread topic, I would LOVE a new Airstream. I want a 30' Flying Cloud with recliners and/or a 28' Serenity or a 25' Eddie Bauer as a third Airstream. And I would love a vintage Airstream, a 13 panel Airstream or one with jallousie windows, or a 2005 Sky Deck and a 20' Argosy motorhome and a Bambi and a 34' footer and MORE! I want them all!!!!! They are all highly desirable. Gimme Gimme Gimme!!!!

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Old 04-04-2011, 07:20 PM   #46
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Before I started in on my project I got cold feet, doubting that I had the capacity or ability to pull off my plan. Would a new one make more sense?

So I went to a nearby dealer and sat in a CCD for an hour or so, thinking.

I liked the new Airstream but it was Christopher Deam’s idea of what my trailer should be like, not mine.

In the end I spent more money on my extensive remodel than I would have on a brand new trailer but I got what I wanted: a totally unique design and lifestyle project for me, by me.

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I’ve been on the road for 159 consecutive days now and I don’t think that there’s been a single day that somebody didn’t stop me or come by to tell me how great the rig looks and ask me questions about the Argosy.

I never tire of it. I appreciate both the curiosity and the compliments. If my shiny new Airstream looked like everyone else’s shiny new Airstream I wouldn’t have that pleasure.

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Old 04-04-2011, 07:45 PM   #47
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Why buy something new when you can bring something old back to life again? Being the caretaker of a vintage Airstream is the best kind of recycling.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:16 PM   #48
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Why buy something new when you can bring something old back to life again? Being the caretaker of a vintage Airstream is the best kind of recycling.
Whats wrong with recycling new? They aren't magically going to dissapear....

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Old 04-04-2011, 10:14 PM   #49
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Hi, if it wasn't for the new Airstreams, at some point, there never would be any old ones. All vintage Airstreams were once new.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:09 PM   #50
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Thank you all for your feelings about Airstreams.

I have learned that there is no difference between the two. It's the "streamers" who make them come to life old or new.

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:02 AM   #51
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Before I started in on my project I got cold feet, doubting that I had the capacity or ability to pull off my plan. Would a new one make more sense?

So I went to a nearby dealer and sat in a CCD for an hour or so, thinking.

I liked the new Airstream but it was Christopher Deamís idea of what my trailer should be like, not mine.

In the end I spent more money on my extensive remodel than I would have on a brand new trailer but I got what I wanted: a totally unique design and lifestyle project for me, by me.

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Iíve been on the road for 159 consecutive days now and I donít think that thereís been a single day that somebody didnít stop me or come by to tell me how great the rig looks and ask me questions about the Argosy.

I never tire of it. I appreciate both the curiosity and the compliments. If my shiny new Airstream looked like everyone elseís shiny new Airstream I wouldnít have that pleasure.

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Sergei,

Love that TV with the mini, what a great setup.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:59 AM   #52
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Before I started in on my project I got cold feet, doubting that I had the capacity or ability to pull off my plan. Would a new one make more sense?

So I went to a nearby dealer and sat in a CCD for an hour or so, thinking.

I liked the new Airstream but it was Christopher Deamís idea of what my trailer should be like, not mine.

In the end I spent more money on my extensive remodel than I would have on a brand new trailer but I got what I wanted: a totally unique design and lifestyle project for me, by me.

Attachment 126142

Iíve been on the road for 159 consecutive days now and I donít think that thereís been a single day that somebody didnít stop me or come by to tell me how great the rig looks and ask me questions about the Argosy.

I never tire of it. I appreciate both the curiosity and the compliments. If my shiny new Airstream looked like everyone elseís shiny new Airstream I wouldnít have that pleasure.

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Passing through small town Louisiana as the dogwoods came out

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Dang Sergei,

I didn't realize that was you coming thru south Austin on Barton Springs road a few weeks ago! I live right there...

Anyways, too bad I didn't run after you and follow you.. I've followed your diesel conversion thread a few years ago and always tell my wife that your way is the way to go... Even down to the TV and dingy car setup!

If you roll back thru Austin, please PM me and we'll buy you dinner in exchange for a personal tour of your rig...

As far as the original question on this thread, I have to say I have a kin for the vintage over the new...There is something about the story that those units can say "if these rivets could talk"...
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Before I started in on my project I got cold feet, doubting that I had the capacity or ability to pull off my plan. Would a new one make more sense?

So I went to a nearby dealer and sat in a CCD for an hour or so, thinking.

I liked the new Airstream but it was Christopher Deam’s idea of what my trailer should be like, not mine.

In the end I spent more money on my extensive remodel than I would have on a brand new trailer but I got what I wanted: a totally unique design and lifestyle project for me, by me.

Attachment 126142

I’ve been on the road for 159 consecutive days now and I don’t think that there’s been a single day that somebody didn’t stop me or come by to tell me how great the rig looks and ask me questions about the Argosy.

I never tire of it. I appreciate both the curiosity and the compliments. If my shiny new Airstream looked like everyone else’s shiny new Airstream I wouldn’t have that pleasure.

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Passing through small town Louisiana as the dogwoods came out

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Sergei,

Great looking rig! Where did you get your tow vehicle? What are your mpgs when towing?This is a a great idea. With the cost of fuel, it makes a lot of sense to have a high mpg vehicle to drive at your destination, and save miles on the TV.

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Old 04-15-2011, 10:42 AM   #54
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I'd like one of each. If I had a new one now, we could be using it while I am working s-l-o-w-l-y on the renovation of our 67. It's taking 3 times the money and 10 times the time that I'd like. Still a 'hoot'!
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:14 AM   #55
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I have sorta new..(late model, gently used). I always planned on having one of each. The newer one came first as I just don't have the space in suburbia to restore a vintage unit. (laws against "storage" at the house too). My newer unit, I can keep operational inside the law (I do all my own work and maintenance) and use it now and extensively. When I retire, maybe 6 or 7 years from now, I plan to reverse things. Little house, big outbuilding, more land. Then I'll get my vintage project. I'l look and maybe buy within that couple year timeframe prior to retirement.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:28 AM   #56
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I love the expression on people's faces when I tell them my trailer is almost 40 years old. That alone makes it worth all the work.
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