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Old 04-14-2004, 03:50 PM   #15
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Thank you!! I have a feeling that AS is out of our budget...we're looking for a real fixer-upper...Jeff (husband) wants to gut it and re-do. But I did PM Annie about the price. We're really not in a position to buy right now, being self-employed and on the verge of getting out of business debt so we can start building a profit.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your posts...my 5 year old wants my attention right now so I have to sign off, but I'll be back!
Hang in there, it is a very common story that it takes about a year to find what you are looking for. I've heard it many times. I think by now you have found that the 20 to 25 foot models are very popular and like hens teeth to find. Keep looking and enjoy the journey.
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Old 04-14-2004, 07:28 PM   #16
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Don't give up on finding an Airstream. We found one in our local paper last June. Almost everything was original, almost everything worked.
We then replaced the axle, tires , the carpet (remnant), and did a LOT of cleaning.
If you find one that you want to buy, check the thread, "so you want to buy an airstream that's 3 states away?" a volunteer inspector will probably be able to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.
A 25 foot rear bath would probably be what you could use, although one thing you probably don't realize yet is that if it needs axle work, it obviously costs twice as much as for a single axle trailer.
The biggest (read most expensive) things to make sure are good are:
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There are other issues, but these are the biggies.
Good luck in your quest!
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Old 04-14-2004, 11:18 PM   #17
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Well let's just say if we find that screamin' deal for a 22' to 24' footer for less than 2k, we'll find the money. Remember we're ok with mice poop and rotting floors. So if someone comes up with that awesome possibility, let us know.

keep the ideas coming...

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Old 04-15-2004, 10:27 AM   #18
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Remember we're ok with mice poop and rotting floors.
A demonstration of true vintage Airstream lust!

Keep the faith - there seem to be more argosys on west coast than anywhere else - you'll find your new project soon!
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Old 04-17-2004, 12:08 PM   #19
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Hi Janet, thanks for the encouragement and the notifications of AS's and Argosy's in our area. There is a perfect one for sale in Wisconsin, it's too far away though...we can't get away to tow for that long right now. BUMMER.
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Old 10-03-2004, 11:56 PM   #20
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I'm also looking for an Airstream. I'm planning to start out with a newer one 2001 - 2004. I'd like to ask someone about the "wet bath" - which sounds like a pain to me. Could I hear from some of you about a separate shower vs. the wet bath? Doesn't it take a lot longer to squeegee down the entire bath than it would to just do a shower. I've been debating between a 22 and 25 footer and frankly I like the smaller one except for the bath. I've been reading this forum for a couple of weeks and have learned a lot already. Thanks in advance for any feedback. Paula Ford
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Old 10-04-2004, 02:21 AM   #21
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I'm also looking for an Airstream. I'm planning to start out with a newer one 2001 - 2004. I'd like to ask someone about the "wet bath" - which sounds like a pain to me. Could I hear from some of you about a separate shower vs. the wet bath? Doesn't it take a lot longer to squeegee down the entire bath than it would to just do a shower. I've been debating between a 22 and 25 footer and frankly I like the smaller one except for the bath. I've been reading this forum for a couple of weeks and have learned a lot already. Thanks in advance for any feedback. Paula Ford
Hi there Paula,
Your post brought me back to my very very very very first post on these forums, and I had to chuckle because the airstream in Wisconsin that was perfect but too far to haul home...well, we ended up hauling it home and we love it.

But...the condition isn't travel-able. http://home.alamedanet.net/~airstream if I had the money to buy a new one I'd still invest in fixing up this one.

Anyway, have you been to the dealer yet and looked at both? My thing would be this; after a long hike, I'd want a soak, even if I"m curled in the fetal position. It sure is small though (the bath). I don't know much about the newer ones, do they offer a shower-only option? I think when we do ours, we're going to do a shower only just for the room in spite of my desires to soak. I guess that's what hot springs are for!
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Old 10-04-2004, 08:34 AM   #22
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I'd like to ask someone about the "wet bath" - which sounds like a pain to me. Could I hear from some of you about a separate shower vs. the wet bath? Doesn't it take a lot longer to squeegee down the entire bath than it would to just do a shower. I've been debating between a 22 and 25 footer and frankly I like the smaller one except for the bath. Paula Ford
Let me make it clear I do not intend to disparage anyone's choice. There are perfectly valid reasons why some people choose a certain model, and others would never even consider it. This is why there is more than one brand and one model of RV's.

Yes, a wet bath does take time to wipe down. Possibly less than you might think, though. You frequently hear people who have them say they always use campground showers. Or you hear them say they live with it for the other features they get instead. Only rarely does anyone say they really do not mind. Possibly the biggest drawback is that unless you get the floor completely dry the next user of the bathroom will leave tracks.

Also, if you are torn between a 22' and a 25', I'd suggest the 25' simply because I have never heard or read of anyone who bought a 25' and wished they had got the shorter one. On the other hand, the archives are full of people who bought the 22' and later upsized to the 25'.

Again, this is not to say that you would not be happy with the 22' size - a great many posts on these forums attest to the fact that many people are.

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Old 10-04-2004, 07:36 PM   #23
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There is a lot to be said for having a separate shower stall. Our previous trailer had a wet-bath, but we found using a chamois was eaiser than a squeege. One other thing about the 22' vs the 25' A/S...the 25's are wider.
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