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Old 07-01-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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Giving up the Airstream dream for now

I got a great deal on a Keystone Vantage 19UL and will be using that for the next few years. I put it in the category of "next best thing" and may upgrade a few odds and end on it to make it more AS-like.

I bought this thing for $15k brand new and so far it's been absolutely problem free, tows great and is unusual compared to regular fiberglass trailers. The downside is it's kinda heavy at 5,000 lbs, but I have a big truck, so it's no problem.

Someday I might be able to justify the $80-90k for a new AS, but not at this time with the priorities I have for my $$.

Love the forum though, and I will probably stick around a bit for ideas, etc.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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You could have bought a nice used Airstream for 15k. I only paid 7k for mine and it was ready to roll. No way I could afford a new one either.

Enjoy your Keystone. If ever you decide to buy an Airstream, they will be available in all sorts of condition, sizes, ages, and prices.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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I got a great deal on a Keystone Vantage 19UL and will be using that for the next few years. I put it in the category of "next best thing" and may upgrade a few odds and end on it to make it more AS-like.

I bought this thing for $15k brand new and so far it's been absolutely problem free, tows great and is unusual compared to regular fiberglass trailers. The downside is it's kinda heavy at 5,000 lbs, but I have a big truck, so it's no problem.

Someday I might be able to justify the $80-90k for a new AS, but not at this time with the priorities I have for my $$.

Love the forum though, and I will probably stick around a bit for ideas, etc.
I had to Google that trailer but it looks pretty nice. Glad that you're staying for the fun
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Airstream owner, Thor Industries, also owns Keystone; so you are not straying far. Also, the Keystone floor plan looks similar to a 19-foot Bambi.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:57 PM   #5
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BAH! HUMBUG!

No one ever gives up the dream, you're just going through some practice with the training model. (Had a Coleman pop up for years, lol) Take good care of it, and it'll be the nice trade in for your Dream Come True.

I'm still working towards my dream of a 27' International Sterling, without the current UGLY flooring.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:07 PM   #6
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Airstream owner, Thor Industries, also owns Keystone; so you are not straying far. Also, the Keystone floor plan looks similar to a 19-foot Bambi.
I was wondering why they were getting sued for infringement until I realized they were both owned by the same folks.

Vantage is discontinued though. Guess they figured that people would pay 1/2 the price of an AS for a premium trailer, but they guessed wrong. AS is the only brand that command those kind of prices.
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Congratulations on your new trailer and enjoy it, no matter what the brand might be.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:49 PM   #8
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It looks pretty nice on their site. Enjoy it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:39 PM   #10
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OP: I looked seriously at those before buying my vintage Airstream. The 19 is actually 23ft overall. If I could of gotten the deal you did I would of bought one. Too bad they saw fit to drop them from the line. I am ready to move up in size and might have to do some shopping around and see was is still available. Please give us a review when you get a chance.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:42 PM   #11
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Man that is a cool camper! Tell us how it goes!
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:57 PM   #12
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I've been out a few times in it. It has the torsion axles and 16" wheels, so it tows phenomenally well. The biggest plus is the size of the kitchen area and the bath. You do give up a walk-around bed. It may be a bit tight for a couple that isn't coupling all night . I've encountered a few travelers with the 29 and 32' models at rest stops. Those models seem unwieldy to me and are much heavier than advertised. Glad I stayed on the smaller size.

Like the idea of no slides to worry about. Wish it had a power awning. Wish the under sofa storage was hinged somehow - it's a pain to get in there - but it's spacious. I may change out the AC unit for a more lower profile unit - just for aesthetic reasons. I may also veneer the countertops with quartz material. I am going to put additional batteries and a dedicated charger and inverter for boon docking trips. I may also swap out one of my roof vents for one with a fantastik vent fan. Tanks are more than adequate for my short trips. Not sure a week long trip would work without using a blue boy.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #13
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Enjoy it and have fun with it. Wait for your warranty to expire before you do any upgrades. We all have our wish list and our remodeled/refurbished/renovated/renewed/re-purposed Airstreams all end up on the same forum site.

Enjoy the journey and safe travels. Happy Fourth, what a way to kick it off! Take advantage with the Vantage!

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