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Old 01-20-2004, 06:57 PM   #1
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If you didn't buy an Airstream, then what?

Question.

I know that we all love our Airstream's, but I am curious to find out from the other members of this chat forum what you think of other travel trailers that are on the market.

In your opinion, is there one travel trailer brand out there that really stands out?
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Old 01-20-2004, 07:09 PM   #2
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We had come down to either a Sunline or Nash. Leaning towards the Sunline. For what they are they are well built and have a good warranty record. When the chance came to buy a vintage Airstream all bets were off I have always liked Airstreams...for over 35 years Now I have one...still like them, in fact I found another one for sale the other day but my wife won't let me have my allowance Probably a good thing. I work with metal for a living and consider the Airstream a work of art that just happens to be the best built travel trailer in the world. Does it have it's problems...yes but how many 29 year old SOB's do you see still being used regularly.

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Old 01-20-2004, 07:26 PM   #3
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Joshua, if we hadn't gotten our Argosy, we prbably would have gotten one of those fiberglass trailers. Knowing what I do about nails in wood working loose, I really didn't want another "wobbly box".
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Old 01-20-2004, 07:43 PM   #4
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:01 PM   #5
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Hmmmmm.........

How about an oxen team & aluminium covered wagon.........polished of course.
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Fiberglass

Before Airstream, I was interested in Casita, a fiberglass trailer. The body is a bit more streamlined, less susceptible to rust and early failure than the typical SOBs, and they are lightweight.

But I could never get past the interiors ... hideous IMHO ... even though the Casita folks seem to like them. Ultimately I discovered the vintage Airstreams and got a lot more (karma, nostalgia, features, space, insulation) for about one-third the price of a new Casita. Even with all that, I still have a soft spot for the Casita, and would re-consider them if they could update their interiors (and my Caravel spontaneously exploded! )

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Old 01-20-2004, 08:50 PM   #7
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SOB

Award travel trailers, made in Canada, would likely be on the top of the list after Airstream. However, we just saw a line of Grand Surveyor models by Forrest River at the RV show and we were quite impressed with them. They have fiberglass panel exteriors with aluminum framing, R-7 insulation in the walls, and R-11 insulation in the roof, independent rubber torsion axles similiar to the Henchen axle used by Airstream, a totally enclosed & insulated under chassis utilizing removable aluminum panels, a 12 year warranty on the roof (rubber), 5 year on the axle, 2 year on the outer skin, etc. All that and their 28 foot with slide out weighs only 4834#'s with a load capacity of 1500#'s and hitch weight of 520#'s. Pretty impressive numbers for a trailer that costs less than $23,000 including all options.

BUT that square box still leaves me cold. And as good as the warranty is - possibly better than Airstream's - will not make the fiberglass skin last as long as the aluminum skin on an Airstream. I would be afraid that if I sold my Airstream to buy a flat sided trailer, no matter how good that SOB might be, I would always regret the move.
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:13 PM   #8
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If you didn't buy an Airstream, then what?

After my experiences with two earlier box-type RVS, a Sunway and then a Nomad, I really didn't seriously consider anything other than an Airstream or Argsoy - - didn't consider new as I couldn't afford to buy a new Airstream at that time.

If my search for an Airstream or Argosy hadn't been successful, I probably would have seriously considered the top-of-the-line model manufactured by Jayco in the 24'-27' range. The main reason for considering that particular brand was the reputation of my hometown dealer who has been in business for 30 plus years.

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Re: If you didn't buy an Airstream, then what?

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Question.

I know that we all love our Airstream's, but I am curious to find out from the other members of this chat forum what you think of other travel trailers that are on the market.

In your opinion, is there one travel trailer brand out there that really stands out?
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:45 PM   #10
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For the record, the reason I am asking this question, is because I am merely curious.

I have a few friends that always ask me how other units compare, and I always tell them that the Airstream is a superior product.

The one thing that I can't argue with them about, is that you get a lot more space for usually half or a third the price. The only way I do combat that, is by telling them that they will have to buy three of those, before I need to purchase another trailer.
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sad but true

I was sitting in a 16' CCD at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa last weekend, with four other people. We had a conversation for over an hour. Periodically someone would stick their head in, and we'd heartily invite them in.

They'd come in, look around, look at the sticker, and say, "Oh, $35,000 for something so small!" And then they'd head off to buy a 28-foot SOB at half the price.

Many people buy by the foot, thinking it equates to a good value. Such people will have to learn the hard way.

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Old 01-20-2004, 09:57 PM   #12
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I'm perplexed. Why didn't any of the nine respondents who "bought A/S instead, NOT buy NEW...all, ALL, were vintage owners.!??????? Am I not supposed to be buying a new A/S?????
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Mine is new and I do NOT regret my purchase at all. I have had my unit for a short amount of time and have had a wonderful time taking it out each time.
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Old 01-20-2004, 10:05 PM   #14
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Thanks, But you started the thread and everyone else had vintage units. We are about to buy either a 2004-25'-Safari or Classic after a long (> 1yr.) search. I was reading the thread with interest but taken aback that you were the only newbee! This is a big decision for us and hope I'm not stepping into a lose/lose situation....Maybe that's too strong, but I'm trying to feel comfortable about our purchase.
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