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Old 12-17-2002, 09:36 PM   #43
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No, Airstream is not pricing themselves out of the market. From the beginning the price tag on an Airstream has been way up there and they are still around.

It is not surprising that we don't see any SOB "some other brand" trailers out there that are 30,40 and 50 years old. They are made of plywood and staples and rot after a few years.

Airstream is quality and recongized by all RV'ers as the Rolls Royce of trailers.
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Old 12-18-2002, 08:10 AM   #44
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Tidbit...

A 1949, 28' Whirlwind Airstream was $3995.00 fob California.

Based upon the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis' Consumer Price Index Calculator that would equal $30, 130.36 in 2002 dollars. Not far from a Safari at retail sticker today.
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Old 12-18-2002, 07:50 PM   #45
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It is not surprising that we don't see any SOB "some other brand" trailers out there that are 30,40 and 50 years old. They are made of plywood and staples and rot after a few years.
You have to understand though, that this isn't an issue for many of my friends my age. The SOB is going to outlast them (or at least their RVing years), and many think I'm just paying too much extra so two or more generations of owners past me can benefit.

Ya know... maybe I am. And that's kinda cool. It might mean that someone who couldn't or wouldn't afford a new one can help keep the Airstream tradition alive. That's a better legacy than many folks leave.
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Old 12-18-2002, 09:29 PM   #46
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Kids and grandkids

I hope my family enjoys the International after I no longer can. I've written my will accordingly.
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Old 12-19-2002, 07:31 AM   #47
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Exactly. Many Airstream families would not even think of parting with their Airstream. They have had many family vacations with them and pass them down from generation to generation. As you know, it is not hard to become emotionally attached to your "Airstream".
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Old 12-19-2002, 07:50 AM   #48
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Just in case no one appreciates you or your Airstream.....

RoadKingMoe and John Irwin......please know I would take good care of your relatively-new trailers for you, should you want to pass leave them on to me rather than some ingrate. How are you feeling, by the way!

p.s. just spoofin' you......
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Sorry, Joe

I have two daughters, both would love to have the A/S; however, I have it aimed at my disabled daughter who is putting a couple of kids through college. I figure it is the only way she will ever afford anything that nice and she would be by far the most appreciative of it. I'll take care of my more prosperous daughter in other ways.

OTOH, they're going to have to wait a very long time.
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Well, here's to a long life.........

and I like the sentiments of how you are going to pass on a prized possession. Your kids are blessed. And, blessed are they who inherit an Airstream!
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Old 12-19-2002, 01:34 PM   #51
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My dad had an 73 Airstream for 25 years before his death. My stepmother gave it (and his 89 Suburban to tow it) to the nurse who helped us out with my dad during the last couple weeks of his life. It sounds like a nice thing to do... but the ingrate sold them to a Pawn shop for a few hundred bucks!
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That's a shame

But that's how someone who truly loves the trailer might end up with it eventually. Hopefully, that's what happened.
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I agree! It's better off going through the pawn shop to someone who'll use it and care for it, than to wind up rotting behind some garage!
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