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Old 09-15-2008, 04:50 PM   #15
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Mine is 45 yrs young, she is so HOT that if you have a boy vintage AS I know the night would never end.

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:07 PM   #16
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Do you mean the average life of an AS?

I got a headache trying to do the math. Mine was 34 years old before it needed bigtime repairs. I would say that most Airstreams will outlast
their fridge, water heater, furnace, pump, etc. I think one factor that
would skew the lifespan, would be that Airstreams are cool, and expensive. Owners are willing to spend time, energy, and money to preserve, or revive a cool Airstream. They might not care to hassle with a corny SOB that will never be worth anything.
Back to not answering your question. Compute the percentage of
existing Airstreams ( minus lost by collision ) to number produced for every year of production ( also minus lost by collision ). Find the year that has
50% of the trailers produced still on the road. There you have it.

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:34 PM   #17
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I think they will last just as long as someone loves and takes care of them. Actually they will last to some degree even if no one takes care of them. I see several very old AS around Oklahoma that are just being used for storage. Their owners won't sell them, they are not being maintained; however, they are still standing proudly in the open fields of Oklahoma, a tribute to the quality with which they were produced. I have a 1976 and a 1978 that have had excellent care. Both are still on the road with no floor rot, no big leaks. Both are still giving the great enjoyment they were built to give. I will say that I also have a 1957 Santa Fe that is still on the road. I has a flat roof that allowed for some leaks, but that has been replaced and a rubber compound applied to keep it water tight. It's a wonderful little trailer, but not the beauty of the Airstream/Argosy.
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:41 PM   #18
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They will last as long as you are willing to properly maintain them.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:52 PM   #19
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Maintenance is definitely key to the lifespan of most anything. At least with AS, you are dealing with a durable hull and frame assembly that will resist the effects of weather. It seems to take a lot of neglect to ruin an Airstream. Our 1st was a 31 foot Sovereign and it was great.
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:23 PM   #20
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How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Just like how long an Airstream will last... the world may never know!

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Old 09-15-2008, 08:24 PM   #21
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Mine was 40+ years old before getting a remodel and it was lived in for 12 years as a home. They will take a lot of wear and tear but a little TLC and they keep going!!

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Old 09-15-2008, 08:45 PM   #22
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I have one that is 34 and the other is 52!

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