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Old 09-15-2008, 10:31 AM   #1
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Question life expectancy of an Airstream?

OK i want to know what Airstream says the life of there trailers are?
or expected life should be?
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:22 AM   #2
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One of mine is 44 and the other 53 ~ although both have had "some work done" as many well preserved folks have around that age! I'd say with a 1990, you've got at least another 25-30 years ahead of you before she'll have to go under the knife!

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it's already under the knife aim already patching 3 places in my floor in the front of the trailer, and thanks to Ike and all the rain he drop on us i was able to find were some of my leaks in the front of my trailer are. this is the part that gets me a little mad my leaks are coming from several of the rivets not any of the seems.
I like my trailer and i would more then likely buy another A/S in fact me and my wife are actually thinking about selling are 29 ft er and buying something around a 19ft er possibly 22ft.
i was just curious to know what an A/S expected life is with out having to do a complete remodel or floor replacement? I mean if you could buy a brand new A/S of any year and did nothing to it but the basic maintenance and used it.
with everyday wear and tear how long Dose the company say that trailer will last you in good working order? will it be 10 years 20 year 30 or more years? i mean everything mechanical has an expected life expectancy.
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You will always have things to maintain with an RV. The 1953 I am redoing right now needs all systems replaced (Plumbing, electrical), and we are replacing the floors, gaskets, etc. The shell is aluminum ans will last forever. 65% of all airstreams ever made are still being used today. Show me an SOB that claims that!

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it's already under the knife aim already patching 3 places in my floor in the front of the trailer,
Sorry to hear that...fix 'em while they are small and just patches.

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and thanks to Ike and all the rain he drop on us i was able to find were some of my leaks in the front of my trailer are. this is the part that gets me a little mad my leaks are coming from several of the rivets not any of the seems.
I assume when you say the leaks are "coming from the rivets", you mean inside the trailer. Leaks don't always show up on the inside where the cause is on the outside. As we all know, rivets don't go all the way through the shell. There probably is a leak in an exterior skin seam. The water is most likely traveling between the skins and/or along a rib to an inner skin rivet. The inside skins and rivets are not sealed.

My first thing, as a starting point, would be to double check the seams on or near the roof, vents & awnings for seams or seals that have gone bad...

Finding the source of the leaks now will prevent future floor repairs ~

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OK i want to know what Airstream...expected life should be?
define life.

when a unit is reduced to pieces and re-assembled is that still the orignal trailer?

how about after part or ALL of the frame is replaced, or floor or inner skin...

or several out skin sections or the axles, tongue and crapper?

IF you save one original panel and "build around it" is that a wally-trailer or a jimbob-trailer?

imo the primary 'longevity feature' of 'steams is that they are almost entirely rebuildable...

but at some point and like a cat, the unit is into it's next life.

few would disagree that a li'deuce coup isn't cool and at some point WAS a '32 ford...

bur are the 'boys still the boys?

the real boys...

now on the more serious side a/s has altered assembly methods, framing, floors and shell materials a few times over 75 years...

so a 90s trailer may NOT have nearly enough genetic ties to the 50s/60s units that suggest a long life...

i just don't see the CURRENT skin/rivet count/ribs/size/frames, with the current WEIGHT surviving, in use for 40 years.

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Like Shari stated, you need to find your leaks at the source.

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I think we all know the answer to this question. I have two trailers on the site I inhabit here in the UK. Both are older than anything else on the site, yet look better AND will last longer! Whether it be tinkering, refurbishing, or ground-up rebuild, it's worth the effort and gives more back than any SOB. This can be the only reason that so many survive, in whatever form.
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OK i want to know what Airstream says the life of there trailers are?
or expected life should be?
The lifetime of a poorly rigged Airstream trailer tow vehicle combo, maybe 6 months to a year, "IF LUCKY."

The lifetime of a properly rigged Airstream trailer tow vehicle combo, with proper PM's when required, would be 200 to 300 years, being "VERY CONSERVATIVE."

An Airstream is like a DC-3. With proper care and a little TLC, their life expectancy, is almost beyond emagination.

The enjoyment from an Airstream properly taken care of, "PRICELESS."

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