View Poll Results: How long have you owned/used your vintage trailer?
1 - 3 years 28 60.87%
3 - 6 years 8 17.39%
6 - 10 years 8 17.39%
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Old 11-03-2004, 12:23 PM   #15
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Ya but some of us oldies don' t have much of a life
Agreed. There is a sub-population that really love working on our toys, and dread the day we have to go 'camping'

My idea of camping out is a Marriott without a two pools.
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Old 11-03-2004, 12:37 PM   #16
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Long Time Vintage Owner!

While I have only owned my current vintage Airstream for 11 months, I owned my first one for 7 years. I upgraded to a bigger model (23' to 31') and downgraded to an older model (73 to a 72). I can't imagine not owning an Airstream and was sadden when I sold the first one! The thought of keeping it really did cross my mind, but my driveway looked like an Airstream parking lot! Didn't bother me, but did take up a lot of space.

I, too, have looked at the newer models. They are nice, but I do love my vintage!
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:05 PM   #17
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Agreed. There is a sub-population that really love working on our toys, and dread the day we have to go 'camping'

My idea of camping out is a Marriott without a two pools.
My better half's idea of camping was a Marriott until she was introduced to an AS. Working on the toys seems a much more constructive use of time than watching the idiot box.
I will send quite number of hours in the basement this winter building a new folding table and reworking the front couch. Probably twice as much time researching the project so that it looks, and, has the feel of authentic. But, isn't the satisfaction of finishing a repair or modification in seeing if it works when you're sitting in the camp and you can say to yourself, OK, I guess it works.
I've seen too many automobile restorations that are only driven on and off the transporter. Isn't the idea of restoring an item to return it to functionallity?
Enough rambling. I've got material to browse and wood to buy.
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Old 11-03-2004, 02:21 PM   #18
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It's still well over 50% for the 1-3 year range.

Now the question is why?

Are vintage units too much work?

Are people getting rid of vintage units in favor of more modern trailers?
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Old 11-03-2004, 02:51 PM   #19
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We too are in the 1-3 year ownership range, may have been prudent to put in an under 1 year button we will be 10 months next week.

The comments throughout this thread are so true - the hours, the enthusiasm, the reliance of the diversified expertise of forum members, the hours and hours of research and just as many putting A/S back together again.

Just taking the past few months off from thinking Airstreaming 24/7 - I know shocking!!! I see that there are a lot of new names here - lots of exciting newbie posts (and to think we were only a mere 10 months ahead of the game. It seems like 10 years of fun so far)

But what I wanted to share with you is; we just recently met the nicest people within our own WBCCI Unit - well not personally - spoke over the phone and have exchanged a few e-mails.

Some will find you get pretty attached to the "year" of your Vintage (or new) unit and everything you see relating to that year is so intriguing - or a must have.

Well the year our GlobeTrotter rolled out of Ohio 69' - was the year our new friends joined the WBCCI - they have just celebrated their 47th year "trailering" and are now considering selling their fourth Airstream owned in as many decades Streaming, with their first being a 66, 22' Safari. We can't wait to meet them in person and get to sit through hours of "yesteryear" What stories they must have!

And my other little story from this morning was an almost new Tow Vehicle - just missed by a hair. A 1970 Ford V8 350 Econoline Van - used by a Volunteer Fire Hall - in mint condition stored indoors and with an original 37K miles on her at a so cool price of $4900.00 CND - someone got themselves a nice cool ride. If you are into the 69-70 era.

I hooked her up to MoonBeam just to see how she would feel (in photoshop of course) and to think we missed out by one hour!

Hi to all you new guys and gals - and hello back to some familiars - get ready for another Winter of this and that.
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Old 11-03-2004, 02:51 PM   #20
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My guess is that vintage people who enjoy working on trailers finish theirs up and go looking for another one that needs work. You need to find out how many people fall into that catagory.
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My better half's idea of camping was a Marriott until she was introduced to an AS. Working on the toys seems a much more constructive use of time than watching the idiot box.
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Maybe we should switch better halves? My spouse has this idea that camping is best done with a shelter half, a K-bar, and a piece of flint.

It's HER airstream, by the way. Been in the family for 45 years.
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Old 11-03-2004, 03:08 PM   #22
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I tend to think that I will fix the 66 up and then look for another project. Or maybe while I am tinkering, another project will come my way. It's early to tell but I think that AS will be to me like Harleys are to my husband. Ever changing, ever challenging, ever evolving, ever interesting.
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Vintage growing pains....

I know when we first started we had some growing pains.

It was even said that I enjoyed working on the trailer more than using it

In the beginning it may have been true. But now that the marjority of the bugs are worked out we know what to expect when using our AS, things are much better.

I think there is a learning to cope hurdle that acompanies vintage ownership. A certain comitment and understanding needs to be in place when purchasing a vintage unit to make it through the refirb and begin the camping.

To me, a vintage unit can be a great satisfaction, if you get through the growing pains!
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Old 11-03-2004, 03:16 PM   #24
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My guess is that vintage people who enjoy working on trailers finish theirs up and go looking for another one that needs work. You need to find out how many people fall into that catagory.
I've had mine for 5 years and am looking for a 22 or 24 footer to rehab. That replaced a '65 non AS that got wrecked.
As for why there are so many new vintage owners does it relate to the whole "retro/vintage" revival in pop culture? New Beetle, PT Cruiser, Mustang?(great looking" retro" musclecar) Does the newness wear off? We need a social scientist on the forum to answer that one.
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We need a social scientist on the forum to answer that one.
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Something else I've noticed is a bit of slowing down of the VAC - - - - - - -

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Old 11-03-2004, 03:33 PM   #27
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Maybe we should switch better halves? My spouse has this idea that camping is best done with a shelter half, a K-bar, and a piece of flint.
Sorry. She says now that shes got me no more "wife swapping".
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Humm. Good question.

How about as long as your actively working on it to take it out for a maiden voyage.

Parked in a farm field for 8 years w/o stepping foot inside of it doesn't count!
Point of order What constitutes "actively working on it" I manage to get home about once every 2-3 weeks, I do put the awnings out and add a rivet or two, it the weather is bad, I will take the paper and sit in my plastic chair (the interior is partially out) and read it. At least I have an Airstream and it may be usable...one of these days.

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