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%
10+ years and no sign of stopping! 2 4.35%
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:36 PM   #1
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Long Time Vintage Owners Speak Up!

I'm coming up on 3.5 years of vintage ownership and still enjoy it very much. We have fun with our trailer despite the work it takes to maintain it.

It seems when I meet other vintage owners they have only owned the trailer for a year or two. I was wondering how long you have owned/used your vintage trailer.

I suspect maybe some get into the life style with a vintage unit and get tired of the work and upgrade to a current model.... could it be true?

How about a poll?
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Old 11-02-2004, 04:50 PM   #2
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We're in our second season. When we attended the Silver Trailer Social in May, we were like the old hands - all the other Caravel owners wanted to ask us about how this and that worked, because they had only had their Caravels for a matter of months! We had had ours for just over a year!

I feel the temptation to upgrade, the draw of those appliances that start with the push of a button, refrigerators that actually keep food cold, the lack of that 'old trailer' smell, shiny aluminum inside instead of yellow sticky vinyl, but my husband reminds me that the grass is always greener on the other side. Reports from owners of new units (which aren't as trouble-free as I'd hope) keep me vintage.
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:05 PM   #3
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Humm.... 57% newbies here.

New theory.

There are only about 25 vintage trailers in existance and we keep recyling them to new owners every 18 months!
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:17 PM   #4
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Should we include the years it takes to make them roadworthy, or just count from the day it makes the first successful trip?
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:49 PM   #5
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Should we include the years it takes to make them roadworthy, or just count from the day it makes the first successful trip?
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!
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Old 11-02-2004, 07:00 PM   #6
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Long Time Vintage Owners Speak Up!

My '64 Overlander found me in 1995, and the '78 Minuet 6.0 Metre found me in 2002. Between the two coaches, I have probably spent enough to have purchased a brand new 25' Safari. Despite, or in spite of the cost of restoration, I wouldn't change a thing - - I have an attachment to my Vintage Overlander and Minuet that I don't think would ever happen with a new coach, and a new coach wouldn't have the spacious, comfortable rear baths found in both of my coaches.

My Airstream and Argosy have become collector vehicles much as my collector cars - - my '65 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible has been with me since 1974, the '60 Studebaker Lark Convertible has been with me since 1977, the '84 Cadillac Biarritz Convertible since 1992, and the '75 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible since 1994. I suspect that the Overlander and Minuet will be a part of my estate as well as the old convertibles that have followed me.

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Old 11-02-2004, 08:40 PM   #7
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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!
On that basis, I need to change my vote. Owned for 15, worked on for 1. Maiden voyage planned October '05.
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Old 11-03-2004, 05:11 AM   #8
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I never would have guessed that I would be the first...surely not the only????...10-year-plus vintage Airstreamer to so register on this forum. Nevertheless, as of this writing, I'm the sole incumbent who has so noted.

I bought my vintage 1967 26-foot International in the spring of 1984 when she was just Sweet Sixteen. She was actually born in December 1967, and by the time I bought her, I bet most other brands of 1967 trailers had already been in the salvage yard "Retirement Home for While Boxes" for a year or two.

I worked on her for a year before I actually got her on the road. I knew she needed a little work, because I could see the original copper pipes had burst from freeze damage even before I made the purchase. So, before I took her on the first trip, I replaced all her plumbing. Just for good measure, I also replaced the original commode, water heater, oven, refrigerator and heating system, and replaced them with a microwave, apartment-type refrigerator and two 6000 BTU catalytic heaters. I've done other things since, of course, and after each trip, I always return home with a list of things to upgrade, fix or change. With one of these babies, you never have to worry about something to do, but I wouldn't do it if it weren't fun.

My Airstream is now almost 37 years old (the same age as my oldest child), meaning I have owned her for some 20 years to date, longer than any previous owner (there were at least two of them). It has provided me bed and breakfast (and lunch and dinner) accommodations for untold thousands of miles. During those two decades, I have been from the Smokies of North Carolina to the Rockies of Yellowstone, from the shows of Branson to the casinos of Los Vegas, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Custer battleground of the Yellowstone River, from the Grand Canyon to the Tetons to Zion to Bryce to...well, you get the picture.

People who travel via planes and stay in hotels don't believe me when I tell them I can leave on a three- or four-week trip without one reservation. They could not believe when I took off this past September with not one commitment for accommodations to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the battlegrounds of Virginia, the Smithsonian of DC, Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, and the turning leaves of Vermont. When I returned after some 20 days, they could not believe that instead of that tour, I had first stopped in Branson for a few days to take in a few shows while watching the Weather Channel to see what the hurricanes were doing. When I saw that the hurricanes, too, were visiting many of the places I originally intended to go, and when I subsequently saw floods roaring down the streets of Asheville, near my original first stop, I decided to cancel all previous plans, and instead of going east and north east, I headed west and north west to Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Royal Gorge and two vintage train rides in Colorado and New Mexico and etc, etc. That's vagabonding in an Airstream for you.

Yep, my 37-year-old Airstream is still performing yeoman's duties as faithfully as one could hope. I retired last year, and this year came close to buying a brand new Airstream. Even went to a dealer and inspected lots of models and got prices. I came close, but I felt like an old fool going after a young trophy bride. Maybe next year, maybe the next. Maybe not.

But one thing's for sure. Airstream Rocks!
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Old 11-03-2004, 10:43 AM   #9
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What a great story - really appreciate your taking the time to share your experiences - I've had trailers since 1988 - tents before that - we keep a long of all our trips - what a great time we have had!

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When I see what new units are going for, it makes us appreciate ours even more. Sure, ours is not in perfect shape, but she suits us just fine! Working on them is part of the hobby. Understanding how all the systems work, gives you confidence to travel hundreds of miles away, knowing you can tackle any problem that might surface, with confidence.
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In a way it does not surprise me to see vintage owners less than three years - to maintain these trailers it does take a bit of well-worth-while commitmet - its a hobby and I think you need to look at it as such - if not it becomes work and I think quite of number of folks it becomes work. Often times I see those that buy impossible projects or make projects bigger than than need to be and so they quit.

Anyway just some idol thoughts

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one thing about the demographics of this site is that it is primarily us "newbies" that need to mine for information. People that have been there and done that for so many years already know all the answers!
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Ya but some of us oldies don' t have much of a life
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Ya but some of us oldies don' t have much of a life
...which works out well for me!!!

so, since you're not doing anything, go answer my plumbing question!
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