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Old 10-18-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Oh, an AS that's different

We were recently out searching for parts for our '66 Tradewind. We stopped at an 'RV Center'. We were just browsing the parts section and a sales clerk was having a phone conversation with a customer. He was providing advice for preparing his camper for a fire marshal inspection in KY. We asked another nearby clerk a question about awning hardware replacement parts. When the first clerk finished his phone conversation he made a comment suggesting that the caller had an old ('71) hunk of junk he was trying to get certified. He then asked us what model camper we needed parts for. My husband and I looked at each other and laughed and told him we were afraid to tell him the age of ours. When we said we had a 66 AS he said "oh it's an Airstream, that's different" The other clerk said "That's a collectible".
What experiences have you had in these situations? Hunk or junk or Collectible??

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Old 10-18-2010, 08:23 PM   #2
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I have met more people who thought our '66 was new than people who knew it was vintage!

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Old 10-18-2010, 08:24 PM   #3
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:25 PM   #4
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It is none of the above: it is (perhaps with a bit of refurbishment), USEFUL !!!!
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:36 PM   #5
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Ihave had about a 50/50 split on comments about mine. Half of them can't beleive it's that old and the other half utter the phrase"do they still make those trailers"
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:09 AM   #6
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First off... I want that vehicle in your icon!! Suffering from major envy/jealousy!!

Secondly, if my A/S is junk then I don't want someone else's collectible! We embrace the vintageness of our trailer. I proudly proclaim that the only thing missing was the shag carpet (it was the green/olive). I mourned the loss of the tambour we had to remove....thankfully only the galley cabinet!


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Old 10-19-2010, 10:11 AM   #7
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The age isn't the first thing they ask me about my trailer, it's "Do you want to sell it?"
In the RV park here in town, they had a rule about all trailers had to be less than ten years old, but when I said I have an Airstream, she immediately said "Oh, well that's different" and I moved in the next day....

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Old 10-19-2010, 01:15 PM   #8
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:35 PM   #9
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Airstream has a healthy following with proud and dedicated owners of an extremely diverse range of trailers.

I purchased a twenty year old Airstream because it was an Airstream. I have not regretted the choice. even with having rotted flooring, multiple leaks, hours of renovations, blow outs,water pipe leaks...

I am proud to be an Airstream owner...


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Old 10-19-2010, 10:49 PM   #10
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Oh, it's really different.

Hi, everytime I went to Camping World, the lady at the desk would ask me if I wanted an insurance quote; And offer a little free gift for my time. I let her do it once. She was not able to find what she wanted in her computer under travel trailer. She called someone from the main office and was told she had to type Airstream instead of travel trailer to get the quote. When she got the information, it ended up being more than four times what I pay now. Now when I go to Camping World and she doesn't remember me, and asks if I would like a free insurance quote, I simply say "I own an Airstream" and that ends the conversation.

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Old 10-21-2010, 06:49 PM   #11
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still spending money

These responses are so interesting. I have had several more experiences where people seem so "impressed" with our Airstream. I love vintage and I love quality. The Airstream is both! I'm having fun already and we are still spending money. This is gonna be good.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:06 PM   #12
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[QUOTE=rebelstand;908198]First off... I want that vehicle in your icon!! Suffering from major envy/jealousy!!

Nicki, Thanks! We love, love, love the bus. Everyone smiles when they see it. Stop in for a test drive if you're in KY.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:16 PM   #13
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Along the same lines... Several years ago I inquired about renting a space in an Austin RV park and the manager (an Australian, I later learned) asked in a haughty tone: "Is your RV not more than 10 years old?"

"Suppose I had a 40 year old restored Airstream?" I asked, in response.

"Oh," he replied, "The 10 year age limit doesn't apply to silver bullets."

At that moment I knew I wanted, needed and absolutely craved an AS. Finally got one two weeks ago. Cherrio.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:58 AM   #14
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Our Airstream was certainly a hunk of junk when we bought it new several years ago. If it is still around 30-40 years from now maybe someone will consider it collectible.

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