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Old 10-04-2007, 08:19 AM   #1
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What does Airstream mean to you?

I was emailing with the gentleman who is working with Airstream, Inc on the survey that they are doing and I suggested that it could be fun and informative to give everyone an open ended question to just free write your thoughts on "what Airstream means to you".

So in this thread please post "what Airstream means to you". This can be a list of words, paragraphs of text, etc. Please be as descriptive as possible and including feelings you get, actions you take, etc.

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Old 10-04-2007, 08:22 AM   #2
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Andy, Great idea.

The words I think of are:

Cool, Iconic, Americana, Retro, Vintage

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Old 10-04-2007, 10:27 AM   #3
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money pit

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Old 10-04-2007, 10:33 AM   #4
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:34 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by urbanfood
money pit
Large...I thought about trading for a boat!

Honestly, the word is synonymous with American, specifically U.S. American.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:58 AM   #6
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:43 AM   #7
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Being VERY new to 'streaming, there is much for my wife and I to learn. We look forward to spending hours, days, weeks and months seeing this great country in our new TT. As I view the various posts to the various threads, I am struck by the references to COST of operating/upkeep of each A/S. Having come to trailering from boating, I would be happy to attest to the fact that boating is EXPENSIVE. Slip charges, winter haul-out, winterizing, upkeep, insurance, and fuel. Think how much your fuel bill would run when you put 26-27 gallons of fuel through your boat EVERY hour and you're on an 8-10 hour cruise going up Lake Huron. Overnight charges are also significantly more than your A/S costs to spend a night plugged in. I can't think of anything that costs less on a boat than on a trailer. The same nut or bolt on a boat must be stainless to avoid the rust problem, so the cost goes up 8-10 fold. So, to those of you that are thinking of giving up trailering in favor of boating, make sure you count your spendable cash cause it takes a lot of it! We did it for three years, three of the happiest years of our lives, but it is expensive - or as Mr. Vanderbuilt said when asked how much it cost, "If you have to ask, you can't afford it!"

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Old 10-04-2007, 12:18 PM   #8
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Amen to that Pilgrim!! My brother has a boat and I laugh at him every time we compare the difference in upkeep expenses. The only time he laughs back at me is when I register a new unit{4 times}. I have to pay sales tax and yearly property tax. In RI boats are exempt from both!!! He also alot more "spendable" cash! Who's laughing now? Ouch
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:22 PM   #9
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While I like "money pit", it's a money pit I don't mind filling (at least it doesn't irk me as much as my NJ property taxes).

Iconic, freedom, uber cool, warm and cozy all come to mind. If my Base Camp leaks on me again (it just got back from being fixed again), I'll add frustrating and infuriating to the list, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. For my Argosy, add "challenging" because of the resto we're doing, but it's a labor of love so it's a GOOD challenge...
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:52 PM   #10
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:53 PM   #11
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Cost too much.
Bad Warranty.
Leaks alot.
Poorly built.
Lack of quality control.
"What do you exspect there made by humans".
"Your (customer service too customer) a lier, Our dealers wouldn't lie"
Old is better.
If you want it done right, do it your self.
Never again, Teton soon.
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:16 PM   #12
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Freedon, adventure, exploration, comraderie.

We hook up the trailer and we're gone! Sometimes its a Forums rally and some times its boondocking in a familiar area. Then there's those adventures where we don't know where were going when we pull away from the house.

Time in our Airstream is not real life time. It's surreal time a kind of a bonus that does not count towards your allotted time on Earth.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 10-05-2007, 09:49 PM   #13
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Thanks for the opportunity Andy.

The Airstream for us (Donna and I) has always meant a class act. Quality - how many 50+ year old trailers, let alone 20 year old trailers, do you see still in use - a few over a broad spectrum of manufacturers, but only Airstream has significant quantities.

We remember them as kids, seeing the stories in magazines about how they were used to travel the world. We wanted that same feeling and ability to travel where ever we wanted, when we wanted, with all the conveniences we are used to, and without the dependency and shortcomings of hotels and restaurants.

We lusted after an Airstream for years, looking for just the right one. We found it, although we had wanted a 1957 Safari to match our 1957 Pontiac Safari wagon, we lucked out and found a 1951 Flying Cloud that suits our needs perfectly.

Yes, we will buy a new or newer one eventually that we will tow behind our truck, but the Flying Cloud has found a permanent home with us for as long as we are able to drive the car and tow the trailer.

We also feel that Airstream as a manufacturer has not abandoned the vintage owners of their product. I read constantly on this forum of folks who take their trailers, many decades old, back to the factory for various levels of refurbishment. They are treated with respect and their trailers are treated extremely well. There are few if any SOB manufacturers who are willing or even able to provide this highly prized level of support for their older trailers which is one reason so many of them are parted out after not that many years.

So, for us, Airstream means freedom to do as we please, to travel to places we've always wanted to see in relative comfort, and the security of having a quality built, highly visible and iconic piece of America's history.

I cannot think of another travel trailer made that has people waving and taking pictures as it goes down the road, or gather around it for pictures in gas stations and at RV parks, and when international tourists come along they are not shy about asking for a tour, about taking pictures of themselves with the trailer, and commenting on the fact that to them the Airstream is a symbol of Americana that has never diminished over all the years they've been made. How many other vintage trailers are used in TV commercials, rock videos, movies, and considered art ?

The best part of this is that our friends also have realized the uniqueness and value that an Airstream provides and have also acquired one (the twin to ours, actually) and others of our group are starting to show interest. We all know that once you've bought a used Airstream and realize how well built they are that you are very much predisposed to purchasing a new one when you decide you want the latest and greatest. That should warm the hearts of those at Airstream.

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