Stop and think about this folks.......
Stop and think about this: At least the parts are available! Sure some are expensive, but they ARE available. I look at it this way, I bought my 31' for $3995. I got a HELL of a deal. The guy who sold it did not know much about campers in general, let alone Airstreams.(He did not even know what the battery was for!) He did not winterize it properly last winter. The water heater was shot, and the plumbing was full of splits. It was a nightmare to repair one leak after the other. Lots of little things need attention. It needs new axles, but all in all, it is in GREAT shape for a 31 year old Airstream. When it is all said and done, I will have less than $7500 into her, but LOTS of hours in labor.
Now consider this: We were contemplating spending up to $35,000 for a SOB fifth wheel trailer. If we would have spent that kind of money, one year later that camper would be worth maybe $25,000. 10 grand would have vanished into thin air. Our Airstream will be worth at least as much as I have into it once the axles are replaced, maybe a little bit more. Hopefully it will appreciate in value, not depreciate.
We should be glad that there is someone like Andy who has the resources to support us. Some of those resources come from higher prices. It's not just Airstream. John Deere, Motorola, all the big industry names have high parts prices for out of production equipment. Andy is a great guy, who supports US and what we are doing. I have ordered my axles from him, and he threw in a few "easter eggs", and I thank him for it. If you can't take the high cost of parts for vintage Airstreams, go buy a new SOB. Watch your dollars vanish into thin air as it depreciates. You'll loose so much, that $498 door lock will seem insignificant.
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