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Old 03-28-2006, 06:26 AM   #15
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I just got back from a three week trip from South Dakota to Vera Cruz Mexico in my very used 1972 Trade Winds. I traveled 6000 miles of some of the worst roads I've ever seen both paved and gravel. The Airstream did very well and kept me in total comfort.

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Old 03-28-2006, 06:35 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Danetree
I just got back from a three week trip from South Dakota to Vera Cruz Mexico in my very used 1972 Trade Winds. I traveled 6000 miles of some of the worst roads I've ever seen both paved and gravel. The Airstream did very well and kept me in total comfort.
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:43 AM   #17
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Not to get this post off topic. BUT ME TOO.
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:50 AM   #18
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I'm towing a 1978 Argosy, that some would say was the cheaper Airstream. First of all, no one knows this trailer is almost 30 years old. When you camp in it you can't believe it is 30 years old. It's well built, a pleasure to tow and so much fun to look at. Talk about cool. I know you are considering a "new" Airstream; however, even with some quality control issues, I bet you could hold on to that trailer and pass it on to the next two generations. I will probably never be able to get a new Airstream, but it doesn't seem to matter. Heck, no one knows I'm not towing one now. It's a great addiction.
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:13 AM   #19
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My wife and I are not yet Airstream owners, but after about 9 months of searching and looking at all of our options, we've come to the conclusion that nothing else available offers the stability, utility and quality that an Airstream has.

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Old 03-28-2006, 07:34 AM   #20
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Why Airstream>?

Hello -

We bought a 28' CCD last year - went to the factory and watched it being built too.

There were a few QC issues (the shower door was incorrectly installed, the TV bracket was installed crooked, some of the window knobs were loose, the comforter was missing, the water heater needed to be adjusted - incinsistent lighting) but AS fixed them ALL without question and even fixed a piece of body side molding that I had scraped off by pulling into a campsite a little too closely to a cement filled pole.

I think the QC issues were within the 'acceptable' range.

Why AS?

Like every other answer you've read, a few main reasons.

1. Overall quality - solid construction and solid feel - the walls are actually wood, not foam board with wallpaper on it. The cabinetry is solid and the fixtures are all top-of-the-line.

2. It IS the coolest looking thing out there! ESPECIALLY our CCD! I LOVE the Safari with the International option too!

3. Longevity - they are built to last! LOTS of older ones out there.

4. Company reputation - AS stands behind their product and their warranty and they are the friendliest people I've dealt with.

5. Towability - 20 mph winds on the Mackinac Bridge - didn't even feel it!

Good luck - hope to see you and your new AS!

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Old 03-28-2006, 08:21 AM   #21
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:18 AM   #22
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My first Airstream was a 1974 31'. it was 25 years old and was still structurally sound. My second Airstream is a 94 34' bought used. It had been in 49 states, centural America, and in every providence in Canada before I bought it. The body is still tight and leak free, the appliances still work (ok all of them are from vendors not Airstream), the cabinets are still on the walls, the doors are not falling off and the unit looks good. I am not embarassed to pull into any campground with my 12 year old probably 150,000 mile unit. I have put about 50,000 miles on the unit with two trips to Maine, 5 trips to Florida, Chicago, Springfield, and a caravan through the Southwest. When comparing Airstream with Terry, Shasta or the other brands out there see how many are still on the road, structually sound, and attractive after 25 years. There are some, but they are few. If you want an inexpensive trailer to tow to the lake and park for the season or if you take the kids out 3-4 times a summer then the wooden frame trailer makes a lot of sense. Its inexpensive, roomy, pleanty of bunks and will offer many summers fun with limited use. Its not made to live in or to full time in. The end use and what you expect from the trailer has a lot to say about what you buy. I don't know anyone that has bought an Airstream that later said they wished they had a box trailer.
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Old 03-28-2006, 11:42 AM   #23
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"Live in" a stick trailer

Rick etal -

Interesting thread. Do I assume correctly, that the 5th wheels are considered ( or in fact are!) also stick built? Just curious as someone (Rick?) wrote that those trailers really aren't for 'live in' trailering. I don't have an issue with the statement at all! I wouldn't want to live in one either.

Just wondering if those 5th wheels have a different type construction.

There are an awful lot of those things out there with LOTS of folks living in them seemingly full time. Have been in several and while they are OK, some are even nice - they just don't have that certain something that AS's all have.

There is something special about climbing into that silver tube.

Which actually brings me to another issue. Are the AS MH ( newer ones - not the silver ones!) built with the same techniques as the AS trialers? Aluminum sides, stringers, U channel, and all that? I don't recall looking when I took the AS factory tour - I was like a kid in a candy shop - head on a swivel !!!!

As always, Thanks for any and all info and replies.

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Old 03-28-2006, 12:38 PM   #24
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Ours is 35 years old and the only spot rotten in our floor was under the bathtub and it was not very big. We did remodel simply because we didn't like the dark colors, but everything was solid. Our friends have a 1988 sob and it is falling apart. They know they can't get their money back and they have no money for a better rig. We have been helping them fix theirs up along with another couple. We have done the back bedroom and that's it for right now. The floor, wood studs and most of the paneling had to be replaced because of water damage. It's kinda sad because everytime youpulled something off there was damage. The other couple had some left over paneling and flooring and we gave them the queen bed out of the wrecked AS we have and the curtains. I just got through painting their new paneling yesterday. Now they have a nice back bedroom, problem is though the rest of the rig needs to be done. They wish they could get an AS and maybe oneday they can.
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:55 PM   #25
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Airstreams "Integrity" is a 5th wheel and, correct me if I am wrong and I now you will, is stick built with fiberglass sides. It is recognized by the club as an Airstream and is a very nice unit. Many manufactures of travel trailers will tell you that they are not intended for extended use, the salesmen will not. There are a few companys out there that make welded aluminum structures similar in design to Airstream, the usually skin them out in fiberglass because it is cheaper to build both from a material cost as well as labor, and much easier to repair.
I have less than no knowledge on how the Motorhomes are constructed. They are beautiful and spacious but not for me.

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