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Old 07-05-2010, 10:14 PM   #15
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The original question was "Why are Airstreams better?

If you mean better built, that questions has been answered above. All travel trailers have issues, perhaps Airstreams have fewer issues.

Journalist did a great job of answering why Airstreams are fun to own. Hardly a day goes by on the road without someone asking questions about our Airstream whether we are towing our '83 Excella or our polished '65 Caravel. We have had people leave notes on the Caravel just to say how much they like seeing it.

Airstreams are far more than just travel trailers. What other travel trailer is considered an American Icon? There have been other trailers with well known names like Shasta, Aljoa and a few others, but the only one still in production is Airstream.
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:43 PM   #16
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There is a "Fun Factor" that needs to be figured in.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:15 PM   #17
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I explain Airstream ownership to my friends as being similar to owning a classic car. If you were to pull into a grocery store parking lot full of modern family sedans, minivans and pickup trucks in say a '57 Chevy Nomad, you will almost without fail attract a small crowd of folks who walk over and want to take a closer look. A vintage Airstream is pretty much the same thing. When you pull into a campground full of white boxes, the aluminum tube makes a statement. If you aren't interested in talking to folks about your Airstream and aren't willing to show it off on occasion, it's probably not the trailer for you. It may not happen to you every time you take it out, but it does happen often. My wife and I always try to keep the inside tidied up just in case of surprise visitors to our campsite who want to have a look inside. It's something you get used to after a while.
Good point,
But it doesn't necessarily have to be 'vintage'...

Something else I've noticed, that really surprises me, is how little the average person knows about 'streams. Can't tell you how many times I've had people ask "if they're still making them", or have no idea at all, what year it is- and then be really surprised when I tell them
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:31 PM   #18
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I have to tell you when we are getting ready for a trip we get butterflies.
When we know we have to pick her up or take her somewhere, butterflies.
When we are towing her we feel "cool".

To us Airstream = a feeling, a good one!
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:57 PM   #19
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I can't speak for newer Airstreams, but the older (pre '69?) versions were made with aircraft aluminum (2024 T3 .032) and marine grade ply for the sub-floor. Even the gas regulator was top notch.

You don't find many other brands with positive latching . ..

None of this may mean anything to some, we all have our pet issues. That said, my advise is to rent/borrow one of each (Airstream and an S.O.B) and decide if it's right for you ...
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Good point,
But it doesn't necessarily have to be 'vintage'...
True, the average person doesn't know a '68 from an '08. They all have their charms, regardless of age. There's just something about all that aluminum that makes me smile. God forbid I ever win the lottery. I'll have to buy myself an RV storage lot just to hold all the unique Airstreams that I'd love to own.
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It's neat to know this brand of RV has traveled all over the world, Capetown to Cairo,
Caravan around the World, Mexico, and others.

Cool factor...
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