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Old 07-13-2015, 09:01 AM   #71
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I made a list one time of "pros" and "cons" of the Airstream and the white box trailer.
The Airstream list had 50-60 pros and 8-9 cons.
The white box trailer had 8-9 pros and 50-60 cons.

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Old 07-13-2015, 10:31 AM   #72
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gsmblue post: "Since I was a child in the UK I was fascinated with airstreams. In more recent years I regularly would get drunk and tell my wife of the dream "A Range Rover pulling an Airstream touring the west coast and the mountains"...snip, snip."

When I retired in 2010 and returned to Oregon, our place of origin, from Houston we sold our vehicles and my son suggested getting a Range Rover so when the camping bug hit us this year there was no question that it would be an Airstream. Love it!

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Old 07-13-2015, 10:31 AM   #73
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My AS is 37 years old and has had a few repairs over the years still tows fine and supplies me with a good home where ever I stop. Travelled 70000 mi last summer with no problems. My son bought SOB about 8 yrs ago and replaced the floor twice before he traded it in on ANOTHER white box ! My other son has a 1995 5th wheel that's done roof has bee repaired and now its only good for staying parked.
AND my oldest son has had at least 2 white boxes since I bought my AS 14 yrs ago,,,,but hey what do I know lol.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:16 PM   #74
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In our case, it was our 30th Anniversary gift (to ourselves).
We started looking into the idea of park service volunteering about a year ago, and shortly thereafter started looking at campers & trailers. We started looking in earnest at Airstreams after a visit to a dealer in Mesa, AZ last October (after looking at some beat up examples of SOBs, the dealer visit (looking at new & used units) was the tipping point for us on Airstreams) for pretty much the same reasons already listed (iconic, longevity, etc.). We ended up with an eBay special in January (by accident, but that's another story).
When we first got married and the future wasn't so bright, the running gag we had was that we would end up living in "a 30-year old Airstream trailer with a squeaky swamp cooler on top".
Well, as it turns out, that's pretty much what we have (sans the swamp cooler, and I'm not looking for one).

"The sting of having paid too much remains long after the veneer of newness has worn away."
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:09 PM   #75
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So far as all the amenities you have researched - that would simply be your choice. We have owned many brands of travel trailers over 50 years. I will never pull anything else - simply for the "pull". We own a 28 foot Classic w/o a slide. It is roomy enough for 2 people and a 60 lb. dog and I pack it as my kitchen at our home is equipped.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:40 PM   #76
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We never even considered anything else.

Back when I lived in the UK, I lived on a beautiful narrowboat for a while, which isn't all that different from living in a trailer, except on water and with much bigger tanks. They're just shy of 7' wide to fit the historic canals built during the Industrial Revolution, mine was 42' long. I loved it, for a young single guy it was the perfect way to live.

The Airstream was the only trailer that's anywhere near the quality and feel of a well built boat. Every time I see the trailer it puts a smile on my face.
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:37 PM   #77
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Originally Posted by slowmover View Post
... An AF at ten years is on its last legs.
This is such a tired argument not really based on fact. I know dozens of people with Northwood Trailers (Arctic Fox, Nash, etc) that are over 10 years old and not on their "last" legs.

The fact of the matter is that any well maintained quality trailer, Northwood included, will last many years. The enemy of any trailer, including Airstreams, is moisture. If you don't keep out the moisture everything but the shell rots.

I have seen many, many Airstreams slowing decaying into the earth on which it sits due to neglect. Sure, the shell won't rot, but the floor, frame, tires, axles and everything inside will.

If you spend the time, and, yes, some money to maintain your trailer, it will last. Keep out the water and one will have years, if not decades of enjoyment out of most trailers.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:27 PM   #78
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For us, it was a done deal the first time we sat inside with the door closed. Nothing else feels like an Airstream. Nothing!

I agree with the previous poster. Keeping the moisture out and the sun off, day in day out, is key to
longevity. We built a carport for ours.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:00 PM   #79
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So, another perspective. Our 2011 27' Flying Cloud was our first RV EVER; we had tent camped for almost 45 years. We looked at most every permutation of trailer, Class A, Class C we could find. It frankly got down to the fact that the Airstream was simply what we wanted. We like the design, the materials used, the "ethic" of having to travel light, carrying less than we thought we needed. The idea was that we did not want to pull around another home on wheels, we CAMP in the Airstream. If we want a fire, we build one outside and enjoy the stars.

We've camped in cold weather, but the AS is not well insulated and we go they a lot of propane.

The AS community is a delight; I'm sure other brands have their nice communities also, don't know.

Numerous times we've been asked if other campers could come inside an see our trailer; so many express the desire to own one.

I doubt we'll ever change out our trailer; it suits us so well. Our kids are counting on inheriting it when we stop traveling.

Look around a lot; carefully decide what's important for you. Then if the Airstream fits, buy one. You'll never look back.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:36 AM   #80
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Originally Posted by Road Geezer View Post
I doubt we'll ever change out our trailer; it suits us so well. Our kids are counting on inheriting it when we stop traveling..
That made me chuckle. "Hey dad, when you die can I have your trailer?". Was just wondering how that conversation went.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:48 PM   #81
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Looks awesome, pulls awesome. Bought our 2005 25 ft. Classic four years ago used and saved a ton of money. We wanted a rig that we could pull with a half ton or SUV if we needed to and could fit in most of the national and state parks. Never wanted or considered a fifth wheel. Only other trailer we considered was a Bigfoot but they were bankrupt when we were looking. Honestly if we had to buy new we couldn't afford an Airstream. Good thing is that there is always excellent used units out there. You just have to be patient for the right one.
Best decision we ever made. Only negative for me was not doing it years sooner because those years are gone and you can't get em back.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:26 PM   #82
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I've been looking at everything that's out there, even some Australian units and I keep coming back to the Airstream!

I know they are pricey.
I know about filiform.
I know the quality may not be the best.
I know the insulation is poor.
I know they are easily dented by pretty much anything and virtually totaled by hail storms.
I know they are low to the ground and can't go off the beaten path much.
I know they have small solar, battery and water tank options from the factory.
I know the resale value isn't as good as a lot of AS owners think it is.
I know AS uses plywood floors.
I know AS has a non-galvanized steel trailer frame that can rust out.
I know AS doesn't use disc brakes and that is a really cheap move.

The AS is gorgeous.
The AS has among the best interior's out there. Modern looking and not the 1980's funeral parlor decor of virtually everything else.
The AS has those amazing curved corner windows, vista view windows, large side windows, skylights, basically ton's of light is let in that bounces all around reflecting off the aluminum interior and it makes it feel so bright and inviting. Just a happy place to live.

It can all be summed up with the word "character". Something that most other trailers don't have. I can see why AS's are selling so well and I may end up with one.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:59 PM   #83
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Zybane you have done your research well, and your conclusions are why we would have nothing else.
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:59 PM   #84
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Add to that:
I know that all but the Eddie Bauer and new Classic have crumby tires!

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