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Old 08-28-2015, 09:52 PM   #85
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Why an AS

My AS is 43 years old and looks great. You can't say that about the other guys.
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:02 PM   #86
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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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What a great looking carport. Would it be possible to get a bit more info on size, construction, more images etc. If you don't want to post it here, a PM would be fine also
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Old 08-29-2015, 06:28 AM   #87
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Thanks Doug. Yes I'm really happy with how it turned out. I designed it with help of a contractor friend. Told him I needed clearance but wanted to keep profile low. He suggested manufactured scissor trusses. 7/12 top and 4/12 bottom. Oyster shell tabby concrete; 8x8 posts; beams are double 2x12 sandwiching plywood; ceiling is trim grade 1x4 alternating with 1x2; shed provides cross bracing and is covered with 5/8 T111; finish is Flood wood stain.

The whole thing is in a shallow backyard and therefore 90 degrees to house. Use a front hitch to "back" Airstream in which is the only way possible. Mixed with some other work on the house so cost is a bit of a guess but $18k is probably close.
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A few more pix of finished carport. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-29-2015, 08:32 AM   #89
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We bought our Airstream because it's an Airstream!
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:51 AM   #90
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After having a pop up because that's all we could afford, we decided to get a full size trailer before retirement and bought a SOB with bunk beds because we had visions of grandchildren traveling with us. That didn't happen so we saw an AS at an RV show and bought our first AS 22'Sport. Two years later a FC25 and two years later a 30' Classic which is what we wished we had bought in the first place and saved lots of money. We liked what we saw in an AS better than other brands at the show. I would add dealer service makes all the difference.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:09 AM   #91
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You know, for us, we had bandied around the idea of a trailer for years. Or maybe a boat (my husband is a sailer). Or maybe a recreational property. And after staying at a rental cottage for two weeks, we reaffirmed our feeling that we didn't want to incur all that maintenance, property taxes & 25 years of mortgage payments to always see the same place.

And we knew we didn't want to go through the stages of trailer ownership that so many seem to go through - used pop up, new pop up, used SOB, new hybrid.... We wanted what we wanted. And we're blessed to be in a position to afford our "end" trailer now, so we did. My five year old isn't getting any younger, and I didn't want to lose this adventure time together.

Also, the Canadian dollar is going to the poop now, ha. I'm doubly glad we bought a new 2015 off the lot.... Imagine adding 15% extra to the cost of new. That would have been us had we waited until next season (and I suspect it would pinch a tight used market up here even more)
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:41 AM   #92
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We bought our AS for the size and quality. Had been camping in a well built,somethings better than AS, teardrop trailer made in Wisconsin by CampInn. It towed as if it wasn't there, fit anywhere and drew raves everywhere we went. But. . . . no bathroom no standing up. If the weather wasn't great and you had to be inside you were horizontal or in a sitting position. We thought of ourselves as campers not RVer's. Might have been wrong about that. So quality being very important to us AS was the only way to go and our 16' Sport is just the size we need for the two of us. Only complaint is that being the entry level AS we don't feel the love that the larger models or vintage owners get LOL !
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Old 08-29-2015, 10:15 AM   #93
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A few more pix of finished carport. Attachment 246646Attachment 246647Attachment 246648
Brilliant Steve - very well done!
The design is very eye catching and well executed. What is your over-all footprint?

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Thanks Doug. Concrete pad is 32'x18'. Our Airstream is a 23D. Shed is about 7' deep so Airstream fits with a couple of feet to spare so that we can squeeze through at the back without walking around. If we had it to do over we would make it a few feet longer because I have a feeling we will eventually end up with a 25 twin (or maybe that new 26 - that thing is sweet). Next project is water and sewer. I hope that the pipes that we placed under the slab don't have a leak. 😳


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Old 08-29-2015, 03:21 PM   #95
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Thanks Doug. Concrete pad is 32'x18'. Our Airstream is a 23D. Shed is about 7' deep so Airstream fits with a couple of feet to spare so that we can squeeze through at the back without walking around. If we had it to do over we would make it a few feet longer because I have a feeling we will eventually end up with a 25 twin (or maybe that new 26 - that thing is sweet). Next project is water and sewer. I hope that the pipes that we placed under the slab don't have a leak. 😳


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Thanks Steve:

Yes leaks would not be fun. How are you planning your sewer. Will you hook it into your house system?
I can relate to the upsizing thing.... Our first airstream is the 28' we have now. We like it a lot but have been watching the walk through video of the new classic from Colonial. Got to stop doing that sort of stuff.... Sheesh!

Also thanks for the email........

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Yes we will connect to house sewer, but with a small diameter line since gravity won't work. Plan to stub up a standard hose thread fitting to receive connection of a Sewer Solution or macerator pump.
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You know, for us, we had bandied around the idea of a trailer for years. Or maybe a boat (my husband is a sailer). Or maybe a recreational property. And after staying at a rental cottage for two weeks, we reaffirmed our feeling that we didn't want to incur all that maintenance, property taxes & 25 years of mortgage payments to always see the same place.
This is a huge point for me. As I retire from the military I've thought the same thing. Get a retirement home somewhere. Then what? See the same street, the same hiking trails, the same town with the occasional "vacation trip" for 40 years?

Makes much more sense for me to take my belongings and my pets with me and see the rest of North America over those last 40 years.. Definitely much less likely to become bored in retirement that way!
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Dealerships ought to have "test tows".
The Airstream tows so much easier and smoother than a big white box with leaf springs.
I get 2 more mpg pulling the Airstream versus the white box.
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