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Old 09-03-2015, 11:09 AM   #113
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Ordered Michelin 16" from factory on our 2015 30' FC. Just completed 10,000 miles out west in seven weeks. No issues, took trailer into dealer for some minor warranty work and they said, tires don't even looked used. Tires held at 72 pounds entire trip, from Ocean level to 9,600 feet and from 28 degrees F to 108 degrees F.

We like them, had no issues on previous two AS Goodyears as long as we had them, but changed both ourselves over to Michelins.
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:56 PM   #114
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Why did YOU choose Airstream over the others?

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Old 09-03-2015, 02:29 PM   #115
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I was not... I have 5000 miles on them so far and no issues. I routinely exceed 65mph when able and my OAT's are usually in excess of 85 degrees. From what it sounds like you are telling me, the tires that I thought would last 6 years and cost $800-1000 all around only last 4-5 years compared with the presumably significantly more expensive ones on the EB and Classics. So boiled off, my annual tire budget is actually 5-10% higher than I expected. Within the margin of error for sure but I'll take note and add that $100 line item. Unless of course the more expensive tires last for significantly longer.

Just wait 3-4 years and about 20,000 miles-
There are 2 types of people in the world:
Those who have had trouble with ST tires-
Those who WILL have trouble with ST tires-
Now back to the thread topic- Why did you choose Airstream?


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Old 09-07-2015, 04:17 AM   #116
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I inherited mine 27 years ago. You could call it a "family heirloom". It has been our "beach house", "mountain cabin", "roadside picnic shelter" and among other things, my hobby to maintain. Because of my uncles's experience with it for 21 years before us, we never considered anything else. Yes, it has a few dings, scratches and isn't as shiny as it once was but it is still a conversation piece where ever we take it.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:43 AM   #117
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Shiny things are nice and all these helpful people.
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:12 PM   #118
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I choose my Airstream because I love going camping and I have an old VW Bus and I love vintage things. If something that is 50 plus years is still on the road and still going it's worth buying.Click image for larger version

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Old 09-11-2015, 03:27 PM   #119
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I guess I chose an Airstream because after 40 years of camping I know that quality items last longer and in the end have higher resale values. My evidence goes all the way back to tent camping in the early 70's. I owned a 20 x 10 two room Coleman tent which rewarded me over and over in all kinds of weather and conditions that this was a great product. Never had a problem and issue and after 5 years of use, I sold it to a friend for almost the same price I paid for it.

I wanted to have a towable and after looking at many different brands of pop ups's I went with a Coleman (at that time they were still truly a Coleman product). Fit and finish was excellent, where other pop ups used velcro strips to connect the canvas to the door, Coleman had a rubber gasket channel in the door arrangement. I was in a storm so bad one night that had hoped open the velcro in other campers. My Coleman stayed tight and dry. I sold that pop up after 4 years of use for $300 less than what I paid.

From there I bought a Hi-Lo travel trailer. That vehicle was a real tank with a steel framing, a once piece aluminum roof. Inside the steel framing was foam insulation which gave those thick walls a great R factor. It actually was the quietest trailer I have ever owned. I kept that trailer for 14 years. I paid $8,200 for it new back in '82. I sold it for $5,700. Not a bad return for a 14 year old trailer. I stored it under cover and it looked like new.

From the Hi-Lo I got careless and bought a 30' Thor built Electra trailer. It was aluminum framed. In retrospect it wasn't really quality and started leaking from day one of ownership. While we were able to find the source of the leaks, it would seem to develop new ones. I always felt that the trailer with its aluminum frame flexed so much that screws and other areas would just either start working their way up or would brake the sealant. After 3 years I knew the trailer probably wouldn't last more than 10 years.

From that I did a lot more looking and decided that if I wanted something that would last, an Airstream was going to most likely be in my future. We've now passed 10 years on my Classic and in all honestly this will be the last RV I will ever own. I feel that while I paid a price premium, I will get that back in useful service and eventually a good return when it comes time for me to hang up my camping days.

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Old 09-17-2015, 10:15 PM   #120
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what you going to do if you get a longer unit.. ?? that 23 looks like it fills, length wise, the space. i guess you can extend the concrete but the top might be tough.

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Old 09-17-2015, 11:25 PM   #121
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If we ever get a 25 I hope it won't be under there very much. 😎. It would be tight though.
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:56 AM   #122
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I hear you.. thats one reason we are looking at 27-28 ft for first unit.. Go BIG or go home.. choa

ps: anyone got a 2007 or so 28 27 ft for sale??

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Old 09-18-2015, 08:07 AM   #123
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Because I figure since it is still functional and attractive after 60 years there is a good chance I will own it for life. I love vintage things that are built to last.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:03 AM   #124
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We wanted something not too long or too short. We didn't like any SOB floorplan in the 26/27' range and didn't desire a slide. Just about all of them have the bed in the front, a tiny kitchen, huge slide with a U dinette and rear bath. Plus the décor on these are terrible. Where do they get their interior designers? Decided to look at Airstream, couldn't afford new and found our 2008 Classic 25fb. We like what it has in the size; separate bedroom from the living area, split bath, two wardrobes, large dinette with adjacent sitting area, adequate size kitchen with exposed drawers and pull out pantry, 7 cu/ft 2 door fridge, adequate sized holding tanks. We also like its not as tall as most SOBs,they have to raise the body up off the axles for the slide to clear. Easy to get in/out of an Airstream vs the SOB stairway. AS has better aerodynamics.

The only SOB I would consider that is not you typical SOB would be a Bigfoot but they are rare to find.

This forum is a valuable resource to Airstream owners and is a big plus.

I also feel when its time to move on we will be able to sell our Airstream more easily and at a good price, just like we did with our previous Casita trailer.

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Old 09-28-2015, 07:13 AM   #125
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Plus the décor on these are terrible. Where do they get their interior designers?

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THANK YOU. I probably could have and may well have bought a SOB had one (1) of them had a genuinely nice, good, high quality interior. I looked at everything and they were all crap. I mean, glossy wallpaper with floral border. What year is this?
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:01 PM   #126
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I don't understand why so many RV's have 1950's decor. The "designers" must think everyone stopped changing their views in 1959 and love chintzy curtains, lamps, etc. Do we all buy a 1,200' ranch house and paint it in dark colors inside (dark colors were the late '40's, but it took until 1960 to repaint the house)? Maybe we drive a Chevy Bel Air.

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