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Old 05-25-2015, 12:11 PM   #29
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I'm ok with it. My final total was very nice, and I feel good about it. I'm using someone else's money for cheap and my payment is less than a car. If I decided to keep it, I'll ramp up on paying it off, if for any reason i decide to sell it, I'll take whatever lump comes along and that at point I consider it rent in the form of number of months / (purchase price - selling price)

I figure I'm here to enjoy what life we have, so ya know? .... What the heck, do what makes ya feel good, whatever that may be.
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:22 PM   #30
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Well for all the reasons and points mentioned in this discussion, we started and stayed with a new 2010-30' Flying Cloud. Boy, we had to learn how to downsize real quick.
As all of you know, storage is not AS's strong point. So, clothing and daily living requirements are well thought out, we don't suffer living out of the trailer for up to 3 weeks, that's my wife's limit. So, what ever extra stuff we need, goes in the back of the F350. I love the 2014 F350, diesel, get 12.5 mpg pulling the trailer and 19 to 22 on the road w/o the trailer.
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:47 PM   #31
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Well for all the reasons and points mentioned in this discussion, we started and stayed with a new 2010-30' Flying Cloud. Boy, we had to learn how to downsize real quick.
As all of you know, storage is not AS's strong point. So, clothing and daily living requirements are well thought out, we don't suffer living out of the trailer for up to 3 weeks, that's my wife's limit. So, what ever extra stuff we need, goes in the back of the F350. I love the 2014 F350, diesel, get 12.5 mpg pulling the trailer and 19 to 22 on the road w/o the trailer.
Plus a massive payload of what? 3800#'s???? You could load that bed down and do just fine
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:54 PM   #32
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Congrats Mrjkq. You made the right call. 25 years from now your new rig will still be going strong and looking good with reasonable maintenance. In that same period your former unit will become outdated, leaky and squeaky at best , but more likely buried somewhere in a scrap pile. But there is an associated cost. Glad to heat your story.
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Old 05-25-2015, 03:34 PM   #33
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17mpg and 2 bedrooms with a bath and 1/2. The best of both worlds!
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:38 PM   #34
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At the dealer when I negotiated for this trailer (see avatar panel). I thought $80K was high, but look at todays new models, much higher with no slides, no 35', no disc brakes, no hardwood laminate, and etc. They are still built one at a time by American human hands. Imperfect, but durable. AS GM says "Longest Lsting." I have added lots of extras and still adding. Spending lots of money, and like all hobbies it is addictive. I will probably not be around to worry about selling depreciation. That will be a problem for the kids if they don't keep it. Oh well! Loving Airstreams is definitely a hobby in itself.
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:18 PM   #35
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I bought used and put the difference into mods. I've only had 1 major repair problem. Everything else has been mods and upgrades.

Still the prices are going up. Found the MSRP on ours, and the same model today is 25 grand more.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:37 PM   #36
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I can't believe any one with 2-3 slides and a fireplace with booze in the cubboard would go to a high dollar airstream without the slide outs .......
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:23 PM   #37
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I can't believe any one with 2-3 slides and a fireplace with booze in the cubboard would go to a high dollar airstream without the slide outs .......
That's funny! Buy the cheep trailer & find out for yourself, it's a trip down shitty lane. Two RV & only two are built to survive decades, one is the Airstream & the other is a bus that starts with the letter P, that cost well over a millon$. Chech it out! BTW the Booze in cupboard is medicinal, It helps me deal with comments like yours.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:53 PM   #38
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Can't see a whole lot of difference when comparing a new 25'-26' Airstream to my '74 Argosy 26'. Except for all the electronic stuff and bling.
I'll put the $70k in the bank and spend it traveling.
I know I won't get out of it what I have in the coach. But the memories are priceless.


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Old 05-26-2015, 07:59 AM   #39
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I often consider a newish Allegro Bus for room and storage, but it just doesn't have that style. Then I think about the expense of an oil change or to replace the tires-
I am really happy with my Airstream and pickup. The only reason for considering "upgrading" is the wife always complains about storage and room. Coming from a white box trailer with a slide, more walk-around room, and more storage bothers her, but has never bothered me. All that extra junk we hauled around we didn't even need. Fuel economy on the same tow vehicle improved by 2 mpg just by dropping the white box and hitching up the silver trailer. That eye-catching iconic shape is not only beautiful, but is also practical for towing.
When you are totally happy with your rig, as I am, that is a great place to be. Tow vehicle works, is paid for, has 1 year old tires, and 47,000 miles. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you see me in a campground 10, 20, or 30 years from now I will probably have the same rig.
White box trailer was in the shop nearly every week for something- some thing that caused me to leave the trailer and not get to camp. Airstream has been in the shop once. There were lots of small problems, but none of them prevented use of the trailer.
I still maintain that Jackson Center is the best service center and the only place I will take my trailer.
Overall experience has been better than the white box trailer. I go look at friends' new white box trailer and immediately see cheapness or bad quality- like a plastic city water connection that is already cross-threaded and leaking, but you can't get your hand onto it because the compartment is too small and the connection is too close to the side-
The Interstate is too small. We camp regularly with a couple that still owns a Hi-Lo trailer, a conversion van, and Interstate, AND an Allegro Bus. They never use the Hi-Lo any more. The don't camp in the conversion van anymore. They occasionally use the Allegro Bus. It is a 1995, but the interior has held up well for a 20-year-old camper. It is a nice size for 4-6 people to hang out in. They camp in their Interstate most often. It is very small for 4 people to hang out in. Our trailer is comfortable for 4 people to hang out in.
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People are always shocked at the $80,000, but then I say, "Let's go in and take a look at it." They ooh and aah and their eyes get big and they are amazed at the difference.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:23 AM   #41
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Floor plan comparison

OK, before I purchased my current AS, I did this "analysis" of the floor plans with an overlay.

Airstream Floorplans.003 by Tommie Lauer, on Flickr

The comparison shows that for actual length of the room, the AS is about 75% of the bus. Width, well, with the slides out the bus is clearly superior. And, the moho has all that nice solid cherry wood, lalala....

Weight: 41,000 moho, 7300 AS
Fuel mileage 7-8 moho, 12-14 Dodge pulling AS.

Cost: $388,000 moho, $104,000 AS (less discounts, of course)
Depreciation over four years: moho >$100,000, AS $15-25,000

Gosh, the AS does not look so expensive anymore....LOL
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:18 AM   #42
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OK, before I purchased my current AS, I did this "analysis" of the floor plans with an overlay.

Airstream Floorplans.003 by Tommie Lauer, on Flickr

The comparison shows that for actual length of the room, the AS is about 75% of the bus. Width, well, with the slides out the bus is clearly superior. And, the moho has all that nice solid cherry wood, lalala....

Weight: 41,000 moho, 7300 AS
Fuel mileage 7-8 moho, 12-14 Dodge pulling AS.

Cost: $388,000 moho, $104,000 AS (less discounts, of course)
Depreciation over four years: moho >$100,000, AS $15-25,000

Gosh, the AS does not look so expensive anymore....LOL
NO DOUBT, add in cost of oil changes, fuel filters, hope you don't have to get new tires. Trips to the dealer for fixes, and any fixes out of warranty = high dollar. Ask me how I know.
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