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Old 08-07-2017, 12:44 PM   #15
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With Airstream/Argosy motorhomes, it is easier to decide.....

Vintage, are the Argosy's from 1974-78
Classics, are the Airstream motorhomes from 1979-1993
Modern (facelift) Classics, are the 1994-1996 (anteater style)

Caveat: there were fibreglass Airstream motorhomes built from 1989(90) on, that to some people will never be considered Classic or Vintage Airstream motorhomes.

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Old 08-07-2017, 01:07 PM   #16
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[QUOTE=m.hony;1989905]I think the words antique, classic, and vintage are somewhat interchangeable-
25 years old makes it all of the above according to the DMV.[/QUOTE

Let's all ask the wife which one fits her best. That'll suffice.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:28 PM   #18
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I'm not sure what you mean when you say "they lost there way" in the 70'? I think those are there best years, I don't like the newer wide bodies, the trailers built in the 70's were ' state of the art' at that time. And many are still on on the road today and still being used by happy campers.
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I'm not sure what you mean when you say "they lost there way" in the 70'? I think those are there best years, I don't like the newer wide bodies, the trailers built in the 70's were ' state of the art' at that time. And many are still on on the road today and still being used by happy campers.
Look into the history of the company and products. AS only survived because a set of deep pockets rescued it. It was never the best of this trailer type.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:27 PM   #20
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In order to be "Vintage" it must be at least 20 years old and advertised on Craigslist for at least three times it's value.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:51 PM   #21
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Based on the world of collecting cars and trucks, models that were considered "clunkers" at one time are just as collectable as any other old vehicle. Appeal of this and that changes over the years. Some things come and go more than others. That often applies to oddballs.

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I agree, what's considered old and ugly today could be hip in 20yrs time ! fashions come and go. I'm no expert on AS trailers, but i've seen enough now to have my own opinions and just don't see the appeal of 80's units.. the rounded roof went to more of a box design and the vista windows went. The decor, curtains, cabinets, and fixtures and fittings are screaming for a full remodel! so i guess technically they'd be "vintage" but collectible vintage? hard to imagine ..
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:56 PM   #22
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I'm not sure what you mean when you say "they lost there way" in the 70'? I think those are there best years, I don't like the newer wide bodies, the trailers built in the 70's were ' state of the art' at that time. And many are still on on the road today and still being used by happy campers.
i'm with you, love the innovation of the 70's units , but i've seen lots at shows now and see a decline from around '76+ or so onwards. I'm sure many hate that era of plastics v the 60's wood but compared with the dated kitchen cabinets & gauchos of the 80's they have a lot of style and vintage charm.
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I would LOVE to find a Harvest Gold or Avocado Green shag for my 1971. I've been looking but can't find any.
hah! my '72 has the original green shag, everyone hated it at first, now it's growing on them .. is it practical,? no, but for now I love it ..
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I would buy a squarestream cause it's funny to say and unique enough for me. Anything shiny is attractive to most of us magpies and as long as it has the airstream label my guess is there will always be a robust market for them.
There is a Square Airstream for sale in the Minnesota Airstream Park 8795 82nd St #1, Clear Lake, MN 55319 (320) 743-2771. I believe it is for sale with the lot but I bet they would sell it separately.

Whether Airstream lost it's way in the 70's and 80's is all a matter of your point of view. I personally like the 70's. Simpler, lighter and easier to tow than newer trailers but after '74 have grey tanks.
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