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Old 10-10-2017, 08:34 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by slowmover View Post
It doesn't concern me my trailer was built in November of 1989.

The non-aero, conventional trailers (except Holiday Rambler) crumbled into the dirt long ago.

No ones stick'n brick house has gone that long without appliance replacement and needed cosmetic updates.

.... and if the roof didn't get replaced on the stick and brick, there were leaks. All this stuff requires upkeep. The house (or RV) that didn't get the TLC is the one to avoid (or to bid really low on ..).


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Old 10-10-2017, 08:34 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Hans627 View Post
The complaint I often hear is that I waited too long before making the decision. You don't want to be included in that group. I am one of them!

Yeah, I hear you. We have the luxury of waiting till we are ready or just buying it now. Obviously, I'm not convinced this is the right decision for us or I'd just go buy it.

I was just at a dinner party the other night and I brought it up. Some people were intrigued, but one friend said you probably won't like it. He has had a TT and class A motorhome and is SOOO done with all that.

I listen to others opinions, but I always come to my own conclusions. If we do it, we will buy an AS. Be well.

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Old 10-10-2017, 09:05 AM   #31
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Well there is the other side of the coin, ya know. I did spend lots and lots of time at different dealers, in different units and the 25fb was so beautiful and so comfortable and had so much room and so many windows.... And the more I spent time with it the more I was able to convince myself I needed all that. And it seemed so compact next to the other giant RVs.

Spendin so much time with it was exactly what convinced me I should spent all that money.... But now I'm realizin I probly spent way too much on a trailer that was bigger and fancier than I ever needed.

I kinda knew it, but spendin too much time on those dealer lots was what allowed me to convince myself otherwise.

Now I wish I hadn't spent so much time there, ha!
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Old 10-10-2017, 01:05 PM   #32
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I bought an AS because I admired "twinkles" since I was a child. The only other reason was because the SOBs I considered seemed rather cheesy in comparison.

I was nervous buying a used trailer because some people tow small ones rather hard - down very rocky back roads, occasionally causing them to bottom out. But the 16ft Bambi I purchased was just a year old and it looked like brand new. The price was a bit reduced, plus it still had a year under warranty. A win-win. I haven't had any problems with it.
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Old 10-10-2017, 01:08 PM   #33
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Our airstream adventure

We have been campers for many years. Started out backpacking and tent camping, then went to truck campers(Always told a boat) and were fortunate to have two very good units, a Hallmark built here in Colorado, and the Northern Lite built in Canada.
We did our due diligence and were rewarded in both cases.

This year we did the same and purchased a 2018 Flying Cloud 20FB.
We took off for many trips through the last three months and have never enjoyed a camper more. We could find absolutely nothing wrong with it as we travel throughout primarily Colorado it was a joy to camp with.

We’ve been in and around and traveled in some larger units.

It was just not our style. We love the outdoors and that’s what we travel to and for.

I have just gone through winterizing (temporarily) partially because of a cool dip we've had and I wanted to get used to the unit, set up some air connects etc.
I have been in every hole, nook, cranny, and/or panel I could unscrew and have found everything from a manufacturing standpoint superb.
No trash no debris, all holes to the outside well caulked, all wiring well fastened in place.
In our travels, nothing has broken, leaked (a couple of really brutal Colorado storms), fallen from the ceiling, failed to work, or failed to impress us. All of my life I have been known as a Semi-Pragmatic Perfectionist.

Wow, Great Camper.

The one thing that I am changing this winter is the full hanging closet will be converted to shelving as the occasional hanging item we travel with goes in the TV (I will post those changes)

I want to thank everyone that contributes to this site as I have spent numerous hours reading, and occasionally commenting.

I will continue reading, and continue posting occasionally

Happy travels to all

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Old 10-10-2017, 02:52 PM   #34
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We started with a used 3500 lb SOB. It was fun. It had a persistent leak that I kept on top of.

Then we got a new 2007 20' Safari. No real issues at first, but it too had a leak that I kept on top of. The only major problem in 7 years an a lot of miles was one of the pano windows delaminate ( the inner and outer glass separated. A very odd and rare problem. It was expensive but I replaced the window.

Now we have a new 2014 25' and use it a few months every year with no real issues.

When we went up to the 25' we thought maybe we didn't really need to spend all that on an Airstream. We looked at others but nothing came close to the Airstream.

We have no regrets and didn't experience the problems you read about here. As someone else said, you always hear of the problems on forums, not all the good things.
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:43 AM   #35
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The six o'clock news was showing the wildfire devastation in California. One neighbourhood was left a smouldering ruin; the only thing still standing in pristine condition: someone's Airstream trailer.

An Airstrean endures. paraphrase Wednesday Addams: The Airstream spirit is a hard thing to kill, even with a chainsaw.
easily distracted by shiny objects
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:19 AM   #36
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We purchased our FC 20' Airstream in 2014 from Colonial and no regrets.
Not only was Colonial and Patrick excellent to deal with, the service and tech professional has offered phenomenal assistance fixing/repairing/replacing minor issues via cell phone contact at home and many times on the road during multiple 2-3 month long trips. After 3 years and 30,000 miles of travel adventures, we've been very satisfied with our decision to buy new, buying an Airstream and enjoying our compact efficient tiny home on wheels. We enjoy all types of travel experiences but the Airstream adventures have been the most relaxing and memorable.
Good luck in journey and maybe we'll see you down the road!
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:01 PM   #37
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We've had our 2017 26U FC for 4 months now and have been very happy with it. Only able to use it 20 nights so far and all have been with full hookups. Hope to get out and use much more often starting next year when work commitments are over.
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:00 PM   #38
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I've attested before on the forum how much we've enjoyed our new Flying Cloud. We bought in the spring & been out numerous times over 10k miles without a problem. When I joined this forum, it sort of shook me seeing all the troubles and complaints but came to realize it's value for learning and resolving potential issues. There's not much to talk about if everything is wonderful but there's plenty of that here too!
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:08 PM   #39
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I just purchased a Sport 16. The only thing wrong with it is totally lame and indeed a stupid quality issue from the factory, but it's also nothing I really care about (rather than install the step light they just threw the parts in the trailer and shipped it that way). I needed to hit the road when I picked up the trailer - the dealer will fix it the next time I'm in town.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:01 AM   #40
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Sitting here in the 60's, rain is coming down, the wind is hitting 30MHP. I'm happy in the AS. I'm looking over at the tent a few sites down and remembering how that was on a day like this. Glad I'm where I am ....

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Old 10-12-2017, 08:38 AM   #41
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Buying a TT or Class A etc is definitely a personal choice. The same with what brand, Airstream or SOB.

I have owned two SOB's, lived in one of them for a couple of years and now the Airstream. We bought it new, 2016, off the dealers lot and have thoroughly enjoyed it. True, had a few problems with it but had the patience to go to the dealer and then to the mothership to have them fixed.
I will always go back to Jackson Center for warranty repairs. We spent a week there having warranty work done and some mods and was very impressed.

Why buy an Airstream this last time? I have always thought they were so cool looking and loved the idea of an all aluminum skin. Plus now that the kids are off the payroll, we can afford to make payments on it.

I do believe their QA could use a lot of improvement, we can only they will for future generations.

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