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Old 01-21-2015, 08:02 AM   #99
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We had a 37' Motorhome, did not like the way it handled among other things-tons of room, bath and a half. Sold it. We've had lots of other RVs and went so far as to canoe camp for years in Norhern Canada - So whey and AS, actually three, If you have to ask you probably would not understand. For us it's simply because, because we like the ease of towing, ease of working on, ease of entry and exit, ease of use overall, yet very comfortable and enjoyable. Because.

Good Luck, hope you get an AS, but if not enjoy whatever you decide on.

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Old 01-21-2015, 10:53 AM   #100
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:56 PM   #101
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If the notion of a slide is meaningful to you for whatever reason, be aware that there some Airstream models that have one. About 87 were built in the 2002-2009 era in sizes ranging from 28' to 34'. They have become quite desirable lately and, thus, elevated in price this past year. However, even used they are way less than a new unit but financing will be an issue if you lack the cash.

A very few have had issues with their slide, none that I have met personally of the ~12 I've encountered while traveling, but there are a couple of threads concerning the subject in past posts. Airstream over-built the slide in my opinion and close inspection of mine reveals little cause for concern for years to come because I do treat the gasket every six months. Otherwise, there is no indication of wear after hundreds of nights and ~27,000 miles of touring.

I travel with my spouse and two very large Great Danes so the slide is valuable to us for the extra floor space the dogs require at night while staying in a 28' model. The layout is fully functional with the slide in or out. You might watch the ads for a unit to come on the market but be prepared to move fast if you like it as they seem to sell within days.

Though mine is now 12 (and still looking close to new), I can't image parting with it any time soon. I am switching out the floor at the moment, from carpet to luxury vinyl tile, and replacing the fabrics to meet more current aesthetics which will make it seem new all over again to us. My cousin with a fifth wheeler of the same vintage ended up buying a replacement silver tube after we compared ten-year cost of ownership data.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:14 PM   #102
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Easy to pull. Elegant simplicity.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:46 PM   #103
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Buying a used AS can significantly bring down the price. A gently used later-model AS shouldn't need a lot of renos up-front and still has plenty of "wear" left in it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:02 AM   #104
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I think they are built to a much higher standard. How many white boxes from the 70s and 80s are actively being rebuilt and used. When I was a kid I worked for two different rv dealers who sold white boxes and mobile homes. I had to rebuild the floor of one after it was in an accident. 2x2 construction. Not solid at all.

On our first trip to an rv park a nice woman and her three young children walked over just to say they thought we had the nicest rv I the park. As you can see our AS is 20 years old.

I think most people who own AS trailers have a different level of pride in their TTs.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:08 AM   #105
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:42 AM   #106
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Why an airstream?

There are good reasons to buy any type of RV if it fits your needs and style. I suggest Airstreamers are more "travelers" as opposed to "stayers in a spot". Both the convenience of towing and the flexibility of site choice are pluses. Our rig has traveled 45,000 miles in the last five years, including three months in Alaska and numerous park "roads"....and would resell for our purchase price (we got a 2008 25'FB in 2010). Our repairs and maintenance have averaged 300$ per year. There is also a camaraderie in the AS community, with the WBCCI caravans a huge bonus. Safe travels. Jack, Kay and Abby
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:39 AM   #107
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Spent 1+ hr at an RV show checking the Airstreams out yesterday and although not perfect, the quality was so much higher than most travel trailers on display. And they really are gorgeous to look at inside and out. I can see why they appeal to a certain type of owner.
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:01 PM   #108
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SeeMore....I hope you will post pictures when you get your floor and fabrics finished!


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Old 03-03-2015, 07:01 PM   #109
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Had enough yet?

H2o is fun too....


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Oh, I was sold. That's what I meant by this thread bring helpful. It still doesn't make a $90K pill any easier to swallow.

I'll just chug it down with lots of beer...
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If you currently or have before owned a boat, then you will completely understand the size of the hole for the money to flow through materializes just as the ink dries on the purchase contract.
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The happiest days of boat ownership: The day you buy it, and the day you sell it.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:02 PM   #112
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A boat was my first 'transportation'.... grew up on the Bayou Teche in Louisiana... I sorta miss boats... but, my AS is sooooooo much more fun! And I can buy my fish!!!
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