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Old 09-05-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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Looking for first new Airstream. Confused about what model to choose?

Looking for first airstream and am confused a bit about the airstream models since there does not seem to be a significant difference between flying clouds, international signature, international serenity and classic. We are looking for a new 2013 30/31 footer to buy as first and hopefully last trailer for next 20 years.

I looked online trying to find the differences between the models in the floor plans and specs. As far as colors, we can pick out an equal favorite in each model and the floor plans look closely similar. We would really appreciate your thoughts on the styles and favorites. Is one model going to hold resale better or is any more durable than the other. Is there any style more friendly for sleeping arrangements for guests or children?

Assuming that the classic is the most expensive, does that mean it is better and should last longer, or is it just color and floor plan tweaks? We are not near a dealer that has all three models in the 30/31 foot length to do a walk through comparison.


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Old 09-05-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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The different names given to current production is more of trim level than anything else. More expensive does not always equal better. Some people may not like all the "glitz" in some of the higher end stuff, and some may not be able to live without it. Your idea is a good one about touring the different models. You can find photos here, and you can find videos of some models on YouTube.
Good luck in your search.

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Old 09-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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The Airstream site has a page for comparing the various models. Airstream, Inc :: Compare Clicking on the tabs will bring you to descriptions, pictures, specs and floorplans. It would be good for you to attend some Airstream events to talk to other Airstreamers and see their models first hand.

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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When we were looking we plundered Colonial Airstream's website as they had the most comprehensive range of photographs
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:20 AM   #5
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In the current scheme, the names have more to do with "interior decor" than anything else. The construction quality and materials are mostly the same from model to model. Frame, fittings, skins, axles, appliances and so on.

The International or Christopher Deem decor is more modern and contemporary. The Classic is well, traditional and classic. The Flying Cloud leans more modern.

If there is going to be more than two of you sleeping in the trailer, you really want to see how the gaucho beds work. Some are clumsier than others.

Oddly, some of the seating, because of the different styles and materials, is also more comfortable than others. A lounge is not lounge is not a lounge. Same with dinettes. No matter how the pictures look, you will need to get inside and sit and lie and move around to see how they feel for you.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:33 AM   #6
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Model designations

Which model is right for you is a personal style preference and how you intend to use it. What you might use it for in the next 20 years, will take some thought and likely will change along the way. Some styles will likely change and your usage will also change. Airstreams, in my opinion, were mostly designed for a couple traveling to see the countryside. The aluminum interior design with bright colors might get a little dated in 15 years. The aluminum interiors are also feel colder in the winter. Wall to wall carpeting can be a pain, if you use dusty campgrounds all the time. Make time to visit a WBCCI rally in your area and talk to the old timers and view their trailers and life style to see if it is what you want. It is a big investment to make so it is worth the time to research it carefully.

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