Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-20-2014, 03:03 PM   #15
Rivet Master
 
Taylormade's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 790
Images: 23
Blog Entries: 2
Perhaps you could staple $60k to the walls and call it an upgrade

I kiiid I kiiiiid. I'm sure he meant nothing by it but I can certainly see where it could rub you the wrong way.

I've run into a few people with newer Airstreams that have been snobbish but far more that have loved talking about my renovated '78 and taking the tour. It's the few snobs that give Airstreamers a bad name as elitists. Don't let them get you down though.
__________________

__________________
Ut Prosim
Taylormade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 03:35 PM   #16
Rivet Master
 
DanB's Avatar
 
1970 23' Safari
2005 30' Classic
1986 31' Sovereign
Lorain , Ohio
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,616
Images: 9
I started with a 1970 safari, then bought a 2005 30 classic, and also a 1986 Sov.

I can tell you without any doubt the while I like the vintage, I will take the new one any day and twice on Sunday.

Maybe it's just me, but my classic is more comfortable, cleaner, everything works, and it is gorgeous inside. I feel like a millionaire Airstreamer in it. Is it perfect? Nope. But it is far more perfecter than the others!

This isn't meant to draw a challenge, but how many people on this thread have really camped for a couple of years in a new one then said, "Naw, give me my 1980 back." I suspect some, but I bet it's a small minority. And I bet it is also a substantially renovated one, not stock.
__________________

__________________
DanB
________________________________
Proud Member of the Wally Byam Airstream Club #24260

www.campnova.com

The “Ohio Airstreamer -- Informal forum for weekend camping” thread.
DanB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 07:50 PM   #17
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
Quote:
Originally Posted by Birdmaestro View Post
I have an old (not vintage, old) 1990 25' Excella that my wife and I have fallen in love with.
Pssst....in six months your trailer WILL be "Vintage"!

Welcome to the club!

Shari
__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 08:38 PM   #18
4 Rivet Member
 
PA BAMBI II's Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Strasburg , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 471
Quote:
Originally Posted by Birdmaestro View Post
Now something from the 60's, that would be an upgrade.

Poppy
You got it! I will take my 1961 Corvair truck, 1961 Serro Scotty, 1962 Corvair van, and 1964 AS BAMBI II over anything newer. I just like old stuff. The '60s must have been a crazy cool decade..I was not born yet
__________________
"The difference between vintage and retro is that vintage is honestly old and cool. Retro tries to be but isn't."
PA BAMBI II is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 08:42 PM   #19
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,138
Images: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by overlander63 View Post
Newer is not always better, ask anybody using Windows 8...
Ha! I have spent most of today with my new HP laptop with Windows 8.1. It is driving me crazy trying to do the simplest things. I am going to have to buy a 3 inch thick book for some guidance.
__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 09:19 PM   #20
Rivet Master
 
switz's Avatar

 
2014 31' Classic
2015 23' International
2013 25' FB International
Apache Junction , Arizona
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,799
Images: 8
Perhaps that is why there is such a low adoption rate moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Years ago there was a version of Windows called NT - which stood for nice try, but that version missed again.

I gave up on Windows before the year 2000 and have told all family members two years ago I will only help with the Mac computers and operating system. They will have to hire Windows help.

The Apple eco-system works for me and my wife and all the step-kids, grandkids, children....
__________________
WBCCI Life Member 5123, AIR 70341, 4CU, WD9EMC

TV - 2012 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins HO, automatic, Centramatics, Kelderman level ride airbag suspension, bed shell

2014 31' Classic model 30 twin beds, 50 amp service, 900 watt solar system, Centramatics, Dill TPMS, disc brakes, 16" tires & wheels
switz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 09:40 PM   #21
Rivet Master
 
m.hony's Avatar
 
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 11,832
Harleys are the same way-
I prefer my 2006 Road King Classic to the 2013 Electraglide Ultra Classic Limited I rode Monday and Thursday.
The routing of the pipes and bigger motor get your right leg hotter quicker. The fairing and fairing lowers make the wind blast your knees.
Makes me appreciate what I've got.
I always tour every trailer I get a chance to- every decade- 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, and new. They all have good qualities to admire.
__________________
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 10:21 PM   #22
Rivet Master
 
GAStreamin's Avatar
 
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Moultrie , Georgia
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 517
I agree! There are things I like much more about my 1978 Sovereign. The 30+ year old windows were much better than my 2000 Safari or 2012 FC. Each one has features I like more than the others. I wish I could put all the things I like in one perfect trailer.
__________________
GAStreamin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2014, 04:30 AM   #23
Rivet Master
 
Msmoto's Avatar

 
2015 30' International
2009 27' FB International
2007 25' Safari
Greensboro , North Carolina
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,502
Images: 135
Every Airstream carries the heritage of Wally Byam. Changes are made, hopefully improvements, but to own any Airstream requires a certain appreciation for the uniqueness of the design. On my third Airstream, all recent, I still look longingly at the older units with the beauty only acquired through years of use and miles of travel.
For me, moving into the geriatric crowd....LOL.... I find am better suited with some conveniences of the newer units. But, upgrade means to simply move from SOB to Airstream, any vintage, new or used without regards to a particular model or year.
I may be a bit snobby about this, but I now can walk by the big fifth wheels and motorhomes and be thankful I am in what I consider the elite of the camping set, life in an Airstream!
__________________
Happy trails and Good Luck
Ms Tommie Fantine Lauer, Greensboro, NC
AIR #31871 WBAC #4165 K4MTL

www.fantinesvoice.com
Msmoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2014, 06:03 AM   #24
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by boondockdad View Post
I enjoy sarcasm as much as the next guy.. right?

3 stage converter, inverter, separate grey, microwave, flat screen, cable, solar and PEX were most definitely not available on a "better" '74 model.

Separate grey tanks were available as an option in 1974...
Not sure about inverters.

Aaron
__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2014, 06:37 AM   #25
Rivet Master
 
Currently Looking...
Nowhere , Somewhere
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,417
Blog Entries: 2
A restored vintage can have almost everything a new one has. All personal preference. Only thing is, you cannot build character into new AS, but you can make a vintage as useable as a new one. Jim
__________________
avionstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2014, 07:10 AM   #26
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,138
Images: 33
As the owner of a vintage 1964 Bambi II Airstream I I look forward to being able to "upgrading" to a newer and larger trailer. I really like the new Airstreams but will never be able to afford one. A mid 2000s 23/25 footer would be my ideal upgrade.
__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2014, 07:37 AM   #27
4 Rivet Member
 
Luigi123's Avatar
 
2018 30' International
2014 30' Flying Cloud
Los alamos , New Mexico
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 321
Grass is always greener--hey just owning one, is a win win. So stop it
__________________
Luigi123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2014, 08:00 AM   #28
Rivet Master
 
m.hony's Avatar
 
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 11,832
I like the "banded" windows of the older models.
Seems like leaving the aluminum band off the windows is cutting corners.
Some older models have a nice extruded aluminum lid for the bumper storage. Newer ones have a sheet metal lid.
__________________

__________________
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone have success Painting banana black/ gray as upgrade to look newer? Mixter Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 7 02-01-2013 02:00 PM
Noob Q?: suspension upgrade or not? Freeheel On The Road... 17 02-25-2009 06:38 PM
Why not upgrade the tires on my Bambi? robert claus Tires 7 04-30-2008 06:01 AM
where is site for newer A/S motorhomes, not aluminum sides? Ohiofred Airstream Motorhome Forums 6 09-10-2004 09:55 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.