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Old 04-15-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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O vintage: love or hate?

It's pretty terrible that an 11.5-year marriage is being tested over an RV, but I love my 1967 Safari so much. My husband. oTOH,, hates the quirks; leaking sewage pipe, propane tank seized up and door sticking and the blown hot water heater sent him over the edge.

What to do when one loves an AS and the other... doesn't? He wants me to sell for $6k or whatever I can get; I think that's a small price to pay for my freedom/ club house/ space of my own.

He'd rather sell and buy a 10-year-old SOB tent camper. (o, the sacrilege!)


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Old 04-15-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Stella View Post
It's pretty terrible ...He'd rather sell and buy a 10-year-old SOB tent camper. (o, the sacrilege!)

Well, is gueesin...the tent camper will have a similar quantity of issues...the owner of thoses issues however....

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Stella View Post
....<snip>....o, the sacrilege!...<snip>...
Amen to that. Have considered a newer AS that might not have as many "quirks"? Wait till that 10 year old (count 'em...10) ...SOB tent camper starts falling apart...
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:04 PM   #4
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There are quirks with everything,new or old.If you like what you have,keep it.Airsteam owners and lovers do the maintenance because they know what they have.The root cause of hubby"s discontent my be a control issue or lack of camping knowledge.It ain't the trailer.My wife first dubbed our '66 Sovereign a tomb and it has taken years for her to recognize it's benefits.
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:12 AM   #5
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Hi, if your marriage is really being tested, then it's time to part with the trailer. But if you replace it with an old SOB tent trailer, your marriage is doomed. You keep your Airstream and let your husband buy an SOB tent trailer; See which trailer gives you the best service or enjoyment.

If your marriage is riding on the outcome of a trailer..........let the bird fly away and see if he returns. Time to seek out a marriage counselor. Good Luck.

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Old 04-16-2011, 05:09 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by ROBERTSUNRUS
Time to seek out a marriage counselor. Good Luck.
Oh, our therapist is very much involved in the discussion! :-)

We can't afford a newer AS, yes, all toys need maintenance... He wants to chuck it and buy a big tent. Sigh. But I really do like having a potty, bed, stove, bear protection (hey, grizzlies roam here) and awning.

Thanks for the support!
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:27 AM   #7
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So let him get the big tent and camp in that while you camp in the Airstream. I spent 15 years tent camping, and I still an unfinished Airstream

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Old 04-16-2011, 05:36 AM   #8
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Just wait till the 1st big storm in that tent camper, he will be sorry to let that little Airstream go ; )
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:53 AM   #9
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Wait till the first hungry bear comes calling at 2am and you have nylon between you and the bear and not 2 sheets of aluminum. Seriously, I camped in a tent for years here in the south and we don't have bears. I have experienced huge thunderstorms in a tent and in my Trade Wind, guess which is the better place to be!
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:02 AM   #10
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:25 AM   #11
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Not one to be nosy into the relationship, but my first instinct says that this is not about the AS. If the AS is something you really enjoy & love, then I'd keep it. (For 6K what can you replace it with!) maybe, as others have suggested, you keep "yours" and he gets "his". Marriage isn't always sacrifice, but compromises happen too. Agree to disagree. It's all in how much the AS means to you. If it provides you with such pleasure and fills a void, then it's probably something you should fight for if you can afford to keep it, yourself. Best of luck.


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Have a buddy who had a 10 year old tent camper. The corner posts wouldn't lower one time due to a mouse nest. The slide-out bed areas were very cold to sleep on during early spring or fall camping. He'd use it into early November for hunting trips to South Dakota. Boy, did I hear windstorm stories! At least he could park it in almost the smallest state forest campsites.

He bought a 23' International off the lot during the slowdown a couple years back. Now we travel together, winterize together, etc. His wife put her foot down on using it as a hunting shack...

Can each of you put the time into keeping a '67 GTO in working order? I've been in the same zone with a '74 Argosy. Is your dream larger than the personal investment allows? Nothing beats the lovely contours of a vintage. If I knew you better, I might vote with TB Rich for a newer, less intensive Airstream experience.

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Old 04-16-2011, 09:01 AM   #13
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"Sometimes a guy just has to cave a little"! I would say to stay your ground for awhile. Maybe a little more "shug" (southern for sugar) will help. It sounds like it will be fairly economical to fix the present repairs. Are there any tradeoffs-"you can keep your Harley, but I gotta have my Airstream"?

It took me awhile to realize it is pretty much "happy wife, happy life".

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