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Old 03-06-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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The Economics Of Owning an Airstream

I know this topic is likely verboten here, but I'll post it anyway. I'm selling my CCD tomorrow, and did a quick calculation of what it cost me over the years. I cannot put a price on the time spent in the A/S, and that probably outweighs everything else, but one should never kid themselves that staying in a trailer and eating in is less expensive than a hotel with a kitchenette....

You sometimes get a better view, though....

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That per-night amount winds up going down, the longer you own (and use) it after you'd paid down the initial purchase price.

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Old 03-06-2013, 08:23 PM   #3
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Thumbs up If cost were......

......the primary consideration, weed never have started this journie.

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......the primary consideration, weed never have started this journie.

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So true.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #5
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We are retired and have spent 130 nights a year in our Airstream during the 4 years we have owned one, all over the country in our own bed and shower, our own meals, whenever we are tired or hungry.

And that's only the practical side. I think we have a bargain.

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Old 03-06-2013, 08:39 PM   #6
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I don't see where ECONOMICS and A$ can be used in the same sentence.
That statement is true with most RV's.
If you pay $80K for an A$ and have it for 5 years. It will depreciate by almost 1/2. That means it costs you $22.00 a day. Whether you use it or not. And that doesn't include the interest or insurance when financed. You could probably add another $3.00 a day to cover that.
So you are looking at $750.00 a month to have it parked in your driveway.
What is it worth to sleep in your own bed and not have to carry luggage in and out of Motels and Hotels.
The above cost does not include campground fees, license plates fuel etc.
Not to mention the costs of a TV. Throw that in and you're looking at $44.00 a day.
So, ask yourself this. Is it worth $1320 a month to own an A$ and a TV to haul it down the road.
Granted, the TV may be used for other purposes. But you certainly would not need a vehicle of this type to get back and forth to work,
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:39 PM   #7
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You could tent-camp and spend far less.

You could not camp at all and spend still less.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #8
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Yes, it is worth it to me...if I were not in an AS I would be in something else...so the true worth is In what one values in life...at this point the AS life is worth every cent....
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I use my TV for work, i use my AS for work, I find having my own stuff at the end of a long day priceless.
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I am done with tent camping. I kind of like the idea of not having to walk to the privy in the middle of the night after sleeping on the ground.
But, I only have $28K tied up in the TV and trailer. I say ONLY? That's still a lot of money to me.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:19 PM   #11
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Don’t know what the true costs are or have been over the past years.
It costs us a lot, but it’s still affordable, and the times were well spent.
There might be better alternatives, and I tried many other adventures.
I wish we had owned our AS when the kids were younger.
I don’t want to be one who “knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Values and quality times is hard to measure. I’m retired, my time is valuable and who knows
how much more healthy time we have left.
I joke that I should squander my money before the kids get it to squander on themselves.
How you sent your time and money is personal or a family values decision.
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A proper comparison would be for hotels close by to where you camp. Lets use Yosemite. A campsite costs about $25 a night. The nearest hotel is the Ahwahnee at about $500 a night (no kitchenette). Both share immediate access to a stunning place.

I say, don't sweat the details because life is too short.
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I would drive the same truck owning a Airstream or not, i have to pull my boat with something. Donna and I are very much do it yourselfers and always have a major project going on so the truck is a necessity. A Airstream is the only trailer which will fit behind our home, the curve lets the top clear our home overhang. We also like the style and history of the brand. I don't recall every seeing any advertising say that an Airstream was economical to own. If economy is a goal there are many other trailers which would better serve that quest.
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JStanley;
I agree 100%. I am coming up on 68. Forever is not as long as it use to be. And I AM spending my kids inheritance.
My financial plan is to have my last check BOUNCE. LOL
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