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Old 10-01-2013, 10:51 AM   #15
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More likely just bigger trailers/motorhomes. That may only last about 5 years before they're traded in due to accelerated decrepitude.
I keep hearing this chest thumping attitude throughout the forums and while it is true that SOB may have roof issues so do airstreams. All I keep seeing on here are people with leaks in their new airstreams and I for one would not be happy paying 100,000 plus to have the issues they have. COOL FACTOR only goes so far. I have plenty of friends that have SOB didn't spend as much money, have a bigger trailer and have had them 5 to 10 years and have had few troubles. I know their are problems with any brand you buy but it is just sad that people have to down the other brands just to try to make their point about how great airstreams are.Let the brand speak for itself. Makes you think of the guy that used to buy a corvette just to get attention of the girls because no one paid attention to him.I know everyone of you know THIS GUY. Airstreams are a part of America just like apple pie and baseball. Don't make people thing we are a bunch of stuck up snobs that buy airstream.The airstream life style should be about enjoying life and having fun (same as the SOB owners) not about look at me I have an airstream and you have an SOB.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:18 AM   #16
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For me, the Airstream lifestyle is owning a vintage rv that has great support and parts availability while retaining or appreciating value while I use it. In addition, the serviceability was a major consideration in my decision to buy an Airstream, as it was with my older Chevy tow vehicle. And yes, the cool factor didn't hurt.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:26 AM   #17
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I keep hearing this chest thumping attitude throughout the forums and while it is true that SOB may have roof issues so do airstreams.
No chest thumping. It's my perception that there are a lot more vintage Airstreams still in use than vintage SOBs. Of any brand. SOBs seem to wear out sooner, or get traded in on newer models sooner. And not necessarily due to roof leaks.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:28 AM   #18
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:51 AM   #19
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:07 PM   #20
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No chest thumping. It's my perception that there are a lot more vintage Airstreams still in use than vintage SOBs. Of any brand. SOBs seem to wear out sooner, or get traded in on newer models sooner. And not necessarily due to roof leaks.
My dealer told me that the average time of ownership for a SOB trailer in Canada is between four and five years, compared to 15+ years for Airstreams.

That's not intended to be a value judgement, just an observation.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:28 PM   #21
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My dealer told me that the average time of ownership for a SOB trailer in Canada is between four and five years, compared to 15+ years for Airstreams.

That's not intended to be a value judgement, just an observation.
Could be like alot of people are with autos. They trade every 4 or 5 years because newer, bigger, better features and they have had a few years of service out of their camper. Most people can afford to trade every few years when they are spending 20 to 30 thousand. I would bet that many have bought airstreams and paid the price for them and it will take them 15 yrs to pay it off. Cool factor is not important enough for a lot of people to go over their heads to buy something they can't afford and then be stuck with payment for years and still have to fix leaks and problems like every other brand. Reality is that most of your systems used in the airstream are exactly the same as every other brand out there. Dometic, coleman, surburban, penguin, you name it it is used in SOB too.YOU CAN OWN ONE JUST DON'T BRAG ABOUT OWNING ONE let the shine do the talking.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #22
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After a couple SOBs, I had an Airstream 190 van for 13 years, but that didn't really infect me. My son decided he needed an Airstream trailer (due strictly to the "Cool" factor) to live in through school and the math did work out, so we got the 1977 29 footer. He graduated and we got the trailer back. Then we got infected. We lived in the trailer for over 4 months in 2012 and four months again this year. My wife has never been able to stay away from home that long, but in the Airstream, she loves it.

We went to the big RV show here in Austin and walked through dozens of trailers. None of them did anything for us except the Airstreams. The ratio of time I was spending on the 1977 VS in the 1977 was turning against me and I think that gets worse rather than better. I think the life span of a new Airstream about matches what I have left in me, so - I got one. We leave for our first Rally Thursday.

I do understand brand Hype. I ride BMW motorcycles and not Harleys. I understand vintage. My BMWs are 1975 and 1979 models. I understand that new motorcycles of any kind are better than old ones. I am hoping, but doubting thats true for the Airstreams. But it sure is pretty and shiny now.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:15 PM   #23
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The lifestyle or experience is about the same with my airstream as with my sob-
There is less maintenance and upkeep with the new trailer and its cool factor is off the chart.
Forest River does have an owner's group, but I didn't bother. It just isn't the same.
My shiny silver trailer is prettier.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #24
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Funny that you would mention the Forest River forum site. I was doing some research on torsion axles, and that's where I found the most useful information on the subject.
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I really think this term stems back to WBCCI and its rally and caravan concept. You think about it, the organization is closed to members only (except for buddy rallys). They have business meetings at most rally's and for the most case highly regimented. All of that speaks a pretty unique lifestyle concept to me.

Contrast that to the Forum and our get togethers, we echo the way many SOB trailer groups operate. I had my sister come to a Moraine View Forums Rally with her A Liner trailer. She told me that we pretty much duplicate how their A Liner group runs their rallies.

Airstream lifestyle to me connotes to WBCCI and its practices.

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Old 10-01-2013, 01:40 PM   #26
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This is interesting. I did not even want to camp until my husband showed me our first Airstream. It was kind of old and beat up, but it made me smile and I said I could consider camping in it. We are now on number 3. I really like it. It has issues and I get angry about how much it cost and why does it have issues. I have met Airstreamers who have been awesome and friendly and there have been some who are total snobs. (Much like most of the population),
The thing is, an Airstream is an Airstream. People recognize them and like them.
Our last camping trip I spent most of one morning letting people go in and look at ours. People were stopping and wanting to peek in windows and I told them to go ahead and open the door and go in. One woman told her friends it was the high light of her trip. She finally got to see the inside of an Airstream. I told her she was easily amused. I was told there was another Airstream at the campground but they were never out and wouldn't talk to people. Maybe it is a cult. I don't know, but I am hooked. I think it was Bruce from Texas who said there were two kinds of campers: Ass' and sobs. Airstream owners and some other brand. Maybe it is true.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:00 PM   #27
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This is interesting. I did not even want to camp until my husband showed me our first Airstream. It was kind of old and beat up, but it made me smile and I said I could consider camping in it. We are now on number 3. I really like it. It has issues and I get angry about how much it cost and why does it have issues. I have met Airstreamers who have been awesome and friendly and there have been some who are total snobs. (Much like most of the population),
The thing is, an Airstream is an Airstream. People recognize them and like them.
Our last camping trip I spent most of one morning letting people go in and look at ours. People were stopping and wanting to peek in windows and I told them to go ahead and open the door and go in. One woman told her friends it was the high light of her trip. She finally got to see the inside of an Airstream. I told her she was easily amused. I was told there was another Airstream at the campground but they were never out and wouldn't talk to people. Maybe it is a cult. I don't know, but I am hooked. I think it was Bruce from Texas who said there were two kinds of campers: Ass' and sobs. Airstream owners and some other brand. Maybe it is true.
Then their are SOB's that want to be ASS'.
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I really think this term stems back to WBCCI and its rally and caravan concept. You think about it, the organization is closed to members only (except for buddy rallys). They have business meetings at most rally's and for the most case highly regimented. All of that speaks a pretty unique lifestyle concept to me.

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I do know you said "most"!

Please know that basically anyone is welcome to come see what the WBCCI NOVA unit is about! I think the last time "business" was discussed at a rally, it consisted of "Your the President, go get the cooler...."

And I suspect the more successful are being run similar to this.

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