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Old 10-01-2013, 02:12 PM   #29
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"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. "

Did I say that??? I surely don't remember. But I do think Airstreamers have a lot more fun. You wil generally always see Airstream strangers walk up to each other and in 15 minutes become friends.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:30 PM   #30
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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.

According to him the main reason was that the majority of SOB owners who sold their units had lost interest in camping and moved on to different leisure activities.

Which makes you wonder if either AS users enjoy camping more or if AS trailers make for a more enjoyable camping experience.

The reason we got an AS is because we liked it, not because we want other people to like it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:20 PM   #31
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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.
I was careful to say most because there are some relaxed units out there. I speak of my experience as having been a member for 4 years of a local unit and truly understanding that the organization was not going to change until most of the old guard had passed on. Those folks did consider it a lifestyle or as some termed it "the Airstream Way".

Glad to hear you are doing well.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:22 PM   #32
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The reason we got an AS is because we liked it, not because we want other people to like it.
Me too.

I have been fascinated with two rolling objects in my lifetime - 60's Porsches and Airstreams. Cool is in the eye of the beholder but I just really liked them. I was able to mess around with the Porsches for many years before they got so expensive. I'm moving on from those and now it's time to scratch the Airstream itch.

I know this has been beaten to death, but Airstreams truly are an American icon: their long colorful history; their beautiful aluminum aircraft style construction; and their legacy, the Wally passion and sincerity that still resonates today.

I'm new to Wally World, but I've participated in, and even started, many other forums over the years. My sole exposure to the Airstream community has been this forum so far, but I am impressed by a number of things: the unbelievable level of DIY and true craftsmanship shown by many here (very intimidating); the willingness to share and to help; the sense of community.

Owning an Airstream is an experience in and of itself. And it leads to countless other experiences. I'm pretty thrilled to be embarking on this journey.

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Old 10-01-2013, 04:05 PM   #33
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"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. "

Did I say that??? I surely don't remember. But I do think Airstreamers have a lot more fun. You wil generally always see Airstream strangers walk up to each other and in 15 minutes become friends.
Sorry if I got it wrong. I did get the saying wrong. It is ASS' ( Airstream snobs) and SOBs ( some other brand). Too many things on my mind at the moment.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:50 PM   #34
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What's NOT to love about all the quirks of an Airstream! And, I'd say AS owners are probably just a little more creative, think outside of the box type people who take pride in and enjoy what they've got (because they know it is special!).
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:13 PM   #36
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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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It is odd that F.R.O.G. would have anything about torsion axles- my Forest River trailer had leaf springs-
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Yes, as do most trailers. They were actually adding torsion axles to their existing trailers.
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Just my two cents worth....I don't think it's just the Airstream lifestyle. I say that because, if it were, we vintage kin owners wouldn't be welcome.

It's about a mindset, rounded as opposed to square edges (regardless of make or model), an ideal, a fantasy about a way of life that may (or may not) ever have really existed.

It's about creative expression (that a SOB just never quite showed the potential for...).

It can be about spending outrageous amounts of money, but doesn't have to be. It can be about polishing aluminum and never leaving the driveway or accepting the "not quite finished look" of ongoing repairs and hitting the road.

But, that silver (anodized or shiny) does roll! And, that I think, is the big advantage to these beauties. They are still capable of making our hearts beat fast and getting us on the road. No SOB ever so moved me.

Just my thoughts....

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An interesting tidbit is that Hi-Lo trailers (most models) used the same torsion axle as Airstream. I owned an 82 Hi-Lo and it was equipped with the torsion axle. In 2001 we were at the Terra Port in Jackson Center when a Hi-Lo pulled in. The owner had an appointment at the service center for an axle alignment.

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We have some camping friends with a Hi-Lo. I didn't realize they had torsion axles. I have seen cargo trailers with torsion axles. I think torsion axles allow the floor of the trailer to be lower- better handling, lower center of gravity, less top heavy, easier entry/exit-
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