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Old 07-28-2016, 05:40 PM   #15
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After searching for a cool teardrop, I finally found a custom-built one that uses an Airstream aluminum skin. I was all set to buy it when my wife asked, "Where is the bathroom?" That's how we ended up with an Airstream.
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:45 PM   #16
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:51 PM   #17
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Aerodynamics, timeless design, plenty of windows, gorgeous interior, low entry height and profile, independent suspension, tow ability by a variety of comfortable, good handling vehicles, and excellent construction quality. All which have proven to be true in extensive travel and over 1,000 nights camping.

And when it breaks or wears out or is damaged it's always repairable and worth the effort and expense.
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:59 PM   #18
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We had placed a deposit on an 11k single axle box trailer. A person had just traded a 19' 2008 Bambi on an identical unit; the dealer had it sold before the owner had towed the SOB away, no joke.

We got our deposit back, waited/saved 4 years. Took 2 years to get a brand-new trailer fixed, however it does tow well.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:31 PM   #19
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I am a sucker for traditional design. My Airstream, car, and boat I consider as traditional designs. However, I also consider them modern classics. Someone mentioned that the interiors of Airstreams reminds them of fine yachts. My '06 Safari has some fine cabinetry construction. I appreciate the light color double faced mica plywood as the Safari has fewer windows than other models. This keeps the interior bright. It also weighs in at about 5,300#. That was important to me.

When you couple together the quality, great towing, and good resale value Airstreams make good sense. That's why I chose an Airstream.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:45 PM   #20
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In my case there was no " instead of". I went from a tent direct to an Airstream without considering or even looking at any SOBs. On my second Airstream now. I will admit to looking at many different brands now in consideration of what I will have planed in the near future. Personally I do not believe that Airstreams are the so called perfect full time live aboard option. Thinking a park model or tiny house in a more or less fixed location to call home with an Airstream to travel with.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:55 PM   #21
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The interiors,quality and resale value
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:03 PM   #22
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I bought an AS because I thought they looked fantastic. My neighborhood is filled with big white boxes. Twice a day I would drive by a nice little 20' AS on my way to and from work. I smiled everytime I saw it. One day I told my wife we should go look at Airstreams. Surprisingly she agreed! This was after being told that I had used my last Toy Coupon. She liked the way they looked and also the interiors and floor plans. We did'nt even look at anything else. One year and 6500 miles later we are still happy with it. My only regret is not being able to get on the roof to check things out. I am a maintenance freak but round roofs are not on my approved list anymore.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:27 PM   #23
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Aluminitis. If you have it, no explanation is necessary. If you don't, no explanation is possible.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:41 PM   #24
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Good question..., why DID I buy a 25 yr old trailer ?!! It's a simply gorgeous timeless design. The older ones are even cooler but a lot of money. I love my '72 for its period interior and vista windows. 1980's trailers? hate the dated kitchen cabinet look. Hope to buy a newer one in the future though. I would never buy a plastic box trailer with those tacky poor taste interiors. God awful!!
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:42 PM   #25
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We had a 2005 28 ft SOB that we bought new and used as honeymooners finishing college. After finally settling into our newly built home in a "neo traditional neighborhood" we used it for camping. It was great for towing to family property on the coast and leaving it all summer. However, it was an SOB to tow for any weekend trips.

After replacing most of the floor due to rot, from a water leak that the factory missed the sealant on, and a few miserable trips towing it, I decided I wanted the Airstream that I had really wanted from the start.

Funny I sold a 2005 SOB with a tipping and most of the premium options for just slightly more than I bought a 1971 for and I have no regrets doing so.

PS I dropped in on the dealer we bought the SOB from to ask about an Airatream on the lot. I was informed that it was the owner's rig. The don't sell Airstream, but they camp in one.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:03 AM   #27
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We previously had a UK-designed 27ft "Award" brand travel trailer and really loved it.

We had it for about 12 years, but it was just becoming a money pit - mostly due to water damage even though we tried hard to look after it.

The Award (no longer made) was almost in the same class as an Airstream. Premium cost, rather unusual appearance, low profile, and streamlined and very attractive interior.

Also it was very light weight - our 27 footer had a light weight of about 3500#

When we finally accepted the reality that it was time to replace it, we considered every option from getting out of RV'ing, to Class A motorhome, to another trailer.

After spending months looking at almost every make and model or trailer, we settled on the AS as being the closest we could find to our "Award" and have been very happy wth it - still miss the "Award" though!

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Old 07-29-2016, 07:18 AM   #28
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We were planning on full timing, but didn't care much for the price of new plain white boxes and most used ones were junk in 5 years. We looked a couple of used Airstreams and they seemed to hold up better. We found a '75 Overlander that needed some work, but would still be less than a new plain white box after I made the repairs. It followed us home one day.

Sadly during the course of making the repairs, things changed; full timing became less of an option and we realized it was a little small for living in full time, AND perhaps too big for our camping needs (plus the co-pilot isn't crazy about driving with a trailer that big out back). So we put it up for sale. If it sells, great; if not, maybe we'll use it from time to time.
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