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Old 07-29-2016, 10:08 AM   #29
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As a couple of others have noted, we really disliked the interior designs for all the SOB RV's we looked at - both motor homes and trailers. Like my grandma, on a bad day, came up with them. Seriously, what's up with the awful interiors?

Anyhow, we immediately loved the CCD approach to the International series - even the Sterling with the violet floor...until we realized that was a rug and it would be a real chore to keep it clear of the pine & fir needles that always want to weave themselves into that sort of rug.

The FC was OK, but we weren't fans of the odd yellowish-greenish tint of everything and the obviously-not-wood-while-trying-much-too-hard-to-look-like-real-wood interior. For some reason, the laminates in the International series did not have that effect on us, even though they are also pretending to a wood-like finish.

Eddie Bauer was nice too, and we absolutely adored the huge rear hatch, but we hated the fabric they were using on the seats that year and just could not get past it. Too bad there wasn't a Pendleton model that year.

Classics were beautiful, but we felt more closed in by all the wood, and our wallets immediately started complaining about potential injury due to the higher price. We didn't even consider the Land Yacht model - just crazy expensive for us.

So, for some customers, interior design will matter. We loved the clean, dare we say, modern, interior designs of the International line, and in particular we liked the simple easy-to-clean floor in the Signature. We disliked the Serenity's weave-style finish on the floor because we didn't want to have to clean all the crevices in that pattern.

To be clear, we're *not* dissing other Airstream interiors, all of which have their own beauty and charm. This was just what worked for us. If you have an Airstream, any Airstream, you're already flying high above pretty much any SOB. Just explaining our choices for Rocinante.

For the OP, if this stuff helps you as a "sales engineer" at your new job, that's great. Most salespeople are "pushing aluminum" so if you know something about the product you're selling, our theory is that it will help you be more successful than your peers wrt quota and customer sat. We sure hope so!

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Old 07-29-2016, 10:25 AM   #30
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I got an airstream because of the look, ease of use, and they don't look like they are eating the tv.

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Old 07-29-2016, 10:53 AM   #31
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Since my Airstream is an Interstate my answers may be different from the trailer owners…

1 - Superior interior fit and finish. There are many Sprinter-based Class Bs, and they all look about the same on the outside and have the same drivetrain, so the only real difference must be the interior. Airstream was clearly better than all of the competition available at the time in my area.

1a - The Interstate was the only Class B that I test-drove that didn't sound like it was rattling apart when it hit a pothole or a bump. One more example of fit and finish. (Yes, I made a point of not avoiding the potholes during my test drives!)

2 - Because I knew my retirement budget would never allow buying another, so the one-and-only RV had to be one that would last as long as I do, so I'd better buy a good one.

3 - Because I was able to get a good deal on it. When I started negotiating, I wrote down the MSRP of a Winnebago ERA Class B as a reminder, and vowed that if I couldn't get the price of the Interstate down below the MSRP of the ERA, then I'd walk away and settle for a lesser product. Fortunately my negotiation was successful, and I bought the Interstate for about a grand less than the MSRP of the Winnebago ERA.

4 - Because the whole dealership, from the owner to the sales staff, actually knew what they were talking about. One of the SOB dealers (who will remain nameless) had a sales staff that didn't even know where the spare tire was stored or how to open the hood of the van! I did my research beforehand, and Airstream was the only dealership where the staff knew more about the product than I did. That boded well for our future relationship.
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:20 AM   #32
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Ellen, kind of for the same reasons you mention. But in our case, we were a couple of old tent campers who just got tired of sleeping with rocks in our backs and having to pack up a wet tent. But because of our low-footprint, off-grid camping style, we really did not want a big white box or moho type of rig.

There weren't so many cute fibreglass trailers going down the road in 2006, and the ones we looked at didn't have an interior bathroom, which was crucial. When we saw our first Bambi at an Interstate rest area in southern Idaho, it was love at first sight. Fortunately we lived close enough to Can-Am in London, Ontario to pay them a visit, and they had a lightly used 16' Bambi on the lot. We also looked at other small trailers while we were there, but they looked cheap and badly planned.

Since our first purchase, we're peeked inside all kinds of small trailers, simply by chatting up their owners in campgrounds: Scamps, Casitas, A-chalets, small teardrops, &c. The small ones have the advantage of being super-light, but the disadvantage of being really claustrophobic on the inside. This is a big consideration if you travel with a dog, if it rains and you're inside a lot, if you camp when it gets dark outside early, &c.

If anyone is shopping for a small trailer, we would definitely recommend a Bambi.
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:30 AM   #33
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I bought mine with the intention that I probably wouldn't be able to afford one once I retired (which ended up true), and the fact that this might be the last travel trailer I would buy in my lifetime. Currently we are now into our 12th season with no regrets. I cut my Airstream teeth with a Safari that I bought new in 2001. With a purchase price just over 30K for that 27' model, I figured that if I didn't like it I could recoup my cost fairly quickly. After 3 years I pretty much knew what I wanted and we traded up to the Classic Slide.

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Old 07-29-2016, 11:43 AM   #34
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Because my wife said, "We're buying an AirStream"!!!!
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:01 PM   #35
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AS vs. Safari Alto / Eggcamper / others

We bought the AS because we found a floor plan (20") that we really liked and that would fit in our driveway and could be towed by a SUV rather than a truck. (Our 1920s garage won't fit a decent truck.)

We considered a Safari Alto but, after seeing one, HATED the floor plan and besides, it was very small and pretty expensive for all that you don't get with it. (Those pics on their web site are taken by a camera lens that makes them look way bigger than they look in person.)

We considered the Eggcamper for it's aerodynamic shape, but it has a wet bath and you had to add most of the appliances yourself.

We considered other smallish campers, but DH is 6'2" and many, Oliver for example, were too short inside for him to actually walk around in or the beds were two short.

So the AS fit the bill and besides, the other kinds are mostly UGLY.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:11 PM   #36
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Mine has been owned since new in 1969 by my family. My wife and I are the current caretakers and active users of this wonderful trailer. If and when the time comes to replace it (big if but it could happen) we are committed that it will be another Airstream. They just make sense all the way around and inside and out. And like another poster on another thread said "Airstreams make people smile". They are just there doing their job so you don't have to worry about where you will eat, rest, and sleep which means you can spend a lot more time out enjoying where you are. And when it comes time to move to the next place to see they are ready to go and explore and see new things right along with you, everything works, everything stores, everything is ready to roll. The design DNA mapped into these trailers in terms of how to make people comfortable and to make things work on the road is amazing. I can hear the people now saying "well my refrigerator doesn't work" or "I can't get my A/C to work right" - yeah they are mechanical things like anything built to be pulled or driven and things do break down but the core of these trailers is solid and good maintenance and professional repair goes a long way. Airstream on!
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:12 PM   #37
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We bought our Airstream instead of SOB because:
1. It looks classy. As I write this, a lady outside is taking a photo of my classy Classic. No one takes photos of SOBs.
2. It handles better on the road with side winds
3. The AS legacy and brand longevity appeal to my sense of nostalgia/history. Its the same reason I bought Harleys instead of less expensive motorcycles
4. They last longer if you take care of them. I've come to accept that all RVs have some initial warrantee issues, but once they are resolved, I can expect my AS to hold up well if I do proper maintenance.
5. They have modern interiors. Every new SOB I have ever looked at feels like Grandma's house inside.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:19 PM   #38
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Have you noticed that most road signage announcing upcoming turnoffs for RV campgrounds, and many logos employed by RV services and RV campgrounds (i.e., in advertisements, literature, website's, etc.) are side profiles of what closely resembles an Airstream. In many ways, Airstream represents the culture of all RV camping. Just sayin' ....
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:23 PM   #39
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In the end, wife was driving factor...

We have owned 3 AS's, but prior I had a 25' RV motor home, a pop up, and in between AS 1 & 2, we had a Casita. Wife was always enamored with the AS look; I was always concerned about the initial cost! After we got a good deal on our first 2006 25', we used for 2 years and were hooked. Our life changed a bit and we purchased a cabin in MT and thought we could get by with smaller unit so we sold the AS and purchased a 2007, 17' Casita. It was nice for about 10 minutes, and then it got a bit small during our first multiday trip...we sold the Casita and went back to 25' AS within a year. I have tried to get wife to look at a 5th wheel or other 25' SOB as we could certainly find great deals for a lot less money up front, but she would have no part of it. So here we are; enjoying life in our 2014 25' FC Twin...and likely will get a new 25' Twin with ducted air a year or so...

So, what have we learned....AS's don't have slides anymore; no mechanical issues to worry about there! There are some QA issues in a new one, but nothing unfixable. They hold their value pretty well. They track very well on the road. Fairly straight forward for maintenance and repairs. You get a lot of attention when on the road or camping. All in all for us, a good investment from our point of view.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:31 PM   #41
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I travel between Georgia & my other home in WV. I avoid hotels/motels & try to stay at nice places. Wanted this to be my last & only RV.
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