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Old 07-28-2016, 02:08 PM   #1
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Why Did You Buy an Airstream instead of...?

I'm about to start a new job working for the Airstream dealer here on the Central Coast.

We've only owned our AS for four years, and only just recently taken it out on a 3 week long trip.

I know why I bought an Airstream... I honestly don't like the looks of any other RV. They always seem to invade whatever space they are in and frankly, they offend my artistic sensibilities :-) But Airstreams look beautiful wherever they are, they make any place they park look classy, modern and retro all at the same time. And being inside one is like being in a lovely yacht. I've just never considered anything else.

So why did YOU buy an AS instead of a bigger, cheaper RV? I would love to hear your answers :-)

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Old 07-28-2016, 02:15 PM   #2
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Because I only wanted to buy ONE in the next 20 years.

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Old 07-28-2016, 02:16 PM   #3
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We bought ours because it is sleek, compact, efficient, easy to tow, and seem to be more durable than SOB trailers.

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Old 07-28-2016, 02:19 PM   #4
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I was going to buy an A-Frame pop-up. Wife said you can do that or I will go with you if you buy an airstream. no regrets.
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:35 PM   #5
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I bought mine with the intentions of making a treehouse/mancave out of it but after further inspection I found it in much better shape than I thought.
After much debate i decided she's going back on the road instead of in the air.
I've loved airstreams since I was a kid watching the astronauts use them.
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:46 PM   #6
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I bought mine because I thought that the quality would be equal to the premium price I paid. Ended up being very disappointed. I was not "in love" with the Airstream legend nor did I have an emotional attachment to the club concept. Rather than foist it off on another, I have it parked next to the Animas River and enjoy adult beverages with my wife as we watch the trains return from Silverton.
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:47 PM   #7
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Floorplans are unique and didn't like the floorplans in shorter SOB, lots of windows, didn't want a slideout, easier entry because lower to ground, interior cabinet quality, Ultraleather seating (no crazy patterns), concerned with SOB fiberglass delamination in walls and roof, great support via Airforums. demand for used units when it is time to sell and they are different from all the rest out there.

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Old 07-28-2016, 02:52 PM   #8
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In 2010 I was living in a place that was about a hour from my office. I had a 12 year old black lab named Naje. She was pretty old at the time and sick often. I wanted to shorten my drive and help her more through her life. So I bought an Airstream and camped out close to my office. I even brought Naje to work with me every day. Naje got well and lived four more years. I now live in Germany and have a golden retriever named Lucky. We camp out and travel Europe in that Airstream. It's a luxury dog house that I'm always welcome in.
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:58 PM   #9
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Oops ..... Got carried away in the story and missed the point. These circumstances were a great excuse to by an Airstream instead of a big white box. It is pleasing to the eye. Turns out it is super classy in Europe. Many white boxes here.
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:02 PM   #10
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Well, My wife wanted an old Airstream and we "needed" a project.
That project is 2 and a half years old now.
We are the only the second owners.
It has been a great journey and we are soon to reap the benefits of our labour, our first rally is in 3 weeks. Only 2 weeks left of hard, dirty polishing. I'm calling it "the second coming".
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:39 PM   #11
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We had a SOB for twenty plus years. We always thought the Airstreams looked great, and wanted one. It was time for a new trailer, and old SOB was worth almost nothing.

Now, in spite of replacing the converter, batteries, adding Centramatics, constantly checking the air pressure in my GYMs, chasing down some interior water leaks, and wishing I'd gone for some recliners instead of the dinette, we still love our AS, especially the large windows that let so much light in, the way it glows in forested sunlight, and the way it tows.

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Old 07-28-2016, 05:00 PM   #12
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Why Did You Buy an Airstream instead of...?

Parents used to have an 34' Excella Airstream and then an Airstream Land Yacht motor home before down-sizing to a B+ motor home that we inherited. Loved RV-ing but didn't love the motor home. It was a beast to drive, had twin beds amidships and we did not want to add a toad. So we went with an Airstream International Signature 27FB. Fell in love with the CCD interior, the windows and the floor plan. Hated spending chunks of the next two years dealing with warranty issues, but happy that our dealer was helpful throughout. Despite that, we still love our Airstream trailer.

BTW, we also looked at smaller Class A motor homes, other B+ motor homes based on the Sprinter chassis (don't ask me to fold/unfold the queen bed every time I make/break camp), and even the Interstate (too small). Loved the idea of a trailer vs. maintaining two drive trains while camping, so we dropped the motor home idea pretty fast. Chose the 27FB because of the walk-around queen and the mistaken idea that the 28RB is longer than the 27FB. Still happy with our floor plan choice, even though the salesperson never helped us on that little detail.

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Old 07-28-2016, 05:26 PM   #13
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We looked at stick built TT's first. Compare a 10 year old stick built to an Airstream. Then we looked at Egg's, just too small for us. While an AS requires a fair amount of maintenance, it's not difficult for someone with simple DYI skills. When you amortize the total cost of ownership over the time you own the trailer they are within reasonable parameters. Lastly and most importantly is: More Smiles per Mile !!!!
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:30 PM   #14
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I haven't purchased yet as I am still looking. But, one of the main reasons I want to go with the Airstream is the tow safety. The aerodynamics from the side gives me more confidence as a travel trailer than any other brand I have been looking at where the wind would find the side of the trailer and hit the side rather than having the roundness to go around the trailer.

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