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Old 03-11-2010, 08:31 AM   #15
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:56 AM   #16
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So far I'm gonna have to say 2010.



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Old 03-11-2010, 09:09 AM   #17
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I talked with a lot of owners at a vintage rally last year. Everyone has their favorite years because of layouts, window styles and placements, or subtle design changes. One thing a lot of them shared was real Airstreams weren't made after the Byam family sold the company. It's not a design, build or quality issue to them, it's a historical detail.

I'm still digesting this thinking and not sure where I am with it yet.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:29 AM   #18
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:46 AM   #19
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While I am partial to the Art Costello influenced years, I believe that the best year Airstream is the one that you like the best. They all have positive and negative attributes, so choose a style and design you like and embrace it wholeheartedly.

Now, if you're looking for a range of years, check out the 1936 thru 2010 models
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:50 AM   #20
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One thing a lot of them shared was real Airstreams weren't made after the Byam family sold the company. It's not a design, build or quality issue to them, it's a historical detail.
Sounds like a bunch of elitist, snobs.

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:38 AM   #21
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I think it depends on whether you are selling or buying.

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:59 AM   #22
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Wink 1990 :(

I was disgusted with my 1990 when i started fixing things in it. there was no quality whats so ever in building that trailer and the workers at the plant should have been embarrassed to even let that trailer leave the plant.

when i tore the front and rear interiors out to fix some dents and floor rot i found broken drill bits a socket and they didn't even clean up after they assembled the trailer they just put the interior up over all the shards of metal and trash they left in the trailer.

sad really sad.but it about like anything any more quality in not high on the list which is sad when your spending that kinda money even on a used trailer
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:01 AM   #23
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..great thread, mistermike, and a question I have often pondered..

..I bought a '69 because it came as a package with a great tow vehicle, Reese hitch, sway bars, and was ready to roll as a turnkey purchase..AND I had a chronic case of aluminitus that wasn't going away...

..don't regret the purchase at all and am loving (most) the time I get on upgrades, improvements, and most importantly, education.. I'm also fortunate, in a sense, that a very capable p.o. at some point in this trailer's life replaced the vinyl-clad cabinet doors with lovely mahogany ones...the late '60's interior vibe takes me right back to my 12-yr-old mind every time I step inside, though I wouldn't vote for 1969 as one of the "best" years by any means...

...my personal faves, if and when I buy another, would be anything before 1956 and 1962-64...
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:24 AM   #24
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Sounds like a bunch of elitist, snobs.

My kind of folk
They are a really nice bunch and know how to have a good time. My kind of folk also.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:50 PM   #25
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If I'm sitting beside it, drinking a cold beer, enjoying family and/or friends instead of at work it's perfect made in any year! A good set of tools seems to help to.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:18 AM   #26
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So far I'm gonna have to say 2010.

I'm just gonna have to agree....

Actually, I really, really love the classics up to the "mid sixties"...

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Old 04-17-2010, 07:53 PM   #27
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I would say it's all about what you- the individual- likes. Certainly there can be many arguments with differing opinions on quality- but even when things go wrong, as they often do, it may be more of a lack of understanding in what a material does than intentional "cheapening" by using it. I personally am a vintage lover. I have old things around me. Houses, antique furniture, vehicles, and now an Airstream. (my hubby always jokes that I must love him because he's old)... I also work with old things- my career has been with restoration of old. classic. So, I am drawn to things that I understand. Wood, varnish,steel, aluminum. People ask why I keep the old sash windows in my house-- to me that's what's beautiful about it. The detail of the hand cut frames, etc. So, really it's what you like :-)

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Old 04-18-2010, 01:41 AM   #28
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I'm with you on that Rae. Here's pics of my "new" range(1930?) and an airplane model kit for a 1929 Fleet biplane(7' wingspan) and a radio control transmitter from the Fifties, which I may use on the Fleet someday. My dining room furniture is eighty years old, and my house is 75. These things add a touch of permanence to a place that you can't imitate.

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