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Old 04-18-2010, 07:53 AM   #29
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1958 22' World Traveler
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We tend to like the '66-'68 models because of the curved side windows, and also like the ones with the birch interior. Though we like all those old trailers just for historical factor. Just to tow something and be able to say it's 50 yrs old and still on the road is tons of fun!!

We own 1 from each of 3 decades, and they each have something to offer. Face it: if you don't think the one in your own back yard is the "best" one, then maybe you should change it or look for another!

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Old 04-18-2010, 10:31 AM   #30
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I have a 77 rear bath with some indications of rear separation because the frame is too weak to be put to severe use. The curved glass windows have a tendency to fall out if not maintained religiously and are expensive to replace. Anything before 1959 has the old leaf spring axles. Depending on how handy you are and how much money or work you want to do , The choice is early 60's or 80's or later with the 5 inch frame.

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Old 04-18-2010, 08:42 PM   #31
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Hard to say and I am still a newby at the AS thing. But, one thing I have seen in my short life and I tend to find fits most occassions is that the older something is, the longer it will last with regular maintenance. As industry grew in general, companies figured out that making it to last longer wasn't profitable (not saying AS here, just an observation on industry in general).

I currently have a 1979 AS. The plastics that were inside were cracking and I wasn't a fan of the sticker woodgrain. But the shell, frame, stove, fridge, AC, heater, etc. were all in perfect working order, mind you some cosmetic issues. I would bet that many of the 1950's AS appliances still work (if the owners didn't want upgrades for cosmetic/safety reasons) and with a little cleanup, look as good as new.

I would be surprised if a year 2000 model AC, stove or fridge will still in working order in 2030. At the rate things are going, something large like that bought today barely out-lasts the warranty of 1-3 years.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:09 PM   #32
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I have been fortunate enough to acquire two from the Golden Era. '63 Safari, and '66 Sovereign.One for the high road,one for the low.Am I a snob? Indubitably!
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:13 PM   #33
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I don't know before our time, but 2004-2005 seems to have the quality and features one would desire from an Airstream product in the current era. There is innovation and quality parternered with classic styling and proven reliability and appointment to detail and function. We have owned 2003-2007 and have experienced an advancement in disc brakes, pumps, vista views, and aluminum interior, but also the shaving of quality in fabrics, quality control and workmanship, features and warrantee and the addition of corroision issues and factory exclusions and service disappointments. most likely due to Thor bottom line criteria. We have bought 4 new Airstreams from 2003-2007 and two gently used Airstreams, 2007 and 2004.


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