Originally Posted by Duramax
Hey guys I'm new to this forum and I have never owned a TT. I am in the market for an AS around 27 to 31'. My buget is forcing me to look towards the older models, which leads me to my question. I spoke to someone the other day that told me be careful in purchasing the older models, the mid 70's to be exact. According to him, AS was sold to another company in the mid 70's and they didn't keep the same standards as the old management did. Therefore a lesser product. Is there any truth to this and if so, what are the years to avoid?
Every year/era have their own quirks. The '70's were known as the Beatrice Years, as Beatrice Foods owned Airstream during that decade.
There were some issues with coaches of that decade, such as rear end sag, frame separation, and the infamous aluminum wiring debacle.
Coaches of this decade went on a weight-gain program in the early 70's, and then attempts were made to trim some of the weight by reducing some of the structural thicknesses later on. This was not as successful as planned
However, this was also the first decade with factory-equipped grey water tanks, vista-view windows, wing windows, and non-Hehr operated windows. Torsion axle rubber compounds were improved during this time, so later 1970's models are less likely to require new axles. Tambour doors were introduced during this time, and were improved into something reliable during the latter part of that period. This time was also when the trailers were made 6" wider, so that is a good thing.
There are other issues and improvements for this era, but these are the highlights.