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Old 07-25-2017, 09:42 AM   #101
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We have owned several 5 th wheel trailers and a 30 foot classic and our current 25'foot flying cloud. The 5th wheels were great once set up giving us lots of living space. However getting to our destination was always a nerve racking experience. Tire blow outs, slide leaks, torn rubber roof($6,000 to repair), huge foot print going down the highway. Difficult to park at restaurants and fuel stops. I constantly dreaded the passing vehicle warning me of a problem like blown tire. What I like about the airstream is the small foot print. Much more relaxing driving down the highway. Can make a u turn in the middle of the roadway. No problem parking at restaurant parking lots. Easy to get into gas stations. No worry about leaking slides or torn rubber roof. Not falling apart after a few years like our 5th wheels. So it boiled down to the airstream ease of going down the highway and build quality vs living space in the 5th wheel. Also I just get enjoyment out of looking at my airstream. Can't say the same about looking at the 5th wheel.
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Old 07-25-2017, 10:03 AM   #102
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Airstreamers are often more about the journey than a stay-at destination. The community of caravaners and solo (or small group travelers) remind us of traveling in the fifties in the attitude of companionship and collegiality. No mechanical device is without demands, and it helps to be a carpenter, mechanic, engineer, electrician, HVAC technician, designer, roofer, body man, and general handyperson. HOWEVER, if one looks pathetically at a problem...some other Airstreamer will have the part, know how, and offer help. Try that with other RVs/motorhomes. Safe travels.
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Old 07-25-2017, 10:38 AM   #103
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"Worth" is subjective. Is a Picasso worth more than a velvet Elvis? Not if you only count materials.
Worth is whatever someone is willing to pay. Is Amazon stock worth $1036 today? Evidently.
Is a Harley better than a Honda? Mechanically, no.
Is a Honda EU3000is worth twice as much as a Champion 3500? Now we're getting to the nitty gritty.
So, is an Airstream worth more than any other Thor product? Not if construction counts for anything.
But it has the mystique that people are willing to pay a premium for.
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:16 AM   #104
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Is and Airstream worth it?

Yes
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:47 PM   #105
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Matter of "price" and "affordability"...... Many folks say, you can't take it with you...so if the price is not an issue, go get yourself one....there are many great deals on SOB's; but there are also great deals on AS's, if you spend some time and get to know the options and floor plans... we have been happy with our choices with AS. Last 2 have been purchased new...but we have had a couple "gently used" 25's also, and never lost money after couple years of use, when we sold. Some will tell you a "gently used" AS, priced right, is a great investment. I agree... But, we can always debate...and watch life go by without enjoying the journey...in an AS.
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