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Old 02-13-2011, 08:05 PM   #61
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If it sings to you buy it! I love my little AS and I looked at EVERY brand of trailer hoping to find something less expensive but Airstream won! I don't care or look for being better than the Jones's I just like the Airstream better than other trailers. Good luck with your search. Btw I bought used (06) and mines paid for! Makes it even better.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:41 AM   #62
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It's obvious people have different priorities and priorities evolve over time. It's true that the appliances are common to all RV's and some are better made than others. But Airstream, for example, is using a cheaper model of converter than the price warrants. There's too much cutting of corners.

RV quality does not compare with automobiles. I have been told by a Thor executive a car isn't as complex, but I challenged him—trailers do not have engines, computers, transmissions, differentials, 4WD, etc. The standards may improve, especially if the Japanese or Germans start making trailers—that's what it took to force US manufacturers to improve their products.

If I were doing it again, I would look at some other brands, but we have been smitten by aluminitus and do like the basic design. I would look in the used market, but if you are new at RV's, it's hard to know what to watch for in the used market. Reading on the Forum helps, but the actual experience of an RV makes a big difference.

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Old 02-14-2011, 10:01 AM   #63
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One of the biggest thrills is arriving in Jackson Center. The folks there act like they're always glad to see you and that you've come to visit the family.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:44 AM   #64
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CrawfordGene said, "The standards may improve, especially if the Japanese or Germans start making trailers—that's what it took to force US manufacturers to improve their products".

How true that is! My t@b was designed in Europe and many of the components are still manufactured there. The AS dealer I purchased my Safari 25FB SE from is out of business as is the dealer I was using for service work.

Don't get me wrong, Airstreams are great, but there are other units out there that may not have the cache of an AS, but have quality features every bit on par with an AS.
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God Bless the Peoples of the United States of America

"Airsteam is an icon and is Americana..."

That's one reason why this Canadian chose AS. It's my rebellion in response to the "let's bash the U.S.A." mindset which many Canadians subscribe to, unfortunately.

I have always found this behaviour hypocritical as America is our #1 trading partner.

So, if you see a 27' Flying Cloud with Canadian plates, displaying both the Canadian and U.S. flags, come on over and have a cup of coffee as we salute two great countries....the U.S. of A. and Canada.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:19 PM   #66
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funhouse, your last post was a long time ago. It appears you bought a '65 Caravel. Hiow did you reach that decision? Photos needed.

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CrawfordGene, Germans do make trailers they just don't export them to the US - yet. wolf146
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Airstreams are not 14ft tall.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:35 AM   #69
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The one thing I do know, when going through the airstream forums. A lot
of my fellow airstreamers aren't content to just own one airstream ,
but may have two or more.
How many of the S>O>B. trailer owners would do this!!!
I'm convince they are the best trailer on the market!! Just my opinion!!!
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:59 AM   #70
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Good 2 reasons

1. You can tow them as fast as your tow vehicle can go.

A loaded 31 foot Airstream towed by a Buick Electra, was filmed at 115 mph.

2. Because of the aerodynamic construction, towing an Airstream provides far better fuel economy, BAR NONE.

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If We Need to Give You a Reason...

... you probably shouldn't buy one.

You will forever covet the slide outs and the recliners in the fifth-wheel parked in the next space.
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I purchased my 28' Int. CCD new in 2006. When we get back to Houston in November, I will have 145,000 + documented miles on trailer with many more planned. Buy cheap, buy twice.
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