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Old 10-29-2003, 04:34 PM   #1
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Need help justifying Airstream brand!

Help! Friends of mine are getting ready to purchase some-other-brand of trailer so I need the collective help (and knowledge) of this community summed up in one tidy thread.

My thought is I will direct my friends to this thread in a day or two so they can read why they should purchase an Airstream trailer over a some-other-brand trailer. So please, take a moment to explain why you believe the Airstream brand is the best choice!
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Old 10-29-2003, 04:44 PM   #2
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New or used?

In my case, I bought a used Airstream primarily because I knew I could sell it easily if it did not work out. Of course, since then I have come to appreciate the ease of towing, the strenth of construction, the longevity, and something indefinable about the organic shape that I find very soothing.

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Old 10-29-2003, 04:45 PM   #3
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Smile piece-o-cake!

Let them look at anything new they're intrested in then show them an Airstream. Show them one of their favored brands that are over than ten years old (if you can find one) then show them an Airstream of the same vintage. THEN show them the current asking price of each versus the original selling price.

If the difference in quality doesn't sell them, perhaps the much slower rate of depreciation (and in some instances appreciation) will.

Good luck!

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Old 10-29-2003, 04:48 PM   #4
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Here's a similar thread from awhile back...What makes Airstream such a legend?

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Old 10-29-2003, 04:57 PM   #5
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they don't tow like a "brick"!

you call them ferrets, i call them weasels.
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Old 10-29-2003, 05:20 PM   #6
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There are two answers.

1. An Airstream trailer, "IS A WORK OF ART."

2. According to "MONEY" magazine, an Airstream trailer is one of the 500 "BEST MADE" products, "IN THE WORLD."

We could also ask, how many 40, 50 or 60 year old trailers exist, other than an Airstream??????

No other brand of RV has those credentials.

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Old 10-29-2003, 05:25 PM   #7
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Invite them to stay in yours for a night or two then they will have their answer!
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Old 10-29-2003, 05:43 PM   #8
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How about there are still better than 60% of all airstreams produced still on the road.
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Old 10-29-2003, 06:03 PM   #9
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Do they want to own just a trailer, or be part of a movement?

They need to read and feel the enthusiasm and love we all have for these aluminum beasts, and I doubt they will go any other way.

Airstreams are works of art and a lifestyle. I have yet to camp in mine, and I still can't believe I actually own one!
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How many times have we heard / read that when someone approaches an Airstream owner at a campground there is a bit of disbelief that one, the company is still around, two that they still make them, three that yours is 10/20/30 years old.

Or how about these reasons.............

LUST: The Airstream is like the cool classic car or old wooden boat that we all could not take our eyes off of when we were younger, only now you can own your own and have everyone else drool and stare. Nobody stares an old box trailer unless it is an unbeliveable eyesore. That can take less that 5 years depending on owner care.

PRIDE: Ownership of an Airstream is having a peice of americana in your family, kinda like being able to go out and buy an original Norman Rockewell painting. And this one can be handed down just like a heirloom peice of furniture or art.

DESIGN: I doubt that you will find a box trailer that will stand up to being towed for the number of miles that many of the vintage units have been and still be in one peice.

VALUE: Yes they cost more new, but if you can keep it for 20 or 30 years instead of buying a new one ever5-7 years you will be money ahead in the long run.

FRIENDSHIP: The WBCCI is part of it, but so is this forum. Airstreamers are some of the friend-ist RVers I know.

Did I forget anything????
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Old 10-29-2003, 06:43 PM   #11
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Anality - Everything has to be "just so"...From the hitch and hook up to the placement of the Pink Flamingos to the hoping that the hose connection of the "Airstream Only" sewer lines stays inplace "one more time".

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Old 10-29-2003, 06:58 PM   #12
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In the end, nothing you can say or do may matter. Harley owners have a saying, "If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand."

If they don't have the burning passion for something like a Harley or Airstream, they'll never understand or appreciate what it means to own one.
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:02 PM   #13
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Talking Had a SOB.. but not any longer

Hello Nancy.. Marvin and I had a 18'sob and that it was great.. used it 3 times and realized how much we wanted an Airstream.. the Airstream tows so much better than an sob.. but most of all where would you meet such nice people as here or at rallies or Airstream parks.. Annie
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:21 PM   #14
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Owning a Airstream

Is liken to "Land Husbandry"~It's yours to enjoy while you have it but, at the same time, you're in charge of the entire conservation of this piece of Art to be passed on to the next generation afterwards. Witness the numerous examples of "Pride of Ownership" thru out this entire W3.
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Old 10-30-2003, 03:50 AM   #15
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I agree entirely with Maurice. It would be like trying to logically and analytically explain why someone else should fall in love with a particular girl. The first time I saw an Airstream drive by was like the first time I saw our Concorde fly past. You can't rationalize that gut feeling to someone who doesn't intuitively feel it. Toad of Toad Hall in "The Wind in the Willows" had it right when he saw his first motor car drive by. He just sat in the middle of the road, saying "Oh my, oh my!" Nick.
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Old 10-30-2003, 07:48 AM   #16
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As much as we complain that there are QC issues (or were), I'd still have to say, have the folks go and look at a few other brands and then go look at the Airstream......we were at an RV show last year and every other brand we walked in, creeked, felt unstable, etc.

The Airstream by comparison feels very solid. The structure is phenominal and for the very technical description....

The darn thing just look cool!

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Old 10-30-2003, 07:59 AM   #17
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what others think

Orignal posting from Inside Out:
We were at a rally this weekend, there were about twenty of us. I overheard a couple talking in the community room talking about all the Airstreams at the campground. The best comment was, "Wow, I never saw so many millionaires in one place!"

Even though it was far from true, it made me smile...


The above says a lot about other SOB owners and their opinion of Airstream and their owners .
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Old 10-30-2003, 11:29 AM   #18
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No explanation is necessary---

Another one that seems to fit Airstream is as follows:

"For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't understand, no explanation is possible."

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Old 10-30-2003, 03:16 PM   #19
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If they want a trailer that will take one final trip to the dump in five years, buy SOB. Fiberboard walls and 1X2 studs shake apart in the first 10,000 miles.

If they want a trailer that will last a lifetime, buy an Airstream. My father bought his used in 1974 and kept it until his death in 1999. I bought mine new in 2002, and plan to keep it through retirement (still 15 years until my retirement begins).

Keep an Airstream indoors and it will look like new for a lifetime too!
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