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Old 08-19-2003, 11:31 AM   #1
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Do they Still Make Airstreams?

"Do they still make airstreams?" This is the question my husband and I are being asked over and over again when we pull into R.V. parks. We believe that it is now our self proclaimed duty to educate the general public about the "elusive" Airstream. Not that we ever mind talking about our Airstreams! Does anyone else have this question brought up frequently in their travels?

B.T.W., I think we reformed a "square trailer lover" last weekend after one of our educational Airstream sessions. They loved our 1975 Int'l Sovereign and they are trading in their trailer for an Airstream.
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Old 08-19-2003, 11:38 AM   #2
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Good for you! Spread the word!

At the storage facility where we warehouse our business inventory, there is a big early 70s (by my guess) Excella that recently parked there, right up front by the gate. When we got our next delivery the truck driver was rolling our pallet past it when he said 'look at that, that must be a 40's vintage airstream, they didn't make them much after that'. His jaw dropped when we told him that it was a 70's, and not only did I have a 68 at home, but that we had gone and looked at new ones before buying it. He had no idea they'd continued making them after the 40s.

I have to admit, I was suprised to find out they still make them too, when I first started looking into it. The general public just doesn't know, since they all pretty much look the same on the outside.
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Old 08-19-2003, 11:59 AM   #3
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Perhaps Airstream should try doing some advertising.
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:18 PM   #4
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"Do they still make airstreams?"
I get this question and "how old is it?" regarding my 2001 Bambi all the time. When I tell them mine is the 70th Anniversary Edition, they are generally very surprised. BTW, my Bambi is the only AS in the storage lot which has at least 300 RV's, maybe more
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:39 PM   #5
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Ssshhhhhh! Keep this Airstream thing a secret! It's nice being a small homogenous culture.
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Old 08-19-2003, 01:01 PM   #6
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Pervasive

I often get this exchange:

"How old is it"

"About 15 months"

"Are they still making them then."

"Yes (obviously)".

"I thought they were out of business".
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Old 08-19-2003, 01:26 PM   #7
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my response...

I usually say "Sure they still make them and you too can have a new one for just $2200 per foot!"

They usually walk away trying to do the math in their heads...

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Old 08-19-2003, 02:22 PM   #8
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I like that one..... maybe I'll use it.
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Old 08-19-2003, 02:31 PM   #9
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Re: my response...

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[B]I usually say "Sure they still make them and you too can have a new one for just $2200 per foot!"



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Gee, I remember when they were $1200 per foot.

Wow. Inflation!
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Old 08-19-2003, 04:11 PM   #10
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Go vintage! Mine was under $400 a foot! Makes it sound like SUCH a deal!
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Go vintage! Mine was under $400 a foot! Makes it sound like SUCH a deal!
Ok, Stef... fess up! Is the <$400/ft with or without rennovations and upgrades?

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Old 08-19-2003, 04:22 PM   #12
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WOW, makes me proud and happy at $162 ft.
Did have to clean and vac before our first trip but !!!!.

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How about $184.00 a foot and it is a Motorhome, I agree Steph GO VINTAGE!!

Of course that is just the cost of buying it............................
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Old 08-19-2003, 05:01 PM   #14
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Our '71 23' Safari was only $200 a foot. Just needed a cleaning and was ready to go. However, we have spent a bit more fixing things.
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Old 08-19-2003, 05:27 PM   #15
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We are always searching for Airstreams as we travel with our 1986 Sovereign. This past weekend, in St Aug FL, 2 others in the area we were camping in. We were excited to see the mix - an older International, our 86 Sov, and a brand new Bambi!!

That is a first - we travel all over Fl and rarely see Airs.
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Ok, Stef... fess up! Is the <$400/ft with or without rennovations and upgrades?

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Already polished and in ready to camp condition - it was actually closer to $350. It'll be just over $400/ft with the new axel. No complaints here. What would a new Bambi be, about $1600/ft?
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Old 08-19-2003, 06:45 PM   #17
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Before Restoration = $184.21 per LF or $23.03 PSF
After Restoration = $526.32 per LF or $65.79 PSF

Such a deal!

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Old 08-19-2003, 06:59 PM   #18
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Our 1975 Int'l Sovereign was $350 Cdn a square foot. Everything was in great condition and included solar panels. Our 1955 Flying Cloud cost us $113 Cdn a square foot unrestored. We are looking forward to diving into this new project this winter.
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So I guess $87/ft is a real bargin?



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