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Old 03-11-2010, 09:38 AM   #21
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I think it depends on whether you are selling or buying.

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Old 03-11-2010, 09:59 AM   #22
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Wink 1990 :(

I was disgusted with my 1990 when i started fixing things in it. there was no quality whats so ever in building that trailer and the workers at the plant should have been embarrassed to even let that trailer leave the plant.

when i tore the front and rear interiors out to fix some dents and floor rot i found broken drill bits a socket and they didn't even clean up after they assembled the trailer they just put the interior up over all the shards of metal and trash they left in the trailer.

sad really sad.but it about like anything any more quality in not high on the list which is sad when your spending that kinda money even on a used trailer
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:01 AM   #23
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..great thread, mistermike, and a question I have often pondered..

..I bought a '69 because it came as a package with a great tow vehicle, Reese hitch, sway bars, and was ready to roll as a turnkey purchase..AND I had a chronic case of aluminitus that wasn't going away...

..don't regret the purchase at all and am loving (most) the time I get on upgrades, improvements, and most importantly, education.. I'm also fortunate, in a sense, that a very capable p.o. at some point in this trailer's life replaced the vinyl-clad cabinet doors with lovely mahogany ones...the late '60's interior vibe takes me right back to my 12-yr-old mind every time I step inside, though I wouldn't vote for 1969 as one of the "best" years by any means...

...my personal faves, if and when I buy another, would be anything before 1956 and 1962-64...
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:24 AM   #24
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Sounds like a bunch of elitist, snobs.

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They are a really nice bunch and know how to have a good time. My kind of folk also.
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:50 AM   #25
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If I'm sitting beside it, drinking a cold beer, enjoying family and/or friends instead of at work it's perfect made in any year! A good set of tools seems to help to.
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:18 PM   #26
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So far I'm gonna have to say 2010.

I'm just gonna have to agree....

Actually, I really, really love the classics up to the "mid sixties"...

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Old 04-17-2010, 06:53 PM   #27
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I would say it's all about what you- the individual- likes. Certainly there can be many arguments with differing opinions on quality- but even when things go wrong, as they often do, it may be more of a lack of understanding in what a material does than intentional "cheapening" by using it. I personally am a vintage lover. I have old things around me. Houses, antique furniture, vehicles, and now an Airstream. (my hubby always jokes that I must love him because he's old)... I also work with old things- my career has been with restoration of old. classic. So, I am drawn to things that I understand. Wood, varnish,steel, aluminum. People ask why I keep the old sash windows in my house-- to me that's what's beautiful about it. The detail of the hand cut frames, etc. So, really it's what you like :-)

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Old 04-18-2010, 12:41 AM   #28
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I'm with you on that Rae. Here's pics of my "new" range(1930?) and an airplane model kit for a 1929 Fleet biplane(7' wingspan) and a radio control transmitter from the Fifties, which I may use on the Fleet someday. My dining room furniture is eighty years old, and my house is 75. These things add a touch of permanence to a place that you can't imitate.

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Old 04-18-2010, 06:53 AM   #29
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We tend to like the '66-'68 models because of the curved side windows, and also like the ones with the birch interior. Though we like all those old trailers just for historical factor. Just to tow something and be able to say it's 50 yrs old and still on the road is tons of fun!!

We own 1 from each of 3 decades, and they each have something to offer. Face it: if you don't think the one in your own back yard is the "best" one, then maybe you should change it or look for another!
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:31 AM   #30
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I have a 77 rear bath with some indications of rear separation because the frame is too weak to be put to severe use. The curved glass windows have a tendency to fall out if not maintained religiously and are expensive to replace. Anything before 1959 has the old leaf spring axles. Depending on how handy you are and how much money or work you want to do , The choice is early 60's or 80's or later with the 5 inch frame.
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:42 PM   #31
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Hard to say and I am still a newby at the AS thing. But, one thing I have seen in my short life and I tend to find fits most occassions is that the older something is, the longer it will last with regular maintenance. As industry grew in general, companies figured out that making it to last longer wasn't profitable (not saying AS here, just an observation on industry in general).

I currently have a 1979 AS. The plastics that were inside were cracking and I wasn't a fan of the sticker woodgrain. But the shell, frame, stove, fridge, AC, heater, etc. were all in perfect working order, mind you some cosmetic issues. I would bet that many of the 1950's AS appliances still work (if the owners didn't want upgrades for cosmetic/safety reasons) and with a little cleanup, look as good as new.

I would be surprised if a year 2000 model AC, stove or fridge will still in working order in 2030. At the rate things are going, something large like that bought today barely out-lasts the warranty of 1-3 years.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:09 PM   #32
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I have been fortunate enough to acquire two from the Golden Era. '63 Safari, and '66 Sovereign.One for the high road,one for the low.Am I a snob? Indubitably!
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:13 PM   #33
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I don't know before our time, but 2004-2005 seems to have the quality and features one would desire from an Airstream product in the current era. There is innovation and quality parternered with classic styling and proven reliability and appointment to detail and function. We have owned 2003-2007 and have experienced an advancement in disc brakes, pumps, vista views, and aluminum interior, but also the shaving of quality in fabrics, quality control and workmanship, features and warrantee and the addition of corroision issues and factory exclusions and service disappointments. most likely due to Thor bottom line criteria. We have bought 4 new Airstreams from 2003-2007 and two gently used Airstreams, 2007 and 2004.
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