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BackOfThePack

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Posted: 08/17/21 07:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 10-15/year old Airstream is better than other trailers when they’re brand-new.

Depreciation done. “Might” need cosmetic upgrades.

Use the savings for a 3P hitch and anti-lock disc brakes.

Airstream was the entry-level choice at the premium end. The other builders lost their buyers as Americans took a 55% pay cut since 1971. AS was best aero design and had fully independent suspension. Marketing genius founder (died 1963).

Other trailers aren’t comparable per design & construction. Not in road performance, longevity, or overall quality.

My parents bought theirs new and kept it thirty years. It’s still on the road. Mines 31-years old this year (different brand than AS).

1). How long will you keep it?
2). How far will you travel?

The average RV’er owns it 5-years and travels 60k miles.
It’s not by accident design life on a box is 8/80.

An AS is 250k before re-build and lifespan is indefinite.

“Room indoors” just means more to clean and more to heat & cool. For the rest of us — where camping isn’t driving somewhere to watch TV in nicer weather — space utilization was perfected almost 60-years ago. We have an unmatched view of the outdoors.

Being outdoors is rather the point.

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kellem

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We've never considered an airstream even once , build quality is certainly there but no open floorplan when extended stays in inclement weather is a consideration.
We're on trailer #4 and quickly realized a slide is a must for longevity of marriage.
Been married over 35 years and not sure 2 slides are enough to maintain peice.

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Posted: 08/17/21 09:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“Room indoors” just means more to clean and more to heat & cool. For the rest of us — where camping isn’t driving somewhere to watch TV in nicer weather — space utilization was perfected almost 60-years ago. We have an unmatched view of the outdoors.

Room indoors means you have space to spread out and enjoy your family. The entire family can come and have and extended stay. There is no substitute for space.
With slides you have ample space and seperate rooms.
Because there is more space you can do more than enjoy the outdoors. You can also enjoy the indoors! You can also use the RV as a rolling condo and takes trips that don't involve camping.
We often vist relatives and use the RV as a hotel vs. staying with others or staying in a hotel.
In our current covid world having the abilty to have you own rolling condo has found new meaning.
As mentioned ealier Airstreams are king in terms of longevity and towabilty.
They are not at the top when in come to interior space, modern conveniences and exterior storage. Nothing wrong with an Airstream they have a very loyal following. But they are certainly not for everyone. The masses want more space, and more convenience. In general the masses are not looking for their lifetime camper.


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There is no question that a slide will provide great space. The OP asked about quality build and the discussion was about that. To me, quality means a minimal amount if things that need fixing over a certain period of time. Take a box trailer and put it on a frame. Cut a few large holes in it for slides and attach them to some aparatus that brings them in and out with the push of a button. This concept is fantastic but it does produce issues that need addressing. Now take a fiberglass shell with no seams, cut a few small holes for windows and a door. The chance of leaking seams is greatly reduced. So is the amount of "space" inside. Now, look at an Airstream that is made like an airplane. The shell and frame are one. There a few holes and no slides. So back, to the topic. The larger the trailer, the more chance that issues will come up. Space is great, size has its advantages but it comes at a cost. And, we will celebrate our 49th anniversary this fall. Been camping and traveling in our small trailers all the way. Hasn't been an issue yet. [emoticon]


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