Even with all of the issues that come with owning an Airstream, at the end of the day it is still a beautiful looking camper that many people would love to own. I looked up the 25 and 27-foot airstreams and the gross weights are 7300 and 7600 respectively so the Q7 should be up to the task. In order to keep your Airstream looking new, you’ll have to engage in camper washing and waxing and you’ll need to treat the aluminum better than you’d have to treat a simple vinyl lined camper. We LOVE our Airstream travel trailer. This is not a good way to do it. If you want the best reselling prize for your camper you should definitely go for the basic model. Before you buy an Airstream coach, you need to make sure you want to put in the hard work needed. Personally, we went to Oregon a couple of years ago to spend a few nights in a tiny home. It doesn’t need to cost more than $50- $100 per night to rent a pretty big Airstream and by doing so (for a week or two) you can do some real-life testing yourself. Metal can be corroded and Airstreams are made entirely out of metal. On top of this, it can be difficult to find the window latches and you’ll have to get them from a specialty store or directly from Airstream themselves. But what happens when your Airstream becomes damaged and these wires are no longer where they should be? This is something we learned the hard way. While you’re doing all of this maintenance, your friend down the street with the ugly looking camper is already sitting at a campground relaxing. Not only this but Airstream has used different aluminum thicknesses on different model years. I think we can all agree that they are just gorgeous. A new Airstream like the one shown above, can cost over $50,000. Make a big mistake when mounting items on the roof of your Airstream and you could end up with structural issues all over your nice camper. Getting an Airstream is a big investment and they differ from other types of RVs on a lot of points. Meanwhile, McConaughey has ordered two new Airstreams—a 34-footer and a 25-foot “Tepee.” In fact, the actor envisions owning an entire fleet of the trailers. Make sure it doesn’t leak. Why are Airstreams so expensive? Here you can find a list of how much each model weigh. But not everything is included in the warranty deal. ... enough so that we could replace the old trailer with a new one. Even brand-new models can have trouble with the aluminum case and it might start leaking much sooner than you would expect! We DON’T want to scare you away from these shiny beauties but we think you should at least be warned. Magnesium Chloride is hell on Airstreams, but no longer needs to be that way. Our first little camper had a leaking roof and it really gave us a hard time. It was a great experience for us and totally confirmed for us that this was something we could actually do long-term. This means that you’ll never be able to just dump your tank out into a field or onto your lawn like you might have done with a simple gray water tank. More likely it is whether they can actually live in the small space long-term or for weeks at a time. You just need to make sure everything works – especially the roof. Here you will be able to talk to the Airstream guys and learn a lot about the different models and extra features you can get with each model. If you need to take a wall panel out to work on your plumbing you’ll need to find a way to get through an aluminum wall. Here you can do a search for your area and see what’s available. All the different models have a reputation of lasting a long time, and many owners end up passing their beautiful vintage Airstream model on to the next generation. Morten teaches that on his YouTube Channel. Mind y… An Airstream is made from aluminum which tends to expand and contract based upon the weather conditions. All in all, you shouldn’t buy an Airstream unless you enjoy working on it once in a while. And personally, I think the older vintage models are maybe even more charming. We planned to remove the carpet, make the kitchen counter a bit longer and add a dinette. One way to get around this issue would be to install an aftermarket solution. Even though the manual of your vehicle will say you can tow this or that amount of weight, it will not be fun driving uphill. While the wheels and trim and appliances may give way eventually, the body and frame, if cared for, are far more durable than the materials other trailers are made from. Most people have a very romantic (and maybe unrealistic) picture of Airstream trailers. You want to be able to accelerate your rig whenever you need to. So it’s probably not a bad idea to own one for a few years (unless you’re buying a brand-new model). All you need is to do is to install the solar panels on top of the Airstream to get a maximum amount of exposure to the sunlight. To begin with, Airstreams have a low center of gravity. If you have read some of our previous articles, you know that we are big fans of being debt-free. One cause of corrosion can come from magnesium. Read more about Morten here. There, you’ll find information from Airstream on how to and how not to clean an Airstream camper. They have thousands of RVs you can rent locally all over the U.S. If you haven’t got the money in the bank be sure to get a used model, or even better: wait till you have the money in cash! We are reader supported. The trailers have become heavier and heavier over the years. This is one of the most common problems people have with Airstream trailers. Even though Airstreams look wonderful and provide a great user experience for most people, they do have many drawbacks for you to consider. We would love to hear your thoughts! Even though the Airstream has metal all around it, it still has a wooden floor. Some brave folks have mounted lightweight solar panels onto the roof but that is probably because their batteries are dying quicker than they should. This eventually leads to leaking and you’ll have to figure out whether the leak is coming from one of these sources or from one of the many rivets built into your RV. That’s why Kate and Ellen have decided to open online courses through their website that delve into the processes of renovating an Airstream, which they hope to launch by New Year’s Day 2019. This is a lot of money to spend on a recreational toy, for anyone in the middle-class. It’s one thing to do research behind the laptop screen and it’s an entirely different thing to walk in and out of campers all day. Photo by Araujo & Rute AR Design Airstreams. This is also true for Airstream motorhomes as they do not offer a four-wheel drive option and Mercedes isn’t exactly known for its off-road capabilities. All the things above can cause a problem within the first 24 months. Either way, you should prepare to burn through a lot of propane. One of the first things you need to consider before you might buy an Airstream trailer is the total weight. If you’re looking for a camper to go off-roading in, you may want to look elsewhere. The good news is, that you can always sell your Airstream quickly whenever you need the money. If you decide to buy an Airstream, you’ll need to inspect your rivets on a regular basis and if you have a leak you can bet there is a good chance it is coming from a rivet. Otherwise, you might only be able to camp with your kids once or twice :-). A lot of people make a big mistake here when buying their first camper trailer. If you cannot visit a trade fair, you should at least visit a local dealer who has most of the different models available. Leaks. Airstream claims that 60-70% of their trailers are still in use today. It will need fixing and maintenance. Airstreams of the thirties are still on the road today, sturdy and modern as ever. Make sure you have a repair shop in the neighborhood that can fix Airstreams if you plan on buying one. We really enjoyed staying in our super-tiny camper as long as we were only the two of us! Some Airstreams even outlive their owners, so 15 years of great service is the very least you can expect from these trailers. A coach with leaf spring axles may need little more than rebuilt springs, new … We started out with a tiny camper which would only fit two persons. How do you make a living on the road? Some Airstream owners have mentioned quality control issues in past years. Since the Airstream shell is mounted on top of the trailer’s floor, you may find that replacing certain sections of the flooring is more complicated. Now we had to sell the old camper to get a new one and this took a while. Our goal is to share knowledge about everything Airstream related. Unlike some travel trailers, Airstreams are pretty narrow. It will give you much more space inside the camper. The problem with camper trailers is they stay out in the sun much of the year. So be sure to add that to the weight you see in the catalog at the dealer shop. This is one of the best solutions to your power needs. This makes sense since all of the interior walls are metal and any exposed edges could become sharp. Last year we went to a huge camping trade fair and it was really great being able to compare the different models and brands. 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