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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 3 weeks ago #440037

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GD485 wrote:
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You’ve nailed it!
Just think if it was black, all those ripples and riveting!
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Sounds familiar :whistle: That will be Land Rover managed to sell a fair few Series, 90/110 and defenders with ripples, rivets and quite a few colours
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 3 weeks ago #440040

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As an Aircraft engineer, some of the rivetting on the Airstreams, is terrible and will leak, especially after a few thousand miles touring. And they are not made out of Al -umin-num. Its Alclad 2024, or similar to aircraft , and as soon as you polish it , looses it anti corrosive protection.
A lovevly /Ugly beast. Depends on yourself. I love my Coachman.
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 3 weeks ago #440043

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Hi EH
I think they lacquer the body after polishing but I’ve seen old Airstream that have patches of worn through lacquer and the surface has oxidised.
I used to weld aluminium alloys and the protective layer (oxidisation) was a welders nightmare. At least if they kept it polished it might be weldable!
I’m a fan of Coachman too.
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 3 weeks ago #440044

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Just reread Airstream websites, and they state that they are made from Aluminium, which is very light but corrodes to give a dull and protective finish, so I think they use an Alclad or Duralamin material.
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 3 weeks ago #440045

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Hi EH
I see from your signature I live nearly on your doorstep in Ampthill!
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 3 weeks ago #440091

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GD485, Heĺlo, yes just down the road, if you pass through WS, pop into The Station, we are the couple with a black dog and a small white rat. On another thread have you heard of Bedfordshire "clangers"
Going up to Whitearches soon , a mate has just bought a new van, first time towers, trying to get his head around weights. Whitearches are dealers for Airstreams.
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 2 weeks ago #440345

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they make good snack bars! that's about the only guise I see them in. wouldn't want one.
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 2 weeks ago #440346

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I saw one at goodwood festival of speed a few years a go as a fancy coffee bar.
You know the sort of thing..... £9 a cup!
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 2 weeks ago #440394

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Choice, style , history, iconic value?
If someone has a 2K caravan.being towed by a n old car, and someone has a new caravan and new car does that mean they are also saying look at me I have money?
Maybe some people just like them, we a have different tastes so stop knocking them , or is it because they come from the land of Trump?
I like them and do.not look at people and think oh they must just have new stuff to show off
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What is the attraction of an Airstream? 8 months 2 weeks ago #440396

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It’s not so much the people as the design and construction
To me they are ugly. I cannot see the attraction that’s why I started the post just to see what others saw in the Airstream.
So far it seems the endearing features are more related to form not function.
I just think they are unsuitable as touring vans for the U.K. and not to practical as a sited van
Just my opinion.
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