Want An Airstream? Airstream Pros And Cons According To 7 Honest Owners

PublishedMarch 10, 2021

Airstreams- who DOESN'T love them? They're SOOOO different than the typical RV.

They're sexier. More streamlined. And so much more attractive. But dangit, they're SOOOO expensive! 

But don't let the looks alone possess you. Airstreams aren't perfect.

Greg's Airstream Trailer in Sedona Arizona

Photo by Greg Graham

Airstream pros and cons are always going to be a thing. When thinking of buying one, pay the most attention to are the cons. For your needs, do they outweigh the Airstream pros?

That's for you to decide. It also depends A LOT on your RV budget!!

7 Real Airstream Owners Spill The Beans

We interviewed 7 real Airstream owners to hear their Airstream pros and cons.

Note that NONE of these 7 owners said they regret their purchase. Still, their insights should help you decide if an Airstream is right for YOU or not. All of them are quite happy with their purchase. This seems to be an across-the-board opinion. Despite the Airstream cons.

Some Quick Universal Airstream Cons

If any of these are dealbreakers, then there it is! You should not buy an Airstream.

  • Airstreams are very expensive (Most start around $50K)
  • They have quality issues (But most RVs do)
  • The exterior, though pretty, is quite delicate and very expensive to repair
  • Exterior Airstream storage space is almost non-existent

If none of these are dealbreakers, let's hear what the owners have to say!

(All photos courtesy of respective owners unless otherwise noted)

Jessica's 25' International Serenity

Jessica in Airstream door

Jessica is a super fun solo female RVer who has been on the road full-time for about 4 years. She's an active explorer and member of Xscapers RV club and loves to try out (and make) interesting cocktail drinks.

Boondocking is her jam- like Marshall and myself, she does it pretty much exclusively.

She hangs out with friends and hikes a lot while working remotely on the road.

Here's what she thinks about her own Airstream trailer.

Jessica's Airstream trailer floorplan

Model: International Serenity (25 foot)

Dry Weight: 7500 lbs

Length: 25'

Towed With: Nissan NV 3500

# People Using: 1

FT/Recreational: Full-time

# Years Owned: 4 years

Bought New Or Used? New. Couldn't get a loan on a used one.

Are You Happy With Your Airstream? It's not without frustrations. But overall, absolutely.

Jessica's Airstream travel trailer and tow vehicle with mountains in background

Airstream Pros and Cons

Airstream Pros?

  1. My Airstream pros and cons list starts with big pros- windows, windows, windows, and wraparound windows!
  2. I love the style & aesthetic (not a white tissue box with brown interior)
  3. It has a separate bathroom and shower

Airstream Cons?

  1. Floor material is flimsy, tears very easily (any pebble on a shoe or sliding object), warps with pressure (standing or objects)
  2. Poor cabinet design (some of the doors just won't stay on, and curved overhead cabinets are awkward)
  3. The exterior is extremely delicate.

What would you tell someone considering getting your particular model?

The living room TV wall mount doesn't have an arm, so it's a pain to watch from installed seating (so I removed the TV).

The couch cushion area isn't the best for hanging out, but I did once host a very cozy 9 for a whiskey tasting.

I chose the 25' with the sideways bed. It creates a separate "bedroom" so I look out the wraparound windows instead of down the hallway. Also didn't love the 27's overhead cabinet above my pillow.

But I'm one person, so the walkaround bed on the 27' might be better for a couple. It would also provide more counter and closet space.

Jessica's Airstream desk and living room

Is Interior Storage Ample Or Problematic?

There's not much storage, so the tow vehicle becomes a garage.

Rate The Quality Of the Materials In The Trailer From 1-10.

8 or 9

Jessica's Airstream trailer bedroom

What Would You Change About This Trailer If You Could?

- Tougher flooring

- Smarter cabinet & overhead compartment design

- Better lounge space (Considering removing part of the couch to add a recliner)

Was It Worth The Money?

Only because it will hold its value. Otherwise, Airstreams are overpriced.

Would You Buy This Model Again?

Absolutely.

Summary:

"I knew nothing about trailers or towing, but knew I wanted an Airstream for the aesthetic. And I knew I wanted something that wasn't too big, but didn't have a wet bath.

This made my choice very easy due to limited options.

Jessica's Airstream trailer and dog boondocking

I changed a few things about my Airstream. I added 400w of rooftop solar, added a larger converter, removed the dinette and added a desk.

Lastly, I piped in a quick connect for a catalytic Wave Heater."

You can find Jessica on TikTok at Jessica Over Yonder.

Greg's 28' Flying Cloud Airstream

Greg Graham standing in door of Airstream travel trailer

Greg left Austin in his Airstream after deciding to become a full-time RVer. He mostly boondock camps out west and he loves it. He's got a great Instagram account with amazing photos at @ThisAirstreamLife.

His trailer is all factory- no aesthetic interior upgrades were made. Here's what he thinks about his Airstream, complete with details about his particular model.

Greg's Flying Cloud Airstream floorplan

Model: Flying Cloud (28 foot)

Dry Weight: 5979 lbs

Length: 28'

Towed With: Ford F-250

# People Using: 1

FT/Recreational: Full-time

# Years Owned: 5

Bought New Or Used? Used

Are You Happy With Your Airstream? Yes

Airstream RV exterior at Alabama Hills

Airstream Pros and Cons

Airstream Pros?

  1. I like the design of the trailer. The body is aerodynamic like an airplane fuselage. They are built for travel and are easy to tow. I barely notice the trailer when towing.
  2. Airstreams have a timeless, classic look. They never go out of style.
  3. The floor plan. I like that the sofa and dinette are separate. I have two different places to sit.

Airstream Cons?

  1. Storage is very limited.
  2. Space inside the Airstream is limited as well.
  3. Due to the curved roof, adding solar is more challenging than other RVs. Also, there is limited space under the sofa and/or bed. This makes it hard to install lithium batteries and other components for a solar upgrade if you like to boondock.

What would you tell someone considering getting your particular model?

This model trailer is heavier than most. The hitch weight is the second heaviest of Airstream trailers at 976 lbs. The 33’ Classic is the only one heavier at 1175 lbs. Consider carefully your tow vehicle and make sure it can handle the weight. (As far as Airstream pros and cons goes- this could be either depending on what your tow vehicle is.)

Airstream trailer interior front to back

Is Interior Storage Ample Or Problematic?

The interior storage is not a problem. The Flying Cloud has more overhead storage than other models, and I have much more storage than I originally thought I needed.

Exterior storage for all Airstreams is limited. However, my 28’ trailer has better storage than most, because the bedroom is in the rear. The trunk space is below the bed which provides more space than others.

Rate The Quality Of the Materials In The Trailer From 1-10.

9 - I have had very few issues with things breaking inside my Airstream. However, the cabinet hinges are notorious for being difficult to re-attach if they come apart.

Airstream trailer interior back to front

What Would You Change About This Trailer If You Could?

I wish my Airstream had larger gray and black tank capacities.

Was It Worth The Money?

Great question. I guess it depends on what you value. It was worth it to me. I have had very few problems with my trailer, and I have not had to hassle too much with repairs. Also, these trailers hold their value fairly well, so I am very confident that purchasing my Airstream was money well spent.

Would You Buy This Model Again?

If I had to do it all over again, I would purchase a 23’.

Summary:

"I bought my 2015 Airstream used in 2016. I’ve lived in it full-time since the summer of 2018, and I’ve pulled it through every state in the West.

I am very pleased with my purchase of this Airstream. I have had very few issues with the trailer.

This was the first and only RV I have ever owned. I guess I bought the proverbial second RV first.  After living in the Airstream for almost three years, if I had to do it over again, I would have purchased a 23 foot Airstream.

When I bought this Airstream, I was concerned about storage and the size of the tanks. Now, I understand that I didn’t need as much space and can probably get by with slightly smaller tanks.

Airstream travel trailer rear window view

One last thing about Airstreams. When you buy an Airstream trailer, you also join a club of sorts. There is an instant connection among Airstream owners. Some on the outside consider it a cult, but I’ll stick with calling it a club.

Also, depending on who you are, you may consider this an Airstream pro or con. Airstream trailers are instant conversation starters. I’ve had so many conversations with strangers who want to talk about my trailer. So, just be prepared to talk about your Airstream, especially at gas stations."

You can find Greg on Instagram with his very popular Airstream photos at @thisairstreamlife. He also now writes helpful articles about boondocking at Boondockers Philosophy.

Cate and Chad's 22' Airstream Argosy

Chad and Cate standing in front of Argosy Oddysey Airstream travel trailer on salt flat

Cate and Chad are hard to miss! Cate is an artist and what better medium than the outside of their renovated Argosy? It's gorgeous!

Adding to the uniqueness, when they hit the road for trips, they take along their pet goat, Frankie. Talk about different! We love it.

And they were gracious enough to take part in this round-up, so thank you Cate and Chad! (and Frankie)

(Though theirs was gutted eliminating much about the original trailer, they still have good insight into what to look for in a vintage Airstream. And as far as their Airstream pros and cons go, well, even if this one doesn't help you pick, it's a fun one to read about!)

Model: Argosy (22 foot)

Dry Weight: 3500 lbs

Length: 22'

Towed With: GMC Yukon

# People Using: 2 (+ 1 goat!)

FT/Recreational: Full-time

# Years Owned: Since 2015

Bought New Or Used? Used

Are You Happy With Your Airstream? Yes

Argosy Oddysey Airstream trailer at Alabama Hills

Airstream Pros and Cons

Airstream Pros?

  1. I like the fact that it’s a trailer vs a motorhome/van because we can leave it at camp and not worry about someone taking our spot and the fact that we can unhook and go explore some rugged areas you wouldn’t want to take your home to.
  2. Having our bed in the front is awesome because we can stare at the stars or scenery through the wrapped windows everywhere we go.
  3. When your home is less than 150 square feet, it doesn’t take long to clean.

Airstream Cons?

  1. Tiny kitchen
  2. Lots of maintenance
  3. No bathtub (But hardly ANY RVs come with a bathtub)

What would you tell someone considering getting your particular model?

Can’t, it was discontinued nearly 40 years ago.

Argosy Oddysey Airstream trailer interior living area

Was Interior Storage Ample Or Problematic?

Decent. But we have a tiny storage unit that we trade out winter/summer clothes, holiday decorations/and sports equipment, so pretty much everything we need is able to fit in the trailer.

Argosy Oddysey Airstream bed with animals lying on it

What Would You Change About This Trailer If You Could?

Make it higher clearance.

Was It Worth The Money?

Yes, we scored it for $2,500 and put in another $8k to remodel.

Would You Buy This Model Again?

Yes. Argosys are great if you can find one.

Summary:

"When we bought our Airstream it was pretty much gutted and we spent about 6 months fixing it up. Chad did most of the interior while I painted the mural around the exterior.

I do wish we had done a little more research about remodeling before we started because there have been a few things we had to redo after hitting the road-so there’s definitely a learning curve.

Our Airstream is the perfect size because we can explore and camp places bigger sizes couldn’t squeeze into. I know some people have a hard time living in tight quarters, but it has been very easy for us.

Cate and goat at door of Argosy Oddysey Airstream trailer

We are only really inside at night. Otherwise we are off hiking while we are on the road or at work while we are stationary.

If you are looking for an Airstream, I would suggest buying one with a double axle which is important because it alleviates the weight and we don’t have to worry as much about getting a flat tire.

If you are wanting a vintage one, making sure the frame is in good shape is important and check for signs of leaks."

You can buy Cate's often Airstream-related and colorful artwork and also learn more about this trio at ArgosyOdyssey.com.

Kristy and Sean's 25' Airstream Classic

Sean and Kristy of Long Long Honeymoon standing outside their Airstream trailer

Funny enough, I met Sean and Kristy through mutual friends waaaay before I started my own RV life. They had just started a YouTube channel called Long Long Honeymoon around that time, about 13 years ago.

They have been making memories ever since and sharing RV information on their very successful YouTube channel. They travel part-time in their gorgeous Airstream.

Here's how they feel about theirs with their Airstream pros and cons.

Sean and Kristy's Airstream trailer floorplan

Model: Classic (25 foot)

Dry Weight: 6000 lbs

Length: 25'

Towed With: 2007 Ford F-250

# People Using: 2

FT/Recreational: We call ourselves “part-time full timers.” We usually spend about 6 months a year living in our Airstream. This works out to be 4-6 weeks in springtime, and then a continuous full-time 4 or 5 months from mid-summer through late autumn.

# Years Owned: Since 2007

Bought New Or Used? Used

Are You Happy With Your Airstream? YES!

Long Long Honeymoon Airstream trailer interior living area and kitchen

Airstream Pros and Cons

Airstream Pros?

  1. Timeless design
  2. Interior comfort
  3. Great towing aerodynamics

Airstream Cons?

  1. Propensity for leaks
  2. Limited outside storage
  3. The aluminum skin is easily damaged

What would you tell someone considering getting your particular model?

Airstream does not make our specific model anymore (the 25-foot Classic), but if you can find one for sale, we highly recommend it. It's everything you need, and nothing you don't.

It's a great size for squeezing into most national park campgrounds. Also, we love our bathroom design because it is all in one room; in newer models the shower opens to the hallway.

Long Long Honeymoon Airstream trailer interior kitchen

Is Interior Storage Ample Or Problematic?

We do pretty well with interior storage, so no major complaints there. We have almost zero exterior storage, so that requires us to be choosy about what we really need to bring along.

Rate The Quality Of the Materials In The Trailer From 1-10.

Well, it's not a Prevost, so we'll go with a 9  😉

Our plywood subfloor is one nagging concern; water intrusion could cause it to rot. Airstream has finally addressed this issue.

As of 2020, new trailers now come with marine grade composite subfloor that is impervious to rot. That's our biggest envy when we compare our older Airstream to the newer models.

Long Long Honeymoon Airstream trailer interior bathroom and living area

What Would You Change About This Trailer If You Could?

I would change our front couch area to be more a u-shaped lounge area with an adjustable table (coffee table to dining height).

Was It Worth The Money?

We could sell it today for more than we paid for it in 2007.

Would You Buy This Model Again?

In a heartbeat!

Summary:

"Overall, we've had a very positive experience with Airstream ownership. We bought a 'like new' lightly used unit at an attractive depreciated price; that turned out to be a wise financial decision.

We've towed it to 49 states through all types of weather. We love the timeless styling; even our 17-year old trailer still looks amazing. (It looks even better these days since we had the entire skin coated with a layer of protective ceramic glass!)

We love the ability to update and upgrade the interior, and wish we had ripped out the carpet on day one instead of waiting 5 years into our ownership. We wish we had known to only take it to experienced Airstream service providers.

Long Long Honeymoon Airstream trailer exterior

During our first month of ownership, an RV service center dented our aluminum end cap by climbing on it while replacing our fantastic fan.

That was a tough lesson to learn! Our Airstream has not been trouble free, but most of the issues have been typical RV/trailer maintenance issues.

Airstreams can last many decades, but they still require maintenance and attention like all other RVs. Sean wrote a full book that talks about these issues in great detail.

 Check out 'How to Buy an Airstream' by C.S. Michael for more info!"

Nallely and Tanner's 30' International Serenity

Bean's standing in front of Airstream trailer in Arizona desert

The Beans are full-time on the road and love it! Tanner loves tacos and coffee while Nallely loves reading and 'attempting' to do yoga!

They said yes to this round-up and we greatly appreciate it!

Here are their thoughts on their 30' Airstream pros and cons.

Beans 2016 Airstream International floorplan

Model: International Serenity (30 foot)

Dry Weight: 6993 lbs

Length: 30'

Towed With: 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Diesel

# People Using: 2

FT/Recreational: Full-time

# Years Owned: 4

Bought New Or Used? New

Are You Happy With Your Airstream? Absolutely!

Bean Airstream interior front to back

Airstream Pros and Cons

Airstream Pros?

  1. Tows like a dream! Even though we have a 30 footer, Tanner forgets it’s back there sometimes when he’s towing.
  2. The massive windows. We always feel like we are outdoors because we have so many large windows everywhere!
  3. It’ll hold its value!

Airstream Cons?

  1. How low it is to the ground. We don’t have much clearance so we have to be very careful when entering gas stations or rutted boondocking roads so we don’t bottom out or scrape. Even with a 3 inch lift, Airstreams are still very low to the ground compared to other rigs.
  2. She’s shiny and pretty but shiny means she scratches easily! We love to  boondock so we have to be very careful so that we don’t bump against any brush and scratch the Airstream.
  3. The expense to do repairs. Unlike other travel trailers, getting a bump/dent/scratch on the aluminum will be a super expensive repair. Because repairs aren’t cheap, we always have to be mindful of our surroundings. (Hail, grocery carts, chair on windy day, etc.)

What would you tell someone considering getting your particular model?

Airstreams are beautiful and right now they are totally “on trend” BUT they are major divas and do require some babying.

If you want to camp or full-time solely in RV parks/resorts you’ll have no issue with the Airstream other than typical maintenance that comes along with RVing.

BUT if you want to do more remote camping, you’ll either be limited or have to work a little harder to get into a spot compared to other trailers because you have to be mindful of road clearance and overhanging brush.

Bean Airstream trailer desk

Is Interior Storage Ample Or Problematic?

Nope! We feel like we have more than enough storage for the both of us. We are minimalists so storage has never been an issue for us!

Heads up though, Airstreams have VERY little outdoor storage. I would say 98% of the storage is inside.

Rate The Quality Of the Materials In The Trailer From 1-10.

Definitely a 10. The interior materials in our particular model are all high quality. A lot of the materials are marine grade so they are meant to last.

But because they are high quality, if you need to replace something due to whatever reason (for example the OceanAir window shades), you are looking at a pricey replacement!

Also, we have heard so many people complain that “quality control has gone down” with Airstreams. We’ve visited the Airstream factory twice and can say firsthand that the workers building Airstreams are passionate about their job.

They are still human and things may not be perfect and that’s okay! I think we need to give everyone a little grace, every RV is going to have its little quirks.

Bean Airstream trailer living room

What Would You Change About This Trailer If You Could?

This is definitely nitpicking because overall Airstream does a phenomenal job. I feel like this goes for all RV manufacturers, not just Airstream, but we wish there were more inverter outlets.

Because we are off grid 99% of the time we use our inverter daily and our Airstream only has a few inverter outlets.

The ones we do have are placed in silly areas like right next to the TV but there aren't any in the kitchen or bathroom.

Was It Worth The Money?

Absolutely! Airstreams are built well and will hold their value better than other travel trailers over time.

Would You Buy This Model Again?

We don’t have plans of ever selling our current Airstream but we would definitely buy another Airstream in a heartbeat!

Summary:

"When we were contemplating RVs, we knew we wanted to live in it full-time and have something that was built to last. We chose Airstream for that reason!

Airstreams have been around for a long time and have an outstanding reputation! Overall, we have been very pleased with our rig and have minimal complaints.

Bean Airstream travel trailer bedroom

We love the layout, its big beautiful windows, how nice the interior is and that it tows so well. We are glad that we chose Airstream.

But now that we have lived in it for 4 years and are traveling full-time, having something that is more “rugged” may be a better option for us down the road.

We prefer boondocking and some of the roads we have encountered have not been smooth,  pretty, or easy to navigate.

We have certainly pushed the limits on where our Airstream can go because after 4 years we know our rig but there have been times when we wished we wouldn’t have to worry so much about bottoming out or scratching it."

You can follow their journey at their website Essentially Streaming.

Instagram: Essentially Streaming

Cass' 16' Basecamp

Cass and Airstream Basecamp

Cass travels solo (well, now her boyfriend got himself a Casita, and they sometimes travel together) with her dog and kitty. I met Cass at the RV Nomads movie premiere way back in 2018. Since then, we've connected here and there while boondocking.

(I convinced her her tanks WERE big enough to boondock as they were about the same size as mine! Impressive for a 16' RV.)

She's perfectly happy with her very tiny Basecamp and here's what she's had to say about it.

Model: Basecamp (16 foot)

Dry Weight: 2585 lbs

Length: 16' 3"

Towed With: 2018 Toyota 4Runner

# People Using: 1

FT/Recreational: Full-time

# Years Owned: 3

Bought New Or Used? New

Are You Happy With Your Airstream? Yes

Airstream Basecamp travel trailer floor plan

Airstream Pros and Cons

Airstream Pros?

  1. The kitchen. It offers panoramic views through all of the front and side windows. It also has more counter space than I've seen in most small to medium sized RVs.
  2. This thing is SO easy to tow! I can do a u-turn in a 4 lane street, and have done so many times!
  3. I love the two doors. They both have screens. This allows for a ton of ventilation.

Airstream Cons?

  1. The bed (or lack thereof). The cushions are quite firm, requiring additional padding or bedding. You must roll it up and down every single day if you want to use the tables.
  2. The bed rests directly against the aluminum interior walls. They are easily scratched by my dog's claws when he sleeps.
  3. The wet bath. This means that if you go to the bathroom right before you shower you either have to A) stand outside the bathroom and let the fan run for a few minutes or B) shower in all the joys of toilet smells.

What would you tell someone considering getting your particular model?

It's an amazing layout for the size. It has tons of interior storage, a "big" kitchen, and an almost king sized bed in just 16'.

I think it's a great utilitarian trailer for boondocking or extensive travel where you are driving miles upon miles, all while offering some modern accessories, touches, and comforts giving it the Airstream feel.

Just remember, it's still an RV, and it's still going to require repairs, maintenance, and have those fun little quirks that every RV brand will have.

Basecamp small trailer interior

Is Interior Storage Ample Or Problematic?

It has a good amount of interior storage. One of the entire benches is storage, it has three cabinets in the kitchen, and ceiling cargo nets.

I carry everything I need to live as well as all of my backpacking gear for the mountains right in the Basecamp.

How Would You Rate The Quality Of the Materials In The Trailer 1-10?

Depending on the part of the RV, from a 6-10.

The material on the cushions and my floor have seen quite a lot of use, but still no signs of wear: 10.

The counters are a lightweight material that have dented under the slightest drop of a kitchen utensil: 6.

I would rank everything else from an 8 to a 9.

Cass and Gregg's Airstream trailers in Sedona Arizona

What Would You Change About This Trailer If You Could?

My recommendations would be to make the cushions that come with the trailer out of a much more comfortable memory foam, so they can be used to sleep on without additional cushioning.

More exterior storage! There is very little offered.

Was It Worth The Money?

This is the cheapest Airstream they sell, but still at an Airstream luxury price. To me, as a full-time home, it was absolutely worth the money.

It had all of the features I wanted in just 16', offered a modern look and feel, and depreciates slower than most other RVs.

The construction also feels extremely solid, and the insulation seems good. I have stayed cozy in there during wind storms of over 40mph, and winter temps down to -15.

Basecamp small RV trailer in snow

If I had been someone who was only going to be camping a few times a year, I would have purchased something smaller and cheaper (teardrop trailer!). For less frequent use, you can find some great quality trailers at cheaper prices.

Would You Buy This Model Again?

When I purchased the Basecamp I had no idea if full-time RV living would work for me and I was nervous about towing something large.

Under those circumstances I would absolutely buy the Basecamp again, as I love the size, layout and feel of the unit. As it turns out, I ended up absolutely loving this lifestyle. Knowing that now, I would have gone with a bit of a bigger Airstream.

Basecamp RV trailer bed looking aft

Summary:

"As a general tip, make a list of your needs and wants before starting to shop for trailers. My list included items such as enough room for the cat litter, a big bed (at least a queen size bed) to fit the dog, cat and I, a comfortable kitchen space to cook in, tons of windows, etc.

I sat down with that list during my RV search for small pull-behind campers, and it significantly narrowed the results, making the search much easier.

Also, knowing the size of larger items is critical. For example, when I first showed up to tour the Basecamp, I brought a measuring tape. Would the litter box fit?

I also stood in the shower for over 5 minutes to make sure the shower felt big enough (and yes, even after 3 years, it is a very comfortable wet bath).

I would recommend this trailer for someone who likes to cook, loves natural lighting and air flow, doesn't want the typical brown RV interior and is okay with having to move the bed and dining space around every day." 

You can catch up with Cass at her blog: Tails Of Wanderlust.

Karen's 30' Flying Cloud

Lenny, Karen and Lilya (Cedar and Silver) sitting inside their Airstream

This family is in their third year of full-time travel. Loving the Airstream community that you're 'instantly' a part of as an owner, they've decided they have no stop-date for this lifestyle.

The family has fantastic photos on their Instagram and they volunteer doing good things for people in the places they visit. I want to meet this family someday.

Thank you for taking the time to join in our little round-up to help others decide if an Airstream works for them!

Here is their take on their Airstream.

Karen's Flying Cloud 30FB Bunk floorplan

Model: Flying Cloud (30 foot)

Dry Weight: 5503 lbs

Length: 30'

Towed With: 2018 Ram 2500 Cummings Diesel (We call her Daisy - she is a beast!)

# People Using: 2 Adults, and one 12 year old (and a dog and bird)

FT/Recreational: Full-time

# Years Owned: Since November of 2018

Bought New Or Used? New

Are You Happy With Your Airstream? Yes

Cedar and Silver Airstream trailer kitchen and couch

Airstream Pros and Cons

Airstream Pros?

  1. Quality of build
  2. Modern design features
  3. Bright and airy (lots of windows)

Airstream Cons?

  1. Because of high demand, it can be hard to get timely service
  2. The cost is higher than other trailers
  3. I can't think of a third

What would you tell someone considering getting your particular model?

Purchase from a highly rated dealer where you intend to have any warranty work done.  ALL trailers will need warranty work, and if you have a good dealer, it will be much less headache.

Additionally, I would not have spent the money on the factory solar package.  If you think you want solar,  do your homework first.

Cedar and Silver Airstream dining table

Is Interior Storage Ample Or Problematic?

No. We have found we have more room than we need.

How Would You Rate The Quality Of the Materials In The Trailer 1-10?

9

Cedar and Silver Airstream trailer bedroom

What Would You Change About This Trailer If You Could?

I would change our bench seating into extended kitchen counter space that could also function as a desk. (This is definitely a working fulltimer customization and probably not logical otherwise.) 

I would also remove the top closets from the master bedroom for the full wrap-around windows.

Was It Worth The Money?

Absolutely! Airstreams are built well and will hold their value better than other travel trailers over time.

Would You Buy This Model Again?

Yes, with a few customizations.

Summary:

"If you don't want to spend the money on an Airstream, don't walk in one. We knew from the beginning that we wanted a trailer with two bedrooms.

Because we are full-time, we didn't want to break down a table to a bed every day. We also wanted our daughter to have her own committed bedroom that she could decorate as her own.

We also wanted a size that would not overly limit the locations we could camp. We looked at several trailers over many months with this requirement in mind.

There were things we liked in some of them but they all felt flimsy and boxy. Then we walked in an Airstream and our decision was made.

The quality of material, solid build, and modern yet classic design won us over. The cost was a big concern at first, but once you start to look at used models, you realize how well Airstreams hold their value.

An additional benefit we did not discover until we hit the road is the amazing Airstream community. We have met many wonderful people just by owning an Airstream."

Cedar and Silver Airstream travel trailer bathroom

You can find Karen and family on Facebook HERE.

Follow them on Instagram HERE.

Conclusion

So did you decide if an Airstream is right for you after reading the pros and cons of Airstream trailers? All Airstream pros and cons are either deal-makers or deal-breakers. Granted, every brand and type of RV has SOME type of compromise.

Undoubtedly, Airstreams are elegant head-turning classic Americana.

They have a unique outer skin that doesn't require a lot of constant maintenance (though it comes with its own type of maintenance). They don't look like a typical RV inside. They are the 'sexy' RVs of the country.

Airstream trailer boondocking

Photo by Greg Graham

However, they are very expensive, still come with typical RV problems, lack exterior storage, are on the heavy side, putting solar on the top isn't the easiest, and the exterior damages pretty easily, among other things.

All in all, it seems that most Airstream owners are pretty happy with their purchase.

I do hope that these opinions and experiences from real owners helped you to decide if you want to pursue buying an Airstream or not.

Visit the pages/links of the owners' sites listed in this article- they might give you more ideas/inspiration/etc.

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He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona. 

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  • Nice article. I will add one more minor annoyance only a new owner would experience is how difficult it is to open the windows. The glass really wants to stick to the rubber seal. It takes a little effort to open them, but for really sticky ones, I unlock them first and then go outside and pop them open with a plastic “sealant stick” from RVbyLife.

    • Why thank you, David! And that’s a very good tip. They are often pretty stubborn to open. But I really like the style of them and how ‘big’ one can open them.

      Also the doors are notorious for needing to be slammed to close. Huge pet peeve of mine, slamming doors!

      With the good always comes some bad I suppose!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. : D

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