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How tough are airstream trailers? I would like to hear from actual airstream owners that have subjected their camper to some pretty punishing roads and over a number of years who could testify to the toughness of their construction.


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Interesting post. Do they have skid plates on the axles?


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joe&julie81 wrote:

How tough are airstream trailers? I would like to hear from actual airstream owners that have subjected their camper to some pretty punishing roads and over a number of years who could testify to the toughness of their construction.

Long long honeymoon has been full-timeing in theirs for quite a few years, 100k miles and many trips to backwoods areas and a few trips to Alaska. They've had a few issues but nothing structural.


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joe&julie81 wrote:

How tough are airstream trailers? I would like to hear from actual airstream owners that have subjected their camper to some pretty punishing roads and over a number of years who could testify to the toughness of their construction.

I have done this to all of my TTs. Even been down some goat paths a time or two by accident. None were Airstreams though. Maybe they would have held up as good?


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I put over 400k miles on one, east of the Mississippi roads, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey.
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With sensible...slow...driving most quality TTs will hold up.


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Wally Byam in the 50's and 60's would lead large groups of Airstream caravans into remote areas of the world. Here's a link to the club website https://wbcci.org/

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If you want more ground clearance, you may want either axle spacers between the axle mounting and the frame. or order a new axle and specify a different angle on the axle, standard is, I think, 22° but you can specify 35 or 45 to get the coach up higher.

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Dexter-Axle/K71-724-02.html

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I am sure they are tough enough. It would kill me, though, to ruin that gorgeous exterior with the branches and thorn bushes that stick out into the forest roads. I don't mind "boondock pinstripes" on my dull fiberglass box trailer. (In fact, they are badges of honor.) But scratching up a Streemer would be like defacing the Mona Lisa! [emoticon]


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