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I have an Airstream. Purchased it used back in '09. Low Maintenance, I don't think so but then I consider maintenance as something you need to do regularly to keep everything looking good and running well.

Yes it has "protected" aluminum skin but you still need to wash and wax it. Your cars and trucks have nicely painted skins and you still need to take care of them. Folks today look for low maintenance so they basically think they don't have to do any maintenance. Vinyl siding is a good example, as are plastic fences.

I owned a white box trailer and the outsides both required much the same attention. What I have found is the the insides, the doors, the drawers, the faucets, the cabinets all require much less "fixing". The exteriors have seams that need to be watched and caulked when needed. The finish on the aluminum is not bullet proof. I have had birds with bad diets deposit stuff on the trailer that has eaten through the clear coat. This is not an easy fix.

So, when you consider everything, Airstreams are not maintenance free. Less perhaps, but that will come back to what kind of owner you are.


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I've never seen a no maintenance trailer.
I think all of em benefit from TLC, inside and out.
Sometimes it's the little things that make the difference.
Some trailers have a steeper learning curve than others.

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Rv'ing is not cheap...

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They have similar maintenance requirements as any other TT. Seams need to be checked and sealed as needed - usually about every 5 years. Same with the roof..check annually replace sealant as needed. A good coat of automotive wax once a year (twice is used year around) will keep it looking nice and shiny. What makes the AS a nice option is that it will outlast pretty much every other TT on the road today if cared for. It will also retain it'a value much better in the long run.


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We have a 1993 Airstream to me they are easy to take care of compared to the white box trailers we owned prior. Our last trailer was a 2011 cruiser rv product, I washed /waxed it annually but a leak had sprung and rotted the floor, and started to delaminate. So I’m done with junk and I’m happy with my quality build airstream.


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