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Old 02-23-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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Visited a dealer today

Hi there
well we visited a dealer today and did get to view about 12 trailers in all. From the 30ft to the small 16ft trailer. Wow, there is no comparision between airstreams and the regular trailers. We owned a 29ft Flagstaff and a 36ft fifth wheel in the past.
But the airstream was wonderful. It had so much storage, Loved the lights, even the shower was pretty big.

We didnt buy as we would like to visit another dealer ; probably the one in Columbus, Ohio as its the next nearest one. We do think that it will be either a 25 or 27ft. We werent thrilled with the situation of the master bed in the 25 ft and preferred the situation of the bed in the 27 ft. That was the only difference besides 2 ft and 300lbs. We could go with the twin beds as an alternate and our kids would get the couch and dinette to sleep on.

Price ; now that is a huge difference between airstreams and regular trailers. However, nobody seems to sell their airstreams, whereas in a few years other trailers are ready for trading. We would prefer a new trailer so that seems between 40K and 50K. Ouch but its a once in a lifetime buy. Our logic also is that because my dh;s 50th birthday and our 25th year anniversary, it would be a great present. We were going to take some major trips this year, but may get an airstream instead.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome! If you're going to Columbus to shop, go on up to the factory in Jackson Center, OH and take the plant tour. It starts at 2PM, Monday - Friday, with Friday being with no workers present.

There are some used late model ones around. I wasn't in a hurry and found a 3 year old, barely used (I mean the stickers were still on the stove and shower and the injection threads were still visible on the tires). Have never regretted the buy.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:04 PM   #3
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That once in a lifetime buy doesn't work the way you think. Look at my signature. Airstreams gets into your blood.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #4
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A 27' FB should be well over "40K and 50K" if you buy new. Look for used and let someone else eat the depreciation. Also, check Colonial RV in NJ on their website. They have a lot of trailers, lots of photos, and you can check their prices.

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Old 02-23-2013, 05:36 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forums. Lots of good information and nice folks here, with a few grouches.

We chose a new trailer a few years back, after having an older trailer first. We have a 27' front bed and like it a lot.

I prefer the twin bed arrangement, because of the open floor space it provides in the bed room, however she liked the queen. The twins also make the trailer a bit more useful for a trip with folks who don't normally sleep together.

We owned a couple fifth wheels first, and got tired of the "how big can we get" thing, and prefer the Airstream.

Good luck with whatever you choose. Find a rally and check them out.


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Old 02-23-2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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Hi!!

Welcome aboard....We started out with a 1984 30ft Avion. Had it for 2 1/2 years. Loved it, but always said, "Wish it were an AS." We also looked at new AS, but my husband wanted "BIGGER." Well, he found it.....a 34' AS...2011....pre-owned, but still smelled new, since the PO's barely used it. It was a chunk of change, but like you, we are in our early 50's, married 30 years and look forward to using this now and well into our retirement. We consider it our "vacation home" on wheels. We are currently planning our Yellowstone trip that we are taking this summer . Our 15 year old has no idea what she is in for......! What an adventure!!!
Go ahead....jump in with both feet. You won't regret it...we haven't!
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #7
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Welcome! Took us about 9 months to buy our new 27' FB. I did months of research and finally purchased at Colonial in NJ and drove her home to Colorado. Got an amazing deal on a 2012 because the 2013's were out! We love our 27' and couldn't imagine any other trailer than an Airstream. I agree, go to the AS factory in Jackson Center! We went twice last year! Good luck!
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:20 AM   #8
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It took us very little time to purchase once we got to the point of visiting dealers. I agree that a trip to the factory is informative and worthwhile for any Airstream owner or owner-to-be.

My one caution is that I believe it is folly to choose a dealer solely on cost or discount. You need a good working relationship with a dealer for many reasons. Even if you elect to use Jackson Center for warranty work a dealer can be invaluable for those situations that fall between the cracks. Colonial Airstream has been nothing but the best and our Airstream experience would be less without their help. That kind of service is impossible to put a price tag on....
Have fun shopping and enjoy your Airstream!
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Take your time and shop around. I live a couple hours south of Jackson Center. However, due to the limited number of dealerships around when we purchased our Airstream in 2009, we found ours out of state. We found a 2006 International CCD that was 28 feet in length at Airstream of Western Pennsylvania. It had sat on their lot for more than two years so we got a screaming deal. It was sold new with a full warranty but without the hefty price tag of the current models. They are expensive but there is no competition in the market. I have three kids and zero buyers remorse. Check out the factory tour and definitely use the Colonial Airstream website. They are both great resources. I like the 27FB model and it seems popular. The 28 is a nice layout as well. It works for my wife and I and our three kids. Happy Airstream hunting. Let us know how it ends.
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I have to agree with the previous poster who talked about the value of the dealership. Whether it's for major work or just some sound advice, the owning of an airstream is much easier with a good dealer. For us, that was Colonial. We've used them for alot of hand holding.
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We are thinking of going to the dealer in Ohio in a few weeks. Does anyone know if the factory is near the dealer in Columbus?

Just to see other dealers is a good idea.

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:49 PM   #12
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We are thinking of going to the dealer in Ohio in a few weeks. Does anyone know if the factory is near the dealer in Columbus?

Just to see other dealers is a good idea.

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About 1 hour and 17 minutes from Columbus to Jackson Center! Worth the trip to the factory. Good luck!
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #13
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Take the factory tour—it is every weekday for about 2 hours in the afternoon.

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Old 03-09-2013, 02:21 PM   #14
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If you decide to purchase a new unit contact Colonial Airstream in Lakewood, N.J. for a price comparision. We compared prices on new units in FL, GA, TN, NC and Colonial, by far, had the best price.
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