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Old 07-05-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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A 396 in our future?

After 8 happy years with our 2005 Int'l CCD 25 foot trailer, using it 6 to 8 months a year, we are being dazzled by the class A luxe as we plan to full time for two or three years. Just attended an Escapee Escapade so the FT juices are flowing! Among the 70 units that Paul Evert brought to sell at the rally, was a 2007 Airstream Motorhome with 31,000 miles for sale. Not the sparkle of the newer coaches offered, but it says Airstream on it and we can take some more caravans with WBCCI, which we love.

Thoughts on going from a 25 CCD to a Mo/ho for full time living?

Thoughts on the 2007 396 XL?

Asking price was $149,000 but I know that is off the chart. Also aware that tires are nearly 8 years old. All factored in on what I might offer.

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Old 07-05-2013, 04:46 PM   #2
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Have you factored in a toad, min 15k plus setup 3k? unless the gmc be towed but more than you need for a toad.

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Yeah on the toad....no, we won't be towing the GMC.

Thanks....any insight on the trailer vs Moho? Plus Airstream Moho at 6 or 7 years old versus a newer sob?
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If you get the right 396. that has been well cared for, you will not be disappointed.

Check out the Class A section here on the AF or use the search to find out some more specific information for that model.

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Given the fact that 'Airstream' management are not really interested in Class A production at the moment, it is my understanding that the factory is still happy to support the units back to 97 or 98. Earlier years/versions they do not seem to have on the computer for easy pull up of information.

What your are looking at is on a Freightliner Chassis and can be serviced/repaired at thousands of locations worldwide.

Go for it if you can make a deal you can live with.

We have one of the early quality Class A's on raised rail chassis that Airstream produced and at the time it was largest, longest, highest GVWR, most powerful with largest basement, ever produced by Airstream. Time has left us a bit behind, but the quality of the product has proved to be genuine, and we expect to get many more years of enjoyment from our CLIPPER.

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Yeah on the toad....no, we won't be towing the GMC.

Thanks....any insight on the trailer vs Moho? Plus Airstream Moho at 6 or 7 years old versus a newer sob?
Never pulled a trailer, have had MH's for 50 yrs, built first one, then found it easier to let someone else do it and also someone else to take the depreciation hit.

NO warranty. Tires have 8 years according to Michelins own numbers. Yes it is an AS but they only assemble the parts, on somebodies chassis. They do use quality parts, and if you are lucky the assemblers did a good job. They do a much better job with the trailers, look at the numbers produced, don't get the first one or the last, learning curve and leftover parts.
My chassis is two years older than the coach by Chevy vin number and AS numbers. So your MH tires could be out of time.

Depends on storage conditions for everything else, no matter whose brand you choose. Who did the maintaining and are records available.
I doubt that there is a well maintained diesel pusher that has been worn out due to miles driven.
Don't buy to the limit of your budget, keep back enough in reserve to cover what a warranty would have in a new unit, and enjoy the ride.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:41 AM   #6
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Thanks all. Just the feedback we wanted. We won't shy away from the '07, and good to hear that AS motorhomes are good for the long haul.

Just hard to turn your back on the glitz of the new ones...4 slides and latest 3 way cameras, HD TV, etc., etc.

We may try to do a deal on the one we saw. It is now heading for Oregon and we are headed for Canada for a caravan, so time to ponder the decision.

Appreciate all your comments and welcome more too...love the forum. Thanks also for the other threads...I will definitely check them too.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:47 AM   #7
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As part of the negotiating add an extended warranty. I did on my 396 purchase in March of this year and have an extended warranty with Protective Asset Protection - Xtra Ride.

Here are some points to consider;

Storage - where are you going to keep it when you get it home. These things are big and you don't want to keep them sitting out in the open. You need an enclosed quality storage spot.

Chassis maintenance - as mentioned this is a Freightliner chassis built in Gaffney SC. Ask if there are service records available. Even a low mileage unit would have needed the required service such as fluid change, filters belts etc. Take it to a Freightliner shop and hve them check it over. If you can get it over to Gaffney that would be even better and run it through their shop.
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Generator - this unit has a great generator on board and needs to be run under load on a regular basis. Check the hours run, there is a gauge in the galley area of the coach. Low hours is not necessary good. You will need to have this serviced as well.

Converter/Inverter - have this checked to make sure it is functioning properly and check the condition of your "house" and "chassis" batteries.

Tires - as indicated old tires look may still good but should be replaced. You don't want a tire failure driving down the road.

I love mine and still have my 1976 31' Sovereign and enjoy both. Get a good price I think you should find that this is a buyers market. Good luck
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Great ideas Don. Probably need to run it through a Freightliner dealer before saying "I Do.". At minimum a careful look at the service records.

Dd you buy your 396 at a dealer or PP?
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