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Old 01-23-2009, 09:01 AM   #1
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Cool new here and looking for buying advice

hi from tim t. looking for 28' airstream to travel in with wife after her may retirement from teaching. Newbys at this so all help is great. I posted acouple of blogs and threads on here and got a response from Brad on a unit in Phoenix i am checking it out today. Little $ as teachers are all poor but mean well. just soc sec and small pension to live on AM I OVER OUR HEADS???????? thanks for any help and info or sug. Tim t.

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Old 01-23-2009, 09:45 AM   #2
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Tim - check out the classifieds. You might even consider posting a wanted ad. If you are patient you can probably find an airstream to meet your price point - but being patient is tough. Good luck.

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Old 01-23-2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. Glad you got a response from Brad. You will run into a variety of prices. We have a 28' unit and we really enjoy it. Was a step up from our 27' a few years ago. You should be able to find a gently used unit in the mid/late 90's that would be affordable. They should book out in or around $15,000. Since you are from Phoenix you need to watch for the rallies the Four Corners Unit is having. We have one coming up over President's Day at Cottonwood which is just a little up the road from you. It would be an advantage for you to stop in and see what's happening.
Wish you luck and hope to see you at Cottonwood.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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thanks much ! your sug are well taken tim t.
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Hi Tim and welcome.
I agree that a rally would be a great place to gather lots of first hand info. Friendly folks, willing to talk about Airstreams (or other trailers) and what's good/bad about them.
The classifieds are also a great area to browse and get a feel for pricing for various aged trailers. Keep in mind that most of the prices are negotiable.
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Tim, check out threads on tow vehicles and newbies (the search function sometimes works or just go through topics and subtopics to find threads). You will find much heat and occasional light about the best tow vehicle for a 28'.

Read about weights, payload, hitches, so you can match the right tow vehicles to the right trailer. If you already have a truck, and don't want to buy a bigger one, you may have to buy a smaller trailer, or an older one (they were lighter in the '90's). Classics are much heavier than Safari's and Internationals in more current models.

You indicate price is an issue (isn't it always) so get it right the first time so you don't have to change trailers in a few years. You have to find the right trailer for you so sometimes people have to trade a perfectly good truck for a bigger truck. It's good to look through the classifieds and you may find just what you want, especially since there are a lot of Airstreams in Arizona and SoCal. Forum members will inspect a potential buy for you. Since everyone in Phoenix is at least 85, there should be some trailers in good condition for sale from time to time.

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:20 PM   #7
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Since everyone in Phoenix is at least 85, there should be some trailers in good condition for sale from time to time.

Hey,hey,hey, now that is a major generalation! However it is a balmy 70 degree's right now. Adios, John

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