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Old 08-16-2008, 07:49 AM   #113
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I better say that I was referring to an Airstream Land yacht 26 -32'. Also, the bikes will be a single Motor cycle about 250 cc or less. I know there are carriers around and wondered if anyone has had any experience with them. I'll have to put it on the MH or have it put on.

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A cycle that small on a MH should not be a problem, in fact on most MH you can put all the way up to a 750/800 Jap bike or a HD Sporster. I would strongly suggest though you find the lift that is elect or hydrolic that lowers to the ground, this way if you have to access the rear of the MH you can lower it to get it out of the way. it also saves on the muscles on pushing the bike up and down the ramp of a fixed carrier.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:35 PM   #114
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Someone asked earlier onthis thread about an "alternative vehicle"...Tesla Motors

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Old 08-16-2008, 03:21 PM   #115
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Thumbs up Vespa

I love my Vepa GS 200 and carry it behind the MH with a "Tilt-A-Rack" aluminum carrier.
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:45 PM   #116
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DG,
A cycle that small on a MH should not be a problem, in fact on most MH you can put all the way up to a 750/800 Jap bike or a HD Sporster. I would strongly suggest though you find the lift that is elect or hydrolic that lowers to the ground, this way if you have to access the rear of the MH you can lower it to get it out of the way. it also saves on the muscles on pushing the bike up and down the ramp of a fixed carrier.
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Thanks Sarge,

I have googled a couple and see what you mean about lowering the carrier to the ground.

POP Rivet,

Tilt a Rack is perfect for smaller bikes. So easy to install too. Have you seen the racks that hold the big Harleys? Gawd.. wouldn't that be the way to travel. wooga... sort of see myself with my bitch on the back seat. Oh.. did I say that sweety !! or the 50 cc scooter hmmmmm
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I love my Vepa GS 200 and carry it behind the MH with a "Tilt-A-Rack" aluminum carrier.
Pop Rivet,

I see you are from Florida. I'm flying over from Australia next month and considering going directly to Lazy Days. They look huge. Free coffee too.
Have you heard good things about these guys or should one consider another means of purchasing a LY MH. Not many around 26 or 30 ft.

Any ideas?
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I see you are from Florida. I'm flying over from Australia next month and considering going directly to Lazy Days. They look huge. Free coffee too.
Have you heard good things about these guys or should one consider another means of purchasing a LY MH. Not many around 26 or 30 ft.

Any ideas?
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LazyDays is all about SALES............and they are NOT an authoirized Airstream dealer but may have some used, as they take many trades in their rush to sell you whatever they can.

They, like most RV dealers in this country are hurting and have had a couple of rounds of layoffs. Their service department.......huge as it is......is definitely lacking in quality and attention to detail. I am called on regularly by some of my customers who bought their units there to 'clean up' the messes that their service department leaves when they 'attempt' to make repairs.

Good luck if you visit there and remember, the strongest weapon you have against hi-pressure sales tactics is to just walk away!!
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LazyDays is all about SALES............and they are NOT an authoirized Airstream dealer but may have some used, as they take many trades in their rush to sell you whatever they can.

They, like most RV dealers in this country are hurting and have had a couple of rounds of layoffs. Their service department.......huge as it is......is definitely lacking in quality and attention to detail. I am called on regularly by some of my customers who bought their units there to 'clean up' the messes that their service department leaves when they 'attempt' to make repairs.

Good luck if you visit there and remember, the strongest weapon you have against hi-pressure sales tactics is to just walk away!!
Yes I agree, in fact they only have the one LY 26 fter. The rest are the square bricks that everyone else ends up with when they can't find the right Airstream MH . Wish I could find a few others for sale out there. I'll be flying in from LA so anything in between is possible. I would have thought there business was recession proof with other peoples MH to sell at any price.
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Do a search on Bates RV near Tampa
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Do a search on Bates RV near Tampa
Pop Rivet,

Now that's a place I hadn't heard of or seen on the net when I google Airstream.

Can you tell me something about what you have heard regarding their business. Their site is down right now so I can't see what they have in the way of 26 or 30' LY.

Are they a better choice to do business with than say Lazy Days. Thanks for the help so far.

Has anyone bought a MH from Crankyape and would like to share the experience.
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Bates is located off I4 outside Tampa. They sell several brands however they are a huge Airstream dealer. I have not purchased from them ( came close ) but several folks on the fourm have.
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Bates is located off I4 outside Tampa. They sell several brands however they are a huge Airstream dealer. I have not purchased from them ( came close ) but several folks on the fourm have.
I bought my '06 19CCD from Bates. The sales process was 'pleasant'.....but I knew what I wanted, looked on the lot and found it, made my offer (it was accepted) and came back 3 weeks later to pick it up.

That's where their true colors showed. When completing all of the paper work, I was given a long list of items that were checked for proper operation (commonly called the Pre-Delivery Inspection list, or PDI) I found it a bit unusual as all of the items were checked. Even things like TV, washer/dryer, inverter/ and several others THAT I DID NOT HAVE IN THE TRAILER, along with all of the systems like water, LP electric, etc.

When we went out to the trailer for the final inspection, the batteries were dead, it had a water leak in the front wrap window, stained curtains, a missing electrical switch panel, and several other items. Needless to say, I WAS FURIOUS!!!! but demanded to take the trailer off the lot and deal with these problems later.

I called the owner, Frank Bates, and after a 20 minute discussion of my qualifications and experience in the RV field (like more certifications than any of his staff tech) he asked if I would perform my own repairs and send him the bill.....which I did......and he PAID!

YMMV, but that's my Bates experience. Would I buy again from Bates.......NO!
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I tried to buy a 30' Bunk from Bates in 2006 over the phone. After three days worth of phone calls I couldn't get a straight quote from them on the items I wanted installed or the price of the trailer. I bought from a different dealer over the phone and am glad I did.

When I returned my Airstream to Jackson Center for repairs to the body caused by a deer and a guard rail, I got an earful from more than one of Bates customers that happened to be in JC. Like I said, I'm glad I bought from a different dealer.
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Wow

From the sounds of it, I'm glad it didn't buy there. Any one have experience with Colonial or just plain good dealer experiences they would share with these folks?
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