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Old 04-06-2005, 12:18 PM   #1
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Just bought an 05 classic 30 at Bates RV in Tampa, FL. I was not impressed with their service department (no work bays, mechanics just run around the lot and spend most of their time running for tools). Any other dealers in Florida that are good for service?
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No experience with them, but try JD Sanders just north of Gainesville on I-75. They sell lots of brands but they had several Airstreams the day we visited and their shop seemed pretty large. Good sized parts department and RV store, too. Their salesman said they were factory authorized to do body work and replace sections of the aluminum panels. They even had a couple of used AS's and one Avion that day.
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Just bought an 05 classic 30 at Bates RV in Tampa, FL. I was not impressed with their service department (no work bays, mechanics just run around the lot and spend most of their time running for tools). Any other dealers in Florida that are good for service?
You can try Walt's RV a little North of you, around Ocala. He is a member of our unit, and seems to be a straight shooter.
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Is Walt's an Airstream dealer? My mom lives about 20 miles south of Ocala and it might be convenient to combine service and a visit with her.
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Is Walt's an Airstream dealer? My mom lives about 20 miles south of Ocala and it might be convenient to combine service and a visit with her.
www.airstreamcentral.com/waltsrv.htm
The URL should answer your question, as well as a way to contact them.
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Old 04-06-2005, 05:32 PM   #6
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Seems like I read somewhere that Bates isn't a place you want to be buying a used unit from, either... maybe it was here?

Here's a link which seems to have some less than flattering feedback about them...
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Is Walt's an Airstream dealer? My mom lives about 20 miles south of Ocala and it might be convenient to combine service and a visit with her.
Walt's is not an Airstream dealer. He does have some used Airstreams for sale. This is a very good place to have your Airstream serviced or repaired. I was there in March to have the AC replaced on my 1989 Excella TT. I was very impressed with Walt and his staff.

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