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Old 05-20-2015, 11:21 AM   #29
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I am glad you are stopping to think some more. Read all you can here. There is a wealth of information and many helpful people. That is what I did for about 2 years with lots of hands on and other research. What I learned: automatic transmission is best (I had not had an automatic for decades); I really did want an Airstream. I had never driven a big truck or pulled anything bigger than a 4x6 U-Haul trailer. But I did and do both just fine for over a year now full time. And I'm an old lady!

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Old 05-20-2015, 11:23 AM   #30
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Call Bay Area Airstream in Fairfield & see what they can offer you. Huge selection. Incredible indoor space. We just bought a 23'FB 2015 FlyCloud from them. 2.99% rate.

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Old 05-20-2015, 11:30 AM   #31
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I had my 22ft towed from North Carolina to Seattle for around $5000 two years ago. It was my cheapest option. I used a company called showroom transport. It took them 5 days door to door with no problems. You can find them here: Showroom Transport - 1-800-462-0038 - Nationwide Auto Movers and Car Delivery
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:32 AM   #32
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I was in Sonoma last year and stopped into Bay Area Airstream and met Kathie Roes. I live in Canada but nevertheless she was most helpful in answering a slew of constant questions from me as we were searching for our dream first AS. We eventually bought a used one locally last fall from CanAm RV, but I will stop in to see Kathie when we are travelling through. Like lindaebrewer I would suggest a call there would be well worthwhile.
And during our three year search we were warned off so many times about scams and too-good-to-be-true deals, that we decided to stay on the safe road. After all there is soooo much to learn and the Forum and the dealer is always there to help. I wouldn't go any other route.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:36 AM   #33
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Funny, when I did a recent search looking for a 2014 27FB twin I found the usual dealers in Midwest and East Coast $5-$10 thousand more than AS dealer in Los Angeles. And yes, these were e-mailed, in-writing quotes. The kicker was: they'd have to tow it to the California boarder for $600 or I'd have to pay California tax if I picked up at the dealer. Got to thinking about cost: $62+ and $15k-$20K in interest and figured it's better to spend that money elsewhere, including my '65 and '69 vintage units which are waiting patiently. I really love the idea of jumping in something new and being ready to camp but...1/2 the weight, built the way I want, not worried much about the first ding or hail storm and the value goes up in some cases, not down (depreciation). Just my thoughts.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:43 AM   #34
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Add the $3K shipping, the cost of hight interest on the loan & your good deal just went up in smoke....just saying!
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:22 PM   #35
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Hey there...a lesson learned. We too live in CA and shopped all around for the best deal, and rather than spending nearly 6K more on the unit we wanted close to home, opted to purchase ours from Bay Area Airstream up in your area. We saved big bucks in our estimation. However, (and here is the warning), when we attempted to have some warranty work done locally (actually at the dealer that wouldn't deal or even come close to the deal we were about to make with BAA), they told us that because we hadn't purchased it from them, they would not be able to provide the warranty service for nearly five months. It appears that unlike auto dealerships that service vehicles not purchased from them, RV dealerships are not held to the same standard. We were incensed, and I contacted AS at Jackson Center and was told that they did not have the same control over their dealers that auto dealers have. We ended up driving the thing 5.5 hours back up to BAA who serviced it happily!
A word to the wise, unless this is the killer of all killer deals, buy locally, save yourself the frustration, for I assure you, you will have warranty work, and like leaks, they all do.

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Old 05-20-2015, 12:33 PM   #36
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You can set up a uship account in minutes and get bids the same day for your shipment. Bids will improve with time but will give you a good idea what the market is like.
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:33 PM   #37
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buyer beware...

Originally Posted by joe12pack View Post
I actually visited the local Airstream dealer in Fairfield this past weekend which is what started this obsession. The dealer I met in person has looked at what I am being offered by this east coast guy and is adamant that its way below dealer cost and how can this other dealer be possibly offering me this deal. He said he can match the offer but for a Flying Cloud which is 2 levels below this Intl Serenity.

I did email the east coast guy and say if I move forward I will fly out and hand him a cashiers check for the remaining $5k.

The interest rate does suck but I can always pay it down early.

As for option #4 driving out there- I have time but not that much time.

The dealer can't guarantee me that my delivery costs will be $3k or less as he says that's my responsibility.

This is an amazing forum. Thanks to everyone's advice so far!
Joe- lots of sound advice here on AS's!
For tow vehicles F150 Echoboost automatic vs F250 diesel stick?? No brainer for most of us who own Echoboost's; For both AS purchse, new or used, important to take your time; as others have said, there are "great deals" all the time~ when your serious. No need to wire money; that should be a red flag...$500 down with credit card should hold at most dealers...and if it is a good dealer, likely 100% refundable (ask) ...we had 2 deposits with different dealers in CA last year until we decided which unit we wanted. We went with Bay Area Airstream Adventures; Bobby V. said he did not want to be undersold, and he was the best price for us with the unit we wanted. The other dealer in Los Banos was also very good/competitive, but did not have the front bed unit we wanted. After several conversations talking with dealers, you will likely decide who your comfortable working with. Visiting BayArea Airstream was very helpful, since they have big inventory. We have spent lots of time in dealer models over the years which also helps!

Now to your original question with no experience towing and which tow vehicle to buy; you can rent an Airstream with tow vehicle in some locations; one example here I saw in AS Magazine is a dealer in LA area is if you want to get some experience; they will credit cost of rental toward unit, if you decide to purchase.... As others have said, if you are not experienced and have any doubts (most all of us have been there), you would be better researching this a bit more before plunking down $100K+ for entire package only to find out the experience is not what you expected. Good luck!
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:35 PM   #38
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Hi Joe12pack:
I wanted to pipe in since I just did the reverse trip you are asking about. For what it's's what I did and what I learned.
I live in CT. I looked for used airstreams anywhere and found one in Sausalito. I was planning to do exactly what you are thinking of doing (flying out and driving it back with a new truck). I am a newbie trailer driver too so I decided against that option. I want to be safe and I want everyone around me to NOT be at risk because of my lack of experience.

I ended up buying a 30' airstream (from Sausalito) and hiring RJ ( from Flatcreek Enterprises (I found him here....on this forum!) to bring it here to CT. It took just under 8 days, cost $4,000 and was in incredible, competent hands.

The owner in CA took me on a virtual tour using his phone and we spent hours going over the trailer. I know it is not advised to buy such a machine this way, but it worked. With the exception of him leaving out the small detail that he still owed money on it....(that's all sorted out now) it went well.

If this trailer is near to CT and you want help with inspecting it, I am happy to help you if I can.
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:37 PM   #39
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Oh! I forgot to add: I bought the Ram 2500 Cummins engine. It's spectacular!
What a performance vehicle!

Still, it all requires research so you can accomplish what you need to according to YOUR needs.

Good luck.
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:42 PM   #40
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I seriously hope you let this one go by. Unless the AS is brand new, take an experienced Airstreamers with you to look over any Airstream. Learn to tow on a cheaper trailer. Buy within a days long drive. Deals come and deals go, but problems will arise and you need to be within a days drive of a dealer you buy it from. Don't wire money, full stop, repeat, don't wire money. Don't do non refundable deposits that are multi thousands of dollars. Buy a two vehicle that can handle a trailer heavier than the one you think you will buy. Buy the tow vehicle locally and get used to it. Practice backing up inexpensive trailers.

When you finally get the Airstream, and its been inspected to be sound and road worthy, and the floor isn't spongy and there aren't any water stains on the walls or upholstery, put Tire Minders on the Airstream tires, and figure out how to use them. Have the hitch adjusted both for height, then appropriate tension on the spring bars. Cross the safety chains. Use a sway control unless you have one of those expensive sway prevention outfits. Get it insured for AGREED VALUE, no other term, not cash value, not depreciated value, not book value, only AGREED VALUE. Then go and enjoy your Airstream. Or cut corners and weep.
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:00 PM   #41
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62 is not that huge of a good deal on a 25' international. I bought a 2014 - 27ft in 2014 for 75 with two a/c's and pretty much everything else
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:09 PM   #42
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Regarding the dealer who wouldn't service if you didn't buy from them...I deal with this in the marine industry and had a similar experience with my own Toyota. The service writer actually said, "well, if you had come to me for all your service I might be more inclined to help you out on this service bulletin." If that dealer ever want's your business he'd take advantage of showing you why his service is worth buying a new unit from him. Granted, dealers take care of "their customers" first, then transients. With Toyota, I explained I had just moved to area which seemed to warm them up a bit. This might work whether you actually "just moved to area" or not. BTW: that service writer didn't last long at dealership. Parts and service is normally the cash cow, not just the original sale of equipment. Warranty work, that's another story.

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