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Old 05-20-2015, 02:11 PM   #43
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Joe, we, too, live in the Pacific NW and bought a used 25' FB AS in December and then waited until April to go pick it up in Jackson Center, OH. We did not have towing experience but took another couple with us who did have knowledge and experience. We had purchased a Ford 150 Supercab the year before so we had a hitch put on, drove out in three days, and finally met our lovely "Gg" and the previous owner, who happened to be employed at the Airstream manufacturing plant. He gave us an awesome personal tour and a comprehensive tutorial (which we put on video) of the various operating systems on the AS and the next morning we took off! For ten more days we toured national parks and had a blast! I do have to say it was a little stressful prepping for this trip, trying to have everything we would need. I used lists posted on the forums and it actually was excellent...My husband did awesome in pulling the AS and even though we have the extended mirrors, it still seems like the visibility is lacking.
I also want to encourage others that the classified WANTED section works! I posted what we were looking for and within 12 hours I was contacted by the seller and after many emails, phone conversations and pictures later, we had a deal. Just what I had been looking for and we couldn't be more pleased.
My advice, Joe, is 'just do it!' After pulling "Gg" over 3000 miles, we feel like we can now go anywhere!
I do have to say that we still have MUCH to learn and I thank all of you for helping we newbies!!
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:55 PM   #44
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I see you have gotten lots of great advice on this thread. The only thing I can do is tell you our story. We were on a long trip this spring in Arizona. We decided we needed to trade our 2014 25FC for a 2015 28FC. There were several in the country with the floor plan we wanted. One was in Portland. One was in San Francisco. One was in Texas. We seriously debated and worked the price with all three dealerships and each one got very close to the other. We told each one up front that we were inquiring at other dealerships and that we were perfectly happy and prepared to extend our trip if needed and go west or to pick up the new trailer back home in Texas. We ultimately went with the one in Texas because it had the interior package that we liked. We offered to put a down payment down,etc., but they were willing to work with us and knew it would be several weeks before we ended our trip and would be able to pick it up. I guess my point is that there are deals to be made and any reputable dealer will work with you knowing your geographic constraints.

As for towing, you will pick that up when you start doing it. Before long, you will be quite comfortable at it and wonder what all the fuss was about. My one question would be, what were you planning to use as a tow vehicle if you got one in California?

Welcome to the AS life. You will love it!!!
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:07 PM   #45
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All good advice..... But before you do anything, ask here for help! Have a forum member go and physically inspect! Get photos of the vin, overall condition and have them see the title or a faxcimilie of the title! No dealer will say no. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a deal that has to close today. This should be a comfortable decision, not frantic or pressured. If you do anything financial, use a name brand bank and pay for their escrow service even if it means opening an account!
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:08 PM   #46
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I would agree that not having towed isn't a big deal - you just have to be cautious and conservative as you learn the ropes. The only way to learn it is by doing it and experiencing what it feels like.
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:11 PM   #47
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My one question would be, what were you planning to use as a tow vehicle if you got one in California?
The local dealer in Fairfield said I could rent a full sized truck from them for $75/day to use to tow the trailer.

And yes, the advice I have gotten here has been amazing. What has been a hassle in terms of effort and stress has turned into a worthwhile exercise as the information I have received has been invaluable. I believe I will pass on this deal and just wait and try to find something locally.
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:15 PM   #48
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Just get the hitch set properly, know how to hitch and in hitch and you'll have most of the battle won. A properly set hitch makes it or brakes it...... Speaking of brakes, you'll need a quality brake controller.... Suggest the Tekonsha Prodigy III. Can't install that in a rented truck though!
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:17 PM   #49
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A long journey is a rush! However something close is cheaper, safer and more comfortable!
I think we have all been where you are right now! We have all driven far and wide!
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:26 PM   #50
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Buying on the opposite coast is adding $3-5,000 of unrecoverable cost, that adds no value. Worse, it means you cannot inspect the trailer, or meet your dealer face-to-face. Not a good deal. Be patient. Find a trailer closer to home.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:10 PM   #51
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Check out Airstream Adventures NW as well - we had a good experience there. I'll bet you could make it up to the Portland location.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:14 PM   #52
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Why not contact Lynda Berringer Polk. She is with the greater LA Airstream club. I'm certain she would know of an Airstream for sale.... She is extremely in the know! She will become your new best pal!
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:23 PM   #53
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I ve had 2 25ft trailers towed via Uship one from Arkansas and the other from Tenn and paid much less than what you were quoted. I wouldnt be comfortable having someone else make the UShip arrangements on my behalf especially when its so easy..also you dont have the option of seeing the bids that were offered on your job!
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**Also if your interested in a Ocean Breeze 27ft contact Uwe at Area63Productions.com 714.614.1776. He gave me all my towing, hitching lessons and has handled all the repair work on both of my trailers.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:47 PM   #55
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Whenever I am pressured to choose yes or no to a "special deal" my answer is "no." It's not really a good deal if it expires on a self-imposed arbitrary deadline. Take the information you have on the deal and use it to negotiate a comparable deal closer to home. And, take your time selecting the tow vehicle, hitch, etc., etc. Also, don't buy sight unseen.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:09 PM   #56
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Hey Joe.., here's my take, get a red eye flight & go kick some tires , you'll spend about $ 500 round trip , but you'll know what you are getting & can deal much better in person--took me 6 months to find one we wanted after renting one last year.--a bit more "due diligence" is worth it!!
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