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Old 04-26-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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I'm so excited that I found a 2012 Airstream Interstate with only 10k miles to buy. The vehicle is located near Tampa, Florida (Belleair). I'd like to get it inspected by an Airstream Interstate Specialist to make sure everything is in working condition. Does anyone know of someone in that area that does this sort of thing? How much? What's scope of inspection?

Does anyone know how much it would cost to either have the vehicle loaded with other cars, etc. or driven from Tampa, Florida to San Francisco, CA area? Anyone have recommendations?

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Bates RV is the closest Airstream dealer, and you would need them to fill out the paperwork to transfer the warranty anyway.
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Wouldn't hurt to also take it to a Sprinter dealer, to get the powertrain, brakes, etc. checked out. 10,000 miles is the first maintenance interval (Called an "A" service"). Plus, you'll want to get the Sprinter warranty transferred, too. Fair warning, not all Mercedes dealers are Sprinter dealers; in order to sell or service Sprinters, a Mercedes dealer needs to have a service bay big enough to handle one. Not all of them do.

According to the Sprinter maintenance manual, "A Service" includes an oil and filter change; fuel filter change; a check of the body and frame for corrosion; a check of the seat belts; a check for leaks in all of the fluid systems including brakes, transmission, power steering, etc.; check of the shocks; filling all fluid reservoirs including DEF; checking the condition of the brake pads; and front end alignment. All worthwhile stuff to have done to your Interstate anyway, unless the previous owner has paperwork showing all of this has already been done.
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For the Sprinter work you have several options. To do Sprinter warranty work a dealer must be "Sprinter Certified" by MB. This requires a suitable service bay and must meet a long list of other requirements. The dealer can be either MB or Freightliner. These are the dealers near Tampa:
  • Crown Eurocars (MB) - St. Pete
  • MB of Tampa
  • Tampa Truck Center (Freightliner)
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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The Seller has already done the 10k checkup and everything was good. Does this mean I can trust the vehicle is in good shape and don't need a separate inspection?
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The Seller has already done the 10k checkup and everything was good. Does this mean I can trust the vehicle is in good shape and don't need a separate inspection?
Do you have documentation from the service facility on the 10K checkup and service.
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The Seller has already done the 10k checkup and everything was good. Does this mean I can trust the vehicle is in good shape and don't need a separate inspection?
If you've got the paperwork showing what they did, then yes, you probably can trust it.

Call your MB dealer and ask what is required for a warranty transfer. Don't ask specifically about an inspection, because naturally if you mention inspection, the answer is always going to be "yes." But if you ask them what's involved, and they don't specifically mention an inspection, then don't get one.
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Thanks. I'm buying the vehicle from Tampa area and taking it to Palo Alto. Should I go to the Tampa dealership?
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Thanks. I'm buying the vehicle from Tampa area and taking it to Palo Alto. Should I go to the Tampa dealership?
I would think whatever is most convenient for you. Tampa area has the advantage that warranty coverage would be confirmed before the trip home, though, so that would be my preference.
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I would think whatever is most convenient for you. Tampa area has the advantage that warranty coverage would be confirmed before the trip home, though, so that would be my preference.
That was my thought as well. If part X breaks 100 miles from Tampa, it could be a problem at best to get warranty repairs.

As for getting the motor home back home, why not fly out to TIA, and pick it up in person? Make a trip and an adventure out of getting it.
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I'd have to go pick it up myself! And yes, make an adventure out if it. Take it to the dealer of your choice and have the warranty transfer taken care of. Also, consider looking for an Airforums member in the area that owns an Interstate to help you check it out. Good luck!
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Thanks All! I am definitely flying out. I would love to drive it back and have fun with it. My only issue is that I need to get back to CA for my kids are just about ending th school year. Great idea about contacting a fellow AS member in the area. Really appreciate your thoughts...this is an awesome community!
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Having professionals move it for you is going to be pretty expensive...it won't fit on the standard car trailers they use, so it'll basically have to be driven. Got a friend that would be willing to do it for you?
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Cost of transport from East to West Coast?

Oh, I thought I'd just have the AI put on a flatbed with other trailers. I have a friend who'll go with me. It's just a matter of trying to get at least 5-6 days to drive back. Ideally, I'd love to check out Florida, the South and East coast with the kids. Thanks all for your help!
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