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Old 03-24-2016, 09:50 AM   #29
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I bought a preowned 2008 Classic 25fb three years ago from a dealer. The trailer appeared to be hardly used. When we starting using the trailer we found several issues that if the previous owner had used the trailer the issues would've been repaired under warranty. Luckily, I was able to make the repairs myself.


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Old 03-24-2016, 10:02 AM   #30
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There is an upcoming rally in the Keys in early April. This is the Florida State WBCCI rally and I am sure there may be a few folks that would be willing to talk Airstreams with you. As the past president of the Kentucky Unit I have had folks contact me and ask if they could drop by our trailer rally to find out more about Airstreams.

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Old 03-25-2016, 09:06 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by jwscld View Post
Len n Jeanne, I can appreciate your situation. I also do what you do when I have to go to the Miami area. Combine the trip with several things to get done. Planning a trip for Monday with 4 stops one of which is the Airstream dealer in Ft. Lauderdale area just to get an idea of what size trailer might work for us.

We think the 19' would work for us, International or Flying Cloud like yours. We have never even been inside an AS. Glad to hear AS stood behind repairs for yours. How are you liking it so far? Have you changed any of the original AS equipment?

Thank you very much for your input and have a wonderful day. John
Hey, thanks. We decided to stay small after we had to replace Bambi I (due to an accident) because it gives us a lot of flexibility in one of our favourite camping situations, which is small primitive campgrounds on federal land in the western states. Oftentimes these CGs do have longer sites for bigger rigs, but not many and then these tend to fill up first. 20' and under gets us into most places.

We also prefer the lighter brighter Flying Cloud décor to the darker interiors on some of the Internationals.

We're really happy with Bambi II, and have taken it all over the western states and closer to home in southwestern Canada. We haven't felt the need to modify the interior. However, due to personal idiosyncrasies we do make up the dinette every night for a second bed. The 19' north-south bed is OK if the person on the inside doesn't have to get up during the night. But this isn't a real problem.

We're just now in the middle of a 9-week camping trip-- so no, the interior space isn't a problem. Go lean! Small is beautiful.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:29 PM   #32
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We got our "Lil' Puppy" (22 Sport) last summer. It was a used 2015. 9 months old.

Already had front segment protectors and power jack. Those were nice add-ons

We bought from a dealer in our state (Missouri). The trailer was originally sold in Denver.

If I had to guess, I would say it had been used maybe a couple of times at most.

It still had the plastic on the mattress.

We have had a few issues to deal with, but not due to factory mistakes or heavy use. More of just the Stuff Happens type of thing. (had to reinforce the supports for the dinette lift-off covers, and had the front storage lock freeze up which involved towing the trailer to a locksmith to get a better key made).

We paid a lower price at the dealer than I have ever seen advertised in the AS classifieds. And we got a 4 hour training on using the camper and towing.

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Old 04-02-2016, 08:51 AM   #33
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Thanks again to all who have responded with their Airstream experience and AS dealer experience. It is much appreciated.

Well I made it to an AS dealer, North Trail RV in Ft. Lauderdale. Got a thorough look at a 22 Sport and a quick look at a 23 Flying Cloud. Courteous salesman who was knowledgeable and not pushy. Flying Cloud had a beautiful interior, Sport 22 a little less equipped and plainer interior and a lot less money. Tires are still Goodyear Marathons which I don't like after reading this forum especially on a single axle trailer. After seeing the 22 sport I feel the 19' Flying Cloud or International would fill our needs for at least several years.

The original quality of a new one still concerns me especially when I hear comments (Switz) about AS dealers doing poor repairs and leaving the trailer filthy inside. I have been looking at used and found none that are even close to where we live.

Crispy boy, thanks for telling me about the AS Florida trip to Big Pine Key area. The AS dealer gave me a really good opportunity to look inside EVERYTTHING, assembled the dinette cushions into a sleeper and opened the outside refrigerator access doors. Got a really good look at things I would not feel comfortable prying through on someone's private trailer. I did count the AS trailers I passed on my trip up the Keys, passed two.

Len and Jeanne, a 9 week trip sounds wonderful. Hope you are having a fantastic time. Looking forward to doing the same out West. We looked on line at 19s and we also definitely like the Flying Cloud and International Serenity with the lighter interiors. Your comments about fitting into length restricted spaces is another plus for a 19 along with less gas to tow and easier maneuvering plus I can park it in my garage.

Getting long here, so another thank you to all that have responded.

Have a wonderful day, John
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:32 AM   #34
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Thanks for the feedback! Maybe it is important just to find a good dealer.

Especially once you've purchased your AS, arrange pick-up at a time when the salesperson will have a couple of hours to walk you through every square inch, and take notes (some would say recording) on how everything works. (Alert: the electronics are pretty advanced for us technophobes.) Then they should invite you to spend your first night on their lot, or else camp nearby so that you can contact them/come back the next day in case you can't figure out something or something malfunctions.

We cannot tell a lie. We decided 8 weeks was long enough, and are now on our way home in northern Idaho. Lots of wonderful memories.
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:14 PM   #35
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I bought my well-cared-for 2007 20-foot Safari in 2014 and so far have not found anything wrong with it. There had been one minor recall that I learned about online which the prior owner had not pursued, but it was quite trivial -- adding two reflectors to the rear end. Airstream promptly provided the stick-on reflectors to me to apply when I inquired by email.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:50 PM   #36
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As a "brand new owner" of a Sport 22FB I would like to add "shout out" to the "Customer Support" at the AS factory. I live a long way from Ohio and probably will not have the opportunity to visit there. My unit is a new 2016. It had a few bugs like "hinges" on some of the lower cabinets that needed attention but aside from that I can live with it. Documentation that comes with these units is amazing....they give you a "Briefcase" to hold it all. I can't tell you how many times that I have read and re-read nearly all of it.

On our first trip this past weekend we pulled the trailer 440 miles up and around Glacier National Park and the surrounding communities, i.e. Whitefish and Kalispell Mt. Weatherwise we experienced everything from a beautiful warm day while in Glacier to wind, rain and snow on our return home. Our tow vehicle is a 2016 Ford Explorer with a six cylinder motor (290 hp...not the EcoBoost) and averaged 14.5 mpg. I was amazed at this result.
We had problems with the "hot water system" which resulted in a number of emails and photos passed back and forth with the AS customer service. Their replies were spot on and the issue was quickly solved. Yes, there was a learning curve but I have learned a lot in the short time we have owned the trailer. To put it "mildly" AS Customer Support is "superb"!

As for tire concerns....I'm not going to worry about it. They are rated for 65 mph...I'm gonna drive that...and I'm going to make it a point to keep the weight of the trailer and my tow vehicle within their limits....and i'm gonna have fun! Simply put...I can't wait to hit the road again!

One more point....the advice and counsel of this forum is "outstanding". I've already done some of the mods to my new trailer as suggested on this forum and it has greatly enhanced the vehicle. There is also a great number of videos on YouTube that I found very helpful.

In short AS ownership is without a doubt 'cult like" a very positive way. I may be taking a hit with "new owner depreciation" over the next few years but if I take care of my trailer as I intend to do....I expect the "value" to go back up. The fact that something like 60% of all the AS ever built still in service says a lot. When you buy an AS you've got to look at the "big picture"....the "long down the road big picture"!
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:13 AM   #37
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Originally Posted by HowieE View Post
With over 45 years of trailering my advise to any one just starting is NEVER BUY NEW.
I think as a whole this is great advice. Personally we couldn't find the configuration we wanted (23d) except new, so we went that route. Airstreams in particular seem to be a mixed bag when it comes to finding the right configuration, especially used.
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:03 AM   #38
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The reason for this is no one can ever envision all of the things they will find desirable in a trailer. Thus start with a used trailer and figure out what you really want and need.
I totally agree with Howie. I could've purchased a new model and got the final price out the door but ended up with a six-year-old model. The past four years I have added all kinds of things $$$ but looking back I realize that MOST of what I have added, I would've needed to do to a new one. The benefit? The initial cost was much lower but I still have the newest features of what I find to be important- still for less $$$ overall. Yes, I have one with herr windows, furry walls and a few scratches outside but it is actually quite nice with that extra insulation and less radiation of heat. I go outside to look around!

I visited the factory and enjoy looking at new ones for ideas and, even other owners' older models. When you think about it, an Airstream is an Airstream. Some have mica and others have wood but they are basically the same thing. Make one your own by personalizing it.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:22 PM   #39
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Although we have had a few issues (resolved by a few calls to the factory - GREAT folks there and at AS Adv NW) ... none of the problems compares to the headaches with two previous SOBs ! It was worth the $$ to trade up at our dealer ...especially for the 15+ models with DUCTED AIR !

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