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Old 02-17-2019, 10:53 AM   #1
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Soon to be new owner, any tips before purchase?

Hey everyone, my wife and i are about to purchase a used 2018 sport 22fb. It comes with some upgrades and its only been used a couple of times. Ofcourse because its used it no longer has warranty. Any tips on what to look for before purchase? Anything that's been an issue with this model year?
Any and all help is greatly appreciated
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:22 AM   #2
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:28 AM   #3
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Hey everyone, my wife and i are about to purchase a used 2018 sport 22fb. It comes with some upgrades and its only been used a couple of times. Ofcourse because its used it no longer has warranty. Any tips on what to look for before purchase? Anything that's been an issue with this model year?
Any and all help is greatly appreciated
If the trailer is less than 2 years from the date of original delivery, the remaining time can be transferred to new owner. I believe an inspection by a Airstream dealer is needed and there is a small transfer fee. Check this out. Welcome to the Airstream world.
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:36 AM   #4
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We recently purchased a used AS from a dealer. We purchased an extended , transferable warranty through AVIVA for 4 or 5 years to go with it. Piece of mind. In Canada
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:35 AM   #5
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Power up everything, turn on all lights, run all faucets, flush the toilets, turn on water heater, run furnance in the summer and A/C, Operate stove, check for freezer working, extend awnings, open and close all cabinet and closet doors, if you buy one, have a second or third set of keys to the main door immediately. Keep one set outside the airstream, should you get lock out, and you will, you will have a way to get back in. Hope this helps
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:17 AM   #6
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You may wnt to take a look at this link. http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...8&d=1215128295
You didn't say if you have any RV experience so you may want to consider getting "The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming" and "The (nearly) Complete Guide to Airstream Maintenance".
Also, YouTube videos by LoLoHo are very informative. The do have a video on purchasing an Airstream as well.
Good luck!
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:40 AM   #7
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If this is your 1st Airstream I would recommend you looking at several YouTube videos on that year’s make and model. Also I would go online and download the owner’s manual, then read it to familiarize yourself with the location and functions of all the systems. Check tires for mold or rot and gray/black waste gates for sticking. Awnings should be let down to check for damage and proper operation. Good luck and do your homework. ����
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:54 AM   #8
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Power up everything, turn on all lights, run all faucets, flush the toilets, turn on water heater, run furnance in the summer and A/C, Operate stove, check for freezer working, extend awnings, open and close all cabinet and closet doors, if you buy one, have a second or third set of keys to the main door immediately. Keep one set outside the airstream, should you get lock out, and you will, you will have a way to get back in. Hope this helps
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:47 AM   #9
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We bought our 2015 used Bambi 22 FB last year. I watched every YouTube video on anything to do with Airstreams, until my eyes bled. I took copious notes, and made a check list of what my 2015 should be equipped with (you can watch videos with walk throughs from dealers). I went to the dealer with my checklist and that in itself proved to them I knew what I was talking about. I had them give my husband a dolly that he could lay on to go under the airstream and he noticed that one of the stabilizers was bent, not something the dealer had mentioned but something they did fix. The curtains separating the bed from the rest of the areas were missing, and they sent me the curtains. I also was missing keys, and those were sent to me as well. My point? Do your homework, and don't fall in love with the airstream to the point that you might miss something. Once you get your airstream be prepared for many hours of joy and some minutes of frustration (little quirky things happen in life), and bring along a well stocked tool box and your inner McGuiver.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:59 AM   #10
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Lots of good advice.
The awning can be tricky to set up first time...and a few after that.
Find a video on how to set up a zip dee awning.
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One thing that nobody brought up was condition of floor. Get down on your hands an knees and tap tap with your knuckles on the floor near the back wall, water heater, front wall, etc. A ping would indicate good flooring and a thud could indicate soft flooring. Very important that the floor has no rot as this repair could be very costly.
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:29 PM   #12
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Wowza, thank you all for your responses!!!
This will be our first airstream, and first rv to boot, thanks for all the tips and what to look fir. The sport we are loo k I ng at is a 2018 model, so i am hoping that i wont find any issues with it, but i will be looking at everything it has and what it comes with!
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Wowza, thank you all for your responses!!!
This will be our first airstream, and first rv to boot, thanks for all the tips and what to look fir. The sport we are loo k I ng at is a 2018 model, so i am hoping that i wont find any issues with it, but i will be looking at everything it has and what it comes with!

Great advice so far from everyone. These forums are just outstanding!

Since this is your first of any kind of RV - I always recommend scheduling an RV Safe Driver training class for your first weekend of ownership. Google for something close to you - Escapees does them, CDL (commercial driver license) centers do them, perhaps others - well worth it in my opinion. My wife and I did so and it was a great introduction to this new challenge and helped significantly reduce the anxiety.

Good luck and happy camping!
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:41 PM   #14
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The common advice is that you'll end up buying two RVs. Your first one and then the second once you figure out what you really want/need. As long as you are getting a good enough deal on the first then trading won't be too bad.

The only knock I hear about 22s is the bathroom at the end wipes out all the windows in half the trailer (making it darker) and that with two people in the bed, someone is always climbing over the other in the middle of the night. If neither of those things bother you then go for it.

You'd have to go to a 25' to address both of those issues.
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