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Old 05-08-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Airstream Dealer in Florida- Help!

Hi Folks,
I am in Canada and am looking at an Airstream motorhome in FL. Anyone know a reputable dealer I can trust? Please do not say Bates RV as I had a deal with a fellow last week in Fl on another unit, I told him to take it to Bates to get it looked over and straighten out a Vin number problem. While the owner of the MH was there getting the issues fixed the owner of Bates came out, offered him more money and scooped it out from under me. Even though I had offer and acceptance with the Airstream owner. In my books, very unethical and will not take any product to Bates.
Let me know!
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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You can try Saunders in Alachua.
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From what I understand, Bates is the only Airstream dealer in Florida. When you find another unit, let us know, so we can get you someplace kinda close to the selling owner.
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Why do you need to find a dealer?

As far as the sour deal, it sounds like the seller is the unethical party not the dealer.
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Why do you need to find a dealer?

As far as the sour deal, it sounds like the seller is the unethical party not the dealer.
Still pretty sleazy of the dealer if he KNEW he was checking it out for a buyer. I certainly wouldn't trust someone like that to give me a straight answer on any needed repairs.
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I think it was sleezy on the seller' part, not the buyer. More likely the seller found out he could get more moola from Bates RV and jumped on it. I doubt Bates had any inkling that you had a deal with the seller.
Before you demean a business entity on the internet, you should make sure that you know the facts. I've purchased AIrstreams, both trailers and just recently a Interstate touring coach from Bates and can't believe they would be involved in a petty deal like that. They are the 2nd largest Airstream dealer in the country and a huge and highly respected dealer of sobs as well. You don't get there by petty sleeze.

Since you've seen fit to call out the owner of Bates RV by name, why don't you give us the name of the "seller" too (only fair), and we'll all make up our minds.

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Old 05-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #7
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That only leaves Saunders RV in Alachua. Good people, family owned forever.

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Old 05-08-2012, 10:46 PM   #8
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does not sound to bad

I lost a boat drove 600 miles with signed bill of sale and paypal deposit down. Sold it to someone for more money. Yeah lost my deposit as well. What size are you looking for. Sounds fair in your case to loose deal nothing was firmed up on your part. Seller would be unethical I would not blame Bates it's what they do for living. Without a contract nothing happened. Judge Judy always say's no contract then it did not happen.
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I think it was sleezy on the seller' part, not the buyer. More likely the seller found out he could get more moola from Bates RV and jumped on it. I doubt Bates had any inkling that you had a deal with the seller.
Before you demean a business entity on the internet, you should make sure that you know the facts. I've purchased AIrstreams, both trailers and just recently a Interstate touring coach from Bates and can't believe they would be involved in a petty deal like that. They are the 2nd largest Airstream dealer in the country and a huge and highly respected dealer of sobs as well. You don't get there by petty sleeze.

Since you've seen fit to call out the owner of Bates RV by name, why don't you give us the name of the "seller" too (only fair), and we'll all make up our minds.

Dennis ;-(

The op says that the vehicle was at Bates for a checkout. This suggests that the dealer was aware that there was a sale happening. It seems like both seller and dealer are guilty of being opportunistic. We do not have all details but I don't believe you can dismiss the dealers part as "ok". I would certainly be unhappy if I was in the position of the op.
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I think it was sleezy on the seller' part, not the buyer. More likely the seller found out he could get more moola from Bates RV and jumped on it. I doubt Bates had any inkling that you had a deal with the seller.
Before you demean a business entity on the internet, you should make sure that you know the facts. I've purchased AIrstreams, both trailers and just recently a Interstate touring coach from Bates and can't believe they would be involved in a petty deal like that. They are the 2nd largest Airstream dealer in the country and a huge and highly respected dealer of sobs as well. You don't get there by petty sleeze.

Since you've seen fit to call out the owner of Bates RV by name, why don't you give us the name of the "seller" too (only fair), and we'll all make up our minds.

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Oh Dennis give us an @@@ break!
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I lost a boat drove 600 miles with signed bill of sale and paypal deposit down. Sold it to someone for more money. Yeah lost my deposit as well. What size are you looking for. Sounds fair in your case to loose deal nothing was firmed up on your part. Seller would be unethical I would not blame Bates it's what they do for living. Without a contract nothing happened. Judge Judy always say's no contract then it did not happen.
Are you kidding?
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sanders rv in alachua just north of Gainesville, been business selling as for years.. Will point you in the right direction for chassis and drivetrain inspection also. Give them a call. Ask for mark and let him know what you need. Jim
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:47 AM   #13
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Well, if JUDGE JUDY says so, it must be fact...not like she's making a financial living on being a legal B**** if your gut feeling tells you you got screwed, then the handy-wipes for the KY jelly are appropriate.m
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