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Old 02-21-2010, 05:21 PM   #15
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Hi Nick,
thanks for that, i found the French website on a previous search and have been meaning to visit it but never seem to end up in that part of France for long enough to visit it. Thanks also for info about the club scene. It seems Airstreams are rarer than I thought in the UK!

Hi Glen Coobe, thanks for insight into driving a 28ft'er, good hear they drive like a car. I get the impression from everyone that I really don't need to worry about driving and manouvering one but just need to take the plunge and buy one and experience it first hand.
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:22 PM   #16
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Hello! I´ve found this thread very interesting as I am living in Europe also(In Spain)Well Tim did you get one???We also have a VW ,Well we have 3!!One to use,one to do up(16"syncro)and one for parts!!I am totally taken with the Classic Airstream motorhomes,they are beautiful,I´ve never seen one for real yet,but I´m looking forward to it!We have a soft spot for classics and as my husband was trained as a mechanic it helps!!My family and I are hoping to travel to America and spend a year touring,so if we found the one we wanted we would use it there and then import it.The 250 would be the one for europe,but I wonder how it would be traveling in one for a year with two adults and our children of eleven and six ?I think it would be fine.Of course finding one might not come so easy!Boom sounds,I tryed sending you a pm asking about how you have found yours,but maybe I did something wrong!I had a look at the photos of your one and it looks really lovely,What is your floor plan like inside?There is one for sale now on this forum ..or freds and it has two armchairs and a sofa in the front,would you think they are bolted swivel chairs with seatbelts or just freestanding?If anyone would have a look an tell me what they think about it and also the value of it ,I do understand that so few 250 were made and that is why its quite high compared to its bigger brothers,Anyway,I better stop talking now! Looking forward to any replies...Stefany
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:04 PM   #17
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I think travelling for a year would be fine. You'll be in heaven compared to a VW i.e. you can all stand up inside, the 250 has beds for four, full fridge freezer, four burner hob plus microwave/convention oven, loo, shower, heating and power and water i.e. everything you need......plus they are great to drive. The layouts do vary on the 250s. Most have the standard double rear bed alongside rear bathroom and sink. This can be screened off from the front by a sliding door. Front configuration is gaucho which converts to a double and either dinette or cocktail chair/chairs. Now some 250s have two settees which both convert; one in the rear and one up front and some look like they were made for the Commercial Division e.g. NASA or Ambulances. You can modify the dinette and fit two sets of two coach seats with integral three point harnesses in their place. We acheieved this successfully for a major trip round Europe. We didn't like the idea of our three children travelling in the dinette, cocktail chairs or sidewards on the settee - frankly it's just not that safe. In fact, when we took the dinette out we found it was fitted with tiny screws i.e. barely secured to the floor so we were glad we went down this road. We're in the process of trying to re-install the original look/feel but retain the three point harnesses. The other things to look for are the Luxury Edition (LE) features - Corain counter tops, oak galley floor, lambrequin window close outs and carpet on the interior walls (it's better than it sounds), reversing camera, levelling jacks, leather interior, power seats etc. There are a number of places to look out for them; they rarely come up and command around 30k, even more for a really good one with all the options. I thoroughly recomend them for Europe. My website will soon host all the info I have on 250s, which I have kept over the past few years. Drop me a mail if you need any more info.

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Old 04-25-2010, 09:31 AM   #18
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Our 310 I think is the largest to go for overall accepatbility at most sites, and they are easy to manouver.

I have driven the 345 around Dorset and Hant, with no trouble it is just that little extra in the back. The rest is the same.

It would be nice to see another AS MH in the country - there are a few of us now to kick off a group.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:20 PM   #19
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Hi Stefany,
Sorry I havn't replied but I didn't want to temp fate, I am currently in negotiations to buy an Excella 24, fingers crossed everthing should be finalised this week!! Still got the VW Bus ('61 Samba) so really really looking forward to the extra space! but not the extra fuel bill. I will be looking to convert to LPG, anyone got any recommendations?. I've read a couple of theads from Boom sounds so hoping to source the conversion on the US and get it put in the Airstream for fitting once it arrives.
Boom souns, Look forward to seeing your web site and will keep everone updated on my buying progress.
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I am a Brit living in SoCal and now the owner of a 345...
One of the concernes you should have is Voltage... the Airstreams being 110v, and the UK and EU being 220v...
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I am a Brit living in SoCal and now the owner of a 345...
One of the concernes you should have is Voltage... the Airstreams being 110v, and the UK and EU being 220v...
No problems there, that's what we do - full or partial conversions. every thing works a treat. Voltage etc., is the least problem.

Once you have the down payment (Purchase Price! plus import taxes etc.) then the smaller payments are ..... well...... inevitable!

Seriously, If you like the challenge and the beauty of the All American Classic (tin-tube) then go for it. It is well worth every penny and they do not lose value!!!
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:28 AM   #22
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The LPG route is very commendable but you must get the engine running absolutely perfect on petrol first. I spent a lot of time going that route and it pays off. When we first bought in the 310 from Texas, it arrived doing 5.5 - 6 mpg, after much preparation it is now in the 10-11mpg mark(Imperial Gallon), and it didn't cost a fortune to do that.

Next step was the Gear Vendors Overdrive. That works on petrol AND LPG, with the added bonus of being better for the engine with a quieter and more relaxed smoother ride.

Getting this far was not expensive but the rewards are well worth it.

LPG is very good - no doubt about that, but please consider the mileage you intend to do. any thing less than 5000 per year and you are talking 3 to 5 year payback. Having said that with the cost of fuel going the way it is, it can only reduce the payback time.

I will go LPG eventually, but again another snag is the tanks. There is very little space under for LPG tanks, without loosing valuable storage. My thoughts here are to replace the large domestic tank for a liquid take-off version for the engine - No problem there. But then the problem is to source a vapour take-off for domestic LPG narrow enough to run the distance between the drive shaft and the chassis. - That has been more of a problem - Still trying to source that one!
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Hi Tim,Hope all goes well with your purchase!
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BOO HOO!!
Absolutly gutted!! The deal has fallen through, I knew I was temping fate! It seem a number of my e-mails never got through to the seller due to a problem with their computer and they begain worrying I had cold feet. They had people look at it over the bank holiday weekend and they accepted their offer. When I managed to contact them it was too late, typical, The now "previous" owners are going to pass on my details to the new owners but should they decide to sell it in the future I expect they will increse the price considerably knowing my luck.
The hunt goes on....
Back in the (slightly cramped)VW for another summer.
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Very sorry to hear that! And we were all getting excited here....

The saying ... "plenty more fish..." springs to mind?

Still if it's any consolation (and I am sure its not) it took me four years to find the right one, and a further 6 months of haggle (sorry - negotiations!) Not to mention the nail-biting 5 weeks across "The Pond" (I said don't mention....)
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