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Old 12-09-2011, 01:42 PM   #29
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shrug, I live in the Fraser Valley; it's almost impossible to find a used AS here.

I am winter driveway-camping. The "cool" factor becomes the "cold" factor. You know our winter has been fairly mild (so far) but as cameront said, you will go through a lot of electricity and propane when an Arctic front rolls in.

I don't know what your situation is - but you strike me as being fairly young. Don't know what you mean by "having the land," but building a small house, cottage, or moving a park model onto it (if the zoning allows) might be the better investment for a younger couple with bare land.

Most Airstreamers have (or had a real house) and are retired (or not too far away from retiring) and decide to spend some of their nest egg on a Airstream.

Don't mean to disuade you, but there is a high degree of "romance factor" vs. long-term practicality surrounding these trailers.

Anyway, the only new Airstream dealership in B.C. is Traveland in Langley. They also have used inventory (mostly SOB). You could ask them to phone you if and when a pre-owned Airstream comes into the lot. I bought my trailer new there, but just missed out on a decent used one. BTW, Airstreams built for the Canadian market have certain regulatory upgrades the built-for American ones don't.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:52 PM   #30
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Yeah, my Bambi is coming from Canada, so I know I have the heavier axles and more marker lights - don't know what else is different in a Canadian trailer.

I'm personally looking forward to becoming handy and maybe even mechanical, although I'm going to have to watch out not exasperating people with noob questions. Someday, I'm hoping to build a tiny house somewhere for us to retire to, and will measure five times before cutting once!

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Old 12-09-2011, 08:00 PM   #31
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that's a very good nugget i didn't know everything went in thru the door! thank you

and as far as a park model goes, my hubby may get his way and we'll get one, he wants to wait till the last minute to buy anyway, so i guess i'll 'find out' in Feb. but i thought airstreams were great in the winter, am i mistaken then?

Tucson is very very far away and i need a 1992 model or later, for my husband just found out that the park won't budge on the older than 20 years rule, unless we can somehow change the paperwork i and everything else so they can't find out how old it is lol

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Old 12-09-2011, 08:32 PM   #32
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oh i missed out on those last two messages, didn't see page 3... ok, so i'm not young really, and my husband may retire when he turns 50 in a few days, but ok, you guys have talked me out of an airstream then, if you think i will freeze and such, then what's the point? we have land in a resort property, not bare land, so we still need a home with wheels not a stationary one that can never move... well it's been very nice chatting with y'all and thanks for steering me in the right direction and such, i will miss my airstream dream
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:23 AM   #33
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Shrug, you aren't the first to find out that an Airstream isn't for everyone, and you certainly won't be the last. Be glad that you found out before you spent the money. I'm still trying to find out who told me "I'd rather ask a thousand questions before I write a big check than ask the same question a thousand times afterward."

You have been doing exactly the right thing in asking lots of questions. The answers may not have been what you wanted to hear, but at least you are listening to those answers. You are still young enough that your situation may (and probably will) change in the future, and an Airstream may well fit in your life then.

DW and I both like Airstreams, and we're still considering one for when we retire in a few years and become fulltimers. So far we haven't heard anything that would absolutely rule one out, but we have heard enough that there are a few caution flags flying. Like you, our finances are very limited, so we want to buy something that is as close to perfect for us as possible.

Airstreams are meant for traveling. It sounds like you will be parked for much of the year, but want the option to travel as time and weather permit. Here's a link to a 5er that PPL has for sale. 1997 Carriage Carri Lite 531RKS for Sale - F720 - PPL Motor Homes Yes, it is in Houston, Texas, which is a bit far for you to go, but is something that might suit you.

You mentioned that the park is very strict on the age of the trailer. Does that mean that once a trailer reaches 20 years old it must go, or only that it must be less than 20 years old when it comes in?

Good luck on your searches.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:35 AM   #34
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thanks David, it still makes me sad, but you are right, better to find out now... i really like that RV you showed me, wish i could find something like that here!! i really wanted an airstream with seperate beds, coz hubby and i both have different needs for our backs... i've never seen one like it, other than an airstream... thanks!!

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