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Old 06-10-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Hello All! My husband and I are moving to Alaska and have decided we want a trailer to drive the +4000 mile drive since we have 2 animals. After much deliberation we have decided to go with a used airstream in "good enough" condition to get us up there safely. Here's the deal...we know nothing about trailers let alone Airstreams (except that we love them!) How do I know if I am getting a good deal and what things should I really be looking for when we purchase one. Most likely we will end up purchasing off of Craigslist or ebay which does make me a little nervous. I just don't want us to get taken advantage of, nor do I want us to end up stranded in the middle of nowhere. I appreciate any advice!
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

There are experienced Airstreamers around that will happily help you with an inspection of a trailer, and that would help insure you are not taken to the cleaners, so to speak. All you have to do is ask on here for an inspector.

Good luck with your search.
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Steve is spot-on with the inspector advice. Three other things:
1. Plan the time to do a couple of good "shake down" trips of sufficient duration to test out all the systems and make sure you are comfortable with how everything works.
2. The Alaska Highway is remote and requires some level of self-sufficiency. Use this Board and the internet in general to figure out what you need to take and how to provision and what to expect.
3. Read Philip Caputo's recent book called "The Longest Highway"

Best of luck on your trailer search and life journey!
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and don't forget to stop at the world famous "Skinny Dick's Halfway Inn".

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