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Old 02-15-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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Airstream travel trailer dealers in south

So I live along the savannah Ga border in SC. We have no airstream dealers in SC. None that I can find in GA. The closest would be Orlando RV, out of door mart in NC, and JD Saunders in alachua florida

Orlando is roughly 5 hours
Out of doors mart is 5 hours and 15 min
JD saunders is about 4 hours.

All would be longer trips going at 60mph with a TT.

Do you recommend any of these three over the other or any others I may not know about? To buy new and for service

We travel to orlando a lot for disney so that may be the most convenient if they are all even.

My wife is convinced to buy new since this would be our first she wants the warranty and good service to help us learn the life.

Really wish SC had one..and with the amount of retirement we have around here you would think it would be a priority
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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Colonial Airstream always has an extremely large inventory, which is important.

Being able to actually step inside as opposed to visualizing through pictures, will ensure the best possible decision has been made.

While Lakewood NJ is a bit further than those you listed, your time will be well worth the extra effort.

And rest assured, mine will not be the only post on your thread that gives you the same advice.

Good luck in your search!
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:07 AM   #3
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Thanks. That may be a option. I have certainly found out about them as well as a couple in Ohio through large Web presence they have and all the great information on their site and inventory list. It may be a option for purchase. I have family in Ohio so buying in that area may be possible. I also wouldn't shy away from a long trip for a good deal.

However. I would still like to know about the three listed and others close for service reasons. If I bought from one up north I most likely wouldn't be driving up that ling way for service all the time
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:10 AM   #4
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Regardless of where you buy, all dealers must service in warranty issues.

That shouldn't be a concern.

The dealers you list received (to the best of my knowledge), all good comments in this forum. However, their inventories are significantly less (combined, I would think), than Colonial.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:15 AM   #5
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We have dealt with Sanders for years....5 Airstreams. Great people and honest. Jim
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I am in the Orlando area and I have visited Orlando RV and I just went to Sanders today, and hands down, better people, more selection at Sanders. I talked to Wayne and he was wonderful! They don't have everything, but call and they will be more than happy to help you. I am a first time buyer as well and he sat with me for over two hours and just talked to me. It was wonderful, and worth the drive!
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I visited the new dealer (old Bates) outside Tampa about a month ago. Seems promising. I spoke with an owner.. seems focused on customer service. Detailed oriented. Had a decent stock of a variety of AS models.
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I bought new from Bates back in 2006. Are they no longer in business? Ol Frank Bates was a real character.

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We are in Beaufort and and have gotten back into Airstreams since 2011. We had them before and moved on to larger units but are back now. We bought a new 23' Serenity from a dealer in Florida in 2011. After using it about a year we decided a little larger unit was necessary. We went to Colonial, twice the distance, and bought there. We have been very pleased with their customer support. I would be glad to correspond privately about our experience with the Florida dealer if you wish.
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Yup a real piece of work! Tampa RV assumed his business in December I believe...
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:49 PM   #11
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Chihowee RV Center is an authorized Airstream near Knoxville, TN. We shopped new Airstreams and without a doubt Colonial had the best prices. However we purchased a used unit (one owner) from Out of Doors Mart. No complaints on the experience or the AS. As it is an 8 hr drive to Out of Doors Mart we have found a reputable dealer close to home for our service needs.

Good luck with your search!!!

ps I believe there is an Airstream dealer near Birmingham, AL.
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There are no dealers in Alabama.
There may have been a dealer at Oxford or Anniston in the past.

Foley in Gulfport (where I should have bought)
Crain in Little Rock
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Another road- thank you I will send you a pm with some questions. I am right in the same area.

For the other dealer comments. I had a very pleasant conversation with chilhowee rv and wouldn't mind buying from them. If I am in south florida again before I buy I will check out the Tampa dealer..wish I knew about them a couple months ago when i was down there
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we bought new last year at Foley....see my review if interested...really nice folks there...see my profile and find my foley review if you like.

we had got quotes back last year at that same time from most of the places mentioned here and most seemed ok subjectively with one exception, but I will not share it as it may have been just a timing thing so my feeling like they were a bit "car salesman-y" in their approach may just be subjective...you all can feel that out for yourselves.

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