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Old 12-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #15
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After some additional considerations I'm not going to worry about the special order route. For me most dealers are carrying the options I want anyway on their ordered units. The dealer I plan to use already has the trailer in production and expects delivery in February.
If you make that trailer your order, you can change most, probably everything about the order before the factory assembly actually begins, and still keep the production date. It takes about a week from start to finish to build it.

Our Airstream came in from the factory the day we happened to be at the dealer. Was not our order but had every available option. We had not planned on a "loaded" Airstream, but after using it extensively, wouldn't be without any of them. Including the factory solar/inverter which is nicely installed and integrated and has never come up short or let us down. We no longer travel with a generator.

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Old 12-08-2013, 01:48 PM   #16
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The dealer seemed to state that it was set and couldn't be changed.

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Old 12-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #17
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I was told that changes were possible up to production date, but I can see reasons why the dealer would not encourage it, or even do it, after a deal is made.

Anyone else to comment on order changes?
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:23 PM   #18
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We special ordered the 3 new ones we bought. In each case the trailer was in the dealer's pipeline 3 to 4 weeks out. So we could specify our wants without waiting for months. The dealer closest to us would only sell off the lot. We figured if we're going to spend two thirds of a hundred grand, we're getting what we want.
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:51 PM   #19
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There are over 90 Airstream dealerships that would love to turn a unit with virtually no costs involved.

Any dealer unwilling to change a future "on order unit with build date slotted" to your specifications (even from a bare bones Bambi 16 to a Classic 30) should not get your business.

You would be buying a unit that was going to be stock and require floor planning and sales effort and now would be a sold unit with no effort on their part other than filling out the change order.

In June 2013, we ordered a Classic 27FB with a specific future build date specified six months out to January 2014. We then changed the length to a Classic model 30. Then, for an up charge of $450, we swapped the linoleum from the Classic wood look to the International Serenity flooring we liked in our 25FB and added an aluminum backsplash behind the bathroom sink versus the usual wall "fuzz".

Ask to see the factory list price build sheet for the model of interest and then think outside the box on things you might like. As an example, there are no twin bed Internationals shown in the price sheet, but one was build anyway to a special order.

You can always ask and the factory can always decline. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:11 PM   #20
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I would special order if I wanted a new one, if only because we prefer deferred pleasures. We ordered both of our cars, and each took about 9 months to get, and didn't mind that at all. The waiting and planning add to the experience, and the build up to delivery is tantric. Just another angle to consider.
As Protagonist pointed out, if you settle for buying from stock, you could end up spending more to make it just what you want. If it's your first, I'd say buy used so you can figure out what you want in the future.

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