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Old 07-28-2016, 11:44 AM   #15
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If buying new it's usually best to buy from your local dealer. You'll be spending plenty of quality time with that dealer over the next two years for in-warranty repairs. However, if the local dealer does not have a good reputation for their service department, I'd suggest that you buy a gently used Airstream instead.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:44 AM   #16
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That is very true! We ended up going to Jackson Center for warranty work. Our local dealer said 3-4 months or longer because we bought it in Florida. (Super deal from RV One). It was worth the trip to JC just to see the factory tour. You will really understand pricing of the Airstream! JC was great about doing the work.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:47 AM   #17
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I'm sorry if this question has already been asked and answered, when is the Hershey Show?
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:49 AM   #18
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Jackson Center said they hear about dealers all the time making people wait for long periods of time be cause they didn't buy there. They said they were going to start cracking down on dealers. I hope so !
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:51 AM   #19
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We purchased from Orange County Airstream. Same ownership as Los Angeles Airstream so they do a good volume. Dick, Paul and Ira were great in the Sales dept. they gave me a good deal. Walk away negation tactics paid off. Part of the deal was 1yr free storage (Another $1800 value). Since I store my rig there (Still) I see them all the time. We share stories and solutions. Danny, the service manager always takes time. They have a spare set of keys so I can just call for service or just to get the trailer ready for pickup. It's always washed before pickup. Propane too at a good price. Daisy handles storage. I all her before every trip. BOTTOM LINE...Buying local may be the best choice if you are a first timer like me. ABOVE ALL...Just have fun and use it often! ������
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:32 PM   #20
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Expect a good discount

I am in the midst of purchasing my first AS and -- like you -- have had other RVs for decades. To test the discount waters, I asked for an end of month sales price on a floor model (in the showroom) and was offered a 95ishK MRSP reduced to the low 80s.

Just now I am very serious about a new 25' Flying Cloud, 2016, and was offered a sale price in the low 70s from the showroom price in the low 80s. It is clear, average sale prices (many sources) average $10,000 and more off the on-the-lot prices.

And -- if Oregon -- perhaps no sales tax at all.

We will all want to know what you do. Cheers
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:42 PM   #21
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Don't forget... A stealer may "throw in" the anti sway, weight distributing (WD) hitch... And set up on your TV (tow vehicle)... Also, a good sewer hose and fresh water hose. Here in Central Texas they also have "lifetime warranty " on the Airstreams.. Maybe SOB's too.

There are a couple other things like air pressure monitoring, 15" Michelins, etc.
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Old 07-28-2016, 01:34 PM   #22
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Jackson Center said they hear about dealers all the time making people wait for long periods of time be cause they didn't buy there. They said they were going to start cracking down on dealers. I hope so !

Hence my reference to the new 5 Rivet dealer program.
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Old 07-28-2016, 01:39 PM   #23
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I'm sorry if this question has already been asked and answered, when is the Hershey Show?
Welcome, I was also curious so I Googled it,

http://www.prvca.org/default.aspx?tabid=59
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Although buying from a local dealer sounds good and may get you better service, once you're actually using your rig, you'll be at the mercy of whatever dealer is closest when you need them. As already mentioned, shop, shop, shop and then, shop some more. Have you checked www.rvtrader.com ? If not, do so! There's a LOT of wiggle room on RVs. If you're not very happy with what a dealer is offering, walk away. As for buying used online, be VERY careful. There are scammers out there. Do NOT send ANY money before you or someone YOU trust, has actually seen a candidate trailer. I know you're itchy to get an Airstream. Shop wisely. Good luck in your search!

PS: I went to the Hershey, PA RV Show for the first time last fall. It was WELL worth the five-hour one-way drive.

PPS: You DO have "enough" tow vehicle to safely haul an Airstream, right?
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Unless I misunderstood what I heard from the Airstream folks at International, I don't think the 5 rivet dealer program gets underway until 2017.
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Unless I misunderstood what I heard from the Airstream folks at International, I don't think the 5 rivet dealer program gets underway until 2017.
Dealers are already getting the training materials and new signage. 2017 will be here before you know it. I know of one dealership that is in the forefront and is ready to go.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:46 PM   #27
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In my humble opinion customer service and quality are the weak links in the AS distribution system. Dealers don't want to preform warranty work on your trailer if they didn't sell it to you and even if the dealer who did sell it to you agrees to do the work they must first get the warranty work approved first AS. The dealers say that it's AS's fault who really knows whose fault it is but it is a bumpy system. It is not like the automobile world. The low cost seller of AS's is Colonial in NJ, I believe that they are also the vendor at the Hershey show, they were three years ago. I would try to buy locally if possible. I don't know how pricing works now two years ago when we purchased you could expect a 15% discount off of the sticker if my memory serves me correctly. Now AS's are selling as fast as they can make them so I'm not sure about pricing. Call several dealers and see what they offer you and then negotiate from there. It's counter intuitive but buying a slightly used AS makes sense because all of the new units have problems or "bugs" that need to be fixed. After a year of two the owner have probably fixed most of the problems so gently used is an opportunity not only to get a good price but also to get a unit that the "bugs" have been fixed. The RV industry leaves a lot to be desired. Poor quality, high prices, marginal customer service, and long waits during the busy season for marginal service, that said I love the RV life style and so I put up with the poor quality and service. AS has all of these issues too but I still like my AS trailer. There is a lot of room for improvement in the AS quality and service system it is better than many RV companies but it is not like the automotive industry. This is an industry where "caveat emptor" is the word of the day, "let the buyer beware".
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Ed, in the last couple of months I have visited three different Airstream dealerships all had a lot full of Airstreams with more on order and were offering 15% to 20% off new models. There are still deals to be had.
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