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Old 07-28-2016, 08:30 PM   #29
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We went to the Hershey show last year and agree was well worth it (3 hour drive each way for us though). We were sold on the 30' Flying Cloud Bunk but, after seeing it at the show, ultimately fell in love with a 30' Serenity with the Salsa interior.

We ordered new from the factory right after Thanksgiving (delivered in early March). It was a 21-22% discount. And, contrary to the experience of most, Colonial was NOT the cheapest. We saved $3k or so by going with a dealer who was much closer and more enjoyable to work with.

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Old 07-28-2016, 08:47 PM   #30
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We purchased both of our Airstreams, new, from Patrick at Colonial Airstream in Lakewood, NJ. They will be at the Hershey show, which is September 14-18. I do not hesitate to recommend Patrick, Lauren or the dealership and would definitely buy from them again. We have always been treated well, got what we considered more than fair/square deals on both purchases and our trade-in. They are a busy shop, so getting an appointment for service/warranty work is not always immediate but they have never failed to deliver what I consider excellent service. With that said, we are fortunate to have them close to where we live. But what a great way to break in a new Airstream... with a cross country trip in the fall of the year! I would definitely give Patrick a call. Shopping for the "right" AS is a big part of the fun! IMHO the new Classic is stunning, especially with the new Cognac stain cabinetry. Best of luck in your hunt.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:46 PM   #31
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To be clear about our recommendation below: One of the key selling points for us with Airstream vs. SOB products was that all Airstream dealers would service any Airstream that is under warranty, regardless of whether they sold it. This was very important to us, as we knew we would be towing Rocinante all over the country and have in fact had her serviced once, under warranty, at a dealer other than the one from which we bought her. They were extremely gracious and did a great, quick, job.

We recommend buying from and working closely with your local dealer simply because it's easier to do that. You will get to know them on a first name basis. You will need them going to bat for you against corporate. If you have a drive of more than an hour or two to get to your local dealer for that warranty service, the road will be long and tiring, because your visits will likely be more frequent than you hoped or expected. We were blessed to be within 40 minutes of our dealer, which made our warranty period much more tolerable. Based on our experience it's clear to us that we will never buy a new mass-produced RV of any brand unless we're close enough to make that service trip to the dealer an easy one.

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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, 11:12 PM   #32
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Sorry, this was to be in response to one of the qustions....Hershey Show - September 14-18 from what the web says
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:19 AM   #33
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OSIN: In 74 we bought an International Sovereign of the Road 31 footer, a 1968 model. We shipped it to Germany in 75 for a 5 year tour of duty. Germans loved it and everywhere we went we met hundreds who requested a tour. It did well on autobahns at 90 MPH (TV a 1975 500 cu ins Cadillac) but it's length made for a horror story on narrow country roads and thru small hamlets. In an Oct we had to move as Bickendorf landlord wanted his house back. Put the Airstream at a camping Platz. Found our Sulm house the following APR. We full timed over that winter 77/78. 20 pounder per day, frozen tanks and lines, wet walls, dripping windows, had to make a sail switch for the furnace i.e. cold + damp = misery. Wife and 5 year old and 6 pets threatened maham. All the entries to The Forum purport to Airstreams' continued extremely poor design for a go everywhere, inexpensive, 4 season, maintenance free full timing experience. Here's what I did. Bought a 1958 21' Caravanner ($4K) and did a radical 100% gut. Now R24 insulation, 1 wood stove/heater, 1 kerosene 45,000 Btu stove/military tent heater, electric start 3500 watt dual fuel generator w/drop down wheels lift off tongue, electric jack, Bulldog coupler, spare on bumper. Retrofit to independent suspension w/11" lift, 8500 Btu house A/C , 2 types Coleman cook stoves, pressurized a 32 quart 45,000 Btu turkey fryer w/ hand spray for showering and water heating. No frig, no furnace, no tanks, no water lines. no batteries, no fans (except 4 "D"cells ones), no 20 pound propane bottles (except 1 for trading when empty and to fill 1 pounders), no H/W heater, no furniture or counters or cabinets, no 12 volt charger ( mine on generator.) Instead 2 inflatable couches which make into queens, 10 plastic totes (stackable w/ fold open 1 side), 2 foam twin mattresses ( fold up in front of front and rear windows), candles, kerosene and propane lamps/lanterns, 6 volt LED lanterns, DIY R22 ice chest, Coleman Exponent Outfitter folding Camp Kitchen, 2200 watt pure sine wave inverter ( short duration use off dual TV batteries, 2 1000 watt induction hot plates, 12 volt 100% duty Viair air compressor w/ aluminum tank. 40 used 1 gallon milk jugs for water supply, unique toilet, slant ramp entry. folding Little Red Wagon to move stuff inside Caravanner from cargo area of Cadillac Escalade EXT. All propane use is from 1 pound refillable propane bottles. Everything can be moved outside under the hugh nylon foldable awning. No winterizing, little maintenance, 300 pound tongue, Caravanner weighs 2190 pounds and goes pretty much anywhere in the severest weather. Not fancy but easily "in place" sustainable w/ resupply trips by Escalade. $11K invested. Sorry, I do gloat.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:58 AM   #34
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OSIN Mayham is Mayhem I suppose. I roll the wood stove down the slant ramp and boil off the grey water in the large stainless pan which sits under the original shower drain hole. In winter, when pan freezes, I ice pick it and put contents in heavy plastic bags for the ice chest and evaporate the extra. See you at Hershey. Look for an ugly unpolished Airstream with a vandals red spray paint hash tag on the rear. Mine is the one with the "whirrlygig" house attic vents protruding up from each roof hatch. They probably won't let me set up my 50' white sunshade nylon parachute.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:55 AM   #35
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A couple of creative post.
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Old 07-30-2016, 01:43 PM   #36
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If we had to do it all over again, I would walk through every Airstream I could, make notes, then order a custom one from Jackson Center. I would sit on the toilet, lay in the bed, pretend to take a shower, move around, open and close every door and cupboard, to get the feel for how it will be to actually 'live' in my dream Airstream. Our biggest disappointment was the dinette. It was so uncomfortable, that after six years we had it completely redone. We love the space and comfort we gained! What storage we lost, was storage we did not need. Prior to having Jackson Center start the actual redo, they allowed us to walk through a few units that were on their property to see what others had done or what other styles offered. What an eye opening experience that was! We would have saved money in the long run, getting closer to exactly what we wanted had we done this before ordering our Classic!! Good luck!!
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Old 07-30-2016, 02:11 PM   #37
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Excellent point on setting yourself up for a custom order. We didn't even know it was possible when we bought ours. If we ever buy another, we'll definitely investigate that possibility.
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As with new home building I think it helps to own an Airstream or two prior to ordering a new custom built unit. Nice to know what works for you before spending all those $$$$$ for a new one.
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We went to the Hershey show last year and agree was well worth it (3 hour drive each way for us though). We were sold on the 30' Flying Cloud Bunk but, after seeing it at the show, ultimately fell in love with a 30' Serenity with the Salsa interior.



We ordered new from the factory right after Thanksgiving (delivered in early March). It was a 21-22% discount. And, contrary to the experience of most, Colonial was NOT the cheapest. We saved $3k or so by going with a dealer who was much closer and more enjoyable to work with.



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Bigbuttugly agrees whole heartedly with the last 4 responces. Having experienced putting my 68 thru paces it was it was not designed for, he went "tabula rasa". Armed with the performance parameters it was unrealistic to think any Airstream ever built could measure up. Solution: Create the space, systems, size, weight, balance, complexity and presentation to exacting standards. Research sustainability, energy consumption, effort of the user, and spend wisely when necessary and ignore convention. Plush it would not be and a finished product product only an ardent full timer would relish it's simplicity. Two examples: (1) Open the door and fold down the slant ramp (2) Flip over (and perhaps uncap) the 3 roof hatches so the wind powered house attic "whirligigs" can begin hot air or fresh air replacement. So I bought a single 21' Caravanner and gutted it.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:14 PM   #42
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I bought an Airstream the Monday after the Hershey Show from a reputable dealer mentioned here often. I was given the "Show Price' because they were at the show and could count my trailer as a show sale. It was a great discount. I never left my house, I bought it over the phone because I knew exactly what I wanted and they are a great dealer. Give me a PM if you want the salesperson and dealer.
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