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Old 07-28-2016, 12:13 AM   #1
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Buying an AS at the Hershey show?

Requesting Guidance Please: We're ready to plunk down the cash for a 2017 Classic. we have 3 dealers in the state that we can buy from. We're wondering if we fly to the Hershey show would we get a significant savings... we're 1st time Airstreamers, but have had other RV's.

If you have other ideas, or experience with typical discounting, working with great dealers please let us know. We can travel anywhere for the right deal.

Thanks in Advance!
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:55 AM   #2
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Hi, I tried to deal with three Southern California Airstream dealers and ended up buying my trailer in Eugene, Oregon. That was about eleven years ago.
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:22 AM   #3
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Buy gently used....

Most of the bugs will likely have been exterminated, and the 1st owner has has absorbed the depreciation.

Colonial will be at Hershey, one of the best.

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Old 07-28-2016, 04:31 AM   #4
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There is a lot to be said for buying from a local dealer. When it comes time for service and warranty repair you will have a better experience if you are dealing with the people who sold you the trailer.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:00 AM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

What I would do is call Colonial in New Jersey, and get a price on the Airstream that you want. Then call all of the dealers close to your location and make the same inquiry. Then you will have a good idea if a cross country trip is worth it.

Also check the used market to see if anyone has the Airstream of your dreams at the right price.

As to the issue of service by a local dealer, this is a very mixed bag. We have been avid Airstreamers for a long time . We have visited about ten different Airstream dealers for repairs and service. About half of them had service departments that were totally incompetent. A couple of them did more damage than they did good.

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My experience was that the "show savings" was not enough to make it worth it, for me. I preferred to find the exact trailer I wanted, with the options I wanted, even if I had to pay a few thousand more. Most dealers will "deal" to prices close to show prices, but you need to be prepared to walk away and wait for the right deal.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:30 AM   #7
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I purchased our last Airstream from Airstream Adventures in Fairfield, CA and picked it up at their store in Boise, ID (lower taxes). Got a fair deal and so far it has been problem free. They have other stores in WA & OR. You may be able to shave off a few more dollars by buying a show model at an RV show, but that's after hundreds of people have walked through it. No thanks.

Never had a problem getting service from a dealer (from FL to CA) because I didn't buy there.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:39 AM   #8
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We priced around the country but the expense and time of traveling to retrieve a far-away purchase didn't make sense. I would use the local dealers for purchase, order one exactly as you want it rather than from lot stock that has been "tested" by tire kickers. You will get a good price on a factory fresh Airstream.

Service is another story, some good and some marginal at best. We travel a lot so work Jackson Center factory Service Center into our travels, it's as good as it gets.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:08 AM   #9
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Personally I like buying off the lot. Since each Airstream is hand made, I want to look at the fit and finish before I buy. I also want to look for any defects that are difficult for the dealer to remedy such as glue on the woven vinyl floor.

Other than decor, oven or drawers, and solar, I don't know of any other options on the 2017 Classic.

I was very pleased with the folks at Airstream NW, both in sales and service.
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... We can travel anywhere for the right deal.
When shopping for our new AS I was surprised to learn, that unlike other RV manufacturers, the shipping cost to a dealer is the same everywhere and is not based on distance from the factory. I was very happy with the price from my nearest dealer who tried to be very competitive.

The deal that you can get is dependant, like everything else you buy, on supply and demand. However, some locations may have lower overhead (land cost, taxes etc.) and may be able to offer a somewhat lower price. On the other hand, volume dealers thrive on spreading those fixed costs over lots of sales.

Good luck!
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Requesting Guidance Please: We're ready to plunk down the cash for a 2017 Classic. we have 3 dealers in the state that we can buy from. We're wondering if we fly to the Hershey show would we get a significant savings... we're 1st time Airstreamers, but have had other RV's.

If you have other ideas, or experience with typical discounting, working with great dealers please let us know. We can travel anywhere for the right deal.

Thanks in Advance!
Talk to the folks at BAASA in Fairfield. They have access to a good inventory and draw from the other dealers in the group as well. They have a good service department.

Also talk to Toscanos. They have limited inventory because they sell other brands, but their service department is recommended by many. Both dealers are competitive.

Our trailer came from Boise. We were happy with their service prep. Other folks have reported good experiences with Oregon and Washington dealers too.

If you plan to live local, buy local. If you plan to travel, get on the plane and start your adventure. If you have time, look for that just broken in used gem.

A fellow told us that he saw a lot of used inventory at a Florida dealer. His take was that ASers moved to Florida, died, and their children did not know what to do with an AS so they sold it. No one ever talks about this gold mine of good deals, so we doubt it exists. However, maybe .....

Our logic was simple. We are old. We don't have much time left to enjoy life, the country, and each other. So we started the adventure.

YMMV - Good hunting. Pat
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Old 07-28-2016, 10:56 AM   #12
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Shop, shop, shop. Get the best price including travel back and forth and buy your new Airstream if that is what you must have. Under the new 5 Rivet dealer program any dealer that refuses timely service to ANY Airstream owner can lose their franchise rights.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:08 AM   #13
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Hi from AZ. . . welcome to the clan & good luck. I doubt the savings would negate a crosscountry trip, & like others have said, I'd rather start a relationship with a dealer a little more local to you. Seems you have several choices in your neck of the woods. . . .be careful out there, Craig
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We bought our used Airstream from Colonial Airstream in Lakewood NJ.
They have been wonderful. Pat is an awesome rep. Be Happy your adventure
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