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Old 09-13-2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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No Dealers in GA

I've been told that Atlanta is not a good market for Airstreams too expensive.

Apparantly my perception of a Georgian is much different than reality.

What really bums me out about buying an Airstream is that the closest dealer to the Atlanta area is 3 hours away.

How'm I gonna kick the tires??

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Old 09-13-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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You can visually kick tires here;
Colonial Airstream - Airstream Travel Trailer, Bambi, Flying Cloud, International Signature, Serenity, Classic Limited, Interstate, Sport

They do an excellent job of visually describing every unit they sell.

Unfortunately, Airstream unit cost keeps the number of dealers low, and to compound the problem, the dealers keep low inventory.

Colonial is the largest dealer in the US, and you might consider a trip to them. They generally have a 100 unit new trailer inventory.
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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Maybe Georgia's sweltering summer heat has something to do with the Airstream market there. We are quite the opposite, perfect summer weather but you won't be in your Airstream in winter here. (3 hours to my dealer too.)

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Old 09-13-2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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Cracks me up, my nearest Wal Mart is 100 miles away, to the west, nearest one to the east is 125 miles. I drive a lot, as you can imagine. My Airstream dealer (new dealer) is 250 miles south. There is one in Missoula, but I am less than impressed with them, and would not go there unless I had an emergency.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:40 PM   #5
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It's a TEST

In Eastern Virginia there's the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel which costs $15 to cross (without a trailer). The people on the Eastern Shore (north side) say the toll is to keep the trash off the eastern shore.

Something similar happens with Airstream dealers... If it's "too far" to drive to look at one... then you're really not addicted enough to own one.


Seriously though, price is the reason. Too expensive for most businesses to floor plan and sell. I concur. Take a WEEK long vacation. Go to Atlantic City, NYC or just visit the wineries on the Delmarva Peninsula (aka eastern shore). Do a lighthouse tour, etc. THEN take two days to visit Colonial Airstream (NJ address but WAY NORTH. Looking at floor plans is good, but nothing beats walking through one.... or twenty.

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Old 09-13-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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The new local dealer is 18 miles from our storage unit. After the heat of summer, they build their inventory back up. There is a really great service center (former dealer) south about 75 miles. There are quite a few several hundred miles west in Los Angeles.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #7
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But they aren't too expensive in 'middle of nowhere NC'? There is a lot of money in the Atlanta area. I can't believe this market won't support an Airstream dealer. But I think there is a 'red neck' perception of camping among the monied people. If there was a visible Airstream dealer and local marketing to support it, it would do well. Perceptions can be changed.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:30 PM   #8
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I talked to Airstream while at Alumapalooze this past June and they would like to have an Atlanta area dealer. They just haven't found anyone they are willing to work with. Camping World (both of the ones in ATL) were dealers for a couple of years, but it didn't work out very well. I would love to see a big Airstream exclusive dealership just South of Atlanta serving all of North and Central Georgia. The closest one to the South is Bates RV in Florida.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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The closest one to the South is Bates RV in Florida.
Saunders in Alachua is a couple hundred miles closer. Unless they've stopped being a dealer recently, always a possibility in the current economy.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:06 PM   #10
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Foley RV in Gulfport, MS is worth the drive.
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J. D. Saunders is still in business. Foley RV in Gulfport has a good inventory.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:43 PM   #12
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The nearest dealer to me is 4 hours away.

During the looking/shopping process I discovered Dallas no longer has an Airstream desler.
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I've been told that Atlanta is not a good market for Airstreams too expensive.

Apparantly my perception of a Georgian is much different than reality.

What really bums me out about buying an Airstream is that the closest dealer to the Atlanta area is 3 hours away.

How'm I gonna kick the tires??

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Old 10-14-2013, 09:32 PM   #14
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There's a Mercedes dealership that sell interstates up in Alpharetta.
Maybe one day they'll start selling trailers too.
Let's hope it's close to me.
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