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Old 09-18-2014, 07:22 AM   #15
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Thank you all so so much for your feedback. I didn't even realize that consigning might be an option with a dealer!
We have actually moved to Austin, TX so if it doesn't sell soon then I will bring it down here I think.
I will check out eBay and I have also listed it through airforums classifieds.

We unfortunately don't own it outright and hoping to just break even with some wiggle room from our asking price.

I really appreciate your thoughtful responses and will be making some phone call to possibly consign tomorrow

-Thomas
I'm afraid that if you have a loan on the trailer that you took out when you bought it new (for 75% to 80% or its original price,) you may be under water after only a couple of years or so. Despite what some people think, Airstreams do depreciate, perhaps not as fast as a white box, but they do take a pretty big hit the first two or three years. As a 2013, your trailer is now a two and a half year old model (soon to be a three year old model) that competes with brand new trailers with two year warranties and additional features. A new trailer buyer will get 20% off list from a dealer at this time of the year, and as a two and half year old unit, you can expect a further 20 to 25% hit off that price, so you should be thinking about getting perhaps half the list price of a new similarly equipped 2015 model. Not sure what that is in your case, but you can find that out fairly easily from a dealer.

I second the suggestion to consign it with a nearby Airstream dealer. They are always looking for recent models to put on their lots and if your unit is on their lot, you know that interested buyers will be looking at it. I have no idea what the arrangements for this typically are, but if it really is only a 10% commission to the dealer, I would jump on that!
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:45 AM   #16
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you should be thinking about getting perhaps half the list price of a new similarly equipped 2015 model.
His asking price is high, but not that high!
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:45 AM   #17
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Commissions on consignment can vary. It tales similar effort to sell a cheap trailer as an expensive one, so you may have that in your favor. The dealer I talked to a few years ago wanted 20% commission under $50k selling price, and 10% over $50k.
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If you do a consignment carefully check your insurance coverage. Some policies will exclude any claims in a consignment situation. Make sure that you or the dealer have it clearly spelled out in the consignment contract and that you do have coverage.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:35 AM   #19
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His asking price is high, but not that high!
I was suggesting 25% off the PURCHASE PRICE of a new 2015 unit for his 2 year old unit (the half price off LIST PRICE quote reflects the discount off of list that anyone can get.) I think that a 25% discount for a two year old unit is quite fair. (Full disclosure, my math does not actually quite work out to half the LIST price, more like 60% of the LIST price, but my point is still valid.) I'm guessing that his original asking price of $60k was pretty close to what he had paid for it new two or three years earlier and probably close to 90% of the price of a new 2015 unit (of course, we don't know all of the options/upgrades on his particular unit.)

However, newer used Airstreams are pretty rare so if he can find a motivated buyer, he might do a bit better. All the more reason to see if he can work with an AS dealer to maximize the number of people who are exposed to his trailer.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:00 PM   #20
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Bring your Airstream to Austin and check out PPL for consignment. It appears most Airstreams at PPL on consignment seem to sell quickly. They have sale lots in Houston and New Braunfels which is close to Austin.

Used RVs, Motorhomes for Sale, and Consigned sales - PPL Motor Homes

Also, Camping World locations that sell RVs will do consignments. Recently a 2005 or 2006 25SS International came on the market on consignment in Springfield, MO. I went to look at it the second day after it came up on RVTrader and there were already two deposits on it, sight unseen by buyers from other states. The advertised price was much lower being an older unit which maybe was more of a draw. The condition of this AS wasn't cream puff and there was floor damage in the rear storage by the rear bumper due to water infiltration.

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Old 09-18-2014, 08:59 PM   #21
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So I think the consensus is that I need to get it to Austin and soon. I listed it on Austin Craigslist last night and had someone who wants to see it this weekend. So I need to get it down here somehow and quickly.
Any suggestions on transport services that are reasonable? Or perhaps other options? Not sure if there are any
Without getting into the details we sold the tow vehicle and had other plans for our Airstream that just didn't pan out. So I don't have a way to even have someone drive it down to Austin at this moment. Unless maybe I rent a truck and drive it myself or see if someone else can. That truck rental sounds pricey though just thinking about it!

From what we owe on it I think I could be close to simply breaking even, give or take a bit. Looking into everyone's consignments suggestions as well.

We hadn't planned on selling it ever but things happen in life and have to make tricky decisions sometimes. Else I would have it in Texas with us and camp all the time.
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I was suggesting 25% off the PURCHASE PRICE of a new 2015 unit for his 2 year old unit (the half price off LIST PRICE quote reflects the discount off of list that anyone can get.) I think that a 25% discount for a two year old unit is quite fair. (Full disclosure, my math does not actually quite work out to half the LIST price, more like 60% of the LIST price, but my point is still valid.) I'm guessing that his original asking price of $60k was pretty close to what he had paid for it new two or three years earlier and probably close to 90% of the price of a new 2015 unit (of course, we don't know all of the options/upgrades on his particular unit.)

However, newer used Airstreams are pretty rare so if he can find a motivated buyer, he might do a bit better. All the more reason to see if he can work with an AS dealer to maximize the number of people who are exposed to his trailer.
All said and done after taxes and all that I think we paid 65,000ish. That is the thing I was thinking though that selling it personally the buyer gets more for their money since I am assuming that a dealer would have to charge sales tax and possibly other fees as well which may or may not deter the buyer and lower the price they might want to pay and then I have to pay dealer consignment fees as well. I feel that the buyer also gets a strong deal since the Airstream is still under warranty so their is peace of mind there as well. Just my thinking on this. And thank you for your insight.
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I was suggesting 25% off the PURCHASE PRICE of a new 2015 unit for his 2 year old unit (the half price off LIST PRICE quote reflects the discount off of list that anyone can get.) I think that a 25% discount for a two year old unit is quite fair.
A 2015 25' FC lists for around $78,000 with "standard options."

If you can purchase that for 15% off you are looking at $66,300. Another 25% would yield $49,725.

If you purchase it for 10% off you are looking at $70,200. Another 25% yields $52,650.

I think those aren't unreasonable numbers.
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So I am thinking that I am priced reasonably from all this feedback. I do think that I need to get it to Austin though soon for my best chance at selling it reasonably soon.
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Hi, I don't know about where you live, but in California DMV will charge a sales tax on a used vehicle. So either they pay a dealer sales tax or DMV sales tax. [no free lunch]
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Any suggestions on transport services that are reasonable? Or perhaps other options? Not sure if there are any

Hi Thomas,
You can try listing it on Uship. I've had clients ship Airstreams that way.
There is also a shipping company in the NE that specializes in Airstream shipping. I can't recall the name of the company at the moment. I'll see if I can dig up the name and contact information.

I doubt you'll have a difficult time selling your trailer once you get it to Austin.

Good luck!
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A 2015 25' FC lists for around $78,000 with "standard options."

If you can purchase that for 15% off you are looking at $66,300. Another 25% would yield $49,725.

If you purchase it for 10% off you are looking at $70,200. Another 25% yields $52,650.

I think those aren't unreasonable numbers.
I think your achievable discounts off of list are a bit low (i.e., we got 20%,) but in general I agree, ScottinNJ, I think a price close to but on either side of $50k should be doable.
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in general I agree, ScottinNJ, I think a price close to but on either side of $50k should be doable.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I bought my 2014 25' FC used only a few weeks ago. So I have some very relevant experience in this area...
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