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Old 09-17-2014, 01:38 AM   #1
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Trying to sell 2013 Airstream but need some help

Hi all.

After using our Airstream for some fun trips with the family we have decided to sell it. I was honestly expecting to sell it quickly and have had some interest but haven't had any luck selling it and could use some guidance.

It is a 2013 25' Flying Cloud FB Twin model and still under warranty until Feb 2015.

I went to nada and it valued it at around 60,000. I listed it for that and then brought it down to 56,000 and when i talked with people I said I was still negotiable on price. But no takers. I listed on the classifieds here and rvtrader and craigslist.

Just wondering if anyone had some suggestions to help me to sell it!!

I really appreciate an insight you all might have.

Many thanks,
Thomas
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Old 09-17-2014, 03:54 AM   #2
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Just wondering if anyone had some suggestions to help me to sell it!!
I would try eBay next. Lots of older trailers there, not many of your vintage. There might be a big market looking to get it for a steal? Else you'll just need to keep dropping your price.

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Old 09-17-2014, 05:40 AM   #3
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Having bought a 2012 in 2013, I humbly suggest that you are asking too much money. That is based on my research and what I paid.
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:47 AM   #4
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You are also trying to sell at the end of RV season. Most people don't want to buy something and have to wait for 8 months to use it.
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:00 AM   #5
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You would do better to bring it to a southern venue and try to sell it there. In the south, camping season is year-round. Up north where you are, the warranty that lasts until February 2015 won't even get the buyer to the start of camping season so it won't do them any good.

Another possibility, join WBCCI. That sounds weird, but think about it… For the price of membership ($65, plus whatever surcharge applies to a member-at-large), you gain the ability to advertise your Airstream in the WBCCI magazine, Blue Beret. Then, when you sell your Airstream, your membership is automatically revoked.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:02 AM   #6
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As far as relying on NADA posted value for a travel trailer, it can hardly even be used as a guideline. Call your bank loan officer and see how much they would loan you to buy a used 2013 25' Flying Cloud FB Twin model...... I'd bet your biggest hurdle is going to be that you might owe more than the market price on that Airstream. IF thats the case your stuck waiting for that one buyer who is looking for just what you are selling.
If this isn't the case, (for instance....the Airstream is fully paid for) Then you need to decide how badly you want to sell it. Everything sells quickly when the price is "right"
Gather as much info as you can on other Airstreams for sale that are like yours, include everything from individual sellers to Dealers. Dont worry about where they're located. When you have a list of at least a half dozen Airstreams that are all similar to yours in model year, condition and amenities..... take 15% off the cheapest listing. Now, IF anyone is in the market for that particular Airstream, your phone should ring.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:56 AM   #7
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Did you try listing it here?

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Old 09-17-2014, 09:05 AM   #8
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It sounds to me like your price is right in the ballpark ... if you find someone with the cash. Without dealer financing, you are at the mercy of the banker who will loan to your prospective buyer. There will be more buyers where the weather is nice year round; I would suggest eBay.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:45 AM   #9
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An Airstream dealer selling it for you on consignment may get enough more than you can to make up the difference in consignment fee (try for 10%). Clean, clean and polish.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:05 AM   #10
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One thought in my mind is that Airstreams are luxury Travel Trailers. They won't move as quickly as SOB will. They sell to other enthusiasts, which means smaller market of buyers. Thus on the market probably longer than average. That's my personal theory anyhow.

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Old 09-17-2014, 10:17 AM   #11
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Sadly I agree

I agree with points made by all the prior posters. On the first Airstream I bought I got 15% off retail (WITHOUT even asking). I wasn't smart enough to know how hard I could have negotiated... but that was 2004 before the market crashed. It's usually possible to negotiate a dealer down 20% now. That being the case, look at what a 2015 equipped exactly like yours would bring with a 20% discount.

Anyone who buys that CAN get financing at about 4%.

Do contact a big dealer like Colonial and see whether they could do a consignment, or go try e-bay.... or make it clear that you will deliver it to any southern state east of the Mississippi.

Face the fact that the first two years of depreciation are a killer, then it levels off.

Good luck, Paula
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:58 PM   #12
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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

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Old 09-17-2014, 11:06 PM   #13
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Since you are in Austin, contact Camper Clinic II in Buda. They are a large AS dealership and might consign it for you. Too bad you don't want to keep it. There are lots of places to camp in Texas.
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The used Airstream market in Texas is very strong. You'll have a much better chance of selling it for what you are asking here in central Texas.
If you have your trailer consigned at an RV dealer that also sells Airstreams, it will be competing against the 2015s on the lot with some advantages like, having never been slept in, better financing options and a full two year warranty. You need to know what someone can buy a 2015 25' FB Twin for and be well under that.
The other option is to bring it down here to Texas and go camping!
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