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Old 11-09-2012, 09:45 AM   #1
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2003 Safari Value

Hi, I have been reading the forum for the past couple of months and my wife and I are convinced we want an Airstream. We have found a 2003 26 foot Safari on CraigsList. It appears to be in very good condition from the photos and they claim that it has just gotten a clean bill of health from a local dealer. They are asking $24,500, does this seem reasonable? Any advise on what to look for in the year/model AS?


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Old 11-09-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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I don't know the going prices but that seems a little high for a 9 - 10 year old coach. Dealer prices are almost always on the high side.


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Old 11-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #3
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2003 Safari

As your other reply stated it might be a little high, but a used AS in top condition will bring a premium price. I bought my 04 28' Classic in August and paid in that price range. I am quite happy with my purchase. I looked at several Airstreams in the area where I live. I wanted something I could use immediately, not a refurb to work on, then use in two or three years down the road, or pay $10,000 and another 10 or 15 to repair. As you probably have noticed there are not a lot of gently used 10 year old Airstreams around. A 2003 is new enough that it could be in really good condition but old enough that it could be completely ragged out. I am not knowledgable on condition and would not propose to advise on that. You should try to find some in your area, possibly thru forums that can do an independent inspection for you. Some of the questions you should ask: Geographic area it was in (corrosion, water damage, oxidation), how many PO's, how much actual usage, is it all original inside, external condition, any damage, what has been replaced and when, tire condition, was it stored under cover when not any use, do all systems function, is it in your area, (no cost to go get it or have it delivered), does it come with a good hitch. This should all factor in to the total price. I feel that I was lucky and bought my AS from good honest people that was proud of it and took good care of it. Hope yours works out for you.
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That price seems to be about the market value - maybe a little room for negotiation if there are any minor issues.
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Thanks for all the advise.
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