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Old 09-16-2015, 06:24 PM   #1
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Big Discount on NEW 2014 25fb?

Yep. I'm a newb here. But what an AWESOME website to get educated on all things Airstream!

Im looking for a new as possible 25FB. I found a NEW 2014 flying cloud 25fb. I know that this time of year dealers are offering end of year discounts. But would you think I get an even better discount on the NEW 2014 I found?

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Old 09-16-2015, 06:32 PM   #2
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Welcome, sitting on the lot that long I would make them put in new batteries and fresh tires. Also check out ALL systems very carefully.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:12 PM   #3
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Hi there - possibly a great deal in the making. You're 100% sure it'll literally new - never towed even once or used for a weekend etc?

Let's say it is brand new. It probably has Goodyear Marathon tires on it and they're at least 2 years old - possibly older if the 2014 was manufactured in 2013 so even with no miles, those would have to be replaced.

The dealer is supposed to do a thorough prep so double check for leaks, all systems are go, etc.

I would imagine at least 25% off MSRP possibly even up to a third or more. Good luck!
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:31 PM   #4
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Not sure what dealer you are looking at, but I have a guess.

If you should decide you want a newer year, but same model, might want to get a quote on the 2014, and then you have that info for negotiation purposes when looking at same but newer.

"yes, I know you have a 2015, but I can get a new 2014 from dealer E for X$. How close can you get to that price?"

Also I am not sure if the 2014 will have ducted AC. May or may not be a factor.

I concur that 25-33% off sticker price, plus new tires and batteries is what I think would be about right.

And check for filiform corrosion if it has been outside for a couple of years.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:29 PM   #5
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As mentioned a new 2014 is not new, it may be two years old. Time in the weather and subjected to customer traffic and RV shows take their toll. Tires, batteries, seals and sealants age significantly in the weather. And it's already lost two years depreciation in value, which is quite a bit. Nor does it have the latest improvements, such as ducted air conditioning.

If buying a new Airstream, buy factory fresh. Better yet, order it exactly the way you want it. There is little if any difference in price and it's worth it if there is.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:00 PM   #6
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Our first AS was purchased exactly like this.....new but on the lot 1-1/2 years. I didn't know enough about batteries to request new ones, and the batteries were shot. Other than that it was a great deal. I don't remember exactly the % off sticker but it was around 26%. Of course sticker price was several thousand less than new ones since the prices go up each year. So compared to the same model in the current year (at the time) it was a great deal.


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Old 09-18-2015, 07:58 AM   #7
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Thanks all for the info! I've just started making calls. Wish me luck! I'll try to post how it all goes.
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:15 AM   #8
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The trouble with asking for new tires and batteries the dealer may get the cheapest going. They may get Goodyear Marathons or some lesser known brand. Maybe they will put in new Interstates batteries. I'd rather get more discount and replace those items with what I would prefer.

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Old 09-18-2015, 09:59 AM   #9
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As mentioned a new 2014 is not new, it may be two years old. Time in the weather and subjected to customer traffic and RV shows take their toll. Tires, batteries, seals and sealants age significantly in the weather. And it's already lost two years depreciation in value, which is quite a bit. Nor does it have the latest improvements, such as ducted air conditioning.

If buying a new Airstream, buy factory fresh. Better yet, order it exactly the way you want it. There is little if any difference in price and it's worth it if there is.
I agree absolutely and totally with this statement. I bought my 2014 FC 20 in June 2013, equipped as I wanted it for 20% off MSRP. Why buy a two model year old demo for a few % savings when the depreciation will be more than the savings.
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Dont forget to look at the roof, all the seals, and repack the bearings. It has been sitting for quite some time which means the usual maintenance is lacking.

I'd get the costs for all the things you will have to do in order to make it "Safe" and "Reliable" then deduct that off the MSRP that you would normally agree on. Then use that savings to purchase and do the necessary maintenance on your own. You'll save twofold in doing it on your own.
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:02 PM   #11
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I got mine for 55k a 23 flying cloud and instead of negotiating the price I had them throw in the hitch and a bike rack with the deal. It's a 2015
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