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Old 12-07-2004, 12:39 PM   #1
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NADA recreational vehicle guidebook

How much faith do you have in the NADA recreational vehicle guidebook?

I found an Airstream for sale a few days ago --a 2002 Classic 30' Limited-- but the retail price listed in the NADA guide was quite a bit lower than what the seller had in mind.

The NADA guide listed a 2002 Classic 30' for $36,700. A 2002 Classic 30' Limited was not listed. The seller said because he was selling a 2002 Classic 30' Limited, it is worth about $45,000.

I couldn't find anything in the NADA guide to justify that price.

What do you think?

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Old 12-07-2004, 02:35 PM   #2
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How much faith do you have in the NADA recreational vehicle guidebook?

I found an Airstream for sale a few days ago --a 2002 Classic 30' Limited-- but the retail price listed in the NADA guide was quite a bit lower than what the seller had in mind.

The NADA guide listed a 2002 Classic 30' for $36,700. A 2002 Classic 30' Limited was not listed. The seller said because he was selling a 2002 Classic 30' Limited, it is worth about $45,000.

I couldn't find anything in the NADA guide to justify that price.

What do you think?

- Charlie

Was the $36,700 the Low Retail or Average Retail price listed on their website? If it was Average Retail, there would be some play between what NADA says it's worth and what the Seller says it's worth....in other words....negotiating ground! Did you put in any options not figured into the Base Price....what extras does the "limited" have over the straight "classic"?
That would certainly add to the value!
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Old 12-07-2004, 03:17 PM   #3
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You can get a feel for what the LTD package includes here:

http://www.airstream.com/product_lin...c_options.html

Clearly, it's not a $8300k upgrade (used) IMHO

I seem to recall the LTD upgrade is about a $5k (new), but don't quote me on that.

Though there is some extra value in the LTD, again, $8300k seems a bit steep.....I think the seller is on crack!
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:24 PM   #4
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I have no faith at all in NADA Airstream prices once you go back more than six or eight years. For example: Average Retail for a 1990 Excella 25' - $8,790. This being a dealer price, mind you, not a private exchange. What would one actually bring? $12,000? $15,000 maybe?

A big part of the problem is that they supposedly use reports from dealers in making these reports. Just how many 8, 10, 12 year old Airstreams actually pass through the hands of NADA reporting dealers each year? Very few, one suspects.

But, as you come to newer and newer units they may well become more reliable. Certainly your bank and insurance company are going to think so.

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Not accurate

When My new trailer was totaled out I loked at nada for $$$ figures on value. I Felt they were low and not completly accurate for info on airstreams and there options . I also found through hours of research that the geographic location of the trailer affects its asking price. More out here in the Pacific northwest as compared to back east. I would surf around on the computer and locate simular models if you can and start from there. And It never hurts to ask a low ball price.
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