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Old 02-21-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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Time to Sell???

We have a 2007 Airstream that is used on a limited basis. It is stored indoors for the winter and remains in my drive for the summer. I do not need the money fortunately but I was thinking of selling it this spring/2009. Given our deplorable economy do you think there will be buyers or am I wasting my time? It is a 25 ft. SE FB, Safari with leather like seats and with a Hensley Hitch which I would throw in.
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:05 PM   #2
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Dealers are offering deep discounts on new leftover units that have Ben sitting on their lots. This is going to drive the price of your unit down. Buyers are going to find it very difficult to get a loan to purchase a used unit as well. This is not a good time to be selling.
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:11 PM   #3
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Then again, there have to be latent survivalists like me who take comfort in the mobility & security of an Airstream! My truck & trailers are paid for, so I will never actually be homeless, and when my hillbilly neighbors start shooting from the rooftops, I can pack up the animals & RUN.
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:25 PM   #4
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An '07 anything is going to take a depreciation hit. Then you add the economy on top of it, and I cannot imagine that you would be happy with what you can get for it. IMO I would say not a good time to sell.
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:28 PM   #5
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Dealers are offering deep discounts on new leftover units that have Ben sitting on their lots. This is going to drive the price of your unit down. Buyers are going to find it very difficult to get a loan to purchase a used unit as well. This is not a good time to be selling.

I agree, the newer units may be more difficult to sell due to competing with the dealers discounted price. A vintage unit should sell, they are always (well most of the time) in demand. There are alot of people who are not effected by the current economic situation and have money to spend, I'm not one or them. You could always put it up for sale and say no if you don't get your price. Good Luck!!
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:58 PM   #6
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It depends on what you want out of it. If you want it GONE, anything/everything will sell if the price is right. Someone will purchase it that has been looking and looking and once your price discounts to what he/she sees as a deal, it will be gone. If you see no immediate need for the space in your driveway or if you have no problem continuing to store it for the winter, I would continue with the ownership. A weekend away, on an Airstream, is worth so much....and having the ability to do that whenever you wanted to or found the time to....would be a luxury beyond the discounted dollars you would get for it.....IMHO. Only you know how you feel about it and how important it is/might be to unload it. Good luck with your decision. I agree that it will sell for less now than it would have under previous circumstances but what does that mean for tomorrow??? Market lows are followed by market highs...decide what is best for you and act accordingly.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:29 PM   #7
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I would say that now is not the time to be selling a 2 year old Airstream, or anything else for that matter. There are a bunch of people out there who are desperate to sell, including the dealers. I'm afraid that your price would have to be at the giveaway level to move it. You might consider putting it in the Forums Classifieds. Name your price and see if you get any bites.

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What a terrible situation! I hate to see this happen, so if you will agree to cover my cost in diesel I will come and get it out of your driveway .
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:49 PM   #9
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Interesting, I do not anticipate towing my Airstream, but have it parked at Land Yacht Harbor in Melbourne Florida - My permanent home is in Ohio but I spend 5 months in the Airstream - a real inexpensive second home.
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I too have been kicking around that same question from time to time. My thought is that if you were going to sell it, when it warms up would be far better than now and consider that with the econ as it is, folks may opt for a pre-owned vs. new, due to price.

Though no one can answer the question for you, the real question is will you use it to make it worthwhile. Upkeep, license, insurance all add up for a unit that is used only a few times per year.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:17 PM   #11
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You may want to watch E bay for a while to see what the market is.
This is your current competition.
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My truck & trailers are paid for, so I will never actually be homeless, and when my hillbilly neighbors start shooting from the rooftops, I can pack up the animals & RUN.
Only problem is, when you have 3 trailers, which one do you take?

I get the feeling that there is a group of buyers out there who are waiting to see if the declining economy shakes loose a bunch of late-model trailers that are sitting in driveways, unused. Some owners may feel that it's better to have the cash in the bank (or to pay the bills) than parked in shiny metal. And others will probably get their trailers repoed.

In other words, those who can buy right now are probably looking for a deal. (And I'm looking for Bambi 16' CCDs to hit $15k and not be Craigslist scams....)

I would wait for spring, put the trailer up for sale, and see what happens. You'll never know unless you ask, and you're not out much for trying.
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Not sure what your situation is, but this may be a great time to hold on to your Airstream. I agree with Summerkid -- you'll never be homeless with an Airstream and you can always make a quick get-a-way if you have too. Our freedoms are being eroded every day -- at least the Airstream gives you a little. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:51 PM   #14
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You may want to watch E bay for a while to see what the market is.
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