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Old 08-11-2016, 06:49 AM   #1
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Financing an old airstream???

Has anyone had any luck financing an old (1982) airstream lately? Where (if any) will finance? Rates? Thanks so much! This is my first post on here so I hope I am posting in correct area...

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Old 08-11-2016, 07:44 AM   #2
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Try your local credit union, or online lenders, Prosper or Lending Club. Unlikely you'll find a bank that will finance as the collateral value is difficult to determine.

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Credit Union Personal Loan

When I bought mine, I just got a personal loan. The rates are a little higher than for an auto loan, but it does away with many of the complications (i.e. you hold the title, not them, etc.). In my case, I wasn't borrowing much money so the slightly higher interest didn't really matter. I also went through my company's credit union, which had better rates than the local banks. I think I borrowed $7K. So if you're getting a good deal on an older one and not borrowing a lot, look at a personal loan. Especially if you can go through a credit union. One last thing: I'd recommend you get the trailer inspected by somebody who knows Airstreams, if you yourself aren't super familiar with them. And, budget a little extra for the unseen fixes that any older trailer will need. I immediately had to buy new tires just to get it home. Then I repacked the bearings which meant I had to buy new seals, and put in new shocks. I needed new light bulbs and had to rewire the main electrical plug to the tow vehicle. So, try to have $2K more than the purchase cost just for the "surprises." Hope this helps,
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