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Old 01-28-2014, 08:14 PM   #15
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Never had a problem with financing through my credit union or a bank. Jim
I figured that we wouldn't have any problem, because that was my experience with cars and boats. But it's not your father's lending world any more. Major banks--including one mentioned above--no longer loan on RVs. Nor do our credit unions. I don't know why they don't want the business ... I mean, maybe for a POS camping trailer that declines precipitously in value I get it, but not for an Airstream. We only found one major bank that would loan on an RV, and their interest rate was outrageous.

The "Good Sam" lead was a good one. Thanks. Though ... I tried to apply on line today and got into computer hell when their database didn't recognize any permutation of "Airstream" "Sport" "22" and "FB" ... but I'll just call them tomorrow.

Thanks for all the input, everyone.

My next complaint will be about transport charges. (Coming soon to a "Dollars and Cents" forum near you.)
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:12 PM   #16
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Credit is a joke...do as our grandparents did. Pay cash. If you can't afford it, you can't afford it.

I am not rich- I paid $1000 for my Airstream and I'm restoring it myself. I would never put my mortgage up against a loan for a camping trailer. I own all of my cars (all used) and the only debt I have is my mortgage.

Life is simpler when you don't owe people...
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:26 PM   #17
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Pay cash. If you can't afford it, you can't afford it.

Life is simpler when you don't owe people...
I do hope you run for Congress!
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I don't understand why anyone would choose to be in debt to anyone else. "The borrower is slave to the lender."
There's no need to judge how others choose to live.

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Old 01-29-2014, 12:53 PM   #19
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There's no need to judge how others choose to live.

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Apologies- I deleted my own message.
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Apologies- I deleted my own message.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:26 PM   #21
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I mean thanks for the support, Skater, but if it was directed at anybody it was directed at me and it really didn't offended me. It was not a judgment but a statement of philosophy. My philosophy is that it's ok for other people to have opinions that arent mine!

[Ignore the gibberish that follows ... I can't delete it!]

he "no debt" philosopha useful tool IMHO--
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It was not a judgment but a statement of philosophy.

My philosophy is that it's ok for other people to have opinions that arent mine!

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Old 01-29-2014, 08:17 PM   #23
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It was not a judgment but a statement of philosophy. My philosophy is that it's ok for other people to have opinions that arent mine!
Thanks for realizing that...I was not out to get you at all. I was just making a statement about the way I like to do things. I am quite aware my way is not the only way...but it works for me and to each his own.

Good luck in your search for an Airstream. The right one- for the right price- will come to you if you are patient.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:26 AM   #24
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Thanks for realizing that...I was not out to get you at all. I was just making a statement about the way I like to do things. I am quite aware my way is not the only way...but it works for me and to each his own.

Good luck in your search for an Airstream. The right one- for the right price- will come to you if you are patient.
If you never borrow, then for some really great reason you need to, you're quite likely to get turned down. OTOH, it's really easy to get sucked into a downward spiral of borrowing to pay the interest on previous loans, and borrowing from higher and higher interest rate sources. If you've got to borrow
  1. know the difference between need and want
  2. don't borrow for a "want" if you have any other "want" that's still not paid for
  3. PLAN - a good budget means that no "need" is unanticipated or a total surprise
  4. when you borrow, PLAN the repayments, be prepared to routinely overpay the minimum, then if you have a bad month you're not in "late charge hell"
  5. carry good insurance
  6. keep a BIG downpayment for "whatever" - it's easier for lenders to lend you money if you have some of your own skin in the game.
  7. know how to say "NO".... "but Ms. Ford, this time share unit is priced $5000 under list... at $9000 you could save $5000 off of the regular price if you buy today. Respond: And I could save $14K if I say "NO!" to the whole idea."
If your neighbors think you're living like some third world refugee and they have much more and much better stuff than you do - your borrowing is probably under control, they're probably living in a house of cards that can collapse if one wage earner has to take off 4 weeks for an appendectomy!

Last June I wrecked "Foiled Again" and "Mother Truck #1". Both were well insured, but since I fulltime I didn't have a year to shop for "comparably priced replacements. So I ended up with a gently used Eddie Bauer 2012 and a 2013 Ford 150 Ecoboost. With only one vehicle, I need "dependable" and just couldn't locate a low mileage used truck quickly or nearby. So... I had to borrow. Colonial Airstream got me a great rate on the EB and the dealer got me a great rate on the F150. I used the insurance payments plus some stashed cash on each of the replacements... and I'm regularly paying double payments on the loans on both items. Had I opted to move into a SMALL apartment locally it would have cost me $900 per month PLUS utilities. So credit for the Airstream makes REALLY GOOD sense.

The F-150 Ecoboost has always left me a bit cool... Doesn't have the massive power of the Silverado 2500 Diesel, and the placement of some of the control buttons is less than wonderful. But literally, within the last 38 hours I have finally fallen totally in LOVE with this truck - 8 to 12 inches of snow where we rarely get an inch, drivers who have never driven on snow and think flooring it is a good thing, ACK!. The EcoBoost performed FLAWLESSLY allowing me to bring several of my staffers to work and back home safely! Everything low slung was in the ditches, even some other 4WD's. The EcoBoost's 4 WD is totally amazing especially it's ability to take on 3 foot "plow dams" across driveways. I felt totally in control and safe. Of course I didn't try to go 55 mph in this mess either.

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To the OP's original question: Costco offers competitive rates on RV's with loans out to 15 years, new and used. The dealer can probably beat that rate. In October, rates with solid credit were under 4%. Nearly all loans required 5% down.

Of the advice in this thread, the one piece I feel pretty clear about rebutting: DO NOT RAID YOUR 401K to pay off a trailer without first speaking to your tax advisor, unless you want to add b/t 15-30% or more to the cost of your AS.

Assuming the OP has not recently graduated high school, and has come to his/her own informed conclusion about buying an RV let alone an Airstream, and the impact of this decision on personal finances, not all debt is bad debt. Consider the following: Joe buys a $50k AS, and has the following options: pay cash from savings, borrow at 4%, or raid his 401k. Which one is best for Joe?

The worst is raiding his 401k. He pays 10% penalty of $5k to start, and income tax on the $50k, likely $15k at a 30% tax bracket. He's $20k in the hole before he's even started. His $50k AS is now costing him $70k right at signing.

If he finances over a long period at 4%, he's paying around $1500-2.2k per year in interest. But 450-660 of that comes back as a tax deduction assuming a 30% tax bracket, making his effective interest 1.1-1.5k annually. He could finance 20 years out before making the 401k raid option remotely viable. The $50k he leaves in his 401k still earns $2.5k-5k depending on his rate of return, tax free.

Say he didn't raid his 401k but paid cash from savings. Good plan right? Well, he still loses the potential investment earnings, and the benefit of a tax deduction. Plus, he's 50k less liquid in case of emergency.

Above 6%, the math starts to change the picture. And 10% seems like a bad deal. But a 4% tax deductible loan beats raiding a 401k ten times out of ten. And if his investment rate of return is closer to 10%, he may be better off financing and using his investment return to accelerate payoff of the loan, rather than pay cash from savings.

I'm not a dealer or a banker, but the rationale for avoiding debt doesn't always hold water, nice as it sounds. Every situation needs to be looked at with all factors in mind.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:15 PM   #27
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I can't believe this thread is still going. We got offered 11% by some bank that travels by (stage) coach. We got offered 6s and 7s by various on-line (sketchy) places. I think Good Sam was at 4.75 or something. Then one dealer offered us 4.24, and another 4.49. So the dealer's deals were the best.

Along the way, we found two dealers we really, really liked. I don't know if it's appropriate on this site to give their names or not, but if anyone's looking and wants private references, I'll give them off-line. Just PM me.
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The dealer names may be helpful to some. I do not think there are any rules against it. Jim
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