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Old 10-11-2009, 07:34 AM   #1
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2010 23d Int. Does this price sound right?

Anyone out there shopping for a new model? Went to dealership yesterday $58K MSRP on 2010 23D Int. He was to $52K before we left and says Airstream running short term sale right now, 5.9% 15 years with $1500 cash back.

I cant get this camper out of my head. Dealer said the 25' FB was $5K more. If we liked that unit. We are considering both but are leaning towards the 23d.

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:48 AM   #2
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I can't comment on the price but it looks like they have moved the creative financing, that got us in the current financial mess, from the home mortgage market to the trailer industry. You will be upside down almost immediately.

As I mention to anyone thinking of starting out trailering, "never buy New". It is almost a guarantee that you will not be completely satisfied with your first choose and want to trade. With that in mind consider an older unit that meets your current thoughts.

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Old 10-11-2009, 08:05 AM   #3
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

We have a 2005 25FB, named Lucy, who we have spent over 500 nights, and we have pulled her over 50,000 miles. The FB is a great floor plan.

I am not familiar with a 23D. The 23FB, on the other hand, looks good. We like the 25FB because of the two-door refrigerator and the separate shower.

Take the new Airstream prices that you have gotten, and start searching the used market. There are some bargains out there, but know your prices. If you plan to finance your purchase, be sure to factor in the usually higher interest rate on a used unit.

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Old 10-11-2009, 11:16 AM   #4
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23's nice.. but the 25FB with dinette wrap-around windows, bigger holding tanks, and better cargo capacity is primo
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:25 AM   #5
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Like a few others have said, if you're willing to go the 2 additional feet (and the extra width of the wide-body) for the 25FB, you get a whole lot more trailer, IMHO.

Personally, I'd find a used 25FB Safari SE for around $38k-$40k before I bought new...actually, there are a lot more trailers I can think of that I'd buy before buying new...

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Old 10-11-2009, 12:03 PM   #6
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Without knowing what options are included, judgments about price are hard to make. Seems to me we paid around that for a 25' FB SE with audio/TV option and solar, but memory is weak and that was 2 years ago.

Since quality control is not good for new Airstreams, there's no reason to buy a new one except convenience. I didn't want to be fixing an older model, but the newer ones need lots of work and bringing it in for warranty work over and over is a drag.

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Old 10-11-2009, 03:41 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Jezibels View Post
... He was to $52K before we left and says...
not NEARLY close to historic discounts...

which drift around 15-28%. (follow the LINKS inside)...

it's a '10 so it's not been on the LOT long...

but WINTER IS COMING and this unit could still be there next spring...

costing the dealer who OWNS it $$$.

15 years is TOO long 2 finance imo.

you'll be UPSIDE down on this unit in no time.

unless a substantial down payment is made (>20%)

10 year finance max, IF you cannot afford that, look for something LESS expensive.

int rate is based on high credit score and buyer financial health.

distant dealers cannot publicly POST discounts on pricing...

but they CAN negotiate over the phone.

so call around, get more prices, think about an 09 or 08 that is STILL on a lot somewhere....

and WHEN you will actually FIRST USE this unit?

why waste warranty coverage, pay 4 insurance and make payments for 4-6months...

on a winterized STORED stream...?

the last thread suggest a SPRING target and a different budget/price range...

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Old 10-11-2009, 05:14 PM   #8
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It's not a good idea to finance a depreciating item, especially for more than four or five years. Plus, think of all the interest you would pay to own the unit now.

We bought our 25FB when it was two years old for a huge discount. Any of the problems that arose with the prior owner were addressed while still under factory warranty. Check the classifieds here.
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:49 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, typing w/one hand, little one asleep in the other. I had geared up for vintage, drove 500 miles to see a '65 Safari and husband was a little discouraged ( I was too, Ill admit it). We will contact banker, see what current rates are and terms. I have had my eye on 2 on here that look nice 2004 28' Int. and 2006 28' Int. both around 30K, although very far away. I wanted to pose the question because I dont see too many people here buying new and that 5.9% seemed like a nice interest rate. Depending on what our banks' terms are for financing a used unit -that will weigh in on which way we will go. Im hoping for the best so we can get in one finally and start camping and stop talking about it! I suppose Ill have a whole bunch more topics to research after that!

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