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Old 10-13-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Buying and refurbishing

I've been researching travel trailers for some months now and I'm amazed at the junk out there and have decided that I want to take a crack at an Airstream. I'd like one in the 19-23 foot range and I have a budget of about $35k. I plan to use it quite a lot. It'll be my home base when I come for visits on the east coast. I expect to spend 40 or more nights per year, mostly 3 day weekends with an occasional 1 week on the road.

My thought is to get a 10-23 foot Airstream that's about 10 years old and work with a dealer to refurbish it to a "like new" condition. Is this realistic? If so, does anyone have ideas? I'll probably be working with Colonial Airstream in Lakewook, NJ.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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This is just my opinion, and I'm certain you'll get others, but unless you are determined to own a vintage trailer, I would take the 35K "budget", and go looking for the best trailer I could find in that price range. For 35K$, you should be able to find a trailer that is in very good condition, little used, and requiring little to no refurbishing.

Again, my opinion, and welcome to the forum.
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I concur with SteveN as your budget is adequate for a lightly used unit in great condition. The limiting factor may be the time it takes to find the "perfect" choice in you have a particular layout or color scheme in mind.
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Thanks, guys. Do you suggest I work closely with a dealer or go it alone? Advantages/disadvanatges of private vs dealer?
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Thanks, guys. Do you suggest I work closely with a dealer or go it alone? Advantages/disadvanatges of private vs dealer?
I think that's a personal decision. It will be easier to work with a dealer, but you might save some money doing the search for yourself. However, there are the normal dangers in buying used, so you need to be aware of that, and just because you go thru a dealer, there's still the possibility of those dangers.

Again, this is my opinion.
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You might find this information of value as you consider your options. I believe it was prepared in 2010.

Price vs. Condition - Vintage Airstream
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