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Old 03-12-2016, 08:10 AM   #15
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This post seems trollish in nature honestly. "Don't buy a new airstream" ??

We purchased a new 2015 Eddie Bauer Edition and I have been offered more than I paid for it twice and turned it down.

Had I not been sure about the purchase, I would have either purchased used, or would have rented an airstream from the company that rents them for week long trips to determine if it was the right thing for us.

But to purchase something new and a year later say "Don't buy a new airstream" because they depreciate ... just seems trollish to me.

Anyone who has ever dealt with this sort of thing knows that dealers of "wheeled" commodities make more money on used than they do on selling new.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:29 AM   #16
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I avoided that new depreciation by buying used. The downside is the rig smelled like a cesspool and I'm having to spend four months getting it ready for our first trip, and that's by ignoring some glaring needs until after we return. Pick your poison. Gas, *ss, or grass, nobody rides for free.
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:10 AM   #17
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it "@ss, grass or gas nobody ride for free" .. used that at lot in the 80's OTR truck driver with a CB (70's cell phone.) nowadays the cb is quiet as a mouse.

hard to get smoky/ traffic reports on I-fricken 95. guess everyone is using waze on cell phone.

We lucked out and got a well kept, well maintenanced 2005 31D Classic in florida in a price range we could afford.. heading down the end of march to pull home and while it does need a bit of minor stuff we were very pleased with the condition both inside and out.



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I avoided that new depreciation by buying used. The downside is the rig smelled like a cesspool and I'm having to spend four months getting it ready for our first trip, and that's by ignoring some glaring needs until after we return. Pick your poison. Gas, *ss, or grass, nobody rides for free.
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Depreciation on a new Airstream is pretty much like a car. We bought a new 2005 25FB and traded it 8 years later for a one year old 23FB. We got about half what we paid for the 2005. That was better than most any car that old. A year later, we traded the 2012 23FB on a new 2015 25FB. We got within $1,000 of what we paid for the 23FB. We considered this pretty good as we got to use a practically new Airstream for a year for $1,000.

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I avoided that new depreciation by buying used. The downside is the rig smelled like a cesspool and I'm having to spend four months getting it ready for our first trip, and that's by ignoring some glaring needs until after we return. Pick your poison. Gas, *ss, or grass, nobody rides for free.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:29 AM   #20
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Sold my 2011 Int 25fb after 4 years of ownership with about 25K miles logged. Airstream Classifieds in less than 24 hours had 3 cash buyers for the same amount I paid for it 4 new. Zero depreciation. Now enjoying my 2015 Int 27fb Quitestream. Try to move it yourself on Airstream Classified.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:38 AM   #21
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Somebody is always going to buy new; some people have to have the new car, boat, or RV. Lots of reasons even if you know it will cost a lot more. I would have bought new if I had not happened across my great buy.
But, after spending 3 years on this forum and learning about the real quality problems at Airstream, I would never consider buying new now. I would suffer the wait and look for a lightly used model that has all of the bugs fixed, even if it means I need to buy a new toilet seat for peace of mind.

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Old 03-12-2016, 10:39 AM   #22
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I figure that anyone can spend their money any way they like. It is none of my business. Depreciation is a fact of life for automobiles, trailers, boats, etc. I can think of other reasons to not buy new other than a perception of depreciation. Proper planning goes a long way in preventing disapointment and ulcers.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:41 AM   #23
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I want to apologize if my post sounded negative. I was simply saying the post title was trollish in nature (by title) not calling the OP a troll.

Depreciation happens anytime you purchase new. It is one of those unwritten but understood rules.

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Old 03-12-2016, 10:54 AM   #24
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We decided to buy new, because we plan to keep it for a long time, there is no guarantee that a slightly used one would have all the bugs fixed, and with the warranty we can know exactly what, if anything, has needed to be done.

On the subject of quality, I went into this knowing that it was man/hand made, and most likely wouldn't be perfect. So far the only real problem has been a bad jack motor that I was able to replace myself with one sent to me from the dealer. We've been through near hurricane force wind/rain when camping with no leaks. Maybe we've just been lucky, but based on our experience so far, my guess is some good ones come off the line too.
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I pur. my 1976 AS new in 1977, I still have, so no hit in depr. as resale worth is about what I pd. new, but every one does not keep that long.
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Our new 2012 listed at $72,800, the same model 2016 now lists for $85,300. Have never regretted buying new (well below list price) with a two year warranty which can be worth a lot more in some cases.

Don't know why the o.p. is selling, must have a reason. Sorry to hear.

Perhaps the lesson on depreciation is to have a practical as well as emotional reason for buying something this expensive. And to be sure the model we choose meets our needs for the short and long term.

Airstreams must have a tow vehicle which can be nearly as expensive with even worse depreciation. Match our actual needs and shop just as carefully.

All this comes with purchase and use taxes, maintenance and repairs, fuel expenses, camping expenses, and often storage expenses. As well as some of our spare time at home.
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What are you selling?

What are you selling? I am interested in a slightly used trailer. Why are you selling it?
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:21 AM   #28
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Talking Decisions, Decisions

We bought brand new, a 27th ft. international and love it. We plan on keeping it for years. Example, our tow vehicle is a 2001 ford 4x4 with a 7.3 engine with over 200, 000 miles. Got many more miles on this truck. Got my money out of big Bertha and hope to do the same with Allie ! Now, we had lots of kinks in this Airstream. There are advantages of buying new as well as buying used. It's a personal decision.

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