Originally Posted by Getaways
I couldn't remember where I read pricing data in the past, but I know that in the fall and winter the VA dealer (Safford RV) and the one in NJ (Colonial Airstream) were regularly advertising any where from 18 to 22% off the MSRP. At least on the non-bambis. Bambi's have a much smaller margin to begin with. 20% off of your $73,700 price is $14,470 - so I can easily see why the sales person would offer up $8-9,000 so readily. To me if they are advertising 20% off you know there is likely more room to work with. A neighbor of mine works on repairing RVs and makes a really good living. He once told me for campers/RV start at a minimum of 30% off retail, if not 40%. But to be fair he was talking about other manufacturers not AS.
Now that said. It really might be tighter on the first year of the new Eddie Bauer model. But I for one would start with as low of an offer as possible - say 30% off retail.
I would also get their MRSP for all options (except your hitch) and still offer the same % off the full sales price. I have absolutely no idea on how to price out a hitch from the MSRP.
Good to hear there is still some room. A bit of fishy business with the salesperson, which was later apologized for, but still... They tried to claim they had the only completed E.B. with no more coming for months, which was clearly not the case. I really do think it was actually well intentioned, but I may be being naive.
So, hypothetically if one could come up with cash for the price of a new airstream (65k or so) is there anyone commercially selling vintage AS's renovated with modern interiors? I know the old airstreams are narrower, I can't imagine having enough floor space for the two danes and while staying under 25', and the windows in new airstreams are really a selling feature...
We already moved up from a Tahoe to a suburban for these dogs, but still can't imagine going without them! Upsizing airstreams is even proving much more complicated!