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Old 02-04-2013, 11:53 PM   #29
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We bought the first Airstream either of us had ever set foot in. We'd lurked here and watched craigslist and ebay and new how often trailers came up and in what sort of shape.

Both of us are pretty handy and we've been able to do all the work ourselves (new axles, fridge, awning, cushions, shower, vanity, composting toilet, water heater...the list goes on). We new we'd pay later for the low price. If we don't "pay" ourselves for our hours, the dollar expenditure would have ended up about the same whether we bought one fixed up or fix it ourselves.

Yes, we've done a lot of work on our, but we love the results. If we'd waited, we would have missed some great camping experiences.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:01 AM   #30
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Not many used ones for sale in rural areas ... we looked at several used AS at the dealer and then bought a new one!
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:05 AM   #31
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We bought our 63 on irrational first impulse with no regrets.....


Unfortunately the same plan didn't werk so gud on the Classic.
Thankfully no new opportunities for such childish behavior are on the horizon.

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:09 AM   #32
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We looked at one that was in need of major renovations (and four new tires). We had someone on here check out one for us in Minnesota, and friends checked out two others for us. We bought one of the latter ones. AND LOVE IT!

So, depending on how you count, we either looked at one before we bought it, or four.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:08 AM   #33
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The 1977 was the first Airstream I had ever been in and we bought it. Then we worked on it and worked on it. Decided to get a newer Airstream and bought a 2005 used in 2005. We only saw pictures of it on the internet before driving 5 hours to pick it up. We found the 2012 on line and drove 3 hours to pick it up.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:04 AM   #34
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Lonewolf, We looked at hundreds online, both in the Classifieds here and at RVTrader.com. Once we narrowed down the list of options we had to have, we bought the sixth one we looked at in person from a private seller six hours away from us.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:48 AM   #35
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Smile How many frogs before the prince?

Too many to remember before the first two we bought, but our #3 seems to be the most elusive for us. In addition to hours of Internet surfing, multiple phone inquiries, we have logged many miles fetching and inspecting. Best advice can be found here on the Forum site....use their checklist, request current dated photos, and always ask if seller holds clear title. Surprisingly, we could write a book devoted to deceptive practices, poor-to-no photo quality (cellphone cameras do not count as digital pics), and owners' avoidance of the truth (and I won't get into the dissection of the word 'truth.') However, we remain hopeful.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:38 AM   #36
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None, ours found us by happenstance. I looked at her and she said, "If you've got the money, honey, I've got the time..."

This was a good 5 - 10 years ahead of our planned search for an AS. (Probably 5...not sure the old SOB would've made it 10 more)
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:38 PM   #37
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Too many to remember before the first two we bought, but our #3 seems to be the most elusive for us. In addition to hours of Internet surfing, multiple phone inquiries, we have logged many miles fetching and inspecting. Best advice can be found here on the Forum site....use their checklist, request current dated photos, and always ask if seller holds clear title. Surprisingly, we could write a book devoted to deceptive practices, poor-to-no photo quality (cellphone cameras do not count as digital pics), and owners' avoidance of the truth (and I won't get into the dissection of the word 'truth.') However, we remain hopeful.
Oh gosh isnt' that the way of it? Deception, half truths or purposeful omissions. The checklist is really the way to go. I don't even agree with current photos as these can also be altered! We KNEW what we were in for after we inspected it due to our previous experience with Icky and bought it anyway. It will be fun. It will be fine. It won't be original/restored because I have been down that path and made myself (and the dear husband) crazy.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:10 AM   #38
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Dozens and dozens online, at least a dozen (probably more) in person.
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Old 05-06-2017, 02:49 PM   #39
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I drove to Bates RV in Tampa twice for half-day visits looking only at new ones. I sat around in several floor plans and sizes before doing anything, considering Airstream and which one I liked best. I got a price of $54K on a new 25 2010 twin back then.

My third visit, in 2011, I asked about used ones and got a negative response from sales but they showed me three. Two were vintage and the third was an Ocean Breeze edition owned and signed by a rock star but the interior reeked of smoke. I was told that I would pay about the same as new so why bother.

In January of the next year I met a different sales person from the same company and told him what I was looking to get. He said that twin 25 models were not easy in later model years to find but he would watch for me. A month later someone was trading one in and he called me. He also mentioned a second unit a year newer but with a queen bed. I ended up with the twin Safari- the fourth used one I looked at about 7 months or so after shopping used initially. I knew it was the one. It was already six years old but had only been used a few times and purchased 4 1/2 years or so earlier. I paid half the new price but of course I have added $15K of goodies since. It is much nicer now. In spite of the covered walls and RV windows of the Safari that some criticize, I would do the same thing again. It had some major corrosion but I have dealt with it for the most part. People who have seen it are quite complementary on condition and features. The rear exterior was featured on a magazine cover!

Used can be great.
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:48 PM   #40
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We looked at hundreds of floor plans, and dozens of new and used trailers before deciding what we wanted. But just knowing what you want doesn't guarantee you'll find it. We hunted high and low, and saw neither hide nor hair of our dream trailer. I wanted a 1989 Avion 34XB. Saw nothing even close to it. Just when we gave up, and resigned ourselves to getting a whitebox, a 34VB dropped in our laps. It is *almost* the trailer we want. It was in too good shape, and too reasonable a price to let it go by. We still wish we had an XB, but we'll enjoy the VB until our XB also falls in our lap.

So the answer is dozens or one, depending on how you look at it.
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:52 PM   #41
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One...momma knows what she likes when she sees it....and I know the mechanicals. Saw it on the net in St Louis. We stopped in while on vacation with the sob. Liked everything, including deal. Switched belongings and continued on vacation. Not that we hadn't watched them for years, but you know what some say, you don't find your AS, it finds you.
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Old 05-06-2017, 07:29 PM   #42
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How many used AS did you check out before you purchased?

We spent over a year looking at trailers before we pulled the trigger. We learned that we wanted 30 feet, and we wanted recliners. They stopped making those in 2015. So we were looking for a 2014 or older. One just happened to come up at the used inventory list of Colonial Airstream. The rest is history....
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