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Old 03-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #15
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You can expect from 15-20% off MSRP according to what has been posted on the Forum over the years. 20% will be very hard, but a very few have claimed they got that much off. It depends on the time of year, your negotiating skills (never be afraid to walk away—easy to say, hard to do for many people) and whether the dealer needs to get rid of that trailer that day or week. They borrow money to have them on the lot and when note comes due, they don't want to renew it—they want to sell! It used to be years ago notes came due on the last day of the month, but things change.

Our nearest dealer is 5 hours away and we would never go near the place again. We had warranty work done at Jackson Center (very well done) and have otherwise fixed it ourselves or had a house call from an RV tech (that's not all that easy to pull off).

Consider buying a gently used one. You'll save a lot on depreciation and the many things that can go wrong in the first year or so will have been fixed.

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Old 03-04-2014, 07:24 PM   #16
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Has anyone been to Airstream of New England in Stoughton , Ma. I did buy from Colonial but live in Newport, RI. I have a March appointment for a couple minor things.
Yes. I bought there and have had service there. PM me if I can be of any help.
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:03 PM   #17
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I had a friend who was in the RV business and he once told me that a good discount is about 20%. He said that he made selling with discounts as much as this. Now his overhead was pretty low, so discounts probably have a lot to do with dealer overhead.

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Old 03-05-2014, 02:45 PM   #18
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RV sales are up this year and Airstream is selling them faster than they can make them (the factory is back ordered). Discounts we received in past years may be harder to get today, although with regional differences.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:20 PM   #19
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My two cents...

This past Monday I came to a deal for an ordered unit with a 16% discount off MSRP through a dealer in the Midwest. I shopped for about a week and narrowed it down to three good contenders, all untitled and brand new. One was a 2012 in PA, one was a 2013 in WI and one was a 2014 in MN. All were Flying Clouds and all had similar packages on the 25fb in Mica.

The 2013 and 2014 came within about $1000 of one another. We went with the 2014 that was ordered to our specifications. I felt the deal was more than fair and I was happy with the service I received.

With the hard part over (the decisions) our journey begins the end of April when it is delivered. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!
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LucaBluPlus, good for you and smart decision. Similarly, we could have saved $1,000 (sight unseen) 1400 miles away from home, but it would cost more than that much plus time to go get it. Doesn't hurt to mention it in the bargaining process though.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:56 PM   #21
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Thanks for your input everyone. Starting this thread and getting the responses was really helpful in approaching our dealership. We purchased our Flying Cloud 25' today (after first thinking we were looking for the 23D), and got it for 19% below MSRP. Probably could have played more aggressive hardball and gotten it down to 20%, but am happy with the result. Taking possession in a few days, and they are going to install my ProPride hitch for free. Can't wait to be on the road!!
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Congratulations. The 25's are a great Airstream and the ProPride will make it a dream to tow. Well, that's what we have so am only speaking from experience.

Read the maintenance threads here. Learn to control corrosion and find any water leaks early and your Airstream will last a lifetime and look good all the way.
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:06 PM   #23
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Probably could have played more aggressive hardball and gotten it down to 20%, but am happy with the result.
Congratulations. It is almost impossible to know whether you got the best deal you could, especially with trailers since unlike cars and trucks, wholesale prices are not readily available. But don't look back and enjoy your new toy.

Dkottum is rightóread maintenance threads and learn all you can because we all start out knowing less than we should (and never really catch up with reality). Also look for threads about picking up a new trailerólots of good advice there.

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