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Old 09-05-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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How to buy a used AS???

I get the distinct impression that most ? people suggest buying used, and I get that, but HOW? I have a wonderful mechanic would will certainly check out the moving parts, but how on earth do I make a good decision? What, specifically, do I need to look for? Sorry if this has been discussed a million times - I just couldn't locate it.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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Sophiefox,

You need to get more specific with your needs and wants.

Are you working within a budget?
Newer or vintage?
Fixer-upper or turn-key-ready-to-go?
Size?
Where are you camping?
Do you have a tow vehicle aleady, or are you going to buy one to fit your Airstream?

Narrowing down your list will help others help you. Good luck.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:24 PM   #3
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Here's a Recent Thread....

We pretty much thrashed the topic to pieces here:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...ory-82060.html

In summary find a member in your area who has volunteered to inspect Airstreams with you or on your behalf.
When inspect, I provide a comprehensive checklist and an assessment of fair market value.

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how to buy a used AS???

Greetings sophiefox!

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I get the distinct impression that most ? people suggest buying used, and I get that, but HOW?
Some of the arguments for buying a pre-owned Airstream include:
  • It allows someone else to take the big depreciation hit when a brand new coach leaves the showroom.
  • It allows someone else to deal with the the teething problems that many coaches seem to have.
  • Keeps the price of entry lower while still having advantages of late model underpinnings.
Some of the arguments for buying a new Airstream include:
  • The ability to order exactly what you want from the factory.
  • The knowledge that you are the first to actually use the coach.
  • The knowledge that all upkeep and maintenance has been performed to your standards.
When it comes to actually making a purchase decision, much advice is the same whether you are looking pre-owned or brand new. . . .
  • Don't buy the first unit that catches your eye. Make an informed decision.
    • Examine the unit with an objective of determining whether it fits your lifestyle from a size as well as floorplan perspective.
      • Is the bathroom of a size that you can live with?
      • Does the kitchen provide adequate cooking and storage space for your needs and probable use?
      • Does the seating arrangement make sense for your anticipated use . . . . some can't live without a dinette while others like me, require a floorplan with a lounge/sofa rather than a dinette.
    • If the unit is pre-owned, let your senses run wild . . . do you notice strange/objectionable odors that you can't identify? . . . do you notice anything that just doesn't look right (crooked seams, dirt in unexpected places, stains in unexpected places, etc.)? . . . Anything that you pickup through this cursory, but important examination can form questions that you can ask an experience RVer as some of these smells/sights may be of little concern while others could be very important.
  • Look at coaches of many sizes and ages so that you can get a feel for the unique qualities that different floorplans and materials can create. You may find that you have a strong preference for a particular floorplan, era, or other feature that you can glean from this type of investigation.
  • When you have found the coach of your dreams ask as many questions as you can of the seller. Be sure to have at least one or two additional sets of eyes and senses inspect the coach and give you an opinion . . . . and don't be afraid to ask to have a professional inspection by an RV technician if you are buying pre-owned . . . particularly if the coach is well past its warranty period . . . .
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I have a wonderful mechanic would will certainly check out the moving parts, but how on earth do I make a good decision?
You can find volunteer inspectors here on the Forums who will inspect a coach that you are considering and offer their opinions. You can also hire an RV Technician to inspect the coach, but this is typically most useful for the systems like water pump/plumbing, furnace/ducting, air conditioner, refrigerator, power converter/battery/electric, water heater, etc. . . . the systems that are common to all RVs, but that can be an expensive part of ownership.

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What, specifically, do I need to look for?
Some of the following links might be of assistance:Good luck with your research and investigation!

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Look at coaches of many sizes and ages so that you can get a feel for the unique qualities that different floorplans and materials can create. You may find that you have a strong preference for a particular floorplan, era, or other feature that you can glean from this type of investigation.
I looked at only 2009-2012 models and was unfamiliar with the earlier offerings. You are correct in considering used and looking at various eras. I appreciate more and more the older coaches as I have read posts on this website.
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