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Old 10-17-2014, 11:51 AM   #15
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Ditto. Married first serious girlfriend, met her 34 years ago. Sitting next to her right now in our 27FB that we tow with a SUV (Ford Expedition).

Also took first job out of college 31 years ago. Worked up to management. Happy and looking forward to retirement.
Me too. AS was a preparation for retirement at T-8 years. I'm now in a home downsizing mode to rural area with pole barn and some land. T-3.5 years and counting (and shopping).
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:56 AM   #16
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Let me add my support for the 27' Airstream decision. We looked at a lot of Airstream floorplans, and settled on our '14 27FB Flying Cloud, and we love it. It's big enough for all we need, but small enough to tow with a properly setup 1/2 ton with an excellent Weight Distributing hitch. We came from a 40 diesel pusher with a slide after 3 travel trailers 24-30' long, over the course of about 15 years. Our only regret is that we didn't buy our Airstream first!
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:04 PM   #17
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We bought our slightly used '12 Flying Cloud 27FB this past spring for $53.5K from the dealer in Portland. It was a consignment from the first owner who had developed health problems. Dealer was asking $66K, I made a lowball offer of $50K, didn't expect to get it for what we paid. When we got that counter offer, we jumped on it! So be ready to bargain on that asking price!

We tow our 27 with a 5.7L Tundra, and we're happy with the whole setup!
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:53 PM   #18
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We missed out on a cherry 28 with Hensley hitch because we balked because we hadn't got an adequate tow vehicle. Put the AS in storage and then go out looking for a tow vehicle. BTW, I have a Tundra 5.7L pulling our 2008 Classic 25fb.

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Old 10-17-2014, 08:32 PM   #19
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We purchased our 20ft and then came home and bought our F150 with the tow package, then picked up the trailer. Everything has been great since then. If this is a trailer you want, and you are ready to go for it...do it.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:51 PM   #20
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Just buy it and start having fun!
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:50 PM   #21
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Never trust any seller when buying a used Airstream.

Don't think of buying one until you have probed through the vinyl floor into the plywood subfloor with a moisture test meter, all around the interior perimeter, and if it's damp run away.

Also search "filiform corrosion" here to see what it looks like and know what to look for, and how bad is bad.

Know what to look for to find a quality used Airstream, or have somebody help you, or buy a new one.

The best tow vehicle matches the trailer's needs and your own needs, get the Airstream first but don't be in a hurry.
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:49 AM   #22
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I have not seen a follow up post by the original poster (OP.) I wonder if we've scared him away??

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Old 10-18-2014, 12:38 PM   #23
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I have not seen a follow up post by the original poster (OP.) I wonder if we've scared him away??

Nope, not scared away. As a matter of fact, I am currently negotiating pricing on a 2011 28' FC. I'm hoping I'm not overpaying.
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:44 PM   #24
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Nope, not scared away. As a matter of fact, I am currently negotiating pricing on a 2011 28' FC. I'm hoping I'm not overpaying.
Good, glad to see you are still in the hunt!

Make sure to keep us posted with your progress!
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:54 PM   #25
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Develop your inspection checklist when buying a late model used Airstream. dkottum's advice are the first two items to check. Then make sure all the appliances and systems work. Open and shut all the windows and vents. Check the fit of the door. The seller will be happy to plug in his tow vehicle so you can watch all the exterior lights work.

Research the pricing like you would a car.

In the end I think you will love traveling in an Airstream and being part of the Airstream community.

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Old 11-02-2014, 01:14 AM   #26
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I just inked the deal on a 28' FC today. I also bought the tow vehicle which is a 2006 Nissan Titan V8 with tow package. I will be picking up the Airstream in a couple of weeks. I am sooo excited!
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Old 11-02-2014, 04:01 AM   #27
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Congratulations... I do understand the excitement. For me my latest Airstream was more exciting than even a huge moho about five years ago. You should be happy. Hope all goes well for you.


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Old 11-02-2014, 05:58 AM   #28
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Like kscherzi, still with first girlfriend, married 40 and first job. As to the AS TV question, we looked hard for several years to find a pre-enjoyed AS. Just couldn't find the right one. This process allowed us to determine we wanted a 25'. Though we live in the east we plan to spend extensive time out west. So when we found a Ram 2500 that was barely broke in and at a $ I thought was decent we jumped on it. Ultimately bought a new 25' FC, 2014. Couldn't be happier. So for us, TV first, then AS. Good luck and don't second guess your decision. You are the only ones that need to be happy.
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