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Old 01-18-2019, 08:10 PM   #1
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Needed: Inspection in Tucson AZ, Suggestions, and your 2 cents..

Hi There,

I have been addicted to this site since my husband and I have made the decision to hit the road full time (never ever before having done so). We have fallen in love with airstreams and have done quite a bit of research on its alternative cousins.. Here are the several options/questions we have:

1) We have found a 1992 29' Excella for sale that has been fully remodeled, but we live in New York and need help finding someone to inspect this before we even begin negotiating. It is located in Tucson AZ. Seller says it's ready for boonkdocking and all, pictures and specs look great on paper.

2) We are also going to look at 2007 25' Safari this weekend that is not remodeled, needs solar and composting toilet - the trailer is said to be in good condition, but about 20k less than option 1. Does option 1 still seem like a great idea? Need your advice..

3) We are debating going ALL IN and hiring someone to locate a 25-29' AS, and customize it is for us - we want to go boondocking and spend time traveling regularly. What should something like this cost in your experience and did you find it worth it? We plan to be on the road for a minimum of 2 years till we find out plot of land to build on (if we decide to settle in one area - we may love full-timing too much to give it up).

3a) Has anyone financed a customized AS - if so, what were your options?

4) LAST RESORT OPTION - do we just settle for something that isn't an AS and always say we can trade up - has anyone gone this route? Was it worth doing this? Did you learn from it? Regret starting there?

Need and greatly appreciate all of your advice, suggestions, and plain 2 cents..

Thank you in advance!
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:29 AM   #2
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What is your timeframe? I live in Tucson but leaving for a week long conference today. If your not in a rush send me a PM.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:33 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum!

If you go to the Portal page [grey tab at top left]:

http://www.airforums.com/

. . . on the right edge of that page there is a system for locating an inspector in each state.

Good luck!

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Old 01-19-2019, 08:55 AM   #4
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If I were you I would take UncleBad up on his offer to look at the 29' Excella. I can't imagine how you could live in a 25ft for two years

You said the 2007 was $20,000 less but you will spend that amount to get a proper solar system and batteries unless is already has these.

Sure you can settle on another brand but don't expect much on re sale after you are done.

You need to spend some time at a rv dealer or show and get a feel for the size that will fit you first.

If you want a total remodel to fit your needs you will far exceed the price of the Excella.

Just my thoughts for you to ponder.

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Old 01-19-2019, 09:21 AM   #5
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Hi There,

I have been addicted to this site since my husband and I have made the decision to hit the road full time (never ever before having done so). We have fallen in love with airstreams and have done quite a bit of research on its alternative cousins.. Here are the several options/questions we have:

1) We have found a 1992 29' Excella for sale that has been fully remodeled, but we live in New York and need help finding someone to inspect this before we even begin negotiating. It is located in Tucson AZ. Seller says it's ready for boonkdocking and all, pictures and specs look great on paper.

2) We are also going to look at 2007 25' Safari this weekend that is not remodeled, needs solar and composting toilet - the trailer is said to be in good condition, but about 20k less than option 1. Does option 1 still seem like a great idea? Need your advice..

3) We are debating going ALL IN and hiring someone to locate a 25-29' AS, and customize it is for us - we want to go boondocking and spend time traveling regularly. What should something like this cost in your experience and did you find it worth it? We plan to be on the road for a minimum of 2 years till we find out plot of land to build on (if we decide to settle in one area - we may love full-timing too much to give it up).

3a) Has anyone financed a customized AS - if so, what were your options?

4) LAST RESORT OPTION - do we just settle for something that isn't an AS and always say we can trade up - has anyone gone this route? Was it worth doing this? Did you learn from it? Regret starting there?

Need and greatly appreciate all of your advice, suggestions, and plain 2 cents..

Thank you in advance!
You might want to consider renting an AS in the size you're thinking about for a week or two before you commit to two years on the road. The last thing you want is to make a significant purchase only to find out it's too big or too small 1/4 of the way through your big trip...
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:33 AM   #6
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http://www.airstreamclassifieds.com/...-29-arizona-4/
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:34 AM   #7
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Short answer to long question

We needed service on our Airstream while in Tucson and went to LazyDays RV, a certified RV dealer. Excellent service and really helpful people. I would recommend you have them check the AS. We've been boondocking in our Airstream Bambi with year and have had not problems, other than our own ignorance. We did buy a Champion Dual Fuel Source generator for power.
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:06 AM   #8
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:07 AM   #9
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Oasis RV in Tucson is great and Could be a big help! Purchased a 99 Safari and liked it so much that I traded it for a 2000 Excella that we still have and use frequently
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:42 AM   #10
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Welcome to the world of Airstreams! Not sure of your TV, but that impacts the trailer size that you may select? Your Tube channel “Big Trucks, Big RV” recommends considering a Super Duty if you will tow at least 6,000 lbs, or more. Many folks will recommend purchasing a three to five year old AS, since it will have all the kinks worked out! New AS prices - We attended the Tampa RV show and the new AS’s were being offered at about 12% below MSRP. Contacted Colonial RV in NJ and they offered to beat that price. Seems like it is a sellers market for new AS’s right now? You are receiving excellent advice. I would add another source of used AS - the AS RV parks, just look them up on the web and call the office. We are members of Top of Georgia and are purchasing a share at Land Yacht Harbor in Melbourne, FL. We just returned from a two week visit to LYH and were advised of four AS’s that were for sale. Two were sold, one for $8K and another for about $5K while we were there. These are 30’ or longer and folks in LYH like the additional space for extended visits to LYH. Advantage of these units - several folks in the park can attest to the condition and care of the trailer. IF any work is needed on the trailer, we were informed that can be obtained in the park. One older Excella was being polished while we were there. Enjoy the journey and continue to seek out advice from current Airstreamers on questions that you will come up with during this process.
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:49 AM   #11
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@OTRA15 Thank you for the tip! Very helpful!
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If I were you I would take UncleBad up on his offer to look at the 29' Excella. I can't imagine how you could live in a 25ft for two years

You said the 2007 was $20,000 less but you will spend that amount to get a proper solar system and batteries unless is already has these.

Sure you can settle on another brand but don't expect much on re sale after you are done.

You need to spend some time at a rv dealer or show and get a feel for the size that will fit you first.

If you want a total remodel to fit your needs you will far exceed the price of the Excella.

Just my thoughts for you to ponder.

Dave
Hi Dave!

Thanks for the advice. The Excella seems like a too good to be true opportunity but it would be our preferred option based on what we are looking to do.
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Old 01-19-2019, 01:30 PM   #13
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There is a person in Tucson that buys and flips AS. My caution is, that person may say it is a remodel, but what dies that mean. Are the floors inspected, frame inspected. Did theyvadd cabinets that added internal weight. What kind of insurance can you get for a ‘92. Age of the appliances. We personally have upgraded our AS 3 tiimes in 6 years. We wete fortunate that we had very good resale on our units. What is your tow vehicle? Have you gone to Colonial in NJ and actually see their expentive selection bthey have used and now is a good time purchase. Go sit in a variety of AS before you go new, used or vintage
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Yes! Looks too good to be true We have been in contact with the seller but need someone to inspect it before we would go any further in making a decision or negotiations.
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