Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-02-2003, 09:54 PM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 1
Purchasing New Airstream

I am interested in buying a new Classic, probably a 31, and I was wondering what is the best way to go about this process. Are there any larger dealerships in the County that offer better discounts than other dealerships? Is there anyway to figure out what the average markup is on the retail price? Can you just go to the factory and order?
__________________

__________________
HikerMEB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2003, 11:27 PM   #2
Rivet Master<br><img src="/ugala/forums/images/5rivet.gif">
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,279
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
Welcome aboard HikerMEB!

Your profile doesn't give a location. A dealer is your best bet -- http://www.airstream.com/dealer_locator/index.html

I do note that a dealer in Texas is trying to clear out a 2003 31' Classic on eBay at this link .
__________________

__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 07:04 AM   #3
4 Rivet Member
 
ctdair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 328
Images: 3
Search the net and You will find many Dealers discounting prior model years. I however went to a local dealer as the trade in process and value where much better. I did pay full list but trade value was very good at local dealer making up for non discounted price. Take Your time and find exactly what You want whether local or long distance , If at all possible tour the factory before purchasing , it answers a lot of questions you may have. Best of all good luck
__________________
"Forbidden Wheels Clubhouse Recon Team"
S/OS #010
2004 30ft Slide Out with Hensley Arrow hitch. Pulled By 2010 Dodge 2500 Diesel 4x4 Megacab
ctdair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 07:31 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
docbluedevil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 57
Having purchased my first A/S ('04 Safari 28W) about 3 weeks ago from our local dealer (Windish RV, CO), this issue is still pretty fresh on my mind. There's a lot of helpful advice here on the forum. My 2 cents...

1) The "usual" discount on a new trailer is between 15-18% according to most forum members. This may be more true for outgoing model years than for new model years. A popular current model year trailer (e.g. '04 Safari 25) may not be as negotiable. My wife and I made a spreadsheet using a RV loan calculator (use google.com and type "RV loan calculator) comparing monthly payments based on % discount, Interest rate, and down payment. The difference between a 12% to 20% discount over a 15 year term wasn't as big as we thought. You may want to consider other factors in addition to %discount to make your final decision.

2) RV dealers are similar to auto dealers in the way they wheel and deal. Make it obvious that you are an informed consumer. Know what other dealers are asking for a similar unit.

3) I could have received a better deal on my unit if I was willing to travel a large distance for it, but it wasn't worth the time off work to travel.

4) Our local dealership as well as their A/S mechanic said that they simply do not have the time to take care of non-dealer-purchased A/S's with as much work they have on their units. Not sure if that is true (can they do that?) but that also played a factor for us as they are our closest service station at 300 miles.

Abe
__________________
Airstream: 2004 Safari 28W
2005 Chevy Suburban 2500 8.1L
docbluedevil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 07:46 PM   #5
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Talking OT

What the ..... is a Blue Devil doing in CO?
BTW my son is a Tarheel, DD is a diehard Dukie and mom is FSU all the way and guess what I am?
Aaron
__________________
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 08:58 PM   #6
Rivet Master<br><img src="/ugala/forums/images/5rivet.gif">
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,279
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
UVA by a long shot, though Ohio State wahoo's in their fight song I believe. (I couldn't figure out the strengths in being a Gopher)

Look at the culture of our country reflected on this site -- how many would look at 'DD' and come up with 'darling daughter' of course! ( or 'dearest darling'... hmm )
__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 09:08 PM   #7
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Exclamation

HEY HEY HEY UVA ALL the WAY!

You got it Bob!

needless to say ACC time is very wild around here!

Actually the one that blows peoples' minds is "BB" which is what I call my DW Beautiful Bride

Aaron
__________________
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 09:23 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Tinsel Loaf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 790
We LOVE our 2002 31' Classic. Looks like the one on E bay. Paid 45K just like the starting bid.
__________________
Tinsel Loaf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 09:46 PM   #9
New Member
 
BMW1200's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 1
Hi everybody, brand new here and am wondering about buying a used Airstream. Maybe a new one.

Thanks to Moe, I'm here with questions upon questions, I've always loved the A/S, especially the way it looks, so please give me all the info you can , thanks Herb
__________________
Herb
03' F250, V10, 4x4, extra cab, handshaker, shortbox
04' Cayanne
Oldest rookie firefighter on EWVFD, with new titanium hip.
WANT AN A/S BAD
BMW1200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 10:52 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
docbluedevil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 57
Aaron,

Aren't devils supposed to live in hot environs? It's in the 100s here in the summer. But it's a dry heat compared to those nasty summers in Durham! I can remember sweating while I took a shower.

As where your allegiance may lie, I suppose I can co-habitate with you on this forum despite who you may root for. But if is not with dear old Duke, I will pray for you.

Abe
__________________
Airstream: 2004 Safari 28W
2005 Chevy Suburban 2500 8.1L
docbluedevil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2003, 11:37 PM   #11
Cartoon Character
 
Porky Pig's Avatar
 
2004 34' Classic
On The Road , U.S.A.
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 885
Images: 10
Quote:
Originally posted by BMW1200
Hi everybody, brand new here and am wondering about buying a used Airstream. Maybe a new one.

Thanks to Moe, I'm here with questions upon questions, I've always loved the A/S, especially the way it looks, so please give me all the info you can , thanks Herb
Welcome Herb,

Always great to see another DieselStop member among the Airstream ranks.
__________________
Porky

TrailerGypsies.com
WBCCI #3405 — Escapees #80360

I live the life I love and I love the life I live.
-- Willie Dixon
Porky Pig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2003, 07:32 AM   #12
Rivet Master
 
RoadKingMoe's Avatar
 
2001 34' Limited
The State of , Ohio
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,605
Images: 23
Quote:
Originally posted by BMW1200
Hi everybody, brand new here and am wondering about buying a used Airstream. Maybe a new one.

Thanks to Moe, I'm here with questions upon questions, I've always loved the A/S, especially the way it looks, so please give me all the info you can , thanks Herb
Glad to see you made it over here, Herb. I'll start you out looking at Airstream's website for current models and list prices. Your '03 F250 V10 4X4 should be able to pull anything there. Since Airstream went to the new web format, the specs are missing the GVWR and the cargo capacity of different models is calculated differently. Some state cargo capacity without subtracting water and propane, and some do subtract it.

Here's their Frequently Asked Questions page.

Here's their Weights PDF file. It'll give you an idea what models were produced what year, as well as the missing GVWR.

Dig in!
__________________
Maurice
RoadKingMoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2003, 03:50 PM   #13
3 Rivet Member
 
1986 31' Sovereign
Lenox , Georgia
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 103
Hiker MEB.........

did anyone actually answer your question? As a Floridian, call Gates Airstream in Tampa and get their bottom line on the coach you want. Let them know you are going to shop it around, even it means going into another State for pick-up. Let's face it, if you can save 2-3 grand, it could be worth going after it. There are a lot of good used Airstreams coming on the market in the Melbourne, Florida, area due to the shutting down of a big Airstream-exclusive park there. It may be worth a trip over if you are close. Your truck is big enough to pull stumps, much less the largest of all Airstreams. Good luck.

Joe
__________________

__________________
joe hall is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Announcing Airstream Life magazine! Airstream Life Commercial Listings 29 10-14-2004 07:52 PM
airstream! airstream! airstream! 83Excella Our Community 0 03-23-2002 11:37 PM
Airstream Related List Servers Andy R Link Archive 0 02-22-2002 03:05 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.