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Old 03-22-2007, 05:40 PM   #15
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Welcome, and good looking...

Roger Williams is the dealer west of Ft. Worth that people speak well of here... Good service, a little biased towards Hensley Arrow Hitches, but well regarded. Airstream of Arkansas further away, but also well regarded in that area...

Depreciation is concept of value when you want or need to sell. Until then, it's all theory.. Given 20+% dealer margin on new units, initial depreciation curve is steeper in first few years, and then flattens out.. Vintage units in good condition (more than 25 years old..) are currently Appreciating... Late model units in good condition from late 1980's or early 1990's are pretty much bottomed out... In mid-sized trailers, bottom is probably 20-35% of cost of new version.. Whether to buy new or slightly used or vintage is a matter of your own preferences and tolerances for maintenance and mechanical aptitude as well as cost... If you think you might have to sell within 3 years, late model used is better economics...

You can look through classifieds here to get ideas of prices and conditions, or other web sites like Vintage Airstream Club ( or .

Best advice is to be pretty sure about how and where and how often you're going to use it, and then find one that fits. Buying one too big or small or old will just mean selling soon, and short period of ownership will be more costly. Also be sure you know what you will realistically need to pull it with, as some sales persons will cheerfully assure you that a compact pickup can easily tow a 7,000# trailer, when they can't...


In Theory, there's no difference between Theory and Practice, but in Practice, there is usually a difference...
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