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Old 11-04-2014, 09:48 AM   #15
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Hi from AZ. . . I've bought 2 used ASs, because I did not feel that I could afford new. The FC 28 I have is over $85k new these days & that's simply over my budget. mine was 2 1/2 years old, just out of warranty, and the PO had been wonderfully anal about having EVERYTHING fixed/adjusted ! I paid about half that..(the MSRP was about $70k) . .The previous AS was a 5 year old very well equipped Safari 25 (solar,etc) but not very well taken care of. It was consigned at a dealer & I paid less than half of it's original sticker. After a lot of time cleaning, new mattresses, sofa, curtains,& batteries it served us well for 30k miles over next 3 years. I was concerned that AS was pricing themselves out of the market, but half of the 8 ASs at my storage unit are new, so obviously (as usual) I don't know squat. This, my friends, & $4 will get you a coffee at Fourbucks ! ! Regards, Craig

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Old 11-04-2014, 10:07 AM   #16
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We bought a gently used, two year old Flying Cloud and could not be happier with the purchase. I purchase almost all high-dollar items used and tend to keep them for a long time...

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Old 11-04-2014, 10:18 AM   #17
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I bought used because I can't afford a new Airstream. I transitioned from a Casita 17' all fiberglass trailer to Airstream. I did a lot of research on this forum trying to learn all the pros and cons of Airstreams and what to look for in a used unit. The main issue with preowned is subfloor rot due to water intrusion.

You need to determine the size and floorplan and determine if your tow vehicle can handle the trailer. We started looking at 20, 23 and ended up with a 25fb. We also upgraded to a larger tow vehicle when we decided the 25ft models were what we wanted. You might decide a floor plan which is only available if you buy used, e.g. 25SS but then you have the problem of trying to find one that is well maintained unless you have the time and motivation to travel around the country.

Start looking at Airstreams on the closest dealers lots and see which floorplan is comfortable. Maybe a trip to Colonial Airstream in NJ would be worthwhile since they have a large inventory.

I purchased my preowned from a dealer and they threw in the Equalizer hitch with the deal.

Don't forget to research where to store your Airstream and the costs involved. I prefer a covered storage since an Airstream can't tolerate hail. Anything over pea size and I get worried.

The biggest selling point of the 2015 models from 25 and above is the ducted AC which is supposed to cool the trailer more evenly and is also much quieter but the 2015 prices have gone up dramatically.

Getting a preowned Airstream repaired maybe more difficult to get done because a lot of rv repair shops are not experienced with Airstreams. Having an Airstream is like owning an exotic car in that way. Use the the AS forums inspectors to help you check a preowned unit out.

Good luck and keep asking questions.

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Old 11-04-2014, 10:39 AM   #18
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Unless you have experience trailering or money is not an item I suggest you buy used.

I say this because it is highly unlikely you will buy what you find you really want on the first shot. New purchases tend to be driven by the eye, that's why they put the Champagne glasses on the dinette in the demo. You will end up using the physical appointments of the trailer far more often than drinking Champagne so buy used and find out what you really need at a reduced price.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:11 PM   #19
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if you find an AS with the layout and options you want used and in the condition you is very likely worth it....

We looked for a used bunkhouse for a while and they were darn near impossible to find and if one became available the logistics of going to look at it for us would be been near we splurged and bought new, 1 year in and are very happy, but I would buy used no problem....

We never got that far, but hopefully the financing on the lightly used model would prove as easy to procure and be a good rate...

My experience was approximately 17-18% off MSRP for a special order, and I was surprised that I could not get ones off the lot for 20-25%...the bunkhouse model apparently is incredibly popular or something as there was nearly no difference in price negotiations between the special order or one on the lot new for a few months...they would move either one no matter what it seemed.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:58 PM   #20
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Are you handy with tools? Do you do your own car maintenance and that sort of thing? If so, I'd go used. Like others have said, you can learn the ropes with what you think is the one you wanted and get it at a reduced price. If you made the right call on Day One, then awesome! But if after using it awhile you decide you should have gotten a different one, you can probably sell the one you have and not lose too much on it.

The older you go, to a point, the cheaper. But once you hit about 15 years old, maybe 20, then you start looking at axle replacement.

Airstreams are a lot like Corvettes or Harleys....they tend do depreciate to a point but then flatline or maybe even start going back up again. With the typical stick framed box trailer, they just keep going down until they're essentially worthless.

On the flip side, if you've never swung a wrench in your life, don't like tinkering with things, and would rather drop it off for service, I'd say go new.

Mine was 19 years old when I got it. I've had it for 8 years now and it's been a blast. I'm fairly handy though, and have replaced about everything you could think of on it. The shells last forever. Frames aren't that hard to fix. Systems you just update and replace. I've customized mine to the way I want it, and I still have a small fraction in it vs. the cost of a new one. I am 20 years from retirement, so don't have the time off to justify $110K for a new 34 footer (what they were going for a few years back). But I've got new 15k btu a/c, new fridge, new ceramic toilet, new faucets, new water heater, upgraded panel to 50amp and rewired, converted rear twins to rear king, custom bunkbed/couch combo up front to replace the gaucho, 32" flatscreen with 400w surround sound (isn't "camping" tough ha ha!), new LED lights all around, new tires, shocks, seals, sanded and repainted frame.... I didn't do it all at once. I'd replace something when it was about worn out. I've probably got $17K in it total and I would put it nearly the equal of a new one. We're quite happy with it.

That being said, those new ones sure do look nice!

Best of luck whichever way you go. Hope to see you on the road!
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:13 PM   #21
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From lack of knowledge, we started with a new 2013 25FB International Serenity and it was not the rig for us for many reasons. We traded it in on a custom ordered 31' Classic and are completely happy with that decision.
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:49 PM   #22
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If you buy a preowned from a dealer you can getting financing from them. I was going to go with Good Sam RV financing but the dealer I bought got me financing with a better rate. With a private seller you are on your own for financing. I also got a 90 day warranty and a year of Thousand Trails membership which we used several times.

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Old 11-09-2014, 12:50 AM   #23
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Ours was bought used, but the PO only mAde one trip in it before getting a bigger one. Our son bought it, made a few trips, then got transferred to Hawaii. So now it's ours. It's in near-perfect condition for a 7 year old trailer. We al got lucky on this one. and yeah, it was reasonably priced.

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