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Old 12-14-2006, 05:49 PM   #15
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We will be looking for you at the Rally in 29Palms. We'll show you our new and old trailers and tell you more than you want to know.

See you there.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:14 PM   #16
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One consideration should be "Are you handy"! If you're a "hands on" person and enjoy the work, then used is perfectly acceptable. If you are "all thumbs", new is going to save you a lot of hassles. I have a friend who owned a '98 Safari '25, bought new, but he was always complaining about it. Every time he used it some new "issue" would come up. He is a successful engineer, but he couldn't translate that to handiness with his trailer. He sold it in disgust after 6 months and bought a Big Foot. Our first long trip in our new to us '97 Excella 25 rendered a list of 51 items which required attention. It took weeks to get everything fixed, but since then it has been an absolute pleasure to use.
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:59 PM   #17
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Did you buy it?

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I saw something about members who are willing to do an inspection on a trailer--how do you see if there is anyone in your area who would do something like that. The AS we are looking at is in Marina del Rey, CA.

Really appreciate any help you can give. Thanks.
Just wondering if you bought that trailer? And welcome to the forums. pj
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:46 AM   #18
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New or Used

We bought new after looking at a lot of used Airstreams. In our case, we kept changing our minimum requirements as we saw more units and did more research. We tested our requirements against what we would be saving with a used unit, because the lower price was attractive. In the end, due to a number of factors (features, unresponsive sellers or ones that refused to negotiate, condition of some used units like the 2000 19' Bambi that had set on the Florida ocean front all its life and was ready to break in half) we choose new.

With a new unit, you know how it has been cared for and what happens to it is your doing--its your dirt. We generally buy new, because we keep things a long time. We keep our cars 8 - 10 years so the first years depreciation isn't such a financial blow over the lifetime of the unit. As long as I don't let Pat look at a Classic, we'll probably keep the one we just bought a long time too. BTW: It's in covered storage to avoid the harsh Florida sun and the Atlantic seabreeze.
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:09 PM   #19
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Too Late

Unfortunately we were too late and someone else bought the airstream we were looking at which is maybe for the best as we weren't completely sold on that particular one. I tend to do a lot of research before we buy something which can be good--or bad

We have started the process of making the change--just traded in our toad for a Chev Suburban 1500 6.0 engine which will be our TV and we will be putting the motorhome up for sale in the new year.

I appreciate all the advice we received and will keep it in mind as we continue our search.

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Old 12-17-2006, 01:53 PM   #20
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Good luck with the search.....
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dont forget to look at"vintage"they are realy coooooooool
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