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Old 10-03-2014, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hello. My name is Toby. My wife and I live in Sonoma County CA. We don't own an Airstream...yet. Today we took the first step and went to Bay Area Airstream in Fairfield to look at trailers. What a place! A bit overwhelming the sheer number of coaches there. I'm retiring in a couple of years so I wanted to get one before that happens, so I'd be used to it before we started taking longer trips that we're planning after I retire.

I've been lurking around here for the last few days reading up on what all ya' all are doing. I'm sure to add to that soon. I have a few questions regarding my truck (it's a 2004 F-150 FX4, 5.4L, 3:73, 4R70W transmission that needs a rebuild or replace before I start towing), and I'm sure to have questions as I progress through the process of purchasing our first AS.
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:04 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome. I recently retired and now enjoy traveling around this great country of ours in our Airstream. Ours is old and has many miles and many memories on it already. It is nice to be all warm and cozy on a cold, rainy night with all the comforts of home. There are lots of campers out there, but Airstreams are special. It's like sleeping in a Lear jet fuselage! They tow nicely, and last a long time.

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Old 10-04-2014, 07:50 AM   #3
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My wife and I love our 2013 F150 Ecoboost. It handles our 2008 30' Classic very well. No problems accelerating to merge on the freeway. It is set up for max tow, 11.3 k lbs, and with a Hendley hitch, makes cornering and backing a breeze.


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Old 10-04-2014, 07:55 AM   #4
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I have the same truck and replaced the engine at 150,000 miles. The new engine tows the 25 Ft FC just fine. Over 4,000 miles as of now, no issues.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:21 AM   #5
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How much was the engine replacement? I have to do something about my transmission too. Hard shift, kicks every now and then. I'd rather not buy a new TV and a new AS at the same time.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:38 AM   #6
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Six grand, including labor, for a FORD engine. That is important as the cam solenoids went out after 12,000 miles, and the work was warranty and subsequently free. I have a great mechanic in Napa that did it in five days. PM if you want his contact info or call me.

I was in Napa shopping in Fairfield. I would suggest you call Lauren at Colonial in New Jersey when you know what you want. I saved $10,000 going to the east coast, and another $5,000 by becoming a resident of South Dakota (3% sales tax versus 10% in Napa, CA.)

I also put Billstein shocks in the rear of the truck, and airbags...tows like a dream...
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:59 AM   #7
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Hi Toby
I am also looking forward to retiring but I am trying to eliminate nasty future maintenance items related to the tv or the Airstream. Therefore, new stuff only since the maintenance is much more predicable and it is easier to smooth out cash flow. I am sure you know the routine, no surprises. Do it soon. Adds to longevity. Jim


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Old 10-04-2014, 01:57 PM   #8
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Six grand, including labor, for a FORD engine. That is important as the cam solenoids went out after 12,000 miles, and the work was warranty and subsequently free. I have a great mechanic in Napa that did it in five days. PM if you want his contact info or call me.

I was in Napa shopping in Fairfield. I would suggest you call Lauren at Colonial in New Jersey when you know what you want. I saved $10,000 going to the east coast, and another $5,000 by becoming a resident of South Dakota (3% sales tax versus 10% in Napa, CA.)

I also put Billstein shocks in the rear of the truck, and airbags...tows like a dream...
I visited Fairfield yesterday with my wife. First time. Saw ALOT of trailers. I think we narrowed it down to the 2015 27' Queen bed Flying Cloud (but you know how that goes!). MSRP is $88,181 and it had the awning package as well as a few other options on it. Is buying these anything like buying a car? Any negotiating?
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Totally open to negotiation. But from personal experience I can tell you that you need to talk with Lauren at Colonial in New Jersey...use my name...Vincent Goetz.
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Old 10-05-2014, 02:05 AM   #10
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I suggest you strike your best deal with a local AS dealer if you can. You will definitely have warranty issues to resolve, and it's good to know whether your dealer has a strong service department. If you can handle that stuff yourself, than disregard.
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Old 10-05-2014, 05:33 PM   #11
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Howdy! I would make best "deal" Wherever. If u are traveling you won't be by your purchasing dealer anyway! If you will only camp locally then buy locally. As for the TV, that is your call on repair/replace. I went with new TV so I hope to have less worry. But that's your call. On the AS I bought used and have repaired as I go along. You will have trouble doing on the road deep repairs without proper tool access. If a new AS, you must find an AS dealer to repair..under warranty. Nothin diff from any type trailer. You will take big "hit" on Depreciation. That is a reason I bought used.
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