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Old 03-17-2009, 01:05 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by SteSpot View Post
said "You have some fun homework to decide the size and floorplan that will make you happy.....there are lots of opinions posted here to help you with that...oh, and find some local rallys that you can drop in on to meet the friendly people and see their rigs.....unfortunately or fortunately once you have aluminitis there is no cure but ownership...and this should be an excellent time to buy.....wishing you good luck on your journey....pj
Hanlon - Great advise here. Our WBCCI Region 9 rally in Waco is coming up towards the end of this month. Check the rally section here for specfics. This would be a GREAT opportunity for you to meet lots of great Airstream folks and check out tons of sizes & floorplans.

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Old 03-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #16
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Hello Hanlon and welcome to the forums!

Very sage advice in the above threads, listen wisely! You will never regret doing your homework, and looking is at least 1/2 of the fun! When you want a "short trailer" let us know what you think "short" is.... mine is about as short as they get... took me years to find her, and then a total frame off restoration was in order (thanks to my hubby!) Globe Trotters are nice and small enough to go anywhere we can... and a bit more available.

I would suggest taking a look at the rally schedule above and see if there are any where you might be traveling. Rallies are great places to see all sorts of Airstreams, in all sorts of usable conditions with lots of personalization! Besides, you will likely be able to meet with other Airstreamers, get invited to a potluck and enjoy the campfire! In addition to a great time you will learn about 'streams and get to ask all the questions you want!

In this economy you should be able to find a nice usable Airstream at a fair price. It will only require time and effort on your part. Be sure and take up the offers for folks here on the forum to inspect them for you, many will do it for free and others may ask for gas money if they have to travel a ways.

The older Airstreams are wonderful, but if you go back to the 70's or later you will find more "problems" with stuff like power supplies not being adequate, etc. broken water/holding tanks... so really make a thorough and complete list of stuff to look at. I know somewhere on this forum is a nice list of inspection points... I just can't remember where... you might do a search, but the search function on this software is a bit lacking. Maybe someone will read and remember and post the link!

Good luck! You won't regret getting into Airstreaming! For us it has been great, we have met wonderful people, and at rallies there are couples, singles, kids, oldsters, everyone is welcomed! Doesn't get much better!

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Old 03-17-2009, 07:25 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by CaddyGrn View Post
so really make a thorough and complete list of stuff to look at. I know somewhere on this forum is a nice list of inspection points... I just can't remember where... you might do a search, but the search function on this software is a bit lacking. Maybe someone will read and remember and post the link!
Here's the link to the checklist...
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:28 PM   #18
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Moving fast is important. Distance from the trailer for sale can be a problem. Just last week we called on a trailer in PA and the seller said your the first ones to call. We set it up for an inspection the following day. A good guy was all set up to inspect it for us. We just could not "say here is the money", without it being looked at. I called the seller at lunch just before Carl was headed out to look at it and the seller had just sold. I said "what???" The seller said it was easier selling to someone local than someone over 400 miles away. He could have at least called. Sooooo... If you call on a trailer and the seller says I already got someone coming do you race over if it is close enough and buy it out from under them? Or do you do the 'gentlemanly' thing and wait your 'turn'?
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:41 PM   #19
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Having just finished our search and purchase about 4 weeks ago, this topic is new and fresh in our minds. We always wanted an airstream, but ruled it out due to perceived price. We searched for a SOB for weeks to no avail within our $3000 limit. Then, a co-worker highlighted a local auction that an Airstream that had sat for 25 years was to be sold. This started the wheels turning...we searched and researched. We posted, we read, we replied. In the end, we found that we were willing to stretch the budget for an Airstream and in the end dropped $6500 on a 1974 27' Overlander. Since then, we've put about $200 in parts and hours worth of labor into sprucing things up. I still think we got a heck of a deal, though. Anyway, search search and search again. My wife and I sat next to the PC for 1-2 hours a night looking for a trailer / Airstream and in the end it was a fluke search on Google for "Airstream for sale Ohio" that returned our camper on Kijiji. We thought: no way is it still available, but we emailed, then called, then visited, then bought. Bottom line: some advice that was given to us in the forums here...don't get hung up on the first one you find. There are indeed others. Take your time and make an informed decision. Look at many Airstreams. Find the one that fits you. We were stuck on a 31' Sovereign, we ended up with a 27' Sovereign because it was the best combo. for what we wanted and it was in great shape. Good luck, and welcome to the group/club.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:04 PM   #20
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Looking for a little one for that Frontier.........?

I am in the process of trying to prove the value of my Caravelle and while looking for documentation online, I came across several small trailers on this website: Airstream Trailers Classified Ads

Best of luck to you in your search. Once bitten, it's all a labor of love...

Have fun,

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Old 03-17-2009, 10:39 PM   #21
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Look at lots and lots and lots of trailers.

Hi, Hanlon. I see that you are getting lots of good advice here. I'm a newbie here, too, but have been a "lurker" for a loooonnnng time. I have wanted an Airstream forever. I have looked seriously for about 2 1/2 years. Since it is just me now (I'm 55) I decided to look at 25 feet and below. I looked at hundreds of trailers (not all Airstreams). I love the layout of the 20' since it has counterspace, but decided on a 16' Bambi for now. I looked for a few months on the forums, craigslist and dealer websites from here to New Jersey. A few weeks ago, I finally found one on Craigslist in L.A. It had the Bambi layout I like and the CCD cabinets. It even had upholstery to match my alma mater, UOP. It was almost completely unused so in fabulous shape. I emailed the owner several times to ask questions that came to mind. Within a couple of days, we had arrived at a mutually agreed price. So, for well less than half the price of brand new, I have a beautiful 2004 Bambi. My son-in-law, bless him, drove the 400 mi. to look at it and make sure all was as agreed, hand over the money and drive the 400 miles back. She needed some cleaning and having someone knowledgeable to go through the electric, water and propane systems to make sure all is in good order, but she is ready to go campin'! I have found in my search that:
1) If you want to pull with your current vehicle, make absolutely sure of the towing capacity. Not just gross vehicle weight, but tongue weight as well, to make sure that you do not exceed these weights. In fact, several people on the forums here recommend that you stay well under. Many have recommended that you find your trailer first, then find a tow vehicle (tv) but since I was buying used, I felt that if I want to buy a bigger trailer later, then I could probably sell for pretty close to what I paid for the trailer and get a bigger trailer and appropriate tv later. Anyway, I decided to use my 2003 4Runner, so had to find a trailer that could be towed by it. Look in you manual and ask online. I looked at many a new trailer and all the dealers told me that I could pull up to 25' with my tv, which is NOT true. They will tell you what you want to hear. So make sure you know before you go.
2) Look at all of the possible layouts. There are so many. I spent hours on the AS website looking at and comparing layouts. Some are fabulous and some, to me, are not well very well thought out. I LOVE the European ones but, alas, we cannot buy them here. You will, hopefully, have your AS for a LONG time and you want to be comfortable in it. We are all different, but something will speak to you when you see one you like/love. I was warned off the 16' Bambi as being too small, but many people wrote that they think it is just the right size for them.
3) I would think twice about getting an AS over twenty years or so old because you can nickle and dime yourself trying to get it ready to roll. It also can take some major expertise when you open these things up and see the miles of electrical wiring. propane tubing and pumps, tanks, etc., etc... If you are ready for that sort of challenge, then more power to you, but it's nice to know that you can hit the road within a reasonable amount of time and not have to wait for the zillionth part from a warehouse or ebay. Perhaps you can find one that someone else has put the blood, sweat and tears into already and get a fabulous vintage AS.

I go on my first real trip in a couple of weeks (Casini Ranch, CA) and am thrilled with my new silver home. I am glad that I spent so much time looking for just the right one for me. My best to you in your search! Let us all know how it goes.


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