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Old 09-27-2008, 07:38 AM   #1
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Wink Looking for new or minty used Airstreams in Canada

Hi,

My name is Deb Leblanc and I live on Salt Spring Island in BC, Canada. I've been a secret admirer of the Airstream for years - I just think they are exquisite
! I also, although some would think me a bit unusual, truly adore the inside 'dollhouse' feel of them. So much so that I have decided that I would like to live in an Airstream for a while. I quite enjoy living in small spaces but am not a city - living in a box i.e. condo, kinda girl.

So now that I've made the official decision that I'm IN LOVE with the Airstream, I need to find one to purchase. I would love to find one that has a SoHo loft kinda feel

So I'm trying to locate a dealer in Victoria or Vancouver, BC that sell new or used - minty condition Airstreams.

I run Fitness Vacation Camps on Salt Spring and don't need much space to live in - I basically enjoy and live mostly in the great outdoors.

I'm wondering if anyone out there knows of dealers in Victoria or Vancouver, BC that carry the lovely Airstreams.

Here's my site if you feel like checking it out www.debfit.com

Thanks! Deb
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:16 AM   #2
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Debfit,
It's great to have you with us. Are you looking for an Airstream for year round living? It gets mighty cold in Canada during the winter... The new Bambi's and Flying Clouds have a real modern feel or you could always buy an older model and fix it to your own liking but it may require a lot of work. Be sure to check out the classifieds section and there are several new dealer trailers on Ebay. Good luck with your search.

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Old 09-27-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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Welcome Debfit. Just be aware that Airstreams are addictive. I would search for an older model and customize to what you are looking for. It is a great experience.
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:15 AM   #4
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Deb,

Here is a Canadian dealer...

Can-Am RV > Home

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Old 09-27-2008, 10:37 AM   #5
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Deb, You need to go to Airstream.com and check the dealer locator for your area. The dealer Airhog1 listed above would be great if it wasn't 2000 miles from where you are. I bet if not a Canadien dealer is near you that you will find some good ones in the Washington state area. Good luck and keep us posted. Welcome to the group! Ed
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Old 09-27-2008, 11:44 AM   #6
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Deb,

Don't worry about it being too cold for year round living in an Airstream on Salt Spring Island. Last winter I lived full time in my Airstream just south of Seattle. It was plenty warm and comfortable and I experienced no problems due to weather. Your climate on the island is I believe quite similar.
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:09 PM   #7
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Quite correct Cameron. Salt Spring has one of the mildest climates in the country. Deb, as I mentioned in my PM to you, the local dealer isn't worth your time. Last I was there they only had two units on their lot and that was at the height of RV season. I've never been impressed with the service in their facility and when I was asking about getting parts from them, the knowledge of Airstream products on the part of their counter staff was pretty horrid. I would seriously consider George Sutton in Oregon or Airstream of Spokane. I've heard very good things about both.
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:21 PM   #8
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Deb, click on the "Classified" tab at the top of the page. About the sixth listing down is a 2006 31 foot trailer which is located in Nelson, B. C. It is already outfitted with most everything one would need to use it in a colder climate and it is nearby. Check it out.
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I would seriously consider George Sutton in Oregon or Airstream of Spokane. I've heard very good things about both.
Yup, we used to have a great AS dealer in Tacoma & Boise; no more.
Salt Spring is nice, we came close to moving there years ago, I'm a Canuck.
Get a couple of liquid-filled radiators, they're quiet and efficient.
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Get a couple of liquid-filled radiators, they're quiet and efficient.
That's what I'll be using this winter in mine. I don't trust my old furnace as I'm not sure it was repaired during the recall.
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I don't trust my old furnace as I'm not sure it was repaired during the recall.
Don't feel bad, we're getting ready to replace the second motor on a fresh Suburban.
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Everyone is different of course, but for me the liquid filled radiator heaters were not the best choice. When I had an SOB MoHo they fit in quite well, but while offering much better living, the Airstream has less usable space, and I just couldn't seem to find a good out of the way place for the larger radiator heater.

I ended up with a very small ceramic type heater with a fan. This is very quiet and very small, plus I think that it does a good job helping control humidity. I do believe though that operating costs are higher with such a unit.

I did use this heater only as secondary heating, relying upon the furnace when I was actually in the Airstream.
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Everyone is different of course, but for me the liquid filled radiator heaters were not the best choice.
I ended up with a very small ceramic type heater with a fan..
Nahh, they're not that big, we do use the ceramics to blow air in the stern
to avoid mildew when we're up here.
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Hey Deb, Sounds like you would be looking for a fairly clean used AS. With the prices of the new ones and our economy I would buy used. I found a fairly clean '65 Globetotter on The Vintage Airstream Club. Mine was located in Seattle, Washington. I have noticed that there seams to be quite a few trailers in Washington and Oregon. I trick is to buy one in fairly good condition for a reasonable price. I picked up mine four years ago for $4000. Good luck in your search. Kenny
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