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Old 05-20-2006, 09:12 PM   #1
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I am interested in a short term lease in far northeast Illinois. My intention is to park in the rear of my property while my house is being worked on for maybe a month or two this summer (or fall, when the contractor can get to it.) I have not been able to find any leads at all, as most rentals are short term and way too expensive. I do not intend to travel with the trailer and I'd like the shower option. We've never owned an Airstream but we've admired the ones we've seen. Purchasing an inexpensive used model has crossed my mind, but funds are tight. Any ideas?

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Old 05-20-2006, 09:29 PM   #2
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Airstream of Chicago (in Bolingbrook) says that they rent units. I have no idea what prices are like, etc. Tom

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Old 05-21-2006, 05:44 AM   #3
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Potter, sometimes you have to think outside the silver tube.... Consider buying a unit and then reselling it. Larger AS's are going cheaper than small.

You may also find a Park Model trailer of the SOB type easier than an Airstream.

Remodels, be they home or trailer, always go on far longer than expected. Ask anyone who undertood the job lately how long they planned, when did they "think" it would be completed. Plan for three months longer than what it will take.
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Old 05-21-2006, 07:06 PM   #4
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What Glen said. I would buy a used Airstream and then resell once you're done. I'm doing the same as you except I'll be living in mine for the better part of a year while my house gets built. I picked up a very nice 1972 Tradewind (25') for a very good price and thought I'd be able to sell it for more than I bought it. The hitch here is that I love it so much, I really don't think I'll be selling it any time soon! I would seriously look at purchasing and older unit as you'll likely be able to get back what you payed for it (maybe more if you put somework into it while you're living in it).
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Old 05-22-2006, 07:45 AM   #5
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Airstream are not usually used for rentals due to the price of purchase. I agree if you can afford to buy one do it then resell it. They hold their value and sell fairly quickly. Who knows, you may catch the bug and decide to keep it and start camping. Another suggestion would be to try Crystal Valley RV right in your back yard. They are a big SOB seller and may have a used unit that would fit your needs.
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Old 05-25-2006, 09:58 PM   #6
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Thank you for your comments. It looks like I've got my work cut out for me but I will continue to check this site for helpful and up to date info.
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Old 05-25-2006, 10:59 PM   #7
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My guess is that you could purchase one for less than anybody would be willing to lease it to you for.

Then you turn around and sell it when you are done and recoup your money...thus almost using it for free.


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