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Old 11-12-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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Hello from North Carolina,

Currently own an aluminum 1500lb LivinLite CampLite 11RD travel trailer. We enjoy travel trailer camping in NC & SC. Will eventually go on camping trips in the Western and NE states, too.

Started looking at new & used Airstream TTs today at the dealership in Colfax NC. Beautiful campers. Love the aluminum skins/rivets inside & out. Have been looking at larger CampLites and fiberglass TTs. We decided today to take a serious look at used Airstreams up to 5000lb GVWR.

Will be reading threads & eventually asking questions.

Thanks in Advance!
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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Hey Bill & Debbie!! Greetings from up the road in Winston Salem Welcome to the air forums & soaking up all this great information.
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Drove through Winston Salem today to visit the AS dealer.

Thanks for the Welcome!!!
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Welcome! We love Newbies!

Several bits of advice as you begin searching...
1. It is worth attending a Forum Rally or WBCCI event to talk to a bunch of owners, look inside their trailers, and get better feel for sizes, floorplans and vintage differences to help you decide what you really want and need..
2. Once you have zero'd in on a size and age and model, be patient and expand search to include at least several hundred mile radius around your home.. < The used market is almost a "National Market" and members here have and will drive over 1,000 miles to get a trailer that is perfect fit..>
3. Age and condition drive prices in a size range. Most buyers of "Fixer-uppers" seem to underestimate the work needed to restore a "rough" Airstream, and over-estimate their abilities.. You shouldn't tackle a real elderly trailer in poor condition unless you are very comfortable with skills in metalworking, carpentry, plumbing and electrical wiring, plus some cabinet-making and flooring ability..
4. And finally, if working with a dealer, don't assume that the line "Sure, you can pull it with that.." is the truth.. Look at owner's manual of tow vehicle, get actual GVWR rating for towing, and don't casually buy a trailer with GVWR more than 80% of that number, since you need a reserve to cover stuff in the tow vehicle (people, luggage, tools, etc..) as well as hitching equipment, which are added to GVWR of trailer..
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:26 PM   #5
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Hello from North Carolina,

Currently own an aluminum 1500lb LivinLite CampLite 11RD travel trailer. We enjoy travel trailer camping in NC & SC. Will eventually go on camping trips in the Western and NE states, too.

Started looking at new & used Airstream TTs today at the dealership in Colfax NC. Beautiful campers. Love the aluminum skins/rivets inside & out. Have been looking at larger CampLites and fiberglass TTs. We decided today to take a serious look at used Airstreams up to 5000lb GVWR.

Will be reading threads & eventually asking questions.

Thanks in Advance!
Gee, you didn't see the LivinLite fold-out sitting by the showroom?
That 5K GVW really narrows the field.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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Welcome! We love Newbies!

Several bits of advice as you begin searching...
1. It is worth attending a Forum Rally or WBCCI event to talk to a bunch of owners, look inside their trailers, and get better feel for sizes, floorplans and vintage differences to help you decide what you really want and need..
2. Once you have zero'd in on a size and age and model, be patient and expand search to include at least several hundred mile radius around your home.. < The used market is almost a "National Market" and members here have and will drive over 1,000 miles to get a trailer that is perfect fit..>
3. Age and condition drive prices in a size range. Most buyers of "Fixer-uppers" seem to underestimate the work needed to restore a "rough" Airstream, and over-estimate their abilities.. You shouldn't tackle a real elderly trailer in poor condition unless you are very comfortable with skills in metalworking, carpentry, plumbing and electrical wiring, plus some cabinet-making and flooring ability..
4. And finally, if working with a dealer, don't assume that the line "Sure, you can pull it with that.." is the truth.. Look at owner's manual of tow vehicle, get actual GVWR rating for towing, and don't casually buy a trailer with GVWR more than 80% of that number, since you need a reserve to cover stuff in the tow vehicle (people, luggage, tools, etc..) as well as hitching equipment, which are added to GVWR of trailer..
Thanks for the great info!
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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Gee, you didn't see the LivinLite fold-out sitting by the showroom?
That 5K GVW really narrows the field.
The 5K goal is for my current TV with max tow capacity of 6300lbs. May have to buy a larger TV, if we go larger than 5K GVW. Learning about Air Stream for now.

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Old 11-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #8
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The 5K goal is for my current TV with max tow capacity of 6300lbs. May have to buy a larger TV, if we go larger than 5K GVW. Learning about Air Stream for now.

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If you do get an Airstream from that dealership, I'll be the one doing your orientation. Feel free to bring along a notepad or digital camcorder to record the festivities.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:03 PM   #9
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^Terry--do you ever do an orientation for those that don't purchase at ODM? Just curious...cause I'm gonna need that!
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:05 PM   #10
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If you do get an Airstream from that dealership, I'll be the one doing your orientation. Feel free to bring along a notepad or digital camcorder to record the festivities.
Talked to Ben & Jason today. You guys have some beautiful Air Streams @ ODM. Have to admit, we have not seen nicer interiors in a travel trailer compared to what we saw today.

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Old 11-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #11
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^Terry--do you ever do an orientation for those that don't purchase at ODM? Just curious...cause I'm gonna need that!
We do, when I'm not buried in work. We charge by the hour for doing this, at our shop rate. No extra charge for the zippy one-liners I throw in along the way.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:23 PM   #12
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Welcome aboard and good luck in your search. Take your time as there are some great options out there, but as always something comes along after you buy something.
You can go to the Airstream.com site as well and look up the weights of all Airstream trailers built. This will help in your used purchase (as an option) based on your weight that you want to be at. The older Airstreams are lighter for their length, something to consider, but will come with a price in possible upgrades, but well worth it in the long run IMHO. We own a 1972 INT 31' LY (third owner, 19 years as the owner) and have upgraded from U-shape leather dinette, drapes, axles, grey tank, floor..... and are still around 5400#. All the work and parts purchased at ODM and done over years. Can't say enough about the team over there. But like you guys after five tow vehicles all 3/4 ton, we continue to look at the newer models to include the new LY as that is something that would be worth upgrading to with all we've put into the 72, as it is very comfortable. This lifestyle is addicting, but the community is great.
good luck in your adventure and your in the right area to get some great assistance and advice.

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Old 11-12-2013, 09:23 PM   #13
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SL4BLLT,

Know what you mean about buying something and seeing something better soon after. Will be patient!!!

We were originally tent campers. Next we purchased an A-Frame camper that ended up with wood floor rot. We decided to buy the CampLite next with the aluminum plank floor. Looked at fiberglass campers, but favor aluminum campers & airplanes.

Plan to learn about Air Stream to eventually fill our needs with our next purchase.

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