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Old 07-16-2006, 08:00 PM   #1
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Hi All!

Just joined last week and already posting.. thought I'd introduce myself/ourselves here however.

My wife Kate and are upcoming Airstream owners (final stages of decision making)! Been spending a LOT of time learning a lot from the wealth of info everyone has shared on here. Thanks all!! We've also spent about 16 hours on the road while on vacation last week to vist airstreams up close in person at several dealerships in both eastern US and Canada. We're especially interested in the 75th anniversary model (19ft Bambi) by the way.

We currently have a 4x10ft teardrop which we are very passionate about and have spent a LOT of time camping in, but wanting to camp more with a bit more comfort/luxury.. well an Airstream was the answer (hard to resist). Will be hard to leave the teardrop in the driveway mind you!

Definately an Airstream will allow us to extend our season and be comfortable during foul weather as well as allow us to work while on the road.

I've spent hours and hours reading everyones posts, especially on tow vehicles and safety which I really appreciate.

Glad to see lots of other Canucks on here!

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Old 07-16-2006, 08:30 PM   #2
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Cool website guys! You won't know what to do with all the room. However you may miss relocating your trailer by hand...don't try that with an AS...
It seems the Canadians are coming...we've had a real influx from the north lately.
I was wondering when I read another post from a CDN about the sales tax thing on TT's. I know normal stuff rings the register at 16% over retail but how about on your trailer purchase?
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Old 07-16-2006, 09:40 PM   #3
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Cool website guys! You won't know what to do with all the room. However you may miss relocating your trailer by hand...don't try that with an AS...
It seems the Canadians are coming...we've had a real influx from the north lately.
I was wondering when I read another post from a CDN about the sales tax thing on TT's. I know normal stuff rings the register at 16% over retail but how about on your trailer purchase?
Hi Glen,

Yup I won't even try to more the AS!

As far as sales tax goes... we have to first deal with the dollar exchange which isn't bad these days. A $10,000 US purchase is about $12,400 Cdn today. A few years back that would have been $16,500!!! Tax is 14% as of July, prior to that it was %15.
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:16 AM   #4
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Welcome Dave!

I too have been very impressed with all the knowledge here on these boards - very invaluable!

What are you planning on doing with your beloved teardrop once the Bambi arrives??

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Old 07-17-2006, 08:34 AM   #5
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Welcome Dave and Kate

Great Website - you for sure should be looking in to the Vintage Units - they just have the flavour for down home camping and fun.

Although the new 75th Bambi - is so very much like the combined Caravel/GlobeTrotter of the 67- 69's

Our is pretty much original except for the usual functional replacements and soft goods like curtains and cushions.

If you hunt long enough you can find a nice one in good shape - if you are willing to pay a little extra - but if you are looking at a new Bambi then the higher prices for the better condition Vintage should not phase you.

We are just west of you in South Bay Stoney Lake - a short trip down Hwy 7 or take the back roads near Algoquin Park and then South towards Apsley.

There are a lot of People into Airstreams in the "Eastern" region - but they all belong to one Unit - Ontario Unit - well our membership will lapse with them this year but we are staying with WBCCI. Went to a couple of Rallies and a few other functions - All nice people but their idea of camping is arena tarmak parking lots with 30 amp and satelite dish set up as being the first priorty - the next is food -which is not so bad but the Unit is so big(70+ trailers at each function) that you feel like you are in a "soupline" for every meal - or better yet an organized sports dinner with all the INDOOR round tables......But for many of the older members - that is there thing! and who are we to change it.

What is desparately needed in this neck of the woods would be a new unit with either vintage units or leave it open for the "currently looking" members as well as those with new Airstreams that have a passion for the history of their camper.

Anyway if you are looking to check out some vintage units we have two - one is under repair and smells as vintage as she looks and the other just a few more little touches we want to do - she is going up on the market possibly this summer - but not 100% sure yet. Toying between the 26' Overlander and the 21'GlobeTrotter and which one will be the keeper - we love the layout of the GlobeTrotter and the open roomy dinette - bathroom a little small and to hang out in it for a month with 2 big dogs can get a bit much. She is light and easy to tow into small places. The Overlander is 8 years older and has a real vintage look to her that caught our eye. It is thinner, easy to see when trailering, but the windows are small and low giving a little bit of a closed in feel to it. The couch system although missing in this trailer is just not our cup of tea - much rather make couches that double as beds and also seats for a dinette table - gives you lots of room should bad weather hit the weekend and you retire to an afternoon of cards and .

Happy looking! (You can see pics of both in the member photo section GT6921)
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Old 07-17-2006, 12:50 PM   #6
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Welcome Dave!

I too have been very impressed with all the knowledge here on these boards - very invaluable!

What are you planning on doing with your beloved teardrop once the Bambi arrives??

Michelle
I could never part with our teardrop (at least at this time)... we'll probably use it for short 2 day trips. Its been a blast!
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Old 07-17-2006, 06:41 PM   #7
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Welcome Dave from a recently new member also from Orleans !
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Yes it's nice to hear from my airstreamers in Canada. It doesn't matter where you live, these trailers are so unique!!!It doesn't matter which campground you visit these trailes are talked about!!
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Is that part of the fun? The travelling around with the Airstreams, people waving at you on the road?

Sounds like it would be a hoot!
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Macfrodge,

I see that the Ontario Unit of WBCCCI has a fall Rally in Almonte which might be fun to join. See http://www.ontarioairstream.org/

I've been checking on storage in the Ottawa Valley. I'm mostly interested in indoor storage for the Winter. How about yourself? I'll post some info on this shortly. So far only Echo Farm Storage seems to offer indoor storage for RV's at this point.
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Welcome Dave from a recently new member also from Orleans !
Hey John, did you get your AS from RV Canada? Welcome neighbour!
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I've been wondering about storage myself. My in-laws live in the sticks (between Smiths Falls and Carleton Place) and have a huge 5th wheel. I don't think they'd have a problem with us storing anything there, but I wouldn't mind looking at something a little closer - much like that Echo Farm storage. Would be OK for me (I'm in Ottawa, near Mooney's Bay/Riverside) but that's kind of southwest out of town for the Orleans folks -

What about Primo? It's still in the west end, Moodie Dr.

http://www.primoselfstorage.com/boat.shtml

Don't know anything about them though.
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Hi Dave
Yes I did,but you have to be carefull with them as their asking price is ABOVE retail by a fair bit. Best thing to do is to go to the Airstream website, go to the dealer links where you will find dealer inventory complete with the actual window stickers listing all options and retail price.
Figure about a 30% markup built into this price and go from there. In my case I beat them over the head with quotes from some American dealers and ended up buying it at 15% below list- some $20,000 less than their starting asking price. Good luck in your search.
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Well for winter storage Echo Farm is close enough... although they have limited indoor space.

Looks like Primo is only outdoors. There is a place here in Orleans that also has outdoor storage. Thats not going to be a problem if you don't mind outside as there are several places. I'd worry about those once in a blue moon hail storms though
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