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Old 09-12-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
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Which comes first?

This is my first time posting but I LOVE all the advice on here. My question: what do I buy first, the chicken (tow vehicle) or the egg (Airstream)? I see one online that I really really want! Used 25' Safari twin with no dinette. There is no volunteer inspector listed for the state where it is located. It is at a dealer in a different part of the U.S.

I have had a '64 19' Globetrotter and an '88 25' Excella so I am not a complete newby. Would you advise me to fly to the dealer and examine it myself? Or put a deposit on it and wait for the tow vehicle so I can bring it home?

Want some additions done (solar, fantastic, television/DVD, substitute flooring for carpet) so should I contract the dealer to do that, or take it to a Camping World in my state?

My plans are to dump my "stuff" and be a full-timer. I had a taste of it before and it has always been my dream.

Opinions wanted!

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Old 09-12-2011, 09:05 AM   #2
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I'd get the egg first, then get the chicken to match its size/weight.

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Old 09-12-2011, 09:43 AM   #3
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You could do a member search for the State and town the AS is at and then send a private message to the people who are the closest to the trailer. I did that @ a year ago and it worked for me. PM me if you need help. I also think buy the AS first and then but the correct TV.

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Old 09-12-2011, 09:43 AM   #4
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Martha,
Welcome Home! Like you, Linda and I looked long and hard to find our perfect AS. As you know, seeing it first hand is probably Too Important a step to skip. We bought ours before we had enough truck to really pull it, but that (my opinion) was OK. We got the truck later.
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I'd get the egg first, then get the chicken to match its size/weight.

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Yup, what Lynn said.
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:18 PM   #6
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Tow vehicles are many, varied and plentiful. If you don't already have a capable tow vehicle, find the Airstream you can't pass up and then get a tow vehicle to go with it. For the particular Airstream you mentioned (25' Safari), there are LOTS of capable tow vehicles.

I haven't heard many great reviews of Camping World service for Airstreams. It's possible that there may be a Camping World location somewhere that is specifically an Airstream dealer that may be the exception to the rule, but my impression is that Camping World should be low on the list of preferred locations for service beyond the basics like electric brakes and tongue jacks that are the same for most every RV.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:06 PM   #7
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Martha,

Seems odd that this will be your third trailer, but you have no TV.

Maybe to "dump your stuff" could mean to cut down to only one Airstream...?
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Good advice about the A/S coming 1st. Thanks so much for your input.

Aage - I was married to a navy guy and when he was at sea in the summer I took my 3 kids and my dog exploring in the 1st A/S. When he was posted overseas I didn't have a place to leave it for 3 years so I sold it. Then when he retired we bought a brand new one so he could have the joy. We roamed all over. But his health went suddenly bad and so I reluctantly sold the Classic Excella. Now after 16 years he is gone. I am in an apartment so it is only a matter of giving my kids what they want and selling/donating the rest.

After reading your suggestions, I am thinking of flying to the state where the dealer is and looking at the A/S first hand.

Thanks again for your advice!!!

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Old 09-12-2011, 02:24 PM   #9
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Sorry, Clemdogmom, I completely misunderstood: I thought that you already had two trailers in your possession, and were looking to have another one for a total of three, all at the same time.

My mistake.
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Good advice about the A/S coming 1st. Thanks so much for your input.

Aage - I was married to a navy guy and when he was at sea in the summer I took my 3 kids and my dog exploring in the 1st A/S. When he was posted overseas I didn't have a place to leave it for 3 years so I sold it. Then when he retired we bought a brand new one so he could have the joy. We roamed all over. But his health went suddenly bad and so I reluctantly sold the Classic Excella. Now after 16 years he is gone. I am in an apartment so it is only a matter of giving my kids what they want and selling/donating the rest.

After reading your suggestions, I am thinking of flying to the state where the dealer is and looking at the A/S first hand.

Thanks again for your advice!!!

Martha

If you're already familiar with Airstreams, I'd say there's no substitute for taking a copy of the Trailer Inspectors' Checklist and going over the prospective trailer yourself. Then you'll be right there for any arm-twisting you need to do in the negotiations, and if there's work required to make it roadworthy and it's already at an Airstream dealer you can have them get that done as a condition of the purchase while you're acquiring a tow vehicle.

Happy trails!
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Hey, David, thank you for posting the link to that checklist. I've wondered sometimes whether such a list might exist (and never even thinking that somebody on AirForums would obviously have had the same idea). I've now saved it to my drive so that I can pass it on (or even use it).

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Hey, David, thank you for posting the link to that checklist. I've wondered sometimes whether such a list might exist (and never even thinking that somebody on AirForums would obviously have had the same idea). I've now saved it to my drive so that I can pass it on (or even use it).

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The checklist is a great resource, it was what convinced me it was time to become a Supporting Member of the forums. It's always linked from the Portal page.

The checklist was what made me feel good about my Argosy, and the threat of going through every item on it with my partner to convince him that the Argosy was a good deal was what convinced him to agree to give it a shot!
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First, you should pick out the size trailer, that will satisfy your requiements, like comfort, extra room, storage spaces, and the like.

Then, and only then, purchase a tow vehicle that will safely do the job, without going overboard. You should add a transmission oil cooler to it, over and above what may already be installed by the factory.

You don't need a super heavy duty tow vehicle, because your not going to tow the Queen Mary.

Lastly, make sure that you have the correct load equalizing hitch, with torsion sway control, again without going overboard.

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Old 09-28-2011, 06:50 PM   #14
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Hi Martha, Welcome to the world of Airstreaming. If you decide to get the tow vehicle first, you might consider the one my sister-in-law is just about to put on the market. She lives not too far from you in Griffin. It is a white 2008 Chevy 2500 Silverado Ext. Cab Long Bed with a 6.0 liter gas engine. It could pull just about any Airstream you might consider. Of course, it's automatic and has the trailer package. It only has 18,200 miles. My brother-in-law has developed some serious health issues and probably won't be able to drive again so there's no reason to keep the truck. PM me if you are interested and I'll put you in touch with her.
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