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Old 06-02-2013, 06:18 PM   #15
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how far would you ride

When I have been looking at Airstreams with the intent of purchase, I have taken my car for the initial inspection. My first Airstream purchase was my '64 Overlander in 1995 . . . it was my tenth inspection trip. Each of my inspection trips ran from a low of 125 miles to a high of 550 miles . . . the '64 Overlander was 325 miles away. The Minuet was far less effort as I had seen the trailer two years earlier and was confident that I would be completing the purchase . . . made one trip of 350 miles to inspect the Minuet and placed a deposit on the purchase price returning three days later to finalize the deal. I considered the drives to inspect the various trailers recreational as well as educational as it seemed that I learned something more about Vintage Airstreams during each trip.


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Old 06-02-2013, 06:26 PM   #16
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550 to pick mine up, but it was a trailer that I was already familiar with.

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Old 06-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #17
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1606 miles, each way, for a '77 Gronski 24'.

Totally worth it.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:28 PM   #18
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You didn't clarify whether plan was to purchase new or used.. For new trailers, there are a handful of "internet specialist" dealers who are skilled at presenting inventory and marketing it and selling it via internet at minimal margins.. It may be worth traveling hundreds of miles to visit one of them to buy new, knowing that warranty work will be potential challenge, since local warranty dealer service shop will know you went around them for purchase. That said, many Airstream dealers find service (warranty or paid)to be significant contributor to margins, and may not miss making the sale..

For used, we (actually I - solo..) drove 1650 miles each way from Silicon Valley CA to Ft. Worth Texas to buy our '88 25' rear queen model. No regrets and worked out well... Not generally something I'd recommend, but we did spend enough time and effort in 72 hours to understand enough about sellers and trailer and contingency plans to justify making decision to buy, wire funds and make the drive down and back. (2 1/2 days each way). Certain used models and years are really a "National market" and people will cross half the country to get them if a good one is available at an attractive price. If one has been on the market for a long time that may be a clue that it is either over-priced by seller or in much worse condition than described in ads.. It is also generally true that small and mid-size trailers (up to 25 or 27') are more in demand than large models (31' to 34') which require larger and more specialized tow vehicles...

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Old 06-02-2013, 10:14 PM   #19
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Flew over 2000 mikes one way to Florida and back to inspect my most recent purchase and then drove 2000 miles there and 2000 miles towing it back. Ya get em where ya find em!
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:39 AM   #20
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We drove 1300 miles, one way, to get ours. But in all fairness we bought it from a friend and knew the trailer so didn't need to inspect it first. We drove out to Kansas and picked it up and continued on our way west. Would not have done that otherwise.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:54 AM   #21
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When shopping for mine, I considered every dealer within 750 miles of home, which is the limit of what I'm comfortable driving in a single day. Keeping it to a day's drive one way also was a means of controlling travel expenses.

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I would not pay you, through a price adjustment, to come and look at my Airstream. If you are looking at used, that's at your expense.
You are correct; no sane owner or dealer will adjust the selling price based on how far the buyer had to travel or how much it cost the buyer to travel. However, a buyer has to account for travel expenses in his budget. So, if the buyer can afford to spend $20,000 for a trailer (just to grab a number out of the air) and he/she has to spend $1,000 just to go see it, then his new budget is only $19,000 because that other grand was a sunk cost.

And that applies whether the sale is consummated or not; each seller one visits depletes the purchase budget that much farther, until in an extreme case you may find that you've spent it all looking and have nothing left with which to buy.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:42 AM   #22
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Took guts, but I drove 3000 miles round trip to Virginia to pick up our '04 28' that I bought on EBAY.

Turned out to be a good deal, but I would not recommend it to the faint of heart.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:02 AM   #23
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G'DAY I flew from AUSTRALIA to LA then over to AUSTIN -TEXAS then down to miami and then over to florida . Was it worth it ? you bet , hope to have her home down under real soon . Everybody i have had dealings with on my Bambi hut have made the whole adventure well worth it .
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:48 PM   #24
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After calling about 2 different 34's (one in Florida and one in Texas) only to be told I was too late, when i found another that looked presentable, I phoned and started on my 400 mile one way journey immediately. I arrived after dark but the trailer was well lighted. I put a deposit down and went home. With son and truck I returned to fetch my purchase. In all that would be 1600 miles driven. NO REGRETS.

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