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Old 02-05-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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Airstream or Park Model?

We are reaching that point in time where hauling the Bambi around is becoming difficult. I'm thinking we might leave it in one of our winter places, like Palm Springs, CA. That way, we can drive down from were we live in Oregon in winter without the hassle.
That leaves us with nothing to transport to the Oregon Coast, where we spend part of the summer. I'm wondering... Would it be better to buy a park model to leave at a place we really like, year-round, or just buy a park model to keep there? Airstreams hold their value or at least don't drop like a stone the minute you drive it out of the lot. Park models, some of which are very nice, don't seem to appreciate in value; in fact quite the opposite. I'm not looking to make a killing on anything; just want to buy the most cost-efficient abode.
So.... Park model or a 31-foot Airstream? Any ideas?
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:51 PM   #2
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Kathleen,

You need to weigh what is most important to you. The park model will offer you the comfort of a small home while the airstream will be more like camping. We owned a 34' X 12' wide park model for 6 years and loved it. We sold it 4 years ago and bought a 26' argosy to tow around. There is no comparison in the comfort between the two. However, if depreciation is the driving force then the Airstream is the way to go. Also, a brand new 31 foot Airstream will cost a lot more than new park model. We paid $42,000 for our park model almost 10 years ago and i think they are still around the same and it was super nice. After 6 years we sold it for $24,000.

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Old 02-05-2014, 04:38 PM   #3
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The large senior RV resorts have much to offer retirees, events, hobby shops, sports, and perhaps more importantly, a sense of community. If you haven't already, visit a few of them and stay awhile with your present Airstream. If you like it there, make it your seasonal home.

Used, well-kept park models can be a bargain and are comfortable. Know that there will be annual rent, utilities, and maintenance no matter how much you use it. And that it will lose value, possibly a lot of value.

Owners often want much more than they can really sell for so offer accordingly, especially just before annual rent is due. And as in real estate (although park models are not) location matters; find a nice active park in a nice location, and a convenient and pleasant spot within the park.

The advantage of a larger Airstream is much more comfort over the Bambi (but less than a park model), paying only seasonal rent, and you can move within the park or to another park anytime you want. You can often store it at the park for much less than lot rent.

We also enjoy the parks but use our Airstream to travel about the country extensively on our way to and from these destinations. It's a good life.
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All your input is so helpful. Many thanks!
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