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Old 06-19-2013, 07:17 AM   #43
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After a while those sleepless nights will get to you and you will buy a trailer- so you can get some sleep- in it.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:21 PM   #44
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man, you have no idea.....or yeah, maybe you do....

Im pretty close now...now we have settled on the 30' flying cloud we think...why not eh? Wife did not like the classic (although parts of it i like better)....serenity was too glitzy we thought, but i liked it too...

The flying cloud 30' should be great - not crazy about the bunkhouse model - giving up a living room and all.

My wife is excited about pulling the trigger and getting out camping, but as far as feeling a need to be choosy about which AS, she is almost entirely hands off...

I spoke to her about going to colonial AS while we were at the in laws...this would take up half a day of the few days we will be up there....she balked and said I should just make the decision and she feels that based on the photos alone she feels good about the choice...

Ive watched a ton of video tours, tons of photos...but it bugged me that she is so laisez fair about this....but I should not over-analyze I guess...I do that at times.

Im conflicted on how to proceed....foley has some that are on order for september....talking to them, It would be helpful to think about soon stating the model and options we want and he can get it done for us....then its about price I guess...

We will not go to NJ till end of July...not sure if the special orders will still be available for september...

I probably should cool the jets and just wait to go to colonial...but part of me wants to tell foley to work up what I want and give me a final price...if it was a good price as compared to what colonial would give, then I could just pull the trigger now and finalize the sale in september...by that time I would have my car port situation worked out as well I think.

OR, I wait to look at the models in person end of july and just see what happens at that point...I just hate waiting around for the "pickins" I guess
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:37 PM   #45
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You should also check out truecar.com for what customers are paying for their new vehicle purchase.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:40 PM   #46
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You should also check out truecar.com for what customers are paying for their new vehicle purchase.
yep, someone recommended that earlier in this thread and I have been using it...ill get it, costco's, and when the time comes start getting some offers from dealers if I go the new route.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:49 AM   #47
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Make the field trip to Colonial by yourself...
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With kids the bunkhouse could be best.
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We might have 300 Express/Savana vans at work. We have bought at least 6 this year at about $27,500 each.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:36 AM   #50
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Another prediction: PharmGeek will find a campground and stay the night on the way home with the trailer.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:15 AM   #51
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Make the field trip to Colonial by yourself...

That is my plan....she may end up coming along really....or perhaps her parents will just go with us...
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:19 AM   #52
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With kids the bunkhouse could be best.
I keep wondering this....but ya know...I just cant figure if I like the compromise...with the couch, that can be a bed, you still have dinette as well..I will just need to look at the bunk model in person at colonial and make the final determination...sit in each for a while...I plan on lounging in airstreams for hours that day and think about it.

The other aspect of course is wondering what a 6 year old, 10 year old 15 year old will enjoy more...the bunkhouse may end up being more appreciated by my kids...but there are obvious benefits to having that space more open and with a couch for lounging, entertaining....
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We might have 300 Express/Savana vans at work. We have bought at least 6 this year at about $27,500 each.
sorry, I may have missed this...but are you endorsing their quality?
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:59 PM   #54
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Another prediction: PharmGeek will find a campground and stay the night on the way home with the trailer.
lol, there is a ford dealer across from Colonial :-) and a Ram dealer not far away.

pharmgeek, even if you go alone, GO!
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lol, there is a ford dealer across from Colonial :-) and a Ram dealer not far away.

pharmgeek, even if you go alone, GO!
heh heh, thought crossed my mind.....pick up an AS, and the TV...then drive home instead of fly home...then only a one way drive trip rather than a 2 way driving trip.

If folks order from a dealer far away, how is that usually handled? Do folks drive there and tow it home? I hear there is such a thing as delivery, but how is it delivered? Silly question perhaps...
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:36 AM   #56
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sorry, I may have missed this...but are you endorsing their quality?
Not quite endorsing. Just sharing real world experience about why the Chevy vans have worked out better for our company than Fords- real world experience that might help someone else choose a better tow vehicle or avoid a headache. You already know what I think is an awesome tow vehicle...it is also my opinion that the interior trim, fit and finish and quality of materials is slightly higher on the Chevy vans. They do look nicer, as well, and drive better. I have said that my neighbor 2 doors up tows his Airstream with an Econoline, but it is an old one, maybe from the 90's. It might have a 351 or 302 and a C6 for all I know, but it has definitely hung in there better than the new ones.
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