Had a great day today @ Los Banos Toscano RV
, wife and I did the two hour drive and Dave showed us around. They have quite a selection, at least it seemed to me. I believe there was something like 20+ new models from 16 - 30 sport/cloud/international...
My wife, the practical side of the family when it comes to $$, frankly loved them. I have/had dragged her to RV dealers in the past and she has never really cared at what she was seeing. Today was different, I could see it in her eyes. Hell I could see it in mine, I was quite impressed, my AS fire is really burning now.
Dave was great, basically he walked *the line* of AS with us pointing out overall differences here and there, had us quickly look in the 16 and keep moving up till with got to the 30, answered all our questions, and then left us alone in Aluminum heaven. He would come back and check every so often, we would have more questions, he would either answer or demo depending, and then leave again. When we wrapped it up, no pressures sales pitch, no "if you act today I can...", nothing. Just a nice hand shake, AS brochure handed over, swap of emails, and a thanks for coming.
We really did not see a big difference in outside size between the 25's vs the 27, and I have to say the inside of the 27 just felt right for us. In fact really the 27FB International is the one for us.
Suffice to say seeing is believing, I am impressed to say the least, AS definitely knows how to make a good looking RV. Yes I saw what I would consider functional design flaws here and there but esthetically I could see the other side of it. Example, the windows. The opening/closing mechanism seemed kind of weak, and the seal when closed seemed like a source of impending leaking, but dam... those windows sure looked good, and there was a nice simplicity to the way they opened and could be adjusted.
Now I must really thinking about new versus newly used. I am leaning towards private party newly used b/ c we have the money to pay cash, so seems that should be an advantage in buying from private? Don't think it would matter much to the dealer. I tend to pay for my *fun* stuff, no loans, however with interest rates lower then what I am making on my investments, for me it seems foolish to not take advantage of that.
Oh and one last odd thing, it is very rare to see an AS on the road or parked while driving. Today, far away from the RV store, I saw three, one one the road, and two parked.