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Old 06-17-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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Question How long did you shop for your Airstream before buying?

Just wondering how long everyone shopped for their Airstream before purchasing? And if you're still looking, how long have you been searching?

I'm getting very antsy and I've only been actively looking for about a week...

- Aimee

*In the market for an Airstream in the 21'-28' range. Please contact me if you have something!*
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:00 PM   #2
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I think we looked for about 6 or 8 months. We weren't a hundred percent sure we were going airstream. We decided we needed to find our tow vehicle first. Once we found it, used, we started looking for our airstream. We ended up driving 2000 miles to buy ours. It was an adventure! Now we live in it full time.

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Old 06-17-2010, 04:01 PM   #3
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8 years
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:08 PM   #4
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About six months of having trailers snapped up before I even had a chance to go look at them!

I recommend you watch your local CL, and get in touch with folks in your local WBCCI unit. If there are any airstreams for sale in the area, they'll know about it.

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Old 06-17-2010, 04:44 PM   #5
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2 years 7 mos. And well worth the wait.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:50 PM   #6
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five months of searching craigslist, ebay, classifieds, etc.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:09 PM   #7
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We were impulsive on both ours...

Maxwell - saw the ad, called within 10 minutes "just to go look at it..." came home with it shortly there after.

Birdy - saw the ad, went by without calling & made an offer, picked it up a couple of days later.

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Old 06-17-2010, 05:18 PM   #8
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We didn't "shop" for our first Airstream (a 2007 Base Camp). I had an assignment photographing interiors at a newly renovated car dealership right down the street from Colonial. As I was passing by, the Base Camp caught my eye, and as I had some time to spare before the shoot, I stopped for a look. Patrick came out and gave me the tour and I was hooked. I brought my wife down the next day and we bought the trailer.

We spent a lot of time looking at other Airstream trailers, in person and in pictures, and decided that our next step would be something in the 20 foot size range. We really like the open space of the Globetrotter floor plan, but all the GTs we saw were either on the wrong side of the country or in too rough shape.

I was sitting in the airport waiting area in St Louis, waiting for a flight back to Newark when I found the Argosy 20 in the Airstream Forums classifieds. I showed the listing to Liz as soon as I got home and we made contact with the seller. We drove to North Carolina to take a look at the trailer. It was butt-ugly, so ugly it could stop a clock, but it was the perfect starting point to build the trailer we wanted - there was no place to go but up! The rest is history...

It was about 3 months from the time we started looking until we acquired the Argosy.

BTW - the much maligned Base Camp is a nice little trailer for camping at state parks where there are no hookups, though it's not very good when you're traveling and staying somewhere new every night. My favorite use of the Base Camp is for all-night astronomy outings in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:07 PM   #9
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I spent 14 months looking for ours. It took a while to decide which way I wanted to go - if I wanted a bigger trailer (which would have likely meant buying a 2nd car as a tow vehicle) or if I wanted to tow with what I owned.

I then visited several rallies and events as well as going to the dealer. I thought I had lucked out several times, finding a 2001 Bambi 16' only 20 miles away (with a rotted floor) and another Minuet near my home town (got bought sight-unseen a day before I could go buy it.)

I wound up buying a T@B teardrop, towing it cross-country, figuring out we liked RV camping, and then finally finding the trailer we have by just clicking through pages of a Google search. I'm glad I waited, although part of me regrets not buying a nice restored 60s Globetrotter I had seen...

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Old 06-17-2010, 06:18 PM   #10
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It was Pop's for several years before we purchased it. Told him one day to let me know when he was ready to sell. A couple of years later he called and I wrote the check

I paid way too much but it'll never be enough to repay him for all he's done.


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Old 06-17-2010, 06:41 PM   #11
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I shopped to two years for an R.V. trailer or motorhome. The airstream I bought was decided on price, location, and we liked the lay out.

Brian & Adrienne
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:10 PM   #12
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Six months for us.

My brother-in-law posted "Airstream Wanted" ads everywhere in newspapers, internet sites, bulletin boards, etc... He got lots of calls (some junk, some too new), but ended up with a solid 1969 Overlander after about 2 years of looking. The sellers were about to put their trailer in the paper, but called him first. Guess who he competed with for this trailer - nobody! I think 'wanted' ads are way under used by serious shoppers!
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:11 PM   #13
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I spend about 2 years watching Ebay, Craigslist, and the classifieds in area newspapers. Most things I found were too new and too expensive, too far away, or in too bad of shape. One day while on a bicycle ride not 10 miles from my house I saw an Airstream in a field with a for sale sign.It was a little rougher than I wanted, but the price was right and I didn't have to make a long recovery trip. Moral of the story, don't give up your search cause you never know where you will find your dream trailer.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:15 PM   #14
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Five minutes. Saw it in the Spring 2007 Design Within Reach catalog and picked up the phone to put money down to hold it at the dealership...they were going fast!

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