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Old 02-06-2003, 04:29 PM   #1
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New or Used?

The BLUE BERET came today! We get this with our free 1 year membership in WBCCI (and our $7.50 to souther AZ unit) after purchasing our tt in October.

Reading the prices of the used (prefer the Cad dealers' saying pre-owned) was wondering about the possible mistake we made in buying our unit.

The twin beds mattresses make the rocks look good, we got no blue Airstream stripe and the word EXCELLA and apparently with proper storage and care Airstreams last a very long time.

We would probably lose $15,000 if we were to go in and trade for the 31' whatever (and that would be on new)......all I am saying is, I think we made a mistake; we should have gotten a newer pre-owned Airstream and spent the money "saved" on a new tow vehicle.

It is too late for us but you people who get advice first are the smarter people.

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Old 02-06-2003, 05:28 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear you feel like you made a bad choice, but new trailers are just like new cars...the first owner usually takes the hit the minute it's driven (or pulled) off the lot.

On the other hand, you know all the miles your baby has been on, it's still probably under warranty and nobody else has slept in your beds!

It's all a matter of your paradigm...

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P.S. I haven't bought a "new" car since '79!
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Old 02-06-2003, 05:34 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. This is not the "Airstream of our...." forgot the complete quote.

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Old 02-06-2003, 06:57 PM   #4
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Kistler,

A friendly word of advice

You miss out on alot of great scenery by looking out your rearview mirrors!!

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Old 02-06-2003, 07:30 PM   #5
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I concur with John. Enjoy your AS for all that it is.
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Old 02-06-2003, 07:32 PM   #6
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Why I chose new

I had been waiting and wishing for an Airstream with the characteristics of the new International for a long time. i.e. within the capability of my truck, 8' width, permanent bed, etc. so I was willing to take the depreciation hit. It will be with me for a long time.

I had looked at the Bambis before I bought my previous SOB trailer and decided they were too small for my needs. SInce I am a dedicated back road traveller, I did not want a wide body trailer and that ruled out the 23' Safari. Were it not for covenants, I would have bought an older A/S and restored it.
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Old 02-06-2003, 07:45 PM   #7
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I bought an '85, and I am here to tell you that restoration is no picnic either!

You are undoubtedly right; finacially, it is hard to argue the merits of a lightly used, two or three year old unit. Not long ago Is saw an ad for an Airstream that said "used twice". As their asking price was $20,000 off the original sales price, each trip turned out to be pretty expensive.

However, time is important, and the one you want is not necessarily parked down at the dealership even if there is a nearby dealership. One could easily spend six months to a year looking. Sometimes, that makes the extra price of a new one not all that high.

Get some custom mattresses made and sell yours on Ebay.

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Being a handy fixer up kind of guy, made the decision easy. Living in an Ohio Township, there are no restrictions or covenants concerning RVs. At the time my wife Diane and I were not sure we would like RVing, though we did like tent camping. We were not sure we would use the Airstream that much. We found we love Airstreaming and cannot get enough of it. I look foward to projects that involve working on it. Except polishing.
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Old 02-07-2003, 08:41 AM   #9
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Thumbs up Used..

Bought used twice and, the second time around, was the BEST~!
My second A/S was bought sight unseen(did have fotos) and, it was everything I expected it to be. Just like new~The PO was a real first class couple and, took great pride in the A/S. But, due to illness...it hadn't been towed in 15 yrs.
Not only did I get the A/S of my dream, I gained a fantastic friend~! It's been fun doing things for it..Like others, I can't get enough road time to suit me..It's like putting on your "Tux and, going out on town~!"
I'd say this..New or, Used, enjoy it~!!

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I realize, that most people are a little unsatisfied with their first A/S. Obviously it has to be always the second (or third) A/S until we really know what we want
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