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Old 05-31-2017, 12:26 PM   #15
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I too am contemplating a purchase. Had not actually been in an AS until I went at Colonial a couple of weeks ago. I live in NYC, so he would be my 'local' dealer. He had about 80 AS' in stock. Was complaining he usually had over a hundred, but they were all selling fast.
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:32 PM   #16
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Bayer RV in Dublin

We are also in the Houston area, made several trips to Katy over the course of a couple of years while doing research. Of course they were several months out on inventory with the model we wanted (23FB) so we expanded our search to find a 2017 in stock to save a little money. Found Bayer RV in Dublin, TX and could not have been happier. Steve with Bayer handled most everything over the phone or via e-mail. Went up to close the deal and hung out of a couple of days while they did the prep work, even toured the Dublin Bottling Plant.

The AS site is lacking when you try to search for dealers based on your zip code. We did eventually back out far enough in the results they presented to find other dealers in TX, but it was easier to just use your favorite web search engine.

We spent the first night on a shake down trip at a nice campground in Stephenville. All in all it was a fun way to spend spring break.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:03 PM   #17
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Thanks to you all for the feedback. After spending 2 days on the web reading blogs we think the Sports 22FB maybe the right choice for us due to its lighter weight, narrower, and lower max height and the layout. However all our research was done on web with no hands on.

We live in Houston area and the local dealer has no inventory for the next 60 days. So we plan to expand our search to Dallas area and maybe even Ohio or NJ as you suggested. But not sure for NJ or Ohio due to the distance vs just wait the Houston inventory to arrive.

Your thoughts and advice are greatly appreciated
I would try Camper Clinic outside of Austin. Usually have good selection to look at .Also Colonial
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:06 PM   #18
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We are also in the Houston area, made several trips to Katy over the course of a couple of years while doing research. Of course they were several months out on inventory with the model we wanted (23FB) so we expanded our search to find a 2017 in stock to save a little money. Found Bayer RV in Dublin, TX and could not have been happier. Steve with Bayer handled most everything over the phone or via e-mail. Went up to close the deal and hung out of a couple of days while they did the prep work, even toured the Dublin Bottling Plant.

The AS site is lacking when you try to search for dealers based on your zip code. We did eventually back out far enough in the results they presented to find other dealers in TX, but it was easier to just use your favorite web search engine.

We spent the first night on a shake down trip at a nice campground in Stephenville. All in all it was a fun way to spend spring break.
Thanks for the info. For sure will check it out. We are in Spring so not too far from you. Like to learn as much here as this will be our first and "final" Airstream if everything goes well. We like to take it to our September Pensacola trip to watch Blue Angels flying practice.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:10 PM   #19
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Another vote for Patrick at Colonial. I bought my 2007 25'Classic from him. It was a special order from the factory with some additional windows and a few other things. The transaction went without a problem. My daughter also bought a 30' bunkhouse from him. The price on both were excellent.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:24 PM   #20
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Welcome! You'll not regret the move to Airstream. We went through
the factory at Jackson Center several years ago, and our guide said it was possible to watch your trailer being built. Maybe you have to order and pick up from a dealer, but he distinctly said it was possible to watch the process. At any rate, even if things are different now, it's worth the trip at some point to watch the manufacturing process.
Let me add the name of Dan Dissmore at Holiday Travel Trailer Sales in Albuquerque, NM, as a possible dealer. Holiday (now Airstream of New Mexico) is a smaller dealer, and inventory is down now because of the demand at this season, but we have dealt with Dan twice and found him to be very accommodating and very willing to meet your needs. It looks like you'll have to order a new one, anyhow, so stock levels are not so much an issue. In fact, we're on our shakedown trip in our "new" 2013 FC 27 twin right now. One more thing about Holiday, their service department is second to none, and they have the kudoes to prove it.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:24 PM   #21
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Bruce Miller at Haydocy Airstream, Columbus, Oh. He is thought so highly of that he was invited to the national event ALUMAPALOOZA (being held at the factory in Jackson Center, OH right now) as the only dealer representative at the event selling Airstreams! He is actually a WBCCI member and camps on a regular basis with Airstream friends, and always works to educate! Bruce@Haydocy.com Or 937-725-2433.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:24 PM   #22
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Dealer selection is subjective, however we found Bay Area Airstream in the San Francisco area has by far the largest inventory we have ever seen. If you can't find exactly what you want from them immediately without ordering it, it likely does not exist.
That said, buyer beware anytime you do not purchase locally. We learned much to our dismay that Airstream dealers do not treat warranty work on rigs purchased from other dealers like auto dealers i.e. Honda, Toyota etc. We bought our Airstream from Bay Area (7 hour drive from home), however when we attempted to get warranty work done at our local dealer, which by the way would not come close to the deal from BAA, we were told that as we did not purchase the unit from them, we'd have to wait three months...kind of an OMG moment.
Anyway, best of luck in your search...
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:37 PM   #23
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I was offered a big discount on a 2017 25' Serenity International when I visited the Dulles RV Show this past January outside Washington DC. The dealer warned me that it was only good "that day". I left thinking I should only buy at RV shows as discounts were generous.
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:00 PM   #24
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Before you pull the trigger...

Go visit the factory. PERIOD! If you really want to buy at the factory, you can't. However, you can arrange to take delivery at that point. The closest dealer near the factory is in Troy, OH, right next door to Jackson City, OH. @ ARBORGAST RV. As a AS newbie, you will do well to EXPERIENCE more than just the small unit; you'll guickly see that 22' is great for being space deprived!! Since you've decided to buy new, trading up at a later date will be costly. I'd look REALLY close at 27' units before buying anything smaller. I have had a 22' and a 34' - both purchase used! I'd also highly recommend buying used for this major reason: Newbie's get to get the "bugaboos" out first AND they take the FIRST economic loss: Depreciation!
The dealer is RARELY selling at a loss; my 22' Sport was from a bank repo; you know the bank didn't lose, and I didn't have to play MSRP roulette with any RV dealership sales crew. Successful hunting!!!
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:15 PM   #25
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The 22 is a great coach. However, it sounds like you have not been in one due to the local inventory shortage. To define what works for you takes a bit of consideration. Pack up the T@G and head for the nearest RV dealer with inventory. Look at 20, 22, 23D, 23FB, 25 and 26U. Figure out while sitting and inspecting each one, how you will use it, tow it, pack your gear and store the coach when not in use. The investment in an AS is considerable. Be sure you have the right solution as trading up costs $s. Get it right the first time. And expect to spend more money in upgrades.

Dealer? The best one that is the closest. Develop a relationship. Find local WBCCI members and ask them over a drink at happy hour. The right contact is priceless. Opinion is only part of the answer. Experience and business understanding is key. AS Corp wants to improve dealer performance. The rivet rating scheme is intended to help.

The punt for service is Jackson Center. You can purchase anywhere and go back there to get something fixed. However, much better to use the local folks. Switz has an independent shop he swears by. Send him a PM or search his posts.

The reason Colonial is mentioned by many is that they have information videos on the web, they are helpful, and they have earned the trust of many. Not every experience is perfect as we have higher expectations than the RV industry can or will support. But Colonial seems to stay close to the mark.

The Airstream Adventrure group has dealers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and the SF Bay Area. We like them, but others prefer the Toscano dealer in Los Banos. Lots of different experiences.

Note - AS sales are up now. You may not get the same discount as the ASer who purchased a couple of years back. Look for sales, lot inventory, and end of the month quota deals.

Now about this 1000 miles away thing ........ that is no step for a stepper. It's an easy three day drive and dedicated folks make it in two. You are looking to be an ASer now. While some folks are 200 mile a day travelers, others get it done. Take it slow, use rest stops, and use the trip as a learning experience. Note - be prepared to walk away from the deal if the coach is substandard.

On the other hand, if you value your vacation time and have to use it to make the best trip experience possible, find a local dealer and work with them. This is specifically true if you are not a DIY person. The DIY guy can call AS in JC or the dealer, get a part shipped and fix the problem. The other guy hauls the rig to the dealer, leaves it and then goes back to pick it up. Hence the reason to be close if the dealer is your thing. We think local is best, but we believe we have a good dealer.

If you do this right you will have a shiny for a long time. So a little work on the front end is helpful. The more you know, the better your experience will be. Do lots of research.

Good luck with your search. Pat
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:18 PM   #26
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Curious why the multiple recommendations for Colonial? We're narrowing in on a FC25 or 28 and planning on staying local in the Phoenix area as our local contact at Desert Autoplex has been fantastic. A few quotes from Colonial over the last few years indicated they were coming in no where close to 20% and their emails seemed like there was no room to negotiate. Kind of turned us off.
We had the same experience. With all the talk about Colonial we gave them a shot as well and decided to move on.
We are in Florida and recently bought a new Classic from Foley. This is our second Airstream from them and they had the best pricing both times.
For warranty issues we go directly to JC unless it something very minor.
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Thanks for the advice.

For what we want - 2018 22FB the local dealers in Houston and Dallas are quoting MSRP $54,234. A 20% discount will mean $10,846 savings. Is that realistic expectation?
THIS is exactly the wrong time to be buying a NEW RV. The dealerships don't have to offer real discounts! The demand is that great. They monitor this forum too! This is the BEST year since 2005/06 for them to be in business. Wait until Fall or Winter to get the better deals...
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:35 PM   #28
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For what it's worth I got a little more than 20% off my trailer from colonial, but I did buy it in the late fall.
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