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Old 06-04-2017, 08:18 PM   #57
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Yes. You said very well. We are in our retirement years and have tried a T@B for 2 years as beginners in camping. We want to travel more and see as much the country so believe it's time to get the largest that can fit in our garage with a 10ft door. And 22FB seems the one.



We are more comfortable with new one as we can not sure on used ones.



While we would like to buy local or nearby Houston, Austin or Dallas, it seems the price at RVDIRECT.COM is most competitive .



You all are great and I read every single thread in detail trying to learn as much, and will continue to read, learn and seeking advice through the camping years. And will for sure to say hi, maybe a drink or two when we meet at the camp grounds.


Also try Derek Weekly at North Trail RV in Fort Myers. We found them to be very competitive.
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Old 06-05-2017, 08:05 AM   #58
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One of the big reasons to buy new is warranty support. Getting that support involves going to the dealer. Airstreams are a bit unique. You do not want just anybody playing around with yours.Even after the warranty period is over, normal repairs and work may well be a dealer specific thing. If it is (say) a "drop it off for a week" sort of thing, how many 500 mile round trips do you want to make? Would a 200 mile round trip be any less of a hassle?

Just for reference, I'm at 360 miles (round trip) from my dealer. For various reasons (all of my own choosing), I will have racked up 4 round trips including the one that gets the trailer here for the first time.

There is lots more to think about than just the purchase price.

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Old 06-05-2017, 02:14 PM   #59
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One of the big reasons to buy new is warranty support. Getting that support involves going to the dealer. Airstreams are a bit unique. You do not want just anybody playing around with yours.Even after the warranty period is over, normal repairs and work may well be a dealer specific thing. If it is (say) a "drop it off for a week" sort of thing, how many 500 mile round trips do you want to make? Would a 200 mile round trip be any less of a hassle?

Just for reference, I'm at 360 miles (round trip) from my dealer. For various reasons (all of my own choosing), I will have racked up 4 round trips including the one that gets the trailer here for the first time.

There is lots more to think about than just the purchase price.

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Thanks Bob for the advice.

Can AS be serviced Nationwide at any AS dealer? It will be very inconvenient if have to go to the dealer where it is purchased, right?
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:39 AM   #60
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Thanks Bob for the advice.

Can AS be serviced Nationwide at any AS dealer? It will be very inconvenient if have to go to the dealer where it is purchased, right?
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Any dealer *should* service your AS. The gotcha as mentioned in many threads here is that a dealer you did not buy from may put you at the back of the line for service. Also not all dealers are equally skilled at working on these trailers. Some sell very few or focus on specific parts of the line. If you don't fit what they normally deal with, that can be an issue.

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Old 06-06-2017, 11:54 AM   #61
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Any dealer *should* service your AS. The gotcha as mentioned in many threads here is that a dealer you did not buy from may put you at the back of the line for service. Also not all dealers are equally skilled at working on these trailers. Some sell very few or focus on specific parts of the line. If you don't fit what they normally deal with, that can be an issue.

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Thanks for the update. As this is our first and plan to be the last AS we want to buy to travel around US (and maybe Canada), we plan to get lifetime warranty for service. Like to learn from you all any dealer(s) to avoid or best rated service dealers as well.
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Old 06-07-2017, 12:06 AM   #62
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Before buying a lifetime warranty, look carefully at what is covered and what is not covered. They sell those lifetime warranties for a reason, and that reason has nothing to do with the milk of human kindness.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:11 AM   #63
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AFIK, Airstream does not sell lifetime warranties directly. You will be dealing with a third party for that warranty. Since it is effectively an insurance policy, dealers are under no obligation to accept payment at the rate the policy pays. In some cases that's no problem at all. In other cases it's a really big deal. You may be in the position of making up the difference yourself or hauling the broken trailer 300 miles to some other "warranty approved" repair facility.

Since it is insurance, there is a lot of fine print. There are some nice sounding things up in bold type. There are pages and pages of yack describing what they mean by those nice phrases. On other vehicles (not an AS) I've run into "Everything bumper to bumper for 5 years" up in the bold type. Later on they eliminate tires, brake pads, wipers, fluids, lamps, (so far ok), electrical, steering, and AC. The net result was that it's a limited drive train warranty. The fine print matters.

None of this is to say that there are no decent long term warranty providers. I'm sure there are some. Unfortunately, they are few and far between. The closest I have ever seen has been a dealer warranty. It only works at that specific dealer. It's only good as long as they are in business. At least you know the limits up front.

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Old 06-07-2017, 11:10 PM   #64
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warranties - Life time, 7 year ...

Thanks for the advice on fine print. So what you all consider or experience with the best choice for warranties. Is it

1) just have the AS standard 2 year warranty, or
2) a Life time warranty with no deductible that few dealer offers. It requires annual inspection, or
3) a 7 year warranty
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My money is on the standard Airstream warranty. It is two years for everything except sealants. Sealants (that stuff in the aluminum seams and around the windows that keeps your Airstream dry) are warrantied for only 6 months.

Oh, and get an annual inspection anyway. Every year you want a professional to inspect your sealants, do a manometer test (checks for propane leaks) and look for anything else that may need to be serviced. In our last inspection, the dealer discovered that the propane burner in our Dometic fridge was out of alignment. It was heating things that should *not* be heated. If he had not found and fixed that problem proactively, Very Bad Things might have happened.

Your mileage may vary - it's your money, spend it how you like, this is just what we did and so far we are happy with the results.
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Old 06-08-2017, 09:22 AM   #66
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Take the >$30,000 that a proper lifetime warranty would cost you and put it in a investment of your choice. Pull a bit out each year to pay the dealer of your choice to look the trailer over. Every so often there will be a (likely minor) surprise. If you get tired of this or that dealer, move on. If you decide to go live in Costa Rica ... no problem with coverage.

My guess is that at the end of 30 years, you still will have the $30,000 in the bank. You also will have swapped out various appliances a few times and picked the ones you like better. Who wants a 30 year old television . If the AS passes on to the kids, they get the $30K as well. Usually that is *not* the case with lifetime warranties.

You can spend some time with Google researching warranties in general. The reviews I have seen are uniformly negative, no matter what the device is. The math and the odds simply are not in your favor.

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I was talked into the extended warranty when I bought new 7 months ago. When I got home and read all the fine print, I decided to cancel it, there were so many caveats, and all burden on the warranty holder. The dealer refunded me all the money. Plus, if you plan to do any upgrades, the warranty usually is no good anymore. My assessment was it would be very difficult to make a claim and get it fixed.... I did what bob said above, put the money aside for future maintenance.
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Extended warranty and LifeTime Warranty ???

Thanks you all for the great advice. As we are closer to make the purchase, the warranty decision is very important.

Based on your advice, we most likely wont buy/pay for extended warranty and simply take the AS standard 2 year one.

One Austin area dealer Camper Clinic II as part of the purchase has Lifetime Warranty as part of the purchase. The warranty requires annual service inspection, missing the inspection date will void future warranty. Anyone has this on your AS? Like to hear your advice.

The local dealers price are not competitive at all and too far apart from RVOne. Some of you warned future service at local may become an issue if not bought from them. However as AS owners travel around all across, is it realistic to not to expect the service may be needed on the road which may be thousand miles away? Your advice will be greatly appreciated as we plan to purchase within 30 days.
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The warranty says you can get service anywhere. The only real question is how long it takes to get your trailer scheduled for the work. This is true, regardless of where you go for service.
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The warranty says you can get service anywhere. The only real question is how long it takes to get your trailer scheduled for the work. This is true, regardless of where you go for service.
Thanks for the info. I take it is the same when service is needed then call for appointment. The wait can happen at any dealer, including at home town. Hope AS is made of quality and no need for service, at least for the beginning few years.

We plan to make our first and final purchase of 22FB by July. Local or nearby dealer price is thousands higher. At this time it seems we may drive 1200 miles for better pricing.
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