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Old 06-09-2017, 05:10 PM   #71
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Hope AS is made of quality and no need for service, at least for the beginning few years.

Maybe, maybe not. It seems largely be luck of the draw. We spent two years getting all the warranty issues resolved. None of the issues we experienced prevented us from camping, so we simply kept a running list of busted stuff. When it got long enough or our frustration level got high enough, we would schedule another service visit to get all that busted stuff fixed.

One thing that should help is to have an intense pre-delivery inspection using the checklists discussed previously. There were lots of things we should have spotted and made them fix before we even took it home.
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Old 06-09-2017, 06:09 PM   #72
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I think that the quality of the dealer's service department plays a big part in how quickly / well a given trailer comes up to speed. Like it or not, *they* are the real final QA.

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Old 06-10-2017, 12:57 AM   #73
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Extended Warranties, by design...

...are designed to NOT pay off when needed or cover much when you ultimately do battle with service department management. PERIOD! 1) Take the factory warranty; 2) Find out what the extended "warranty" would cost; 3) Put that amount away - upfront! 4) Add 1/12 of that amount each and every month you own the trailer/tow vehicle. I've done this for years! You're self insuring for the unexpected maintenance of your TOYS! You'll get to keep all funds you don't use!! The jilted warranty company (and dealership) will be disappointed. That money was big profit for them to divide. Buying used? Really do detailed INSPECTIONS and get service records! Where possible get expert guidance from AS people. Finally, understand that nothing will be inexpensive about the care and feeding of a Airstream.
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:47 AM   #74
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...are designed to NOT pay off when needed or cover much when you ultimately do battle with service department management. PERIOD! 1) Take the factory warranty; 2) Find out what the extended "warranty" would cost; 3) Put that amount away - upfront! 4) Add 1/12 of that amount each and every month you own the trailer/tow vehicle. I've done this for years! You're self insuring for the unexpected maintenance of your TOYS! You'll get to keep all funds you don't use!! The jilted warranty company (and dealership) will be disappointed. That money was big profit for them to divide. Buying used? Really do detailed INSPECTIONS and get service records! Where possible get expert guidance from AS people. Finally, understand that nothing will be inexpensive about the care and feeding of a Airstream.
Thanks for your great advice. Will do as you said. I am excited and ready to order my first (and last) AS. As local Houston, Austin, and DFW dealers pricing are not competitive significantly, we are seriously considering to take a 1,300 mile trip to Florida to buy there. As new to AS, I want to learn as much here and advice and tips from you all are greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:57 AM   #75
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Right now (as in mid June) every RV dealer in the country is going a bit crazy selling stuff. Simply getting their attention is not as easy as it was a couple of months ago. My *guess* is that if you can get one of the local dealers to pay enough attention (and figure out you have a check in hand !!) you can get a pretty good deal locally. Of course I've been wrong before

Pulling a brand new trailer 600 to 1200 miles on it's first outing would worry me a bit ....People do it all the time so yes, it's just one of my phobias

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Old 06-10-2017, 12:36 PM   #76
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Right now (as in mid June) every RV dealer in the country is going a bit crazy selling stuff. Simply getting their attention is not as easy as it was a couple of months ago. My *guess* is that if you can get one of the local dealers to pay enough attention (and figure out you have a check in hand !!) you can get a pretty good deal locally. Of course I've been wrong before

Pulling a brand new trailer 600 to 1200 miles on it's first outing would worry me a bit ....People do it all the time so yes, it's just one of my phobias

Bob
We purchased a 2016 from Arborgast in Ohio received great price
But service terriblr,they glued my door shut on repairs.
We had agreed to buy at Hadocy in Ciolumbus We drove 1100 miles fr Minnesota
When we got there they changer the price STAY AWAY fr them

We recently ordered a 2018 Tommy Bahame and received a great price from Colonial in NJ
Know it's a ways but planning on returning to Gettysburg
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Old 06-10-2017, 12:37 PM   #77
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Thanks for your great advice. Will do as you said. I am excited and ready to order my first (and last) AS. As local Houston, Austin, and DFW dealers pricing are not competitive significantly, we are seriously considering to take a 1,300 mile trip to Florida to buy there. As new to AS, I want to learn as much here and advice and tips from you all are greatly appreciated.


If you are going to buy from RV One do yourself a favor and do a complete and total inspection on one day and take delivery on another. Take out every drawer, open every panel, turn on every system, attempt to fill the fresh water tank, look under everything you can, turn on every light. Get the bad stuff fixed before you ever take it off the lot. I could fill 10 pages of information on the abject lack of professionalism and quality control of Orlando RV. Price was great, service was the worst I have ever experienced purchasing anything, much less a six figure trailer. Literally zero quality control. I'm 8 months in and still working through issues.
I will say Airstream corporate has made every attempt to do the right thing by us. Their customer service department has helped me so much and truly gone over the top to get things sorted out on our 2017 Classic. Hats off to Jon in Customer Service. He's outstanding!
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Old 06-10-2017, 04:43 PM   #78
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Right now (as in mid June) every RV dealer in the country is going a bit crazy selling stuff. Simply getting their attention is not as easy as it was a couple of months ago. My *guess* is that if you can get one of the local dealers to pay enough attention (and figure out you have a check in hand !!) you can get a pretty good deal locally. Of course I've been wrong before

Pulling a brand new trailer 600 to 1200 miles on it's first outing would worry me a bit ....People do it all the time so yes, it's just one of my phobias

Bob
Thanks for your advice. We have Littleguy T@B for 2 years and been towing locally around Houston area State Parks. We are selling our T@B for AS for more extensive camping since I enjoyed the last 2 years experience (first time RV camper since 2015) and meeting all nice folks at campgrounds.

Houston, Austin, and Dallas dealers price are not competitive so Florida is the best bet now. We plan one week camp at FORT PICKENS CAMPGROUND, and Grayton Beach State Park, and watch Blue Angels on return trip. We anticipate a great time to and from Florida then.

We hope the deal will go thru with no problem and the new AS will be in great quality. We are reading this forum daily to learn more and finding a checklist for pickup.
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Before you drive 1200 miles make sure you have the exact trailer and price documented. Some places, like the one in Austin, list a price but then have a mandatory prep fee they add on that is not in the price. Before we drove up to Dublin, Tx we had everything in writing. And it was less than 200 miles from Houston. And make sure you understand the whole sales/use tax and out of state registration issues, that could be done hidden costs you need to factor in.

We were in your same situation; pretty much decided on the sport 22. But then we saw all the additional stuff (storage cabinets, inverter, larger fridge, bed that was easier to make since it was a "walk around") that the FC 23FB offered. So we spent a little more up front and expect to keep it much longer before a possible upgrade than we would have with the sport. And the second axle gives me a little extra margin of safety in case of a tie failure.

Wanted a 25 foot model and we probably would have been done, but the tongue weights were too high for my Touareg. So once dieselgate settles out we might look for a truck, if for no other reason than the ability to haul stuff on the bed. Don't want a generator in the Touareg. But it tows great and I average around 16 mpg when towing.

Good luck on your quest, it will be the first of hopefully many adventures in your Airstream.
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We purchased a 2016 from Arborgast in Ohio received great price
But service terriblr,they glued my door shut on repairs.
We had agreed to buy at Hadocy in Ciolumbus We drove 1100 miles fr Minnesota
When we got there they changer the price STAY AWAY fr them

We recently ordered a 2018 Tommy Bahame and received a great price from Colonial in NJ
Know it's a ways but planning on returning to Gettysburg
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Hmmm .... Gettysburg ... wonder where that is

One of the common ways to get there is to pull off the interstate about two miles from here. The route then takes you down a two lane road for a ways. Watch out for some of the blind curves and "blind" hills. They have a nasty tendency to have a horse and buggy on the other side. I have a lot of data on this

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Before you drive 1200 miles make sure you have the exact trailer and price documented. Some places, like the one in Austin, list a price but then have a mandatory prep fee they add on that is not in the price. Before we drove up to Dublin, Tx we had everything in writing. And it was less than 200 miles from Houston. And make sure you understand the whole sales/use tax and out of state registration issues, that could be done hidden costs you need to factor in.

We were in your same situation; pretty much decided on the sport 22. But then we saw all the additional stuff (storage cabinets, inverter, larger fridge, bed that was easier to make since it was a "walk around") that the FC 23FB offered. So we spent a little more up front and expect to keep it much longer before a possible upgrade than we would have with the sport. And the second axle gives me a little extra margin of safety in case of a tie failure.

Wanted a 25 foot model and we probably would have been done, but the tongue weights were too high for my Touareg. So once dieselgate settles out we might look for a truck, if for no other reason than the ability to haul stuff on the bed. Don't want a generator in the Touareg. But it tows great and I average around 16 mpg when towing.

Good luck on your quest, it will be the first of hopefully many adventures in your Airstream.
Great advice on having price documented and we will ask for a proposal with their AS order info and data for the exact one. (as the build and ETA Florida is in August.) I will check the Dublin TX RV if they have 2018 22FB and if the price is as competitive as Florida. Do you have a contact there you would recommend?

The model choice is due to the limitation of my 10' Garage opening (actually it is 9'9"to be exact. The 22FB per measurements on height at 9'3" is the largest that can fit per our limited research
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Maybe also get them to give you the VIN for the trailer they intend to sell you. With that you might he able to check with the mothership to see what model it is and how it was equipped from the factory.
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Maybe also get them to give you the VIN for the trailer they intend to sell you. With that you might he able to check with the mothership to see what model it is and how it was equipped from the factory.
Great advice on VIN. Not sure if it is avail yet as the delivery date is mid August. They want $2,000 deposit now. I will tell them to get me a proposal with VIN then will provide CC for the deposit. Is this the right way to do?

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When I purchased mine 6 months ago, had a contract with price and accessories.

Factory knew my rig, and gave me updates as it was built. Dealer told me approximate time, then I sent email to factory and a nice man sent me an email update with week of build.

I didn't harass him but then contacted him the week of the build and he told me it was on the line. Sent me an email when it was done, and a week later dealer called to arrange pickup. They know a lot more than we think. Just ask.
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