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Old 06-11-2017, 10:55 PM   #85
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Newbie plan to buy 2018 International

VIN was just an idea on our part, but if it helps you out, we're pleased.

We wish you the very best, but we would not be likely to drive 1200 miles to buy a new trailer. Too many things were wrong with the first new one we bought. We want our dealer close by so we can look them in the eye.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:40 AM   #86
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You can call Steve at Bayer RV in Dublin, 254-445-4807. Or email from the link on their web page. And go see the old bottling plant in town, it's cool.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:47 AM   #87
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You can call Steve at Bayer RV in Dublin, 254-445-4807. Or email from the link on their web page. And go see the old bottling plant in town, it's cool.
It seems also difficult to find our specific model - 2018 22FB with factory installed rear view camera in Texas. We are ready to purchase if the price is right.
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Old 06-12-2017, 04:50 PM   #88
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The only thing I can say is, do whatever you have to do to see as many models as possible in person. We did plenty of online stalking, but there is nothing like seeing these live. Shop it--hard--in person. The best advice we got from everyone here was to really spend some time in them, and it was true! YouTube doesn't cut it. Go, touch, sit, see. Good luck!
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:10 PM   #89
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Hi

When we bought the trailer I'm sitting here picking up, the entire price was written up with all the details long before any money changed hands. The full delivered price was clearly spelled out as were all the specs on the AS. Now that the process is done (as of 3 hours ago), indeed there were *zero* surprises. Everything was done exactly as promised up front.

It's pretty warm in New Jersey today ...

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Old 06-12-2017, 05:49 PM   #90
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Hello, I didn't read every response here but did see several recommends for dealers and that you're willing to drive to get what you want...so I'll plug our dealer...Out of Doors Mart in North Carolina. They're the oldest continually operated dealership in the world. Established in early '60s. They have a reasonable inventory, extremely competent 'lifers' in their service dept. Gave us a clean 20% off and we had a marvelous experience with them. They also have IMO the best 'shakedown' in the business. They addressed every detail before delivery and we've been out rolling along for several months now without a single issue...sorry if I missed the boat on this and we're new to Airstream too so if our dealer has been crossed off by others, were not aware of it.
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:20 PM   #91
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Hello, I didn't read every response here but did see several recommends for dealers and that you're willing to drive to get what you want...so I'll plug our dealer...Out of Doors Mart in North Carolina. They're the oldest continually operated dealership in the world. Established in early '60s. They have a reasonable inventory, extremely competent 'lifers' in their service dept. Gave us a clean 20% off and we had a marvelous experience with them. They also have IMO the best 'shakedown' in the business. They addressed every detail before delivery and we've been out rolling along for several months now without a single issue...sorry if I missed the boat on this and we're new to Airstream too so if our dealer has been crossed off by others, were not aware of it.
Thank you for the dealer info. I will call in the morning. Did you drive from AZ to NC for your new AS?

Do you have a contact and can I quote you as referral?
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Old 06-13-2017, 07:17 AM   #92
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No, we live in NC. We drove hours to get our first camper, an Aliner, cause not many places carry those either. We didn't want to do it again when we upgraded so decided to go AS seeing as these guys were so close. We dealt with Mike Otay. Refer away.
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:33 AM   #93
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Thank you for the dealer info. I will call in the morning. Did you drive from AZ to NC for your new AS?

Do you have a contact and can I quote you as referral?
Hi PlayC- we spoke a few weeks ago when I was in Austin. I would advise if your set on "new", you will likely have to leave TX. The Sport models are the "entry point" for AS, and they do not have all the features of the general lineup; ie- no rock guards, no bumpers, air conditioner is not on thermostat with heater, as an example. They are great units, but the price is also very low compared to the regular line up for that size. I would guide you to calling the FL dealer I mentioned in my earlier post and ask for his best price. Take it to the Buda guy (Mark) and see if they will match. If not, Tampa or Orlando facility in FL is only 1200-1300 mile drive, plus you can camp on the way home!

As for warranty, most all AS dealers will honor the warranty, but you may have to wait in line to get it serviced. I have not purchased an extended warranty, for reasons others have mentioned. Really, aside from leaks, most system components can be fixed or replaced by several sources, and the help on this Forum provides a good support network for most common issues. I bought in CA last time, and serviced it in Buda, as an example. The service depts. are typically their own cost center, so independent from sales. When buying new, your sales folks can work with the service folks usually get things done quicker, but most things happen after you purchase and are on the road, so the closest dealer is where you likely will go when traveling. "If" you make sure you tell your sales contact you want a "thorough" systems check, prior to arriving because you have to drive back to TX; ask him to make sure they run through all the systems, prior to arriving, likely most everything will be working and you will likely be fine on your drive home. We just went through this with the Portland dealer we purchased our new 28' with last week. I can't speak for the FL dealer, but I watched the "prep" work they preformed on other new units being ready for delivery, and I was impressed with how they ran systems, even took them through a washing system to check for leaks. Our walkthrough went very well. I know most of the dealers like FL, are doing their best to have good reputation so they don't get dinged on the Forum!

Just remember, your not alone in your concerns...many of us have done this a few times....jump in and join the fun!
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Just passing along info...a fellow AS owner stopped by this morning and related their experience in VA. They were looking and stopped into our dealers place while traveling in NC but then returned home to VA & bought closer to home in Fredricksburg. They said it was a big mistake, had a bad experience & wished they'd bought in NC. And, if you're driving to FL, you'll find the NC dealer right next to I-40...you can see the inventory from the highway...worth a stop for comparisons if that's your route...good luck!
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No, we live in NC.
I think what was confusing is you have High Point, Arizona on your displayed profile. I assume you meant High Point, North Carolina.
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Old 06-13-2017, 01:11 PM   #96
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Sorry...no idea how AZ got there but NC is where we are...thanks for pointing that out!
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Hi PlayC- we spoke a few weeks ago when I was in Austin. I would advise if your set on "new", you will likely have to leave TX. The Sport models are the "entry point" for AS, and they do not have all the features of the general lineup; ie- no rock guards, no bumpers, air conditioner is not on thermostat with heater, as an example. They are great units, but the price is also very low compared to the regular line up for that size. I would guide you to calling the FL dealer I mentioned in my earlier post and ask for his best price. Take it to the Buda guy (Mark) and see if they will match. If not, Tampa or Orlando facility in FL is only 1200-1300 mile drive, plus you can camp on the way home!

As for warranty, most all AS dealers will honor the warranty, but you may have to wait in line to get it serviced. I have not purchased an extended warranty, for reasons others have mentioned. Really, aside from leaks, most system components can be fixed or replaced by several sources, and the help on this Forum provides a good support network for most common issues. I bought in CA last time, and serviced it in Buda, as an example. The service depts. are typically their own cost center, so independent from sales. When buying new, your sales folks can work with the service folks usually get things done quicker, but most things happen after you purchase and are on the road, so the closest dealer is where you likely will go when traveling. "If" you make sure you tell your sales contact you want a "thorough" systems check, prior to arriving because you have to drive back to TX; ask him to make sure they run through all the systems, prior to arriving, likely most everything will be working and you will likely be fine on your drive home. We just went through this with the Portland dealer we purchased our new 28' with last week. I can't speak for the FL dealer, but I watched the "prep" work they preformed on other new units being ready for delivery, and I was impressed with how they ran systems, even took them through a washing system to check for leaks. Our walkthrough went very well. I know most of the dealers like FL, are doing their best to have good reputation so they don't get dinged on the Forum!

Just remember, your not alone in your concerns...many of us have done this a few times....jump in and join the fun!
Hi, very glad to hear from you, and hope all is well and you have accomplished everything per your travel plan.

While I would like to get the International version, the spec and the measurement of height to my garage come very close. So Sport 22FB is the best bet.

Still plan to go to FL for the significant pricing deal, decision to be made in 2 weeks.

It's folks like you that make the difference, esp., to folk like me new to camping at retirement age. Already benefit from reading the forum and there's still so much to learn. Hope to see you and all AS campers on road to chat, have coffee, wine or beer, and have best fun.
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:12 AM   #98
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Hi, very glad to hear from you, and hope all is well and you have accomplished everything per your travel plan.

While I would like to get the International version, the spec and the measurement of height to my garage come very close. So Sport 22FB is the best bet.

Still plan to go to FL for the significant pricing deal, decision to be made in 2 weeks.

It's folks like you that make the difference, esp., to folk like me new to camping at retirement age. Already benefit from reading the forum and there's still so much to learn. Hope to see you and all AS campers on road to chat, have coffee, wine or beer, and have best fun.
PlayC- thanks for the kind words! Another option you may consider if you really think you would like an International model, perhaps a 23' International, for example, would be to check into RV storage lots in your area. Not as convenient as home, but many folks do this. Prices vary for covered vs non-covered, but if you spend some time looking and talking to neighbors who have RV's, this may work for you. I stored my 25' for 3 years at a site 5 miles away from my home, while we were living in San Diego. Once you have all your cloths, toiletries, bedding, and dry food in your AS, you typically do not have to load/unload that stuff again, except when changing sheets and dirty cloths. When you start your trip, you load up your fresh groceries for your trip and head to your unit; when you return, you take your dirty laundry home along with perishables, and your set for next trip. This is pretty quick and easy. Just a thought!
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