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Old 08-18-2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Ok, ready to try this airstreaming business again...

So my first attempt at a purchase didn't go quite as planned.
Fortunately seller was honest and graciously provided a refund.
No doubt, that unit will make a handy person a very happy camper.

Now, I need to regroup and purchase a new one. Don't think i'll go the used route again. I've narrowed it down to three units I believe and would love your thoughts, insights, etc:

1) 2009 16 DWR: 44k
-relatively local
-reputable dealer
-one of only a handful made
-love the DWR concept

2) 2008 16 DWR: 38k
-need delivery again
-a model yr older
-had a scratch in one skin (roadside behind rockguard) that was replaced by dealer

3) 2007 19 Int'l: 35k
-a few model yrs old
-full warranty
-need delivery
-any issues with the bathroom being so close to the bed?

as an aside, we don't plan on long extended trips, only ~200 mile junts for weekends.

family consists of wife and small baby.

really would like opinion on the best deal, most bang for buck, likelihood to hold value, etc.

thanks again forum, you guys are the best!

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Old 08-18-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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With 2 adults and a rapidly-growing child that will soon be very fast-moving, more room is better. The 19 would probably work best for you, I am thinking more about repairing disasters from a kid, and wear and tear, than resale.

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Old 08-18-2008, 07:38 PM   #3
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What Overlander said. 19 is definately better than 16
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:50 PM   #4
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I have a 2.5 and 5.5 year olds. You want the 19 footer.............

We have a 28 foot and when it rains I'm glad for the extra space...

May you have at least one sunny day, and a soft chair to sit in..

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Old 08-18-2008, 08:00 PM   #5
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Welcome Back From the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

I would go for the 19 for sure. You're gonna want separate gray and black tanks. You will also need the room. The 16 is cute, but it looks like a cube.

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Old 08-18-2008, 08:36 PM   #6
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Welcome ericwarren,
I agree with the others. It sounds like you may be a young couple and who knows another bundle of joy may happen at a later date. The 19footer would be just room enough for a family. You would also think the dealership may be willing to negotiate on a 2007 model. Best of Luck.

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Old 08-18-2008, 08:55 PM   #7
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Welcome to the Forums! Ditto on the 19'er... We are 2 adults with two 32lb dogs (sorta like kids, at least size-wise), and it's a nice size for us. the 16 DWR is cute but small, and you pay a premium for the branding. (I do like the red awnings, though.)

You are going to love it!

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