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Old 06-10-2015, 11:22 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone ! We, my partner and I , are real newbies, and think we would like to rent an Airstream for a few weeks before we invest in a purchase. Good idea ? if so, does anyone on the east coast know of a rental organization or company , or even a private owner willing to rent to two semi-respectable older adults with two more respectable adult dogs ? we are in delaware, ,thanks mark s
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Our local Airstream dealer has rentals (though obviously on the wrong coast for you). If you can find one, it seems like a good way to see if you like camping in a trailer. If you can't find an Airstream to rent, try any RV rental. The experience will be similar.

If there are any rallys going on nearby, I would recommend you head over and say hello to other Airstreamers. They are usually very welcoming and love to give tours Plus you'll get to know other 'streamers in your area. See if the WBCCI (the Airstream club) has a unit near you.
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It's been discussed, you've got Airstream2go which does rentals, but the price is on par with Exotic rentals, so you're talking 4K++ but tow vehicle is included.

And a few other less than stellar options. There is a thread on here about weather or not folks loan/rent their private Airstreams, the general consciousness of that thread is NO, Absolutely not.

Hate to be a bummer.

If you're a total newbie to RV/Travel Trailers, I wouldn't suggest an Airstream as a first purchase anyways. Unless a year later you decide you hate it and are dealing with unloading a very expensive asset.
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Hello Everyone ! We, my partner and I , are real newbies, and think we would like to rent an Airstream for a few weeks before we invest in a purchase. Good idea ?
If you're newbies to RV camping, and not just newbies to Airstreaming, consider renting any RV first, not necessarily an Airstream, to see if you even like the RV experience.

If you finish up your first trip and both you and your companions all still like living for a few weeks in a metal box that's only about 15% of the size of your home, THEN it's time to consider buying an Airstream. And you'll have something to compare it to.
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I second the post above. If you have not camped in a trailer before, just rent a rv and go for a week. Keep your drives manageable, see how you like being in a self contained unit that you will fill with water, dump waste, etc. if you find its fun, then go kick tires at a dealer.

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