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Old 08-22-2005, 12:07 PM   #1
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Hi people,
I am new to the forum, don't have an airstream yet. I have called several lenders and they none of them will finance the RV I want because of the age. Being a mechanic, I know that the vehicle is completely sound and will last many years. They dont care about stuff like that. They all say 10 years or newer to finance RV. This is my first major purchase other than my house, so I don't really know what steps to take. Oh, also, I am taking a big leap into airstream RV, if I were to compare the price, I could get another brand RV twice as new, with slides and other cool stuff. Why am I set on an old Airstream, someone convince me?
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:16 PM   #2
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Borrow against your home equity, it will be easier and cost less.
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:16 PM   #3
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Hi people,
I am new to the forum, don't have an airstream yet. I have called several lenders and they none of them will finance the RV I want because of the age. Being a mechanic, I know that the vehicle is completely sound and will last many years. They dont care about stuff like that. They all say 10 years or newer to finance RV. This is my first major purchase other than my house, so I don't really know what steps to take.
-Keith
There are three alternatives, as I see it:
1- Get a personal loan for the amount of the trailer.
2- find an Airstream that is less than 10 years old, so you can get a regular loan.
If you own your home, you can do as RichardT suggests, and borrow against its equity.
There is a fourth, but I don't recommend it, go see Uncle Guido for a sho0rt-term, high interest loan.
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:16 PM   #4
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Borrow against your home equity, it will be easier and cost less.
I dont have equity, already tried.
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:20 PM   #5
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There is a reason the other brands cost half as much. That is because they will last less than half as long as an Airstream. How many 1963 other-brand travel trailers have you seen lately? I have a 1963, and many other forum members have those, or even older. Mine is in the same condition at 40+ years of age, as most ten year old other brand trailers.
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:21 PM   #6
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There are two alternatives, as I see it:
1- Get a personal loan for the amount of the trailer.
2- find an Airstream that is less than 10 years old, so you can get a regular loan.
There is a third, but I don't recommend it, go see Uncle Guido for a sho0rt-term, high interest loan.
1. I guess I'm not good enough to get personal loan that large.
2. I can't pry myself from the aluminum RVs.
3. I would definately get whacked.
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:23 PM   #7
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How much is this Airstream anyways?
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:25 PM   #8
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So, how old IS the Airstream you are looking at? Maybe you could find a 1996 model for not much more than you are looking at spending for an older unit.

I like the older ones, they have a cool factor, as well as that comfortable, "old shoe" feeling. But, if you can only get a bank loan for a ten year old or newer Airstream, you may have to go that route to keep yourself in aluminum. Of course, you can look at the bright side, by the time you have it paid off, it will be a vintage unit, and you won't have to go look at another one...

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1. I guess I'm not good enough to get personal loan that large.
2. I can't pry myself from the aluminum RVs.
3. I would definately get whacked.
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:31 PM   #9
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Value

Just take a look at the prices being asked for older Airstreams ... They hold their value and the marketplace does not lie. That one fact is what has me on the way to getting my first one. I plan to use it well and expect to have significant value when it is time to find the retirement home.

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Old 08-22-2005, 12:35 PM   #10
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How much is this Airstream anyways?
It's the diesel on Ebay for 27950, think it's crazy?
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It is all about finding the "right Person". Don't give up. Don't ever give up and don't accept the first answer you get. Investigate and the wicked will be discovered.
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Old 08-22-2005, 06:03 PM   #12
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It's the diesel on Ebay for 27950, think it's crazy?
Umm, Keep trying, but if you don't wind up with it, don't be discouraged. You can either get an older trailer or motor home you can afford to pay cash for, to start with, or a newer one that you can get a bank loan on.
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Old 08-22-2005, 08:45 PM   #13
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It looks nice in the photos! At 24 years old it will require some work and money. The purchase price of an old trailer/motorhome is just the beginning. Parts, labor for things you can't do yourself, insurance, gas, storage... all for something you may only use a week or two and a few weekends a year. Also, at $27,900 it's very close to what I paid for a brand new Airstream 25' trailer in 2003. I don't mean to be negative, but it sounds like you might be streaching the budget here.
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Now is the time to join a credit union! I know a local credit union that went for the entire note on a twenty five year old Airstream TT on the high end. My friends were very pleased!
But then, it was a TT, not a twenty four year old Motor Home.
Hmmm, in all seriousness, things like this are a selling point for cu's.
I belong to three separate ones, and keep most of my business at the smallest. Not quite as many frills, but they know my voice when I call, they know me when I walk in the door, they ask about my dogs, and pass out doggie treats if they happen to be along. I routinely transact business by phone with no problem, I don't have to spout an account number for them, or spell my name!

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