First to Overlander I feel your pain. Altho I have yet to actually buy my Excella 31', it is for all practical purposes a done deal.
Deposit made (refundable) and arrangements in progress to go get it.
I have never seen it except in photos.
This thread as much as any other has given me my most compelling reservation to NOT
buy the Damn thing
I WILL NOT EVER pay 500 bux for a door handle (unless I have pre-sold it...'Cash in Advance' for 600 bux).
I have been "poor-boyin" it for most of my life. The Jones' ran off and left me long ago...I couldn't keep up!
I considered it all a rat race and the rats always seemed to be winning.
Turns out I have enjoyed much of my new found time on the 'sidelines' albeit Jonesless.
I buy and oneday pull into a RV-Park and am ignored/ostracized by fellow Airstreamers because I have a 75 dollar Schlage doorknob, then I hope
I'll just turn the other cheek and be civil anyway. I'll just assume that all that runnin with the rats raised their blue-blood pressure and deformed their blue-noses upward. I'll be content knowing their Blackwater-Tanks smell just like mine, even if they are convinced that their aroma is the 'sweet smell of success'.
Anyway Overlander I'd be proud to park next to you anytime. We could down a few ice cold Blue Ribbons and look down on all that "trash" in them "white-trailers" and 'up' to all those Wallyites that wouldn't join us in a toast.
As for Inland-Andy...I am VERY
glad that he participates in the various Airstream Forums.I am not sure that he does not occasionally overstate something, but he has license to err on the side of caution, due to liability issues. He also apparently has more hands-on knowledge than most or any of us.
I do wish there was another dealer or two who did the same as Inland-Andy on the various lists, just for comparison's sake. . Sometimes I wish there was more to life than marketing. But it does make the world go round!
Now as for his markup and pricing... that is entirely his business and I defend his right do as he pleases. We obviously don't owe him our business just because he posts here. But all things being equal
I would go with him because of his involvement. I hope we never find him or any other participating vendor to be misleading us.
However I reserve and encourage the option of discussing pros & cons of advice given by, or service problems and irregularities or 'shipping and handling' ploys
....yup the price of my 'pride' is a shade shy of $500 bux for a door handle.