Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-18-2016, 12:28 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
, Michigan
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 7
What to look for when purchasing a used Airstream

We will be looking at a 2016, 25', Flying Cloud with approximately 5,000 miles on it. What should we look for when inspecting this unit before we purchase? Also, what would you consider a fair price for this Airstream?
__________________

leslie mcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 12:58 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
RamblinManGa's Avatar
 
2016 28' Pendleton
Currently Looking...
Scottsdale , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 840
Images: 2
Hi from AZ. . . the 1st thing I'd look for is a knowledgeable inspector nearby to 'inspect'. (usually listed on the right column of this page) And price is tough one, look for comparibles on Forum Classifieds & RVTrader.com. They depreciate the most at about 5 or 6 years old, IMO. . . Good luck, Craig
__________________

__________________
WBCCI 2851,4CU
RamblinManGa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 01:23 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 7,023
Images: 12
I will offer the same advice I think the current owner of the trailer missed.

Never buy new unless you have camped enough to have some idea of what you will want and need in a camper.

Far to many people go to the camping shows and buy the dinette with the champagne glasses on the placemats and find they have no room for their shoes.

Question why it is for sale, wife did not like it, repo, too small for the 5 kids, or warranty issues.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 01:35 PM   #4
1 Rivet Member
 
, Michigan
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 7
Thank you for your replies. We've tent and pop up trailer camped for many years with our family. We've been looking at Airstreams for about 2 years. We're happy with what the 25' Twin offers as far as storage and interior space. We will inquire as to why such a new trailer is being sold.
leslie mcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 03:17 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
KJRitchie's Avatar
 
2008 25' Classic
Full Time , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4,310
New units should sell at 18% to 20% from MSRP and this unit has now been titled and considered used so you should offer more than 20% off MSRP. 30% would be at $59k.

Are you purchasing from a dealer?

Hopefully someone just made the wrong decision about their needs and after using it for 5000 miles and traded it in on a big diesel pusher.

Kelvin

Kelvin
__________________
2008 Classic 25fb "Silver Mistress"
2015 Ram 2500 6.7L Cummins. Crew Cab, 4x4, Silver
KJRitchie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 03:37 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Mrjkq's Avatar
 
2016 25' Flying Cloud
Venice , Florida
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 1,024
$58,000 to $62,000 depending on options. The awning (window) package is very important, the convection microwave no so much, solar is also important.
Other than above it's having a good inspection and being comfortable with sellers reason to sell. I don't have the solar package or convection but I do have the awning package & if I were selling $60,000 would be the magic number.
__________________
Joe
Venice, FL
2016 FC 25RTB
TAC FL-47
2018 Nissan Titan XD Cummins Diesel
Mrjkq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 06:11 PM   #7
1 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
summerland key , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8
I am totally new to Airstreams and also hoping to find a good late model AS. The one thing that concerns me the most after MUCH studying of the forum is tires. Does the trailer have the Goodyear Marathon trailer tires? They are commonly called GYMs. I would advise you to do a search for threads about these tires and their load capacity and reliability.

Best of luck, John
jwscld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 07:04 PM   #8
1 Rivet Member
 
, Michigan
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 7
Yes, we're purchasing through a dealer. Thanks for all your replies. They've been most helpful.
leslie mcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2016, 07:37 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,278
Images: 33
FYI

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f138...ist-43294.html
__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 10:24 AM   #10
1 Rivet Member
 
, Michigan
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 7
Is there anyone in the Traverse City, MI area who would be willing to meet us to inspect this Airstream? We're going to be looking at the unit on March 20 at 11am. I'm aware it's short notice.
leslie mcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 10:57 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
2015 25' Flying Cloud
2016 30' Flying Cloud
Blenheim Ontario , Ontario
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,263
Last May, I traded in my Hi-Lo for a 2015 25' Flying Cloud, at CanAm in London, Ont.
John Watterton gave me an acceptable deal, and I took delivery of it.
There were the usual snags that one expects from Airstream; leaking water, water heater not working, etc., but once the snags were cleared off, and it was working ok, it proved to be a decent replacement for the Hi-Lo. Except......

In time I got fed up with that East-West bed, as being difficult for me to get in or out of. (My wife had no problem, from the other side.)
I also wanted more storage space for 'stuff'.
So in Oct. I traded in the 25'er for a 30'er F.C. with a North-South bed, and more storage places.
John gave me a decent trade in price, and I signed on the line that is dotted.
It's in Winter storage there, and in April I hope to take it out and, barring problems, enjoy a good summer traveling all over Ontario.
MelGoddard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 11:06 AM   #12
3 Rivet Member
 
1989 32' Excella
Sharon Springs , New York
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 136
Hope you found out WHY this rig is for sale. Insofar as tires, upgrade to 16" rims and put on LT tires they seem to be more durable than the ST tires that come from the factory. Curious though, how does one know how many miles there are on a used AS? Is there a hidden odometer somewhere? Hope it turns out well for you.
Regards,
James
MAJORJDB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 11:18 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
2015 25' Flying Cloud
2016 30' Flying Cloud
Blenheim Ontario , Ontario
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,263
Quote:
Originally Posted by leslie mcb View Post
We will be looking at a 2016, 25', Flying Cloud with approximately 5,000 miles on it. What should we look for when inspecting this unit before we purchase? Also, what would you consider a fair price for this Airstream?
Sorry, can't comment on pricing as I'm in Canada; however, look through the unit for things like leakage under the sink, hot water heater not operating unless the outside hatch is open, furnace and air conditioner operating together when only furnace is selected.

Does it come equipped with awnings for the windows? If so, big plus!

Is the sewage hose storage long enough for your hoses? Mine was too short and I needed an extra holder installed.
Twin beds should be fine for you; avoid the East-West bed, as being too difficult to get in or out of on the forward side. You'll also bang your head on the overhead storage.
The 25'er towed very nice with a Ford F-150. and a Reese dual cam hitch.

If the PDI goes ok, go for it and enjoy!
Suggestion: Use a felt marker to label "Black" and "Grey" water handles to avoid confusion.
See my comments elsewhere on this 'thread'.
MelGoddard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 02:26 PM   #14
1 Rivet Member
 
, Michigan
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 7
Thanks for all the tips and advice. We were told that the 25' AS and and the TV were purchased at the same time. The couple used both for about 3,000 miles and decided towing was not for them. That is the reason we know the mileage on the AS.
leslie mcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 06:28 PM   #15
4 Rivet Member
 
banderabob's Avatar
 
2008 19' Bambi
2012 23' Flying Cloud
Bandera , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 438
We knew the original owner of the unit we bought, which is probably the best scenario. That said, we didn't have an inspection, which MIGHT have discovered a cracked pump (which we discovered a year later), which MIGHT have prevented us having to deal with a failed subfloor 3 years post-purchase. I'm not blaming the former owner, she probably didn't know. Get an inspection from a reputable source. Can't help you on pricing.
banderabob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 06:41 PM   #16
4 Rivet Member
 
NWGetaways's Avatar
 
2012 22' FB Sport
2003 19' Bambi
Port Townsend , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 277
If it hasn't been in a wreck and the price reflects a big penalty for initial depreciation, get it!
NWGetaways is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 07:18 PM   #17
Rivet Master
 
switz's Avatar

 
2014 31' Classic
2015 23' International
2013 25' FB International
Apache Junction , Arizona
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5,426
Images: 8
We traded our 2013 25 FB in because of the bed orientation and me hitting my head sitting up in bed let alone the crab walk to go pee in the middle of the night. Storage at the far end under the queen bed was not reachable for me from outside. So we got a 2014 31' Classic and we both are happy. It is our primary trailer. We tow with a 2012 Ram 2500HD Cummins using a ProPride hitch.

The 23D allows us easy access to the old and smaller camping areas out West where even the 25FB was too large. We tow this trailer with my 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI that was the initial tow vehicle for the 25FB and reusing the Hensley Arrow hitch.
__________________
WBCCI Life Member 5123, AIR 70341, 4CU, WD9EMC

TV - 2012 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins HO, automatic, Centramatics, Kelderman level ride airbag suspension, bed shell

2014 31' Classic model 30 twin beds, 50 amp service, 900 watt solar system, Centramatics, Dill TPMS, disc brakes, 16" tires & wheels
switz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 07:23 PM   #18
Rivet Master
 
2019 27' Globetrotter
Salem , Oregon
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 546
I just purchased my 2016 23' Airstream Intl Serenity for $58,00 from a dealer if this helps. Could not tell it from new.

Dave
NoResults is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2016, 07:54 PM   #19
1 Rivet Member
 
, Michigan
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 7
Thanks everyone
leslie mcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 11:21 PM   #20
Rivet Master
 
Boxite's Avatar
 
2008 22' Sport
Spicewood (W of Austin) , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,582
Watch out for "soft" flooring beneath windows and sinks and in front of the shower, where leaks may have softened the flooring. A squeaking floor is a bad sign.
__________________

__________________
2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4.7L 4X4
Rambox
WBCCI 14676 TX ALAMO UNIT
Boxite is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What Should I look for When Purchasing? wantAtrailer 1980 Excella II 10 07-22-2015 04:33 PM
Purchasing A Used Airstream Freedomrider Community Polls 5 07-21-2012 07:32 AM
What to look for in purchasing a new toilet batt Sinks, Showers & Toilets 6 05-14-2012 08:12 AM
1972 airstream **look**look**look** eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 07-03-2010 05:20 PM
What to look for in purchasing a motorhome? 2Alaska Airstream Motorhome Forums 6 10-27-2004 10:24 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
×