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Old 03-18-2016, 01:28 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:58 PM   #2
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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
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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.
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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.
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Old 03-18-2016, 04:17 PM   #5
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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.

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Old 03-18-2016, 04:37 PM   #6
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$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.
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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.

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Yes, we're purchasing through a dealer. Thanks for all your replies. They've been most helpful.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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'.
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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.
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