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Old 08-30-2008, 08:44 AM   #15
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After owning two Airstreams of questionable overall quality, and the second one having the dreaded corrosion problem with the exterior that so many are seeing, I would NOT buy a new one. Go used and if the unit shows signs of some of the lackluster QC and/or corrosion, at least some of the top dollars you paid for the unit won't be gone with the first few years of significant depreciation. I mean if you love the units as I do, why pay $40+k for a unit with high potential for issues, when someone else has taken a $8k hit on the depreciation so far and you can get a unit for $8k less and if it has the issues a lot do have, you might not feel as bad having spent $8k less. Even if the $8k unit has a few less bells and whistles, you can add a lot of bells and whistles either yourself or through Airstream or a service center for a heck of a lot less than $8k.

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Old 08-30-2008, 09:00 AM   #16
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If your TV will take it consider something with a little more room for rainy weekends. Be patient. Prices are more likly to come down than go up on midsized used units. Get a used one that already has "everything" you will want and it one size bigger than you think you need, esp with a child as they tend to get bigger with time not smaller.

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Old 08-30-2008, 10:32 AM   #17
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I just dealt with a similar decision. Now mind you, I've never owned any kind of trailer (a boat trailer doesn't count) and I don't have anyone to help me figure things out. Don't know much about electrical and pumps and the like. I went with the new one. I could have saved substantial money buying the barely used one, but I wanted to have the full two year warranty and the dealer support. From other threads and warranty issues I've read dealers are not always gung ho to help you out if you didn't buy the trailer from them. (And I've not been impressed with the dealer near me). Of course this mileage varies, but I had a really good rapport with the dealer I 'm buying from right from the start and felt that if there is an issue I can get good service and help. I was very nervous about buying a trailer without being able to spend a good deal of time at the dealer testing it out before I brought it home, and without the backup that the dealer provides. I went with my gut feeling and I'm paying for peace of mind. We will see whether it's worth it!

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Old 08-30-2008, 12:18 PM   #18
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I looked at some of the smaller ones too. They are cute, but we have two kids and a dog and I'm afraid they'd get tight on rainy days.

We now have a 34 foot triple axle and it seems just about right

The 34 really tows nicely too. It's long, so you have to be mindful of the length, but other than that, she tracks straight as an arrow.

Anyway, not to dissuade, but I'd have to go along with the guys recommending you look hard at a 25 footer.

As for new vs. used, my experience has shown that warranties are pretty much worthless. I'd get a decent looking used one at a huge discount and run with it. At least that way you KNOW you are the one doing the repair work, rather than making five trips to a service center to mook it all up and then you wind up fixing it yourself six months later anyway.

Best of luck whichever way you go. Just get out there and camp and have fun!
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Old 08-30-2008, 04:11 PM   #19
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Thanks to all of you for your advice/comments.
We ended up going with the 2006 International CCD.
Patrick and Lauren at Colonial were very helpful and even provided a further discount.

We pick her up next weekend and will post pics, etc.
Thanks again!
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Old 08-30-2008, 04:21 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by ericwarren View Post
Thanks to all of your for your advice/comments.
We ended up going with the 2006 International CCD.
Patrick and Lauren at Colonial were very helpful and even provided a further discount.

We pick her up next weekend and will post pics, etc.
Thanks again!
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