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Old 08-29-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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Your opinion needed, New 2008 or Slightly Used 2006

Decisions decisions...


choice #1: 2008 19' international signature series, ~40.5k (tv, 2 fans)

choice #2: 2006 19' international ccd, used only a few timed, blue streak interior ~32k (no tv, no warranty)

seems like the deal is better on the new one....but im thinking there may be room on the used one.

anyhow, would love to hear from the pros.
either option jumping out at you?
what are some considerations we may be missing?

thanks again! i'll owe you all a beer once i finally get a good airstream!
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Old 08-29-2008, 06:49 PM   #2
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Did I hear beer? My advice is pick the one you like best and get it.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:30 PM   #3
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If the 2008 has the full entertainment package (CD changer, sub woofer, etc.) then this is a $2500 factory option (or in that range) - something to consider. However, you can accomplish the same thing after market for considerably less.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:13 PM   #4
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Have you seen this in the Airforum Classifieds? Looks to be in your neighborhood, geographically.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:26 PM   #5
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Go with the gently used one...

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Decisions decisions...


choice #1: 2008 19' international signature series, ~40.5k (tv, 2 fans)

choice #2: 2006 19' international ccd, used only a few timed, blue streak interior ~32k (no tv, no warranty)

seems like the deal is better on the new one....but im thinking there may be room on the used one.

anyhow, would love to hear from the pros.
either option jumping out at you?
what are some considerations we may be missing?

thanks again! i'll owe you all a beer once i finally get a good airstream!
Hi Eric and welcome to the fourms....

Not sure if you have kids or pets, but I have no kids and travel with the wife and 2 dogs.

I started with a new 19' CCD....then went to a new 28' Safari LS, then went to a new 27FB International Sig Series...

If I had to do it all over again, I'd get a used unit, as the possibility to outgrow it exists and/or seeing something you like bigger or better will always come along...

I can't tell you how much money I've wasted to figure out what I wanted in all "new" units...

PLUS - new units always have issues to work out... Used ones usually have the issues already fixed by the first owner... This alone saves you a HUGE pain in the butt...
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:37 PM   #6
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If you can get the new one Dennis found for not much more than a used one, get that, but to me it's not worth the extra $8,000 or so to have a bed that's never been slept in, versus on that has been slept in maybe 6 times. That works out to something like $1200/night.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:42 PM   #7
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thanks.....
saw the SE, only issue is it has the parque (spelling) floors that im not a big fan of.

the 2006 used 19' international has no fantastic fans...not sure if that is a huge issue. also old color schemes.

also, is 32k a fair price for an 06? seems a bit high. it is a consignment...so not sure how much negotiating can be done in this type of situation.

by the way, bandit, we have 2 dogs (but small ones) and a 9 month old girl. oh, i also saw your thread on your trip to OH, very neat "documentary".
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the 2006 used 19' international has no fantastic fans...not sure if that is a huge issue. also old color schemes.
Fantastic Fans are a couple hundred dollars each, and maybe a hundred each to install them, for the really really good ones that open and close themselves, and close when it rains. You could get away with a single Fantastic in that configuration, I'd put it furthest from your bed, it would be quieter. It could pull air in from the other vent, or push it out.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:00 PM   #9
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Since you asked...

Buy niether and here's why. A whole lot of folks here started with a 16 or 19 footer. Then realized that the trailer was too small. A couple of trailers later and a whole lot of loot and they finally have what is comfortable and liveable.

Here's the best test to see if a particuler Airstream is right for you and your family. Everybody goes to the prospective trailer and gets in. Do you all fit?

Everybody lay down where you'll sleep. Do you fit and are you comfortable?

Everybody sit on the "Throne" can you close the door and do you have the room to do what needs to be done?

We bought a brand new 19 footer for two adults and a dog. One month later after horrible nights of sleep on a cramped bed and a bathroom you had to step out of to change your mind. We bought a new 25FB. Now we have comfort and happy.

Don't kid yourself that a trailer that doesn't meet the above criteria is O.K. If you are uncomfortable you just won't use it.

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Now that is some really good advice from Goin Camping.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:21 PM   #11
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First, if you're swimming in money and have everything else you want, then by all means, buy new, but it IS a depreciating item.

We recently bought a like-new, used 2006 rather than new and are enjoying the unit just the same. It didn't make sense to us to take that first couple years of depreciation hit. Something else to consider is, will you save sales tax on used? In Arizona there's no sales tax for private party sales. That's a substantial amount.

A unit two-years old, in my opinion, is like new and was probably maintained under factory warranty. We also bought a 2007, slightly used tow vehicle, still under warranty. Our whole rig looks brand new but is just 'almost' new and we saved a bundle.

Oh, and if there's two of you, make sure you can restfully sleep in a 48-inch corner bed. IMO, that's a very tight bed for two, but I guess the dinette could sleep a second person.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:57 PM   #12
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Now that is some really good advice from Goin Camping.
Hi, good advise comes from actual experiences.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:34 AM   #13
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Call Patrick at Colonial AS in NJ. You may not have to pay the posted price, plus have many others from which to chose. Plus, their web site is great!

As for new or used, we traded one that was only 5 months old, truly like new. If we could find what we wanted, we would consider buying used, but right now I am dreaming about a 23' FB and there are few if any used ones available.
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:34 AM   #14
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Eric,

The 2006 Airstream International CCD 19' Bambi has one fantastic fan in the galley and a regular roof vent in the bedroom. The 2008 Airstream International Signature Series 19' Bambi, has the standard Fantastic Fan in the galley and the optional Fantastic Fan in the bedroom.
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