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Old 08-11-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Cold feet

When buying your first RV or Airstream, ever get cold feet continuously right up to the time you signed the check. I go in and out of this feeling of ,"what are you doing, how will you ever learn how to use, take care of, or simply use it enough?" Then I see one on the road and I am excited about it. I am scheduled ThIS MONTH to take possession and my spouse simply says" let's do it" Or " sale it of we don't like it".
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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Sign the check, hook up to your AS and get out there. This forum is the greatest place to learn the basics, as well as to get into in depth discussions on everything from tow vehicles, electrical/solar, various appliances, flooring and well, everything AS. There is a lot of fact, as well as a boat load of opinion to be gleaned from the various forums. Read as much as you can on what-ever topic interests you, or is pertinent to your model of AS, but most of all, get out there and enjoy yourself.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:50 PM   #3
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Gosh Luigi, I am going through exactly the same thing. I'm scheduled to pick up my new (used AS at Aug 25th). Is this one your first too? Going bonkers!
What are you getting?

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:46 AM   #4
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Cold Feet

Thanks for your honest reply-this is my first RV of any kind - I am purchasing 2008 Classic Ltd 30ft. Also, have first right of refusal on a new 2014 27FB Flying Cloud, about $15,000 more. I see many posting for " only used four or five times etc" and get to thinking. I recently drove 1,100 miles to pick it up and the night before it hailed so I had to drive away as he had to deal with insurance adjustment. It should be adjusted this week ( minor end cap damage ) sometimes I feel like a crazy gamble. The damage will be subtracted from the sale price then fixed by a locall AS dealer. What is you first one and why an Airstream ( a question I get everywhere) My wife simply says, " go for it, if we don't like it we will sale it".
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:55 AM   #5
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I almost walked away from the deal several times at the dealership after driving four hours to trade. At one point I was so angry with the dealership I went and hooked to my trade-in trailer and started to go home. The only reason I went through with the deal is because of all the blood, sweat, and tears it took to get to that point. I really wanted an Airstream, and I did not want to go through that process all over again.
I had already secured financing and my wife and I both took off work. If I walked away all of that effort would have been for naught.
That having been said I may never buy another trailer. I definitely cannot recommend that dealership.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:06 AM   #6
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You bet....with a Monaco MOHO....but then along came our Airstream and I got over it in a hurry after our "shake down" cruise!
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #7
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I was in your shoes a year and a half ago when I bought my Interstate. Before that, the only camping I had done was tent camping.

On the plus side, I had already driven larger vehicles, though it had been a lot more years than I care to recall, so the size of an Interstate didn't intimidate me. But on the minus side, I had no idea whether I would like RVing, or if I was even capable of doing it solo. For all I knew, I could have ended up as one of those folks trying to sell an RV "only used 4 or 5 times." But it all worked out in the end, and I'll keep my Interstate for as long as I'm physically able to drive it, and financially able to keep it drivable.

For some people, it's speaking in front of crowds or other forms of stage fright. For other people it's retirement or marriage or divorce. For others, it's major purchases. Most people feel jitters at some point before making a commitment to a particular course of action. The old saying "Look before you leap" is a good one, but it doesn't change the fact that, after you look, you've still got to leap!

All you can do is prepare yourself as best you can, then do it! And like most other life-changing events, afterwards you'll wonder why you were ever nervous in the first place.

And finally, even if it turns out to be an unmitigated disaster, as long as you get a good story out of it later, that disaster becomes an adventure worth telling the grandkids.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:52 AM   #8
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Are you crazy? Don't do it!

Are you crazy? Just do it!

Same here and then "oh my, what have I done?"

That was March. It is a 1999 34' Excella

Today, lots of work later, she is a family member who is like the Crazy Aunt who is game for anything....long trip? Ok!

I see things I would miss and don't miss things like nasty motel/hotel rooms...even the Ritz can't touch our Excella and Airstream experience.

If you are blessed to afford it, if you can see the positive effect possible in family/ relationships, don't listen to the bad voices... They really don't like you... They told me so!

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Old 08-12-2013, 08:00 AM   #9
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I was VERY excited the day I went to pick up my brand new trailer. I was VERY nervous after it was hooked up to my TV and I towed it home for the very first time. Just like anything new, it's the natural (and actually very positive) fear of the unknown. Kind of like when you are a little kid and you just jump in the pool not really caring how cold the water is. Then as you get older you put one foot in at a time. You still get in the water, but do it with caution. So, after almost two years with my trailer? Awesome fun. Just do it!
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:42 AM   #10
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Thanks for your honest reply-this is my first RV of any kind - I am purchasing 2008 Classic Ltd 30ft. Also, have first right of refusal on a new 2014 27FB Flying Cloud, about $15,000 more. I see many posting for " only used four or five times etc" and get to thinking. I recently drove 1,100 miles to pick it up and the night before it hailed so I had to drive away as he had to deal with insurance adjustment. It should be adjusted this week ( minor end cap damage ) sometimes I feel like a crazy gamble. The damage will be subtracted from the sale price then fixed by a locall AS dealer. What is you first one and why an Airstream ( a question I get everywhere) My wife simply says, " go for it, if we don't like it we will sale it".
Apparently you have decided earlier the Airstream will fit your budget and lifestyle (you have to use it a lot for economic sensibility, or have plenty of spare cash around).

To me, the problem would be the choice of used or new. If you're not familiar with them, a six year old trailer can have lots of issues. Tires out of date, worn brakes, corrosion, water leak damage, worn appliances and fixtures, aged sealants and finishes, and some equipment that has been recently updated. Owners also report better design and quality control in the latest models; the infamous water leak and floor rot from the rear bumper area now has a factory seal installed to prevent it, for example.

It would be a pristine, always garaged six year old trailer to lure me away from the condition, improvements, and two year warranty of a new one. Or a greater price differential than $15k.

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Old 08-12-2013, 11:13 AM   #11
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Similar feelings here. Now after 5 weeks of being on the road no regrets whatsoever. Really was not that difficult learning the ropes. Just go slow at a pace that is comfortable for you. Learn one system at a time.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:30 PM   #12
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My philosophy is that if I want something that is not a necessity...something for leisure...for fun....a "luxury item"....I would only stress and have "buyers remorse" if I was in a situation where that purchase would leave me in financial stress regarding necessities OR if it means I am "fun broke" and would end up regretting that cost because perhaps I end up not using it much or something like that.

I grew up dirt poor...grew up doing camping off and on and always had a ball...still love it....

Im not sure how I would not love camping and to the best of my knowledge it seems very obscure that a poor kid that grew up never going on a vacation that enjoyed sleeping in a tent would not enjoy this....

But in general I always keep the mindset now that if I can afford it and it does not harm my financial goals and responsibilities, I think buyers remorse is pointless.

A tad of cold feet is reasonable, but if it is too much cold feet because you worry you will not be able to afford it, then that may be a different story...

That is how I see it anyway....

Good luck..and I hope we cross paths!
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #13
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We are planning a trip Friday.

I am glad i have the trailer.
We would have gone anyway if we ha never bought an Airstream- we would go in our sob.
We would still go if we didn't have a sob- we would go and pitch a tent. I tent camped for 40 years before i ever had the first trailer.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:21 PM   #14
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Your spouse is right. In the worse case scenario .... that is, if it's not your cup of tea ... you can always sell it. And you will have tried it out.

But my guess is that you'll have wonderful times with it. We were all first-timers at one point or another. And we all managed to learn how to do it all. Don't worry about it. Follow your gut and get on board! Let the good times roll!
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