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Old 05-07-2016, 06:59 PM   #15
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Not looking. . .

Well, we aren't looking for an AS anymore. And we'd be unlikely to drive 500 miles if we were! At this point I'm just concerned about being able to get service close by. Depending on what's wrong, you can't always get 500 miles, and that's certainly too far to have it hauled on a flatbed if that is necessary.

But there are truck repair places around here also, and they might be OK if you do your homework first, and probably depending on what's wrong. We've been doing most of our own small repairs, which is the most convenient.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:11 PM   #16
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We tried the dealers here in Tampa, but their selection was very small. They didn't have anything that remotely resembled what we wanted.

We found one we liked at Colonial. 1000 miles away. Made them an email offer, and I'll be there week after next to pick it up.

I would have rather purchased it locally. But if they didn't have it they didn't have it. It's not rocket science. The internet opens up the nation to find your Airstream.
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:03 PM   #17
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Just curious, did you try JD sanders or Foley?
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:40 PM   #18
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I saw their websites. They didn't have anything that interested us in their online inventories.
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Old 05-08-2016, 03:26 PM   #19
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The problem. . .

The problem with far away dealers is that it's not really practical to buy from them unless you have already done some visits and know what you want. As a first time buyers, we would have never traveled that far away just to "shop". Also, buying in-state means that we could take advantage of our states lemon laws if all else fails. I can't imagine how difficult that would be to do from a 1000 or so miles away.

So, we really needed to be able to see some units within a reasonable distance to be able to make a decision.

Now maybe if we were buying our second unit, etc., we would be able to do this, but as first time RVers, and first time buyers, and with no experience with towing, etc., the options had to be local. I guess other people are braver than we are, but for us bravery requires experience, and we had none.
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Well, we did spend 18 months looking at RVs and motor homes before pulling this trigger.

We went to two RV shows, and we had two local dealers with some stock. It took us 1 year to wrap our heads around the Airtream concept, and we did see a 30' recliner model at one of the shows.

Had we not done that, we also would not have bought something 1000 miles away.

And yes, it could turn out to be a lemon. But I like my chances that it won't.
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Dealers?? Where did they go?

In the situation of a dealer 1,000 miles from home I'd want to camp somewhere close to that dealer for a few days to find and resolve any immediate questions and warranty issues before the long ride back. Even in a new trailer that's nearly perfect, something will probably come up.

Think of it as a sea trial.
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We are at least spending the night at the dealer. Mostly to rest before the trip back home and to familiarize myself with the major systems. If there is something catastrophically wrong, I would definitely ask them take care of it. Colonial has a very good reputation. But I am buying a used unit and no warranty, so I have realistic expectations. As long as I can tow it I'll be happy. The rest I'll figure out as I go.
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Sounds good. Best wishes for a very happy first "cruise" in your new land yacht.
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