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Old 10-11-2016, 12:41 PM   #29
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I recently worked with Ron Rawls at Airstream of South Carolina, near Columbia and was very happy!
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:48 PM   #30
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Colonial is awesome.....long way from you but worth the trip. They have about every model, color and size on site. No pressured sales pitches, fair prices and great service even after you have bought and taken possession.....practically like family!! Start up an email conversation with either Lauren or Patrick....
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:49 PM   #31
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In Knoxville, TN, try Chillhowie RV. They are near the airport and very easy to find. They are experienced with out of state buyers. They also have a pretty good inventory, I was there last week.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:54 PM   #32
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We got our International at the RV Shop in Baton Rouge,La.--have been very happy with the salesman and the service. The salesman is John Spruell
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:05 PM   #33
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Oh, my. Lone Star, your situation sounds so familiar.

A couple of years ago, I bought a 32 ft Forest River 5th wheel. At the end of the first day of its maiden voyage, I thought, "This doesn't work," at least for me. Arrggh!, I had made a big mistake, which was going to cost me thousands of dollars to get out of.

Some months later, I went to the Seattle RV Show & discovered the exhibit of our local AS dealer, AS Adventures NW. I spent a morning the following weekend there. I liked the trailers. I did not find its salesman particularly helpful, & his quotes on the price of a new AS I thought high & his offer of what he would allow me on a trade-in for my 5th wheel I thought low. That led me to call AS dealers throughout the country for their respective quote for the AS model I had settled on, the FC 27 FB. That included Colonial, in NJ, several other dealers in WA, OR, MT, & CO, numbers of dealers in the midwest (OH, IN, etc.), and numbers of dealers in the southwest (NM, AZ, & CA), a total of something like 12-15 AS dealers. Of all the sales people I spoke with, Denny Donaldson at Desert AutoPlex, in Mesa, AZ, seemed the most knowledgeable & helpful. My results:

1. The lowest quote I got was from Toscano RV, in Los Banos, CA.
2. The next lowest quote (a little over $1K more than Toscano's quote) was from the AS dealer in LA (San Gabriel, CA).
3. Most of the other quotes, including Colonial's, were $3-5K higher than Toscano's.
4. The quote from AS Adventures NW was --- zounds!!! --- the highest quote of them all --- $7K more than Toscano's. These guys (including the sales manager with whom I spoke) just wouldn't deal (at least not significantly). Not surprisingly, when I spoke to other dealers & told them my experience with AS Adventures NW (which was why I was calling other AS dealers), they told me that AS Adventures NW had that reputation, & that its owners had been VW dealers & were selling RVs as they had sold VWs, that is, at little discount --- a very pleasant, cordial, & helpful dealership but ...

Furthermore, Toscano not only provided the lowest quote for the purchase but was also the most generous in its trade-in value for my 5th wheel.

Another reason I felt irked with AS Adventures NW is that initially, they had told me they would give me 90% of wholesale value for my 5th wheel; a week later, for no reason, they lowered their trade-in value by over $1K. I have spent decades in my business negotiating, and in my world, changing one's terms for no reason in the middle of a negotiation to the detriment of the opposing party is bad form.

OK --- three guesses where I bought my AS: Toscano! which meant I had to drive the 5th wheel down from Seattle to Los Banos, around Modesto, in the San Joaquin Valley, south of San Jose. Big deal!

Four comments:

1. This occurred in November, 2015, and if I had to do it all over again, I would again do it in the depths, chill, & rain of winter, when "nobody" wants to buy a RV & RV dealers are desperate for serious customers & all-cash sales.

2. Toscano told me that the AS I bought (a new 2016) had been on its lot for many months, & they wanted to sell it & get it out of their inventory.

3. I did not ask the dealers "What's your best price?" I had researched prices & determined that if I could get the trailer I wanted for $70K, I would be pleased. Therefore, when I called a dealer, I told them I would pay $70,000 cash now for the trailer I wanted & waited for their response. I wound up buying the trailer for, as much as I could determine, around 20% off MSRP.

4. To their credit, a month or so after our face-to-face negotiations, and after I had already bought my AS, I got an Email from AS Adventures NW telling me that they would meet the best quote I received from other AS dealers. I responded that I had already bought a new AS elsewhere & regretted that they hadn't made their offer earlier, & that I had been willing to pay a premium for "buying locally" but $7K was more than I was willing to pay to do so.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:19 PM   #34
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Oh, my. Lone Star, your situation sounds so familiar.

A couple of years ago, I bought a 32 ft Forest River 5th wheel. At the end of the first day of its maiden voyage, I thought, "This doesn't work," at least for me. Arrggh!, I had made a big mistake, which was going to cost me thousands of dollars to get out of.

Some months later, I went to the Seattle RV Show & discovered the exhibit of our local AS dealer, AS Adventures NW. I spent a morning the following weekend there. I liked the trailers. I did not find its salesman particularly helpful, & his quotes on the price of a new AS I thought high & his offer of what he would allow me on a trade-in for my 5th wheel I thought low. That led me to call AS dealers throughout the country for their respective quote for the AS model I had settled on, the FC 27 FB. That included Colonial, in NJ, several other dealers in WA, OR, MT, & CO, numbers of dealers in the midwest (OH, IN, etc.), and numbers of dealers in the southwest (NM, AZ, & CA), a total of something like 12-15 AS dealers. Of all the sales people I spoke with, Denny Donaldson at Desert AutoPlex, in Mesa, AZ, seemed the most knowledgeable & helpful. My results:

1. The lowest quote I got was from Toscano RV, in Los Banos, CA.
2. The next lowest quote (a little over $1K more than Toscano's quote) was from the AS dealer in LA (San Gabriel, CA).
3. Most of the other quotes, including Colonial's, were $3-5K higher than Toscano's.
4. The quote from AS Adventures NW was --- zounds!!! --- the highest quote of them all --- $7K more than Toscano's. These guys (including the sales manager with whom I spoke) just wouldn't deal (at least not significantly). Not surprisingly, when I spoke to other dealers & told them my experience with AS Adventures NW (which was why I was calling other AS dealers), they told me that AS Adventures NW had that reputation, & that its owners had been VW dealers & were selling RVs as they had sold VWs, that is, at little discount --- a very pleasant, cordial, & helpful dealership but ...

Furthermore, Toscano not only provided the lowest quote for the purchase but was also the most generous in its trade-in value for my 5th wheel.

Another reason I felt irked with AS Adventures NW is that initially, they had told me they would give me 90% of wholesale value for my 5th wheel; a week later, for no reason, they lowered their trade-in value by over $1K. I have spent decades in my business negotiating, and in my world, changing one's terms for no reason in the middle of a negotiation to the detriment of the opposing party is bad form.

OK --- three guesses where I bought my AS: Toscano! which meant I had to drive the 5th wheel down from Seattle to Los Banos, around Modesto, in the San Joaquin Valley, south of San Jose. Big deal!

Four comments:

1. This occurred in November, 2015, and if I had to do it all over again, I would again do it in the depths, chill, & rain of winter, when "nobody" wants to buy a RV & RV dealers are desperate for serious customers & all-cash sales.

2. Toscano told me that the AS I bought (a new 2016) had been on its lot for many months, & they wanted to sell it & get it out of their inventory.

3. I did not ask the dealers "What's your best price?" I had researched prices & determined that if I could get the trailer I wanted for $70K, I would be pleased. Therefore, when I called a dealer, I told them I would pay $70,000 cash now for the trailer I wanted & waited for their response. I wound up buying the trailer for, as much as I could determine, around 20% off MSRP.

4. To their credit, a month or so after our face-to-face negotiations, and after I had already bought my AS, I got an Email from AS Adventures NW telling me that they would meet the best quote I received from other AS dealers. I responded that I had already bought a new AS elsewhere & regretted that they hadn't made their offer earlier, & that I had been willing to pay a premium for "buying locally" but $7K was more than I was willing to pay to do so.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:26 PM   #35
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We have nothing but good things to say about Spokane Airstream
Really a first class operation,,,Nick and Karen really go out of their way to make sure you have a good experience
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:30 PM   #36
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I second the good experience at Safford Airstream, VA.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:43 PM   #37
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We recommend AS Northwest, in Caldwell, I'd. 😎
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:10 PM   #38
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Recently toured Airstreams when on a trip to Traverse City, MI. They had at least 12 models there in Classic and International Serenity. Had great staff and minimal sales pressure. Initial pricing excellent on all. Didn't get into negotiation, but they are definitely worth a call.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:18 PM   #39
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Trade ins are a whole dif deal. Some dealers don't want to take trades, others will, but you're gonna lose no matter what.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:53 PM   #40
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Love their other branch in Oregon!
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:38 PM   #41
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Who has had good luck with their dealer and salesperson and would recommend them? We are currently looking and have not had much success. We live in North Texas, but don't mind to travel for purchase. We had a 2010 International 25FB, traded for a 5th Wheel (If that's in the back of your mind, DON'T DO IT) because we thought we needed more space. We didn't. There is nothing like Airstream. Looking at the Flying Cloud 25FB twin. We know our trade is going to be a challenge, but it seems like most of the dealers have a take it or leave it attitude with the Airstreams right now because they are more popular than ever. We would just like someone we could have an intelligent, honest conversation with that is knowledgeable about the product and can give us some options. Thanks for the input.
Up in Ontario, Canada, the dealer of choice is CanAm in London.
There is a dealer in Ottawa, but I have no experience with them.
I traded in my New 25' FC, for a 30'FC, 'cause I was not happy with the 'East-West' bed, and lack of storage. No problem!
John gave me a very decent trade-in, ordered a new 30' FC, and now I have a very comfortable 'home away from home'.
The few interior snags were looked after, 'toot-suite', and I have no shame in bragging about their good service and ambience for the customer.
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:13 PM   #42
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Another vote for Colonial ... Patrick specifically, but they're all great! It's almost like every last one of them is the owner him/herself!
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