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Old 07-03-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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What are the top 10-15 questions to ask a used AS seller?


so I've seen an airstream for sale and I'm interested!! But its 13hrs away from home, and although I've been researching I don't know the right questions to ask, the ones that really matter. The unit is a 2001 26ft Safari, so I'm sure it would need a really good inspection before purchase. Which leads me to how do I contact a PPI inspector in the area, which is Kansas City? I feel like such a novice asking these questions but this resource has proved to be awesome so far. Actually on other Q, financing....I'm interested to learn which loan companies do people tend to go with for these types of purchases. So as always thanks in advance for any feedback, it will be thoroughly appreciated!!

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Old 07-06-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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Might be hard to find good financing for such an old trailer. I was looking at Good Sam but ended up with better dealer financing where I bought my preowned AS.

Have the seller send you photos.

Clear title?

Ask if the trailer has been serviced regularly. Ask how old the tires and if the brakes are in good shape.

Any history of water leaks to the interior.
Any floor damage due to water infiltration?

Any hail damage or other external damage? Any panels replaced if damaged?

Are all systems in working order? Electrical system, plumbing, AC, fridge, water heater, propane system etc.

How old are the house batteries?

Inspectors can be found on the main Airforums page. Look under Kansas. There is one member in Olathe who shows lots of posts.

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Old 07-07-2015, 08:46 PM   #3
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Thankyou so much for taking the time to message me, I really appreciate it! I'll be sure to compile a reasonable list based on the above for the sellers as they seam like valid resonable questions, hopefully I'll receive an honest answer ;0).

Thx again!!
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:52 PM   #4
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How bad are the leaks?

Do they still make these?

Will you accept a western union payment and ship?

OK, more serious....

Sway control or speciality hitch?
Tire age?
Clear title
Any repairs?
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:05 AM   #5
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Credit Union was good with me on a preowned Classic. And inspector is a very good idea.
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Best of luck to ya. I didn't go the route you are taking, and fortunately everything worked out great. CYA in the campgrounds...........tom

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