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Old 12-25-2013, 02:00 PM   #15
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We just went through this about a month ago. I had almost signed a contract on a 2014 FC 25 with FB and leather etc. I came across a 2013 FC 25 RB twin, no leather, solar panels, window awning package and a few other things. As part of the deal they gave us 2 nights at a campground right around the corner. We closed the deal and headed to the campground. Our salesman stopped by twice a day to make sure all was ok and even winterized it when we left, as we were in for a couple nights of below 0. We added 2 fantastic fan vent covers. For those 2 days, it rained the whole time, so perfect chance to check for leaks. A couple "good for us surprises" about the model we bought. Turns out we like the rear bed set up much more than the front bed. The additional room in the bathroom is great, as well as the additional storage. We were also pleased how much more quiet the rear bed is, away from the street etc. With the dinette in front it is like sitting on your front porch. The dealer also gave us some $$ to spend in their store as well as two more night in another campground. On top of this we saved a bunch.
I am on the east coast so can't help with you with a dealer, but do your homework and if you are willing to drive, there are plenty of deals out there. Good luck.
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #16
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Ah yes, ours also came with the full window awning package, forgot to mention that. We liked the FB layout so much that we decided to accept potential campground noise to get the benefit of the rear living area / dinette. Our previous MH had a bedroom amidships (yeah, it was weird, one twin bed on either side), so we figure the FB will work for us...it's an actual bedroom instead of the half hallway half bedroom we used to have, and it will be quieter than a tent, no matter where the bedroom is. Besides, in many of campgrounds we've been surrounded by active campers, and various types of noise comes pretty much from all directions, not just the street. Can't wait to test our theories in the new rig.
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:21 PM   #17
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We bought from the Seattle dealer, and it was a good experience. If you spend that much time with a dealer, and their price is competitive, you should purchase with that dealer. We spent quite a bit of time winnowing down the model we wanted.

We were going to buy a very gently used 2013, but wanted an alternative interior so we ordered a 2014 spec'd how we wanted. They came off MSRP by about 14%, and while we could've maybe gotten a bit better deal out of state, I wanted to purchase and deal locally. They also threw in an equalizer hitch and an adventure pack of needed goodies. Walk through was very thorough.

I've upgraded to the 16 tires and rims at the local Discount Tire for under $2k and sold the stock tires and rims for $500.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:33 AM   #18
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Thanks! I like your two dogs - do they travel with you in your AS? We have a dog and cat who will be traveling with us. Should be fun.
Our Danes love to travel! In 3.5 years they have clocked around 23,000 miles and almost 370 days on the road. Using another measure - 41 states! Texas to Montana to Maine to Georgia and in between... West coast soon, but Florida tomorrow!

We have a slide-out which adds the necessary floor space for them to lounge comfortably on the floor each night. Many here have met these kid friendly hams at various events and refer to them as ponies. One is 150 lbs and the other 165 lbs. They have backpacks and carry their own food and water on hikes.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:19 AM   #19
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We bought a new 2013 off the dealership lot in October 2012. It had been sitting since June/July- so 3-4 months. There were no issues.
I do not have covered storage at home. The trailer has been outside since it left the factory in June/July 2012. The only leak was from the Blue Beacon truck wash- spraying at the wrong angle near the bottom of the entry door- high pressure + just right angle = water gets in trailer- but just a little-
When getting the trailer washed at a truck wash you should warn the people doing the washing about not putting the high pressure nozzle near a/c, refrigerator vent, stove vent, water heater, furnace, and entry doors and storage compartments.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:17 AM   #20
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With regards to buying a left over 2013 like we did, I forgot to add -- make sure on your walkthrough that the dealer open all the windows. Ours were stuck from sitting so they were very tenderly opened. Due to the nearly 48 hours of rain we had after we picked it up, there were no leaks.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:23 AM   #21
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Every time I "unstick" the windows and close them again, they become stuck again.
Basically I have to "unstick" them every time I open them.
I even tried putting baby powder on the rubber.
I have also tried rubbing petroleum jelly on the rubber.
Maybe it's our 100% humidity environment.
I keep an expired credit card in my wallet for the "unsticking".
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:30 AM   #22
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I would second many of the walkthrough elements that the others have mentioned. Some specifics from my perspective, having purchased from the Covington dealership as well.

- I have had outstanding experiences with both the Covington dealership and the dealer in Portland, far superior to my experiences with the dealers in Denver and Saint Louis. I continue to contact Airstream NW for small parts and issues even after moving away a year ago, after my initial warranty is done.

- Make them show you all of the systems and how they work during the walkthrough.

- The awnings for all windows are a great option. Definitely spend the time going through the options. We added solar and several other options, and it is much easier at the dealer. Get it done once the way you want it. You will come up with things you want change regardless.

- I am a fan of the ultraleather over the fabric for wear and cleaning with two small children.

- I would also second the recommendation for hitting them up for the better equalizer hitch, which is the standard recommendation at the Airstream NW I believe, and having them show you how to hook it up. Go one farther, and ensure they go with you through the process of setting it up properly for your vehicle. The first TT I purchased (not an AS) came with a nice equalizer hitch but not the proper setup. Once I figured it out, the difference was night and day for towing.

- Finally, as with any RV purchase, and more so with the expense of an Airstream, do not settle or compromise on what you want. If you are spending that much money, get exactly what you want, and keep looking, have them bring in another model from another dealer, order it, but don't settle. Be patient with a plan and check out all your options with a willingness to walk away and think it over. It's a slow time of year for the RV industry. We looked for over a year and a half, looked at over 20 dealerships of various manufacturers, including four Airstream dealers. You may also consider laying out exactly what you want, and having the sales folks call you when a matching late model used trailer shows up.

Good Luck!
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:35 PM   #23
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Thanks for all the great input and advice everyone - this helps a ton! I have another question: we are very close to going with a ProPride hitch. I think the Equalizer is what Airstream sells and installs. Does anyone have experience with their AS dealership installing a ProPride (or other brand) for them? If the dealership does not do this, how could we get it installed? Would we need to install it ourselves at the dealership? We will ask the dealerships we visit if they do this sort of thing, but I am curious if anyone has experienced this personally. Thanks again.
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:01 PM   #24
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Go with the ProPride. You will be happy with it. As far as I can tell it's the best. Others are very good, but still second best. There is only one "best". If you can swing it financially, go for it.
You will never regret purchasing a ProPride, but you might regret purchasing another hitch...
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #25
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Streamnlife - we had our PP installed at our AS dealer. It was their first and they missed a couple things. They also NEVER called Sean (president of PP) who is available by phone to help any installation. If you're having the dealer do it, be sure they've done one (or a Hensley Arrow) before and understand the installation process. You'll also need to provide them with measurements if your truck hitch receiver height as that starts the installation process.
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:26 PM   #26
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Look up PharmGeek on here.
He recently purchased a 2010? Ram 3/4 ton diesel crew cab pickup, a 2014 Flying Cloud bunkhouse, and a ProPride. His ProPride was installed by the dealer- their first one-
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #27
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I asked Sean about dealers that have been installing ProPrides. AirstreamNW was one of those.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:12 PM   #28
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Thanks m.hony & SteveSueMac! Good to know the dealership can (probably) do the install. I will ask to make sure they have experience, and also follow-up on doing it properly. There are two other dealerships we will be looking at as well: NW Portland and one in Eugene.

M.hony, We are pretty much set on the ProPride - just need to figure out the install and how that would work.
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