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Old 06-17-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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Head spinning- but decision made

Wow- when you first get pulled into the looking at AS's you think you know what you want. Then you read more - download Kindle AS books - view the 3 they have at a local dealership- and your head spins more! However knowledge is key.

At first wifey and I were about ready to plunk down $$$ on a Dutchmen voltage. Very nice ice chest on wheels. Then once we sat down and really, really, really (3x) evaluated our wants and needs the size was to much of a killer for non fulltime. We want to tour Colorado and the surrounding area on long weekends. Go boondocking at National Parks. Take our 2 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers with us. Pack mountain bikes. Possible even take a road bike.

So the EB 27FB with the rear gate and utilitarian interior (dog proof) is what we keep coming back too as a baseline. Sure the Panamerica is NICE- but I just don't see that going into state parks at 34 feet :-(

The local Denver Colorado dealership does not have the EB 27 in stock, and cant say when they will carry. Any recommendations on next steps? Thats a lot of cash to throw down on sight unseen. Where to get the best deal? Now if only the new 2013 Ram 3500 would get released too! (We were ready to sell the 2001 Tacoma with 180K).

Thanks everyone on these forums for sharing the great information!
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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have you called other airstream dealerships? it is not uncommon to see folks on the forums driving hundreds, or thousands of miles to find the perfect AS,.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Can airforum users in the know kind of give me a ballpark figure on how much a 2012 Eddie Bauer 27FB would currently sell for in excellent condition from a private party?

What was list on the 2012's? I know the 2014's are out- and being offered at MSRP of ~83K (from what I see online) I assume the markup is 20% on MSRP? So a new one would be under 70K? So a for a 2 year old 2012 EB 27FB 50k?
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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there is a 2012 27' EB on denver craigslist, says 55K then when you click on the ad in the description it shows 65K? Might want to check that out since you are close.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:27 PM   #5
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So I am the proud new owner of a 2012 EB 27FB and 2013 Ram 3500 (bought that EB one listed on Craigslist!). The owner who also lurked on these forums- really did take GREAT care of it. Plus he threw in 2 Honda 2000 gennies, special load balance hitch, and TRAINING :-)

Now I get to start figuring out all those little fun things. First important question:

How can I get my tailgate down on the truck when hitched? It hits the electric jack when folded down. I only need ~6 more inches. Is there a way to rotate the jack 90 degrees, or do I need to buy a 6" ball extender? My dogs ride in the back of the pickup, so I really need to find a way to load / unload them without having to unhitch.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:37 PM   #6
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Congrrats on your find. It sounds like a really nice rig. We would love to see some pictures. Tell us about your hitch. maybe we can help.

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So I am the proud new owner of a 2012 EB 27FB and 2013 Ram 3500 (bought that EB one listed on Craigslist!). The owner who also lurked on these forums- really did take GREAT care of it. Plus he threw in 2 Honda 2000 gennies, special load balance hitch, and TRAINING :-)

Now I get to start figuring out all those little fun things. First important question:

How can I get my tailgate down on the truck when hitched? It hits the electric jack when folded down. I only need ~6 more inches. Is there a way to rotate the jack 90 degrees, or do I need to buy a 6" ball extender? My dogs ride in the back of the pickup, so I really need to find a way to load / unload them without having to unhitch.
I had the same question re: hitch, tailgate and jack. The advice I received was think about a canopy where the tailgate is removed. Leer and ARE make them.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:32 AM   #8
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Awesome! Congrats and welcome to the party!
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:18 AM   #9
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Here is a link to the pics: http://sdrv.ms/17VMFMn
(I cant figure out how to upload a saved pic from SkyDrive).

I think I can rotate the electric jack- will try that today. Also I have on order a new canopy that does not replace the tailgate- so that is not an option.
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Here is a link to the pics: http://sdrv.ms/17VMFMn
(I cant figure out how to upload a saved pic from SkyDrive).

I think I can rotate the electric jack- will try that today. Also I have on order a new canopy that does not replace the tailgate- so that is not an option.
Yes, you can rotate the Jack. Google for owner's manual. If that doesn't get you enough clearance, a longer shank will.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:16 AM   #11
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That worked! Rotating the jack 90 degrees now gave my tailgate an extra 2" to clear. I and my Retrievers thank this forum for the great answers :-)
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Congratulations on your purchases. You have a great eye for color . . . the Airstream's awning even compliments your two Chesapeake Bay retrievers. Happy camping!
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:34 PM   #13
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Bet your Retrievers love the new digs!

Looks like you have your hitch pretty level front to back, maybe a bit high in the front.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:42 PM   #14
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Wow! Congrats! You got just what you wanted in what feels like record time! AND your dogs are happy, too.

Now the fun begins!
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