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Old 11-30-2020, 08:42 AM   #1
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Used Airstream values Covid 19

Hello all. I am new to the forum. I currently do not own an airstream but I am planning on purchasing a used one in the future. My question is this: How has the value of mid 2000's TT models compare pre covid versus now. Would you say the values have risen during the pandemic? And if so by how much, 10%, 15%? Thank-you for your assistance.
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Old 11-30-2020, 09:56 AM   #2
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I sold my 2017 Bambi Sport 16' at higher price due to high demand. it was sold at first showing. I wanted to sell at a certain price and set the selling price 5 thousand dollars higher in case a negotiations happen. Well it never happened and I pocked it for a downpayment for 2019 Flying Cloud 19CBB. The FC price was set low due to people not wanting the bunk bed and it was on market for about a month.

Many buyers who recent bought Airstream trailers do not have any camping experience before or had some camping experience may change their mind and sell it at lower price. It will become buyer's market soon
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Old 11-30-2020, 10:14 AM   #3
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We bought our 2018 22FB Sport in June 2020. First time owners of an AS but we did our research over the last year and were lucky to jump when we did.

I am now seeing similar year Sports going for almost $10k - $15k over what we bought ours for.
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Old 12-01-2020, 08:33 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. Confirms what I thought. Maybe post covid will see a price drop on used trailers.
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TandersoAB, when the pandemic hit Airstream said their smaller trailers were the most in demand. That will likely turn into a surplus on the used market when a percentage of owners decide they scratched that itch and camping isn’t for them.

I guess it depends on how soon you plan to purchase. Hang in there, you’ll find what you’re looking for!
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Old 12-01-2020, 10:19 AM   #6
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My opinion for what it’s worth. The time to buy is when you can afford it and have time to use it. I wouldn’t speculate on the future used markets unless I just didn’t have time for camping now.
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Old 12-01-2020, 10:47 AM   #8
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We had the same experience selling a smaller trailer earlier in the summer. Like hot cakes.

The new buyers of trailers are also facing the storage issue. Costly and sometimes not available. Hard to park a trailer on the street for 6-8 months.
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Old 12-01-2020, 11:18 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies. Confirms what I thought. Maybe post covid will see a price drop on used trailers.
A good idea if your going to wait for warmer weather to camp.

If we're lucky the vaccines will start being released this month and in 5-6 months they will start easing restrictions.
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Old 12-01-2020, 11:29 AM   #10
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Seems post Covid is going to be a ways off. I'd suggest if you really want it, buy it. Lot of "experts" are writing off a good piece of '21. I'm sure prices will adjust but when ?
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Old 12-02-2020, 05:31 AM   #11
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and as we know

The 'experts' are always right.......
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Old 12-02-2020, 06:13 AM   #12
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Didn't say that but based from what we've seen already I'd say they are on track.
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Old 12-09-2020, 10:49 AM   #13
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Let me plug here that my 2021 23GT arrived yesterday and is being customized to my needs, so I will take my 2020 Bambi 19CB for a last glorious trip this Saturday, back at Denver the 23 (December) and on the market the next day. If interested, let me know.
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Old 12-09-2020, 01:35 PM   #14
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We took this leap in October and purchased a used 2017 AI EXT Lounge. My experience with looking was that whenever I got interested in one and would send an inquiry I got "Sorry. Just sold." We ended up purchasing ours from a family run RV Center that had it on consignment. As new RVers, I'm glad we bought from an RV center as they were so very helpful with answering all our questions before, during, and even after the purchase. There is much to learn and really appreciated the handholding they gave us newbies.
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Old 12-09-2020, 01:56 PM   #15
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Our experience suggests the southern RV market was very hot over this past summer and dealer inventory still looks fairly low in east TX. Hopefully this rather long explanation of our experience might help you.

We bought a very lightly used 2016 FC 27 in June in central Texas from a private seller. I called the seller the first day the listing appeared in RV Trader. The asking price was reasonable in my opinion about 65% of MSRP for that trailer when new. At that point a sight unseen (except for listing pics) phone offer had already been made for 90% of asking. When I arrived to inspect the trailer and possibly make an offer a second sight unseen offer had been made for 10% over asking but the potential buyer was a fair distance away. In any case the unit was in great shape and I offered the asking, was able to pay on the spot, and thus was successful.

Prior to that I had tried to buy about a dozen other similar sized units from either dealers or private individuals over the prior three months. In each case the trailer was already sold by the time I called about it. Most of these were gone the first couple of days after hey were listed in RV Trader. Clearly the dealers had an established list of waiting buyers and their postings were just part of their internal process rather than any genuine need to advertise the unit for sale. One dealer told me that he thought that AS trailers had become the “new toilet paper” as the pandemic progressed. In any case it was all quite frustrating until finally it wasn’t.

What I was told by a couple of dealers was that, in addition to their normal camping purpose, many trailers were being purchased to serve as portable office/living facilities during the pandemic by working people wanting to avoid hotels/motels. Many other more traditional use buyers were also first timers wanting to try camping, again to avoid hotels. Their suggestion was that many of these trailers would likely come on the used market once the pandemic ended if I was willing to be patient. At that time the backlog for a new trailer from Jackson was estimated at about 6 months.

So, in my opinion, unless you find a good deal for exactly what you want, and given that the vaccine is starting to roll out, I would suggest waiting to see if some great lightly used trailers become available in spring/summer of 2021. That had been my intention until the right deal just happened to appear. I found the RV Trader app very helpful in this process but had also put my name on the list of the local dealers as well. Good luck!
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Old 12-10-2020, 08:32 AM   #16
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Yes we are definitely not in a hurry. I was shocked to see a 2007 25 ft safari listed at $63000 CAD, which is more than the trailer cost new. I was hoping that these prices are inflated due to high demand and that seems to be the case. Hopefully by spring 2022 the values have normalized.
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Yes we are definitely not in a hurry. I was shocked to see a 2007 25 ft safari listed at $63000 CAD, which is more than the trailer cost new. I was hoping that these prices are inflated due to high demand and that seems to be the case. Hopefully by spring 2022 the values have normalized.
had Airstream made 2021 Safari 25', it'll be very, very high... the 19' footers are around $60-70k. got a 2019 FC 19CBB at $55k in Oct. I believe most do not want the bunk so the selling price was low and it was on market for over a month. you just have to look and look
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My GT23 arrived, I am leaving on my 2020 B19CB this Saturday for a last trip till 12/23 and selling it. Will post a temporary listing today, will complete with more pics during the trip. Is in perfect condition with electric jack and 2 sets (one never opened) sets of custom made bed linen from Airstream conforming to the bed shape.
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Old 12-11-2020, 03:25 PM   #19
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Airstreams used, are relatively scarce, just due to a lot fewer made than conventional fiberglass+ etc really mass produced RVs.
They do have drawbacks, like much less insulation than square walled RVs.
And non treated wood floors prone to rot from moisture.
You need to understand their limitations.
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Old 12-13-2020, 10:16 AM   #20
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Pandemic aside, the costs of used or vintage AS trailers have remained remarkably consistent over the years. You might think that as AS pumps out more and more trailers, the average price of used trailers would trend lower over time, but this has not happened due to a number of likely factors: the MSRP of new AS trailers continues to outpace inflation every year; the longevity of the trailers themselves; the continued (and some would argue unjustified) mystique and desirability of the AS brand; or the the endless versatility and adaptability of the trailer.

Still, if you are patient, you can find an Airstream at just about any price point, depending on it's age and condition.

There are legendary tails of "barn find" trailers sold cheaply in an estate auction in some small mid-western town, or corroded shells rotting away in some field and given away just to get the heap removed, but those are rare indeed, and, of course, require years of expensive restoration.

You have to figure out where you are on the scale of condition/price/willingness and ability to DIY restore/time-frame to go camping. The better shape the TT is in and how quickly you want to go camping, the more expensive the TT will be.

Take some time over the next few months an explore the classified ads on this site to get a feel for what sells at what price point in what areas of the country.
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