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Old 06-12-2008, 08:23 PM   #21
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Hi Noetic...

This is what scared me away from purchasing a new Airstream:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ams-31743.html

I was flabbergasted at what I read and saw...and checking my local Airstream dealer revealed that EVERY Airstream on the lot had the corrosion in several places.

Whether or not Bates actually had the 75th we emailed about didn't really matter regarding corrosion...fact was, the salesman was aware of it and blamed it on not waxing the units. He sent me several pictures of different trailers' taillights, hinges, handles, and aluminum panel seams. Not a pretty sight...I think when you spend $50-60k, the thing should at LEAST look NEW before you actually buy it.

Regarding craftsmanship...this forum is literally full of threads regarding what people have found regarding their trailers. When I went to my local dealer this past Monday, it was the little things...rust deposits in the rear bumper storage area, rusty screws, holes punched with no rivets in them, dings in the body around the rivets, sealant around windows cracking, chrome rings around taillights and clearance lights rotted and pitted, rust on the hitch, gaps between the cabinets and the walls, the plywood-look veneer (why would you want to make fake wood look like plywood of all things?) on the edges of the counters coming off...just things like that I don't expect for half the cost of a house.

You'll find out a LOT on the thread link above. It was enough to make me change my mind and say, "No thanks." Especially when you get to the later entries where Airstream is refusing ANY warranty work if they blame oxidation...

Again, just be warned.
as you can tell, I'm new to the AS product and appreciate your advice.....
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:10 PM   #22
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Interesting about the 75th that Bates offered to you, then didn't. Notice that it was listed as an '06. Well, all 75 of the 75th anniversary Bambis that were produced were '07s!!! In fact, I was offered this very trailer when they got it on the lot a couple of years ago.

They told me at that time that it was the prototype that David Winnick made as the model for the anniversary models and that if I wanted it, they would take my new '06 19CCD in trade at what I paid for it, along with another $25K. That was almost like buying the trailer twice......for just about the same trailer!!!!!

Now that you have experienced the ' Bates runaround ' first hand, I would deal with some of the other reputable dealers , like Gene at Airstream of Arkansas or Colonial Airstream.

Both have great reputations on these boards, and I think that Gene will find you what you are looking for......if it exists!

Happy hunting!
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:02 AM   #23
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Interesting about the 75th that Bates offered to you, then didn't. Notice that it was listed as an '06. Well, all 75 of the 75th anniversary Bambis that were produced were '07s!!! In fact, I was offered this very trailer when they got it on the lot a couple of years ago.

They told me at that time that it was the prototype that David Winnick made as the model for the anniversary models and that if I wanted it, they would take my new '06 19CCD in trade at what I paid for it, along with another $25K. That was almost like buying the trailer twice......for just about the same trailer!!!!!

Now that you have experienced the ' Bates runaround ' first hand, I would deal with some of the other reputable dealers , like Gene at Airstream of Arkansas or Colonial Airstream.

Both have great reputations on these boards, and I think that Gene will find you what you are looking for......if it exists!

Happy hunting!
very interesting.....Bates told me about the "prototype" unit today......that it had no number, hence the "prototype" status......that it would be at full MSLP......

thx for your info!!!
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:41 AM   #24
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Sorry to say that Bates is not the only one with questionable practices. I have related this before in a different thread, but it still sticks in my craw...so here goes...bear with me.

I won't name names but I won't have to because there's only one AS dealer in the Phx metro area (who also sells SOBs)...and as it happens that it was over a 75th Anniversary Special Edition that they had on their lot. We looked at it, liked it a lot, then came back down to Tucson, having not committed to anything.

The next day the sales person called us and made us and offer to trade in our small motor home, plus a $ amount...and we could take the 75th home. We hung up telling him we'll look the numbers over and get back to him. We called back in a bit after we discussed it and made the decision to go for it... we said "yes" and gave them a credit card number over the phone as earnest money and said we'd be up the next weekend to bring them the motor home and take possession of the 75th.

We were so excited! It didn't last long. We were still high from having committed to it when the phone rang, not 20 minutes later...it was the sales guy again...he said he'd need another $10,000 from us to make the deal work. Huh? Now we were in shock. We said, "No," and told him to destroy our credit card info. We had never heard of such a thing. After all, he had initiated the deal! We were very very angry, as you might imagine...talk about taking the wind out of our sails.

This guy called us every day for the next week asking, "What can I do to make this work?" We kept telling him that he could stick to his original deal (!) and that was all it would take. He just didn't get it. He thought he'd wear us down by repeating the question, I guess.

We went to Oasis here in Tucson, where we had seen a 2006 19' Bambi Safari SE LS with lots of extra stuff on it ...it was beautiful and we soon signed the dotted line. In retrospect it's is a much better unit for our needs (and a far better price)...

You can't imagine how much pleasure it gave me to tell the Phx sales guy that we'd bought elsewhere the next day when he called, and he could stop calling us now. There was a long silence on the other end of the line. I think it finally dawned on him that he had blown it terribly. We will never go back there and we caution others who are dealing with this particular dealer to be very very careful.

OK I'll step down from my soap box now. I feel better now...yup.
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:52 AM   #25
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Sorry to say that Bates is not the only one with questionable practices. I have related this before in a different thread, but it still sticks in my craw...so here goes...bear with me.

I won't name names but I won't have to because there's only one AS dealer in the Phx metro area (who also sells SOBs)...and as it happens that it was over a 75th Anniversary Special Edition that they had on their lot. We looked at it, liked it a lot, then came back down to Tucson, having not committed to anything.

The next day the sales person called us and made us and offer to trade in our small motor home, plus a $ amount...and we could take the 75th home. We hung up telling him we'll look the numbers over and get back to him. We called back in a bit after we discussed it and made the decision to go for it... we said "yes" and gave them a credit card number over the phone as earnest money and said we'd be up the next weekend to bring them the motor home and take possession of the 75th.

We were so excited! It didn't last long. We were still high from having committed to it when the phone rang, not 20 minutes later...it was the sales guy again...he said he'd need another $10,000 from us to make the deal work. Huh? Now we were in shock. We said, "No," and told him to destroy our credit card info. We had never heard of such a thing. After all, he had initiated the deal! We were very very angry, as you might imagine...talk about taking the wind out of our sails.

This guy called us every day for the next week asking, "What can I do to make this work?" We kept telling him that he could stick to his original deal (!) and that was all it would take. He just didn't get it. He thought he'd wear us down by repeating the question, I guess.

We went to Oasis here in Tucson, where we had seen a 2006 19' Bambi Safari SE LS with lots of extra stuff on it ...it was beautiful and we soon signed the dotted line. In retrospect it's is a much better unit for our needs (and a far better price)...

You can't imagine how much pleasure it gave me to tell the Phx sales guy that we'd bought elsewhere the next day when he called, and he could stop calling us now. There was a long silence on the other end of the line. I think it finally dawned on him that he had blown it terribly. We will never go back there and we caution others who are dealing with this particular dealer to be very very careful.

OK I'll step down from my soap box now. I feel better now...yup.
thx, your "soap box" presentation has not fallen on deaf ears.........
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:58 PM   #26
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There is one in florida it is the forerunner to that great one. DAvid Winnick design. 60,000 is the least I have seen it for. Good luck.
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:19 PM   #27
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I am still keeping an eye out for this one....hope you are too. Its the only one with these dual windows.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:20 PM   #28
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Have you contacted David Winnick? He'll make you a cutom Airstream that's identical to the 75th model. It's a beautiful design - but I need it in a larger version.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:48 PM   #29
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BTW, IIRC, the limited run was increased from 75 to 100. That is still pretty rare, but more units that the 30' Bunk model that I own and they are coming up for sale from time to time, too. Not as desirable, but they do come up.

Also, they are still putting the 75th anniversary badge on at least 2007 and maybe 2008 models. I saw a 2007 two weeks ago that had the badge mounted on the counter next to the sink just inside the door. It was 27' Safari FB. I guess Airstream got a bulk discount on the badges a didn't want to waste any.
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DAvid will make it for 60,000, WE are selling a very nice 18 feet caravel everything works. Look in the classifieds. Ours is very nice and you will save save save $$$$. best, gail
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My bad. It's 'Winick' with one 'n'.
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looking f/ new or used, does anybody know of one?
I have a brand new never used quicksilver addition bambi
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Noetic....you HAVE been searching for a long time, haven't you!? I'm happy to have been of assistance in your search! I'm missing my Winick Bambi that you drove off with today, but I see you've met a few of my friends during your search....Lewster, Greg & Terry! You really do have to join us for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, October 5-9!

Best wishes for years of fun in Winie!

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Noetic....you HAVE been searching for a long time, haven't you!? I'm happy to have been of assistance in your search! I'm missing my Winick Bambi that you drove off with today, but I see you've met a few of my friends during your search....Lewster, Greg & Terry! You really do have to join us for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, October 5-9!

Best wishes for years of fun in Winie!

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That one nice trailer! Thats what got me hooked on AS! I missed out on one over two years ago but love our 06 Bambi CCD. Congrats Noetic and it sounds like you found her a good home.
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