Originally Posted by rtracy
Good idea for the measurement. Any tips or lessons learned when you bought yours? Things to look for you wish you did? Lots of good references on here, but I figured I would ask.
I think you’ve done the hard part already by figuring out what you wanted. We really had to educate ourselves.
We went to a bunch of RV shows and traveled to quite a few different dealers to see with our own eyes, and do the touch and feel thing. You can’t do that online. That gave us a better idea of what we wanted.
We wanted an AirStream and felt that the Classic model fit us best. The search was on to find the right one. New was certainly an option with a big initial investment. We felt that going the previously owned route would serve us better.
See the good, but look for the bad. Search for the problems, listen to the history. Water is not friendly to RV’s and it’s probably the biggest problem to overcome. All the other systems are pretty much mechanical in one way or another and that can be repaired if problematic. Water related problems i.e leaks can be elusive and time consuming. Your nose can also give you clues about the trailer too…
There is lot’s of great info here in the forums and chances are somebody else has already gone through what you might be facing. The group has lot’s of great people with lot’s of good advice, all you’ve gotta do is ask the question. There’s usually a flurry of answers.
We found our trailer at a Dealer on consignment. We heard some of it’s history from the Dealer and I was able to actually talk with the owner for about 20 minutes on the phone. That’s an interesting story in itself, but for another time. We knew we were buying in to some issues, but nothing that was insurmountable.
After weighing things out we were able to negotiate a price that we felt was reasonable and made the purchase. After some post purchase minor maintenance we were off an rolling.
Just like buying a house, get a good inspection. That should give you a good indicator as whether or not this is what you want to do. The inspection will give you leverage in either pre-purchase repairs or a lower purchase price. It’s well worth the cost.
Be patient, be thorough, watch the classified ads here, RV Trader, and Craigslist for opportunities. Dealers are in business to sell and make a profit, not necessarily to be your friend.
Fellow AirStreamers will share their enthusiasm for Adventure and the lifestyle. In our experiences they’ll go out of their way to share and help you. They can also be a resource for something that may go up for sale soon.
All the best with your search!