Hail from Austin, TX
New member, was recommended an Airstream by multiple I know and trust, so trying to do my homework.
My initial reaction: Sticker shock. $16,000 for "Brand X", $50k+ for a new Airstream. However, I have yet to hear a single person say anything but praise about their AS, while with other TTs, some people complain loudly that they ended up with a lemon.
Now to figure out four main questions:
1: Is it possible to get a used AS + pay for repairs for about $16-18k? I know with other used TTs, one can easily pay over the price of a new one by having to replaced rotted materials, replumb, rewire, and other items. Or am I deluded realistically, and should wait until I can pony up the $60k for a ticket to entry?
2: When did AS models start having showers and hot water heaters (for hot showers)? This will help narrow the range of what I'm looking for.
3: Are there places that one can take an AS to be overhauled/rebuilt in Texas? I'd like to just take it to a pro who knows what they are doing and have it done right.
4: Is there a way to replace the lock cylinders on the door latch and storage compartments with more pick resistant ones? Here in this part of Texas, the crooks have wised up to lock picking which means they don't get noticed as often, and insurance tends to be tough on people claiming theft if there is no obvious signs of forced entry.