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Old 01-09-2007, 08:17 AM   #1
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Greetings to all,
Ever since I was a little kid I have loved the airstream look and have decided to buy one. Ultimently my plan is to buy one very soon, one that needs some work, spend two years getting it ready then making my exodus to Mexico with airstream in tow and my wife at my side where we will live in it until our house is built. My questions are when buying what are the big red flags to aviod and what should one look for. The most important must haves? As well as any tips from years of expierence which I lack. Many thanks to all.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:38 AM   #2
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Hi Alex, welcome! There are many threads on this site discussing what to look for when buying an Airstream - check out the search feature at the top of the screen. One piece of advice is to buy the Airstream that is in the best shape you can afford, because going cheap at the beginning usually ends up costing you more (in both time and money) in the long run. Also, what kind of tow vehicle do you have (or plan to buy)? That will help to determine what size of Airstream you can comfortably (and safely) tow. Good luck, and keep an eye on the forums classifieds.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:39 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums. You'll find a lot of really good info here.

Spend some time and effort shopping and researching Airstreams. Check all prices including new. This will give you a true value basis.

Avoid units that need a lot of work unless you want to bring back a rare historical piece. Parts are expensive and so is labor on portions that you can't do yourself. Sometimes a unit that needs a lot of work will end up costing substantially more than a good, solid newer unit, and that doesn't even include your time.

Shop Airstreams everywhere. If you call on a unit and it has already sold, ask the buyer if he will tell you what it went for. Knowledge is power.
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