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Old 09-06-2020, 09:30 AM   #1
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When to buy?

With the caveat that everything "normal" is out the window at the moment... We're looking at at wanting to have an Airstream by next May or June. If we've decided to order one from a dealer, how far in advance would one typically need to place an order? We're looking at a Flying Cloud, 30 foot with bunks, if that helps.
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Old 09-06-2020, 12:33 PM   #2
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Your dealership should be able to contact the rep for at least a rough estimate based on current information. I spoke with our sales guy this past week to get an updated estimate on the timeframe for a very recently ordered...two weeks ago...Interstate 19. The answer he received was that they are still on track for mid January, but that the trailers are running about 30 days behind because of parts shortages.
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Old 09-08-2020, 01:24 PM   #3
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I spoke with a dealer today. Was told it would be at least March for a 16' Bambi or Caravel.
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Old 09-08-2020, 02:05 PM   #4
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With the caveat that everything "normal" is out the window at the moment... We're looking at at wanting to have an Airstream by next May or June. If we've decided to order one from a dealer, how far in advance would one typically need to place an order? We're looking at a Flying Cloud, 30 foot with bunks, if that helps.
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Call Patrick at Colonial for his advice, and to get on his radar IMO.

https://www.colonialairstream.com/

"Patrick Colonial" mentions here on AirForums -- https://www.google.com/search?q=Patr...=airforums.com

Colonial has many other good sales people BTW. The new showroom is fairly close to you -- worth a trip to sit in all the models, if you have time, to confirm your ideas of the right model for you IMO.

2021 is just around the corner.

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Old 09-19-2020, 07:01 PM   #5
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I spoke with a dealer from Birmingham Al and was told it would be May 2021 if I ordered now for a 27fb International or Flying Cloud.
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Just watch the airlines and airfare. Once international travel really gets moving (or flying), demand for new coaches should level off. Then, down the road a couple years, we'll see a dearth of used campers for sale from folks who were always really hotel-types at heart.
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Market timing is a very tricky thing, but drmox's suggestion of watching flight travel volumes as a leading indicator is an interesting one.

I suspect there are multiple demand curves that sometimes sync up and sometimes work against each other. For example, there's the usual seasonal demand curve...

My standard recommendation: Don't buy new. if you want to camp ASAP and can find a used recent-year model unit that's in great shape, for which you can stand to pay the price, buy it. If you can be a bit more patient, maybe wait until the fall when summer travels are over and people have to start thinking about finding storage for their unit and whether they want to pay those storage fees all winter. If you can be even more patient, wait until the scenario drmox describes above also comes into play.
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:25 AM   #8
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I think, since you are in the market for a bunk model. That you may see quite a few of them hit the market this winter.

Mom and dad bought one to take the little sprites off on vacation because it seemed like a good idea what with the pandemic and all.

Dad drove, fueled, set up, took down, bought propane, dumped a lot of sewage. Fun!

Mom shopped, cooked, cleaned, laundered, baby-sat, disciplined.
Nothing but fun, fun, fun!

Maybe they swapped duties halfway through. Maybe not.

Long about Halloween, they have to winterize. Homeowners Association say they have to store it somewhere other than their driveway.

Mom sees an ad for Disney Cruise Line on FB, shares it with Dad.

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Old 04-13-2021, 12:18 PM   #9
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Yep wait for next winter. All models will be offered for pennies on the dollar or there might be a 20 percent price increase and a 2 year wait. Possibly things next winter might be the same as they are now. I’m sure I’m correct so either try to purchase one now or wait until next year when prices are higher or lower.
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