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Old 09-16-2016, 06:54 AM   #11
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Sounds like a good plan. I'd like to restore an older Airstream at some point and set it up the way I want it for 2 people.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:23 AM   #12
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Thanks for the heads up. We'll stay away from the good campgrounds.

I agree !

We recently went through the same process.

Starting with an 88 Wilderness 25 foot 5er with no slides. We have enjoyed it immensely but plan to do more extensive travels in the future, so we started looking around for something newer with a little more room and features.

First we looked online, camping world, dealers, eBay, to get an idea of the features and layout we liked.

I really liked the rear kitchen and my wife liked an enclosed bathroom and an island bed. One slide on the L/R and possibly one on the B/R.

From there we built a list of units to look at and set up a long weekend to travel and check them out.

We looked at a lot of crap. It's amazing how nice things look in photos!
All the dealers wanted to sell us a brand new rig. We didn't want to spend that much and honestly weren't that impressed with new rigs.

Finally we got to the rig we liked best online, it was the furthest away, had all the features we liked, and was in good shape. It is now ours

It is a 2010 Jayco HT 29.5 RKS and we are quite happy.

It's a lot bigger than our old unit and we had to trim trees to get it in the driveway, and it won't fit in some of the old places we used to go, but it will be perfect for some extended travels.

Good luck with your search.

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Old 09-17-2016, 09:44 AM   #13
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One thing to consider and I think is most important to the overall integrity is the roof.
Our old unit was a 2003 gulfstream mako tt and we loved it but the roof was getting old and I knew that it had deteriorated to a point of letting moisture wick under it because I had 2 soft spots on the roof and a couple of light stains inside. To replace the roof and rotten wood including removing vents, a/c unit and skylights would have cost roughly 5000 to 7000 dollars including labor and even though I probably could have performed the repair myself I had neither the time or place to undertake such a project so we traded it in realizing 10000 for trade beat having 7000 dollars more invested that we would never recoup. One has to consider all things including money invested initially, then what it will cost to make it structurally sound and any upgrades to make it yours then weigh that against the cost of a new unit.
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:59 AM   #14
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I agree !

We recently went through the same process.

Starting with an 88 Wilderness 25 foot 5er with no slides. We have enjoyed it immensely but plan to do more extensive travels in the future, so we started looking around for something newer with a little more room and features.

First we looked online, camping world, dealers, eBay, to get an idea of the features and layout we liked.

I really liked the rear kitchen and my wife liked an enclosed bathroom and an island bed. One slide on the L/R and possibly one on the B/R.

From there we built a list of units to look at and set up a long weekend to travel and check them out.

We looked at a lot of crap. It's amazing how nice things look in photos!
All the dealers wanted to sell us a brand new rig. We didn't want to spend that much and honestly weren't that impressed with new rigs.

Finally we got to the rig we liked best online, it was the furthest away, had all the features we liked, and was in good shape. It is now ours

It is a 2010 Jayco HT 29.5 RKS and we are quite happy.

It's a lot bigger than our old unit and we had to trim trees to get it in the driveway, and it won't fit in some of the old places we used to go, but it will be perfect for some extended travels.

Good luck with your search.

Sounds like a well thought out and executed plan. I'm trying to put cash away to follow. Hopefully next year.
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Old 09-17-2016, 11:20 AM   #15
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One thing to consider and I think is most important to the overall integrity is the roof.
Our old unit was a 2003 gulfstream mako tt and we loved it but the roof was getting old and I knew that it had deteriorated to a point of letting moisture wick under it because I had 2 soft spots on the roof and a couple of light stains inside. To replace the roof and rotten wood including removing vents, a/c unit and skylights would have cost roughly 5000 to 7000 dollars including labor and even though I probably could have performed the repair myself I had neither the time or place to undertake such a project so we traded it in realizing 10000 for trade beat having 7000 dollars more invested that we would never recoup. One has to consider all things including money invested initially, then what it will cost to make it structurally sound and any upgrades to make it yours then weigh that against the cost of a new unit.
Yeah, that's pretty much what we are up against too. We only paid 1500 for what we have, and it will never be worth much more than that, no matter what repairs or updates are done. Half of the roof is soft and about 12 ft of wall. It would take a couple grand and a big chunk of time after retirement to rebuild it, but I already have too many projects. I wanna have some fun too. I call this the handyman curse.
So we'll get something structurally sound and worthy of sinking a "little" time and money into.
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