If you're thinking about diving into the world of Airstream ownership, I've got some friendly advice for you. It all begins with choosing the right dealership. After five years of Airstreaming around the country, I’ve experienced a few RV dealerships firsthand and seen the good and the not so good so I have put together my top four tips to help you choose the right dealership for purchasing an Airstream.
Tip #1: Go for the Airstream Specialists
First things first, look for a dealership that exclusively sells Airstream travel trailers. These folks are die-hard Airstream enthusiasts who eat, sleep, and breathe Airstreams. Trust me; they know these unique trailers inside out. They're not just selling them; they're committed to the Airstream brand and understand the specialized process used to build these iconic travel trailers.Additionally, if the dealership proudly holds the “five rivet” designation, it's like the seal of approval for Airstream dealerships. These are the places that go above and beyond to make sure you get the Airstream experience you deserve. They're experts, and when you're dealing with them, you're in good hands.
Tip #2: Wander Through a Big Showroom
Now, let's talk about showrooms. It's a big deal. When you can step into a spacious showroom with a bunch of Airstream models waiting for you to explore, it's a game-changer. You can really get a feel for the layouts, features, and options. It's like trying on different outfits; you'll know which one fits you best.
Plus, having a bunch of Airstreams under one roof makes it easy to compare them side by side. You can chat with the staff, take your time, ask all your questions, and figure out what matches your travel dreams.
Tip #3: Meet the Service Folks
Think long-term, my friend. You’ve probably seen a vintage Airstream because approximately 70 percent of the Airstream travel trailers ever built are still on the road. However, with any home on wheels, there will be some unexpected hiccups. That means you'll need some backup in the form of a reliable service department.
So, here's the scoop on service departments. Check out their expertise - how long have their technicians been servicing Airstreams? Airstream-specific know-how is a big deal. You also want to see enthusiasm. Are these folks excited to take care
of Airstreams? That passion counts.
Lastly, get the lowdown on their service process. You don't want to be waiting around for weeks with a broken Airstream. Clear communication and efficiency with a service department makes all the difference.
Tip #4: Listen to the Airstream Grapevine
A great Airstream dealership will be involved and supporting the local Airstream community. Before you commit, reach out to local Airstream chapters and ask for their experiences.
They’ve been there, done that, and their insights are pure gold. Are they satisfied customers?
That's a good sign.
So, there you have it. My four simple tips to help you find the perfect dealership for your Airstream journey. Trust your gut, do your research, and you'll be heading out on your adventures in a beautiful Airstream with a sense of peace that you are covered if any issues arise. Safe travels and I hope to see you down the road!