We bought it the old fashioned way - by pressing BUY IT NOW on an eBay listing.
|I'm not going to link to either the listing or the seller until I explain a few things, and maybe not even then, for reasons I will describe.|
My husband was running every search macro known to mankind even though I had told him that I really did not want to search outside of about a 300 mile radius, so that we could physically get to the vehicle and see it before committing to the sale. When this unit popped up on eBay, he emailed it to me anyway, despite the failure of my distance criterion. I did not look at it for the first couple of days, but then in a moment of boredom I decided I would review the posting just for future listing comparison purposes. But this particular Airstream had me at "hello" - it was immaculate, I loved the design and lay-out, it had only 25,000 miles on it, and so we decided to pursue the purchase despite the distance.
|Obviously I did a little meme switcheroo with that last thumbnail. And I don't have a boyfriend. Just a fantastic husband.|
Just because an Airstream Interstate looks enchanting on the outside doesn't necessarily mean that it's in good working condition on the inside.
|Start repairs tomorrow, that is. Literally we started repairing it the day after we bought it.|
But I'm getting ahead of myself. The moral of this story is that you are taking your chances if you buy a used Airstream Interstate. If it's a private-party sale, your seller might be out of his depth where representations are concerned, unless he is specifically an Interstate / Sprinter expert. You need to do your homework (which is almost impossible if you are buying over a long distance) and you need to be realistic about what you're getting yourself into. An older Interstate simply will not be a problem-free Interstate.
Despite these challenges, buy it we did!! I will leave you with a short photo essay describing our journey from Memphis back home to Houston with our new Airstream underneath us.
|First contact: Noisy hotel parking lot, Memphis Tennessee. It was a bit like meeting a new puppy for the first time at an animal shelter.|
|An auspicious sign: We closed the sale 1.5 miles from Graceland but did not have time to visit because we needed to return to Houston same-day. However, I did convince my husband to at least drive by it so I could see it from a distance. I told him that I'd like to name our Airstream "Graceland", more in reference to Paul Simon's 1986 work than to the manse itself.|
"And I've reason to believe
We all will be received
|A new and improved perch: I've been an avid photographer for more than 30 years now, and I was delighted by the extra height afforded by the Airstream, compared to a passenger car. Swamp in northern Mississippi.|
|Into the setting sun: IH-10, elevated section westward over the Atchafalaya basin, one of the most unique freeway segments in America.|
|Cajun country: Breathtaking in its own way.|
|Blogger selfie, somewhere outside of Orange, Texas, nearing the end of a very long 24 hours. On a bad section of road, it can be pretty rough in the back of an Airstream Interstate, but I will talk more about that in future posts.|