Longer Answer: There are a couple of things you should know about buying a used Airstream Interstate. I have summarized a few of those in the listicle below.
(1) Used Airstream Interstates are surprisingly expensive.
|Screengrabbed and annotated from this RV Trader post, the link for which might be dead by the time you click it. This unit is very similar to ours except it's a rear bath and ours is a mid-bath. It probably listed for approximately $90,000 when it was new and yet despite having over 100,000 miles on it, it still has a high market value. Relative to other listings we have seen recently, this asking price is probably close to realistic.|
|This is fairly typical of what we've observed over the past few months - buyers seem to unload them quickly or hold them over the very long term, such that there are virtually no moderately-used, moderately-priced units on the market. Most of what's for sale seems to be either almost new or almost dead.|
Of course, RV Trader is not the only sales site on the internet, but it's one of the biggest, and we found that it was reasonably reflective of the market.
|In Houston, you can have a wonderful home AND an RV for about the same price as a crummy home in many other American cities. Maybe most people here buy boats instead and that's why there are so few Airstreams. |
Image excerpted from this unusual Sparefoot graphic.
We faced all of these general hurdles in purchasing our Airstream Interstate, but I will save that story for our next post.
|During our Airstream purchase experience, I experienced moments of both. |