Skip to content

Shop the Backyard at Hayneedle!


Buying an Aistream Travel Trailer

Posted in Airstream by Tinny on Friday, July 25th, 2014

Have you been looking at Airstream trailers or Airstream motor homes for a few years and are now ready to make the plunge and buy one of these recreational vehicles? New Airstream trailers for sale aren’t cheap so a great option is to buy a used Airstream trailer, especially if you are new to camping or RVs. Don’t burden yourself with monthly payments. If you are handy, with a little work and lots of patients you can find a vintage Airstream trailer for a fraction of the cost of a newer one.

One great thing about getting a vintage trailer is that you can find some great deals out there. There are many trailers in perfect working order. Many Airstream fanatics enjoy restoring these iconic trailers so you have a good chance of finding an old trailer in restored condition. There is a good chance the seller will have gone through the trailer and made improvements and updates.

Arizona Airstream 20 Flying Cloud Bambi Travel Trailer RV Aluminum New

US $12,100.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-28-2014 16:00:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

If you are going to go look at new Airstream trailers for sale just for comparison, try not to get caught up in the excitement and shininess of a new travel trailer. The monthly payments you will have to make, typically for 10 years will make the shininess of the trailer not so appealing.

Purchasing one of these trailers whether new or used is a wonder way to tons of camping fun. Airstream has a wonderful reputation and the company has been around since the 1930′s, not many other travel trailer manufacturers can make the same claim. These trailers are build to last!

Did you know there are camping grounds which are devoted to Airstream lovers, there are also many Airstream clubs around the country. These trailers get lots of attention and parts are easy to find, especially if you look online at sites which sell used trailers or dealers websites.

When looking at used trailers be sure to take your time, don’t feel rushed into making a purchase of a trailer that needs more work than you are capable or have time to do. Interior and exterior damage and necessary repairs should be taken into consideration. Systems should be tested prior to buying. Does the water system work? Electric system work too? Floor model as well as the over all design should be considered. The trailer interior style can be easily changed so don’t let that phase you. There are always trailers coming up for sale, so even if you miss what may seem like a good deal, there are always more great deals around the corner. One of my favorite place to look for vintage trailers is eBay, here you will find a huge selection of Airstream trailers in various conditions from all across the country. If you get lucky you may just find a real gem at a great price. Purchase online from ebay you should take some precautions. May sure you buy from a reputable seller. The seller should have feedback as a buyer and a seller. Do not ever wire any money to a seller and be sure to ask lots of questions prior to bidding.

Another great thing about buying a used Airstream trailer or camper, as they are called is you won’t feel badly when something happens to it. Stains, dings, etc, happen no matter what your RV experience level. If you have kids then these sort of things tend to happen more often. Buying a used travel trailer is a great way to get into trailer camping and seeing if its right for you and your family without spending a lot of money. Have fun camping!

Travel Trailer Insurance | Low Cost Travel Trailer Insurance

Posted in Travel Trailer Insurance by Tinny on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Travel Trailer Insurance is a must to protect your investment in your travel trailer.  Owning a travel trailer is a dream come true for most RVers and obtaining Travel Trailer Insurance if a good idea.

Get a Free Travel Trailer Insurance Quote

The good news is travel trailer insurance is easy to get.  You simply have to provide a few pieces of information and you will be given a quote.

Travel trailer insurance may include:  Total loss replacement due to an accident, theft, windstorms, etc, emergency expense coverage, liability insurance, medical benefits, purchase price protection, unlimited towing and roadside assistance, and more.

You will have peace of mind knowing your travel trailer is insured.  Long and short trips will be covered and your trailer will also be covered while it’s stored.

Travel trailer insurance rates are similar to auto policies and often offer good driver discounts and discounts for multiple policies.  Rates can be decreased by raising the deductibles.

Finding Travel Trailer Insurance Online

The best travel trailer insurance rates can often be found online.  Policies differ from state to state and sometimes separate travel trailer insurance isn’t necessary and the trailer can be added to an existing homeowners insurance policy or auto policy.  Contact your insurance agent for more info but before committing to a policy make sure there isn’t a better deal online because chances are that you can get a better rate on travel trailer insurance online.

I’ve learned first hand that auto clubs will NOT tow an RV if it breaks down.  For this you will need specific RV road side assistance like Good Sam.  With Good Sam membership you can save 50% on campsites! Click Here to Join the Good Sam Club


Join the Good Sam Club!

If you use your travel trailer for weekend trips, long summer vacations or if you are in your RV full time, Travel trailer insurance offers you the peace of mind to enjoy both long and short trips even more.

2007 Pace American Shadow GT 48 ft 5th wheel trailer clean inside

US $8,625.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-25-2014 7:14:29 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

New OR Used Travel Trailer? Which should you buy?

Posted in Tips for Buying Travel Trailer by Tinny on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Have you decided to purchase a travel trailer but don’t know where to start?  You probably have a million questions swirling around in your brain because there are so many things to consider.

  • Should you buy a new or used travel trailer?
  • Are you going to finance or pay with cash?
  • What are you willing to spend?
  • Should you get a 5th wheel or tongue pull travel trailer?
  • What brand of travel trailer is the best?
  • What floor plan is best for your needs?

If you are undecided you should start out by weight the pros and the cons of buying used vs. buying new.  Take your time when purchasing your travel trailer.  Do your research and avoid impulse buys.

PROS of Buying a Used Travel Trailer

  • More Bang for Your Buck.  If you decide to purchase a used travel trailer you will be getting more value for your dollar.  This is the way to go if you are on a budget or don’t want to be stuck with making payments for 10 years.  You could get a used 25′ with all the bells and whistles for less money than a NEW 20′ plain jane travel trailer.
  • Do Your Homework.  Visit travel trailer forums and listen what people have to say about particular manufactures and brand of trailers, this could save you a bunch of future headaches.  Keep in mind the majority of travel trailers that are purchased new rarely see any camping action, most are either put in storage or parked at peoples houses.  Its not uncommon to find a used travel trailer in showroom condition, even older travel trailers from the 70′s can be found in great condition.
  • Used travel trailers hold their value!  If you get a good deal on a used travel trailer and decide to sell it next year you have a great chance of getting all your money back.

CONS of Buying a Used Travel Trailer

  • Potential Problems.  Buying a used travel trailer is a bit of a gamble, there could be minor problems or major problems and if you are lucky – no problems with the trailer.  In most cases the warranty will have long expired, so expense will be out of pocket.  Do your homework right so problems won’t be a surprise.

PROS of Buying a New Travel Trailer

  • Nice & Clean.  It’s new, clean and all yours!
  • Warranty.  If there are problems, take the trailer back to your dealer and they’ll have to fix them for free!
  • Maintenance Free.  You don’t have to worry about buying new tires or a new battery for at least a year or so.

CONS of Buying a New Travel Trailer

  • Depreciation.  A new travel trailer depreciates the moment you pull out of the dealers lot.  If you financed the purchase with little or nothing down, you will be “upside down” owing more that the trailer is worth, for years!  If you decided to sell your travel trailer you will most likely owe more than what it’s worth.
  • The Price.  If you budget minded you probably don’t want to be stuck making monthly payments on a travel trailer you’ll only use at the best 8 months out of the year.  Do the math, and figure out how much each camping trip will actually cost you, just factoring the monthly payments.  Ouch!  If your payments are $350 a month x 12 months = $4,200.  $4,200 can buy a great used travel trailer and you won’t be stuck with payments!

Check out these great deals on travel trailers!

1954 Boles Aero Rare Vintage Travel Trailer

US $18,600.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-25-2014 7:00:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Pages 1 | 2 |
3 | 4 | more

Travel Trailer Cover | Protect Your Travel Trailer

Posted in Travel Trailer Accessories by Tinny on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Should you buy a travel trailer cover for your RV or 5th wheel trailer?

Considering that your travel trailer or 5th wheel sites outside the majority of the time in the sun and weather you may want to consider purchasing a cover to protect your travel trailer from the elements.

If the expense isn’t an issue you can find a high quality breathable travel trailer cover from your local travel trailer dealer or supplier.

What should you look for in a travel trailer cover?

  • Breathable
  • UV protection from the suns damaging rays
  • High Quality – you don’t want the cover snagging when you are putting it on.
  • Snug Fitting – so the wind doesn’t blow the cover off but you want it loose enough so that it is easy to put on.
  • Zipper Door Entry – if you need access to the trailer you don’t want to have to remove the entire cover.

Without protection your emblems will dry and fade.  The caulking at the trailer seams will dry and crack.  Protect your investment with a travel trailer cover.

Another wonderful benefit of have a cover on your travel trailer is you won’t get an accumulation of dirt and grime on the trailer exterior when it’s not in use.  If you cover a clean trailer you will also uncover a clean trailer that’s ready to hit the road.

Buy a Travel Trailer Cover at eBay

VORTEX DELUXE WEATHERPROOF 33 34 35 FT TRAVEL TRAILER CAMPER COVER

US $259.00 (0 Bid)
End Date: Friday Jul-25-2014 7:01:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Expedition RV Trailer Cover For a Travel Trailer 24 – 27′

 

Travel Trailer Cover

 

List Price $419.99

Lowest Price: Up to 41% Off

Availability: Click Here to Check Availability

Reviews:  Click Here to Read Reviews

This travel trailer cover fits RV’s 24 -27′ long. There are zippered panels for easy access to the front, back and sides of the trailer.

Travel Trailer Cover Product Details

  • Easy access through zippered panels on the sides, and back of cover. These zippered panels roll up and velcro out of the way.
  • Travel Trailer Cover Dimensions: 330″ Long x 102″ Wide x 104″ High
  • Made from Heavy Duty custom made UV Fabric
  • Cover has elastic corners
  • Quick release buckles
  • Triple layer roof is vented to allow moisture to escape, yet keep not allow any water or snow inside
  • Travel trailer cover features marine grade braided rope tie-down loops
  • Travel trailer cover fits extra tall RVs.
  • Travel trailer cover has reflectors so cars can see the trailer at night, even when it’s covered
  • Shipping weight of travel trailer cover is 35 pounds
  • 3 year warranty

What customers are saying about this travel trailer Cover

Just covered our travel trailer with this cover for the winter. It was easy to put on and light weight. The zippered panels make it easy to access the trailer throughout the winter. We are looking forward to seeing how well it worked next spring.

1937 Tin Can Tourist Cartoon

Posted in Airstream, Land Yacht, Tin Can Tourist, Video, Vintage Trailers by Tinny on Sunday, July 13th, 2014

1937 Animated cartoon about “The Tin Can Tourists”.  This video features farmer Alfalfa and his dog on a camping vacation.

2011 Pleasure-Way PLEASURE WAY EXCEL TS Used Roadtrek,Era Leisure Way Airstream

US $58,302.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-25-2014 9:08:08 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list