Voyager Posted January 13, 2021 Author Share Posted January 13, 2021 (edited) Some great new postings overnight, and my continued thanks to all who have contributed here. It's been immensely informative and helpful, and I'm most grateful to all. Like many others here, I am deeply intrigued (nay, "impressed"!), by the LE2, and despite it's limitations, there remains a better than even chance that I'll eventually end-up with one. I'm confident of that. Will I pay $85k, wait-out the 10-month build time, and have it be brand new? Mmmm, unlikely. Would I consider buying a 2-5 year old used one in the $50-$65,000 range? Yes. In a blistering heartbeat! Anywhere nationwide. But given availability, that too is unlikely. So, where does that leave me? I wish it weren't so, but for me, personally, the risk of hail and other structural damage to the outer shell on a polished aluminum Airstream, is a far greater deal-breaker than a wet bath with low ceiling in an Oliver. With that, and the added ground clearance, the aluminum frame, the composite flooring and other great features of the Oliver, the needle points toward to the LE2, but then, sadly, the $85k price tag, brings it back to near neutral again. This is precisely why I decided to initiate this original thread. Not to troll or antagonize people, but because its far from a clear-cut, easy decision. For example, if hail were all that serious of a threat, then why are there thousands of Airstreams out on the highway? And what are the true insurance implications? Similarly, Gulf Stream makes a 26-ft ball-towable trailer with a dry bath, two twin beds, 80" ceilings throughout, and an 8 cubic foot fridge for under $25k!!! (The "Envision"). Junk in comparison, but I can buy almost FOUR of 'em for the cost of an LE2 or 23-ft Globetrotter. So no, it ain't real easy or straight-forward. In fact, this is proving to be more stressful than Covid-19 and national politics combined!! 😂😂😂 Edited January 13, 2021 by Voyager Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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