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Old 01-15-2006, 01:32 PM   #15
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Here is a nice 63 Safari

Your side of the continent - not sure on the price range for you

But she seems to be in not bad shapr for a fixerupper. Touch up the wood replace a few hinges - some soft goods and you have a 3305 drywieght trailer to camp in. She looks like she has some dents and would not venture to take a guess on the running gear.

But buying these old ones - hind sight is always 20/20 number one if the frame is good then everything else should be secondary to getting the running gear in full or replaced order. Like building a house from the ground up. With the foundation being a joint combination of frame and running gear.

We knew the floor was toast in our 61 but wanted to make sure the frame was still good - so we had the PO drill a 3 inch hole right over the frame members in the worst water damage area to make sure the frame had not rotted through.

Although a big job you can get by with replacing portions of the floor - the rest is all cosmetic.

Appliances are next - as they can run you at least $1500-$3000 to replace all the systems on an old trailer. Why the fridge alone can run $1500 for a new one.

There are several other vintage trailers on this listing too that seem to be reasonable.

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Old 01-15-2006, 03:06 PM   #16
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I'll be selling a '62 Bambi very soon, but it doesn't really need any work so is definitely not the "lost-in-a-barn-for-decades" bargain that a lot of people assume is lying around everywhere if we only look hard enough. that's one reason for ebay, because that's where the customers with money go.

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Old 01-15-2006, 03:21 PM   #17
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We found our Airstream here under the classifieds and I think we got a great deal, yes some prices on here are way out of the ballpark. The way I think about it they are vintage 30 or more years old there is always going to be something to do (alway's) just with any hobby. We drove 900 miles round trip to pick the trailor up. Have fun looking it took us months and get used to people telling you they have already sold it. It will pop up least expected, we bought ours over the phone 10 mins after he had posted here.

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Old 01-15-2006, 04:09 PM   #18
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:51 AM   #19
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Still looking...any leads out there?
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:45 AM   #20
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Patience my A**...


Sorry it's taking so long, but keep looking at Vintage Airstream site ( ) and RVTraderonline, as well as classifieds here... They're out there, as someone once said famously in the movies, but there aren't many, and they don't stay on market for long... (Unless they are physical disasters and overpriced by a bunch..)

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Old 04-10-2006, 11:52 AM   #21
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RichardT has a Caravel. I thought it was for sale. It didn't seem to be in his "keeper pile" last time he sent me pix of his collection.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:33 PM   #22
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I have contacted RichardT its a little too much for my teachers salary...
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:50 PM   #23
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Here's a neat one at the VAC classifieds, and Santa Cruz is your neck of the woods, no? We bought a '63 a couple years back for only $1800, but it remains to this day a project trailer.

If that teacher's salary is too low for that magic trailer, you may want to reconsider the Argosy minuet idea, and then look at some of silver paint jobs people have done. I remember turning my nose up at the idea initially, but there are some really nice paint jobs out there.

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