Originally Posted by PoconoAir
I am not sure what to expect for $3,000.
depends on what you're looking for. i doubt you'll find a caravel
for 3K, even one that needs everything (there's always exceptions though). you're more likely to find one that needs most everything between 4K and 6K, not inlcuding transportation costs. the likelihood of finding a caravel
close to home is slim (unless you can find one advertised locally or better yet, not advertised at all) as people who are looking for the smaller trailers really do look all over the country and it's not uncommon to have them shipped 2500 miles (although expensive).
also as the warmer weather comes around, prices tend to increase as more people have the "impulse big" and that will drive up demand which drives up prices.
i looked for several months and was initially looking for a caravel. after seeing a few online go for more than 5K with dents et all, i looked at other options, i.e. a slightly bigger trailer. i spent 3K on my 22' flying cloud and it was essentially a shell (which i knew from reading so much info from this site). the interior was intact but all chopped up and painted and i had planned on gutting anyway and looked for a trailer that warranted being gutted.
one thing to remember is the cost of used airstream trailers is inversely proportional to the length, i.e. smaller trailer = more money, so i'd break it down like this;
<22' - expect to pay around 5K for something that needs a lot of work. expect to pay around 10K for something that may need some work (including new subfloor that has been masked by PO). expect to pay as much as 25K for something completely restored, polished and ready to go.
22'/23' - expect to pay around 3K for something that needs work. can get a shell with the interior already gone/missing for < 3000. may be able to find something between 3K and 5K that could be usuable but will still need work.
>24' - this is where you can really find the deals. trailers this size are less desirable (but still very desireable) because of there size and as a result there are more available than smaller trailers. you could get a trailer with interior for 1500
. it will need work though.
those are some general guidlelines and of course there are exceptions to every rule.
good luck on your search. patience is also your friend on the quest for a used airstream.