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Old 04-14-2009, 04:53 PM   #15
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my first post & need help. I have been looking for an Airstream trailer for some time. Just waiting for the right one to come along. Then this Airstream Motorhome comes my way. It's a 1984 Airstream FC270, 16 passenger Funeral Coach with only 3,551 miles! Fantastic condition & always garaged. It is a gas 454(?) Chevy engine. This is not really for me unless the floor plan can be changed to a more basic traditional setup. Is this easily done & how available are the parts ie bed, fridge, cabinets ect. What might total cost run, rough idea? I am not handy & will have to have someone do the work. I may also buy it to resell. Is there much of a market for these? If so, what is the price range? I have never seen on of these coaches before. They want $8,000, good or bad price? Thanks in advance for any information. Best, Jim
After reading several other posters humor, I think you deserve a straight forward response. First this coach is great, but to fix it as a standard moho is not going to be inexpensive especially if you have to hire out the work.

Secondly it is 24 years old even if it is "cherry" - they just don't make the stuff you want, you'll have to have many things hand crafted and that gets EXPENSIVE.

Thirdly - price. SERIOUSLY consider a new or nearly new unit. There are Several nice ones on the classifieds right now. Benefits?:
  1. Camp tomorrow, not next year.
  2. It's likely that you'll end up spending less - and not having to wait for months while your old, but undeniably cool funeral coach is remodeled.
  3. I'd be very surprised if you could get it completely redone for less than $30K, and there are a lot of GENTLY used Airstreams available for $38K.
  4. If you choose to go new, you can probably get 20% off list.
Oh and lastly, if you do pass over this one, let someone else know where it is. For a "hands on" restorer, this is a drooler!

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Old 04-14-2009, 11:23 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone for all the replies. You had me howling. All that reading was something I could really sink my teeth into. Sound advice on the cost to convert, that is what I thought. I'll keep looking for that vintage Bambi that some little old lady owns. I may still buy it for the hell of it. I am an eBay platinum powerseller, do you think this would do well there? What is the market price for this? Thanks again for the laughs. It's a fun group... Jim
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:31 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for all the replies. You had me howling. All that reading was something I could really sink my teeth into. Sound advice on the cost to convert, that is what I thought. I'll keep looking for that vintage Bambi that some little old lady owns. I may still buy it for the hell of it. I am an eBay platinum powerseller, do you think this would do well there? What is the market price for this? Thanks again for the laughs. It's a fun group... Jim
It's worth what someone will pay for it. I think $8k is reasonable - not fantastic but reasonable. This forum already has one other funeral coach that was converted to sell golf clubs, etc. to high-end golf courses. Using this uniquely formatted coach as a commercial vehicle would probably be a more "natural" conversion... but that in fact narrows the buying pool. And of course there are a few buyers who will just be creeped out by the fact that it carried dead bodies. So... selling it is a gamble. "Do you feel lucky? Well do you, punk?"

You might try to negotiate a semi-modest finder's fee from one of the other posters and apply that to your purchase of a trailer.

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Old 04-15-2009, 05:15 PM   #18
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Welcome from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Even though this unit is in excellent condition, the cost of converting it to a camper may end up costing more than the thing will be worth when you are done.

If you have the opportunity, we would really like to see some pictures of it.

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Thanks again everyone. I think I may go the finder's fee route. I should be able to post some photos of it tomorrow.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:41 PM   #20
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you should be able to sell it easily a lot of people are dying to get it.
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..converting it to a camper may end up costing more than the thing will be worth when you are done.

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Hello FC 270 (Jim)
What happened to the pictures you said you were going to post today?

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I'm waiting on them myself. The man running the estate was to e-mail them to me today. I will give him a call tomorrow. Hopefully then.... Jim
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Ant vehicle with so few miles and so many years has not been driven enough. A lot of thiongs will have to be replaced unless it was extremely well maintained—rubber parts need use to stay in good shape, wheel bearings may be worn because it sat so often and then was used for a limited time, hoses and belts need replacement. So, it's not just gutting it and putting in a new interior, but going through everything else.

OK, I can't resist: So you could be dead wrong. Although this may not be the final message, you may be in limbo indefinitely deciding whether to pull the plug.

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Hello FC 270 (Jim)
Did you forget to post the pictures?
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FC270, as the other FC280 owner here I can tell you the "conversion" will not be the easiest route to your MOHO dreams.

Is the floor plan a wrap around couch or is there an existing head?

If you need to look at floor plans they are available and I think somewhere I've got them in my history stuff.

FYI I purchased Airstream One with 33,000 miles on it for $13,000 almost four years ago. It now has 88,000 on it and is about to have the engine and tranny replaced and a GearVendor added.

PM me with any questions you may have.

Also AS reportedly built 80 or so FC's in the 80's in various lengths. The rear side and back door arrangement is why I had to have mine.
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