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Old 04-10-2012, 07:25 PM   #15
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Since we're on the subject of Scrap & Value, there was an exchange on the Spartan mailing list just this week from someone that scraped a Spartan. First problem was that the actual weight of the aluminum was far less than they expected. Second it was a huge amount of work & time. Then the market price quoted is for clean aluminum and most panels had a tar sprayed on the inside of the wall, to hold the insulation during construction (just like Airstreams). So the per pound price was around $.12 a pound. So all in all, they got about $300 for selling their soul. They probably received several low-ball offers, but thought the scrap value was much more. Someone said they had seen it on CL, but couldn't go that far to buy it, but it had a perfect shell and nice interior.
Serves them right if they scraped a Spartan! That $300 will only buy back a fraction of the part of their soul they sold!
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:58 PM   #16
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Great job,, great find,, and a part of our world has been saved from the China fires..

With the hard times I see truck load after truck load of scrap metal go down the highway to the rail yard to get sold.. I remember my Grandfather saying this happened 1938 to 1940 right before Japan shot it all back at us.. Think about that a moment..

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Old 04-10-2012, 09:04 PM   #17
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With a pawn shop Sawzall and a half-day worth of work, $300 is nothing to sneeze at. 70% of jobs created the past five years in the USA are at the minimum wage level. That's a week of bein' the hep at the box store . . or emptyin' bed pans (in your exciting new career in the medical field!!) as a home health aide.

Humidity, dry rot, etc . . some ain't worth it. And some aren't in the right place to find another owner.

That chicken coop A/S doesn't look so bad after all.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #18
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With a pawn shop Sawzall and a half-day worth of work, $300 is nothing to sneeze at. 70% of jobs created the past five years in the USA are at the minimum wage level. That's a week of bein' the hep at the box store.
From someone who's taken apart an airstream (and put it back together), the taking apart of it (and then hauling) is a pain in the butt and not at all worth $300. Not to mention the run to the dump that costs gas and however much a half ton of innards cost to dump. I thought it was only meth heads that chopped up airstreams for scrap!
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:18 PM   #19
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Guess you've never met any junk men (and women). If what you own is paid for and needs little upkeep past what you can do, then all cash goes quite far.

Just need a 74' Dodge Slant Six ex-county truck and an old trailer to load it on. One trip to the dump, and another to the scrapyard.

Save a few scraps for "new" chimney flashing.

I read somewhere (probably here) that 94% of all aluminum ever fashioned is still in use. This is how that happens.

Somebody, somewhere, needs another can of beer . . . .
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:23 PM   #20
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Guess you've never met any junk men (and women). If what you own is paid for and needs little upkeep past what you can do, then all cash goes quite far.

Just need a 74' Dodge Slant Six ex-county truck and an old trailer to load it on. One trip to the dump, and another to the scrapyard.

Save a few scraps for "new" chimney flashing.

I read somewhere (probably here) that 94% of all aluminum ever fashioned is still in use. This is how that happens.

Somebody, somewhere, needs another can of beer . . . .
It's true, it can go far. I own it all (along with a truck / trailer combo), but I also know enough junk men not to want to live like one! They sure are fun to visit though, you never know what you'll find. Some things just ain't worth it... especially being the help at a box store!
I wonder if the 94% accounts for beer cans!
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You've all made some very wise, funny, and informed comments about this lost trailer. But it belongs somewhere else on the forums. Moderators? Ullo John! Gotta new motor? No
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:10 PM   #22
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With a pawn shop Sawzall and a half-day worth of work, $300 is nothing to sneeze at.
it was more than a half days work and they were only half done once they had the sellable parts cut up small enough to load. They were offered more to just sign the bill of sale.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:08 PM   #23
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Well I'm glad it sold and hopefully to someone that knows what they have. Maybe we will see a newbie join here soon telling us all about their new (to them) dream Airstream!

We can only hope...

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