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Old 07-04-2004, 11:41 AM   #1
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A knock at the door...

This has happened to me more than once. A knock at the door, and when I answer, there is a person asking me if I want to sell that "old camper" I have sitting next to my house. In this most recent one, just a few minutes ago, she said that she drives by all the time to a friend's house and noticed that I never use it. If she really did drive by all the time, she would have noticed that I am ALWAYS working on it. I consider that using it, don't you?

Whenever they say "old camper" you know that they really know all about Airstreams. I had a guy stop me about a year ago while I was working on it, and asked if I wanted to sell my "old camper." After a few minutes of chatting with him, he admitted that he knew all about Airstreams. In conversation he asked me what I paid for it, which I told him was originally $1500. He then offered to double my money! $10,500 and I would have considered it.

I shouldn't criticize, because I know where there is a 67 Safari collecting mold that I intend to stop by and ask if I can buy their "old camper."
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Old 07-04-2004, 01:25 PM   #2
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I have restored a couple of cars and in doing the restoration people often stopped by to ask if I was interested in selling the car.

Finally, I got so tired of it that I made a sign and placed it on the front area of the vehicle. the sign said "$10000.00" It had a larger $ sign and all numbers were 6 inches tall. After that no one ever stoped by......

Wonder what changed their mind? hehe
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Old 07-04-2004, 01:39 PM   #3
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I have a friend with a fully restored 1968 Mach I 428Cj mustang, and at a show recently a guy was following her husband around badgering him to sell it to him. 'I've got cash, I can pay you now, drive it home tonight'. Turns out he wanted to pay $10k for it! Considering it's worth something closer to $35k, yeah, I'll bet he wanted to pay cash and drive it home!

People have waved me down on the street and asked if I would sell the Caravel, or left notes on our windsheild when in a parking lot, but none have come to the house yet.
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Old 07-04-2004, 01:48 PM   #4
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Yea, I forgot about notes left under the winshield wiper when I would drive the old cars around after getting them mostly restored. Only a few notes after I had them all painted and back in their glory.
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Old 07-04-2004, 06:21 PM   #5
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There's two kinds of buyers in the world, those that want whatever it is you're selling and the other just wants a 'steal'! Generally those who come to you door to inquire want a 'steal'. That would be me.

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Old 07-04-2004, 06:51 PM   #6
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Hey Rog

I notice that camper has been sitting in your avatar for quite a while. Wanna sell it?
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Old 07-04-2004, 06:56 PM   #7
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There have been times I wish someone would come to the door and steal my trailer - fortunately it didn't last long and no one came to the door when I was thinking that - probably all of us have been there.

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Old 07-05-2004, 12:45 AM   #8
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There have been times I wish someone would come to the door and steal my trailer - fortunately it didn't last long and no one came to the door when I was thinking that - probably all of us have been there.

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Oh, yeah I've been there. About the time I went outside when I hooked the trailer up to the hose and a plumbing patch from the PO broke and flooded the trailer

I was ready to see it then and there!

After replumbing the whole thing, I got over it
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This has happened to me more than once. A knock at the door
about a year ago, i was visited twice in one week by people who wanted to see the inside of my trailer.

the first pair were a couple of city of madison police officers! i was out back in the shop working on my harley when i heard the dogs barking. my first thought was "i'm sure they want to talk to me about setting off all the car alarms on the block with my bikes exhaust" much to my relief, they just wanted a peek inside! the older officer was nearing retirement and also wanted to know how much it weighed and what kind of vehicle was needed to tow it with. i gladly obliged, and gave the 10 cent tour. no mention was made about my alarming tendencies!

the second bunch was a group of three city of madison firefighters, same deal, just wanted a looksee! i was making dinner and looked out back to see the three of them wandering around the trailer... again thinking "oh oh, what the hell is on fire!" they also had a bunch of questions and got the 10 cent tour.

word musta got out at the local precinct or something, i was wondering who will be next? a group of emergency room nurses? a crew from the streets department? tree trimmers?

the welcome mat is always out at my place!

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Old 07-05-2004, 08:12 AM   #10
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On one of my trips to the factory at Jackson Center, I had a knock on my door..
It was an individual who wanted to inquire about my rig~ After I showed him through the inside of my 84 Sovereign. We had gotten to talking about things in general, when he asked if I'd be interested in trading my set-up for his~(plus some cash on my part)
I have to admit, I was taken back by the thought~
You see, his rig was a new Airstream (one yr old) 36' diesel motor-home. He and his wife gave me one of the nicest, most throughly tour of their unit. I had to admit it was so tempting~Even to this day, I sometimes wonder...lol.
I just couldn't see my way to parting with it. Even within the last month, I've had other offers of wanting to buy..(name your price, etc)
The individual that I met at the factory? Well, let's just say it someone we all know within the Airstream family~! (I must admit at the time, I didn't have a clue as to who they were but, I liked the couple from the very start~~)
A couple of years have since past...I still smile whenever I think of our visit~
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Old 07-05-2004, 09:50 AM   #11
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Wow, swapping for a new motorhome - that would be tempting!

I can't imagine what would get me to let my Caravel go. Sometimes I think a snazzy new CCD would do the trick, or a 22' 68 Safari, just to have a little more room to stretch out. But really we have pleanty of room in the Caravel as is, don't pack all the storage spaces full yet, and spend most of our time lounging outside while camping so we don't feel cramped in it. My husband insists it's the perfect lightweight, easy to tow, easy to park in a small spot, easy to maneuver in a parking lot, little bitty trailer.
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No Knocks on the Door but...

While on a fishing trip over this last Memorial Day weekend, two of my fishings friends offered me $10K for my Trade Wind. At first I thought they were kidding and I declined. Then they upped it to $15k. Often times during the weekend, one or the other would go inside and just look around. On several occassions the one inside would call in the other to point something out. Again I declined but it sure makes you feel good about what you have accomplished with your renovations. Now they want me to find them one just like mine that's all fixed up and ready for the road. That I CAN do.

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Old 07-05-2004, 10:25 AM   #13
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A week after we moved into our new house here in Florida, Diane went out and removed the "Sold" sign from the front yard. Not 10 minutes later, as we were sitting down to dinner, someone was knocking at the front door. They wanted to know if the house was still for sale.

No one has ever made an offer on our A/S, though we have had a few folks stop in to look, who were "shopping for Airstreams", and wanted to see what ours looked like inside.

My sister-in-law once had an offer to buy her show horse for $135,000. The person who made the offer's family owns a large midwestern brewery! She turned the offer down, and has not regretted it. I would have sold
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My sister-in-law once had an offer to buy her show horse for $135,000. The person who made the offer's family owns a large midwestern brewery! She turned the offer down, and has not regretted it. I would have sold
Whoa! Did you mean HORSE or HOUSE!
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