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Old 08-24-2008, 11:17 AM   #43
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Good point, Point taken.... sorry if I offended anyone...
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:49 PM   #44
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I ordered a 2008 Classic 31 shell and am having it custom outfitted. I've been warned that it will be commonplace for people to ask to see the inside. After reading these posts I will be reluctant to do so - even at AS gatherings. People buy AS's because they have a unique outside appearance. Is there some unwritten rule that if you take one and outfit it as you wish - regardless of the price - that you've committed some sort of "neighborhood" sin? I'm putting exactly what I want in my AS (within weight limits, of course) because I plan to spend a lot of time in it and I can afford it. I'm not buying it as an investment, or for resale, or to impress anyone or to prove a point. Just to enjoy it.

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Outfit your trailer however you see fit and show it with pride.

Folks like me with a standard trailer get the "You must be rich." anyway. So don't let that phase you.

You'll also get a large perentage that think they no longer make Airstreams.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:01 PM   #45
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I ordered a 2008 Classic 31 shell and am having it custom outfitted...
Wow! Ignoring all the rest of the hooplah in this thread, tell us more about that little statement. We've been told it can't be done, that the mothership won't sell a shell - has that changed, or does it just take the right amount of green dangling in front of them?

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Old 08-24-2008, 01:55 PM   #46
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shell only order

AS has approved Timeless Travel Trailers in Wheat Ridge, CO to order shells then custom fit them. I imagine that they are not the only dealer pre-approved to do this, although I don't know for sure. We ordered the shell and 30 days later it was shipped to CO with some of the windows not yet cut out because we were still finalizing the interior design.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:46 PM   #47
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That's a new one, I know previously it has been said they would not do this. I think that's good news that they are adding that extra flexibility to your options. I could dream of what I would do with a brand new shell and just my own ideas to fill it in!
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:42 PM   #48
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AS has approved Timeless Travel Trailers in Wheat Ridge, CO to order shells then custom fit them. I imagine that they are not the only dealer pre-approved to do this, although I don't know for sure. We ordered the shell and 30 days later it was shipped to CO with some of the windows not yet cut out because we were still finalizing the interior design.

Thanks for that info - I'm sure many here are now salivating over the possibilities

Good luck with your custom design - make sure and post pictures. There may be some who won't like your choices, but most will probably be oohs and aahs!
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There are other dealers that can order a shell-only for custom out fitting. Inland RV can and has done this since JC no longer has their commercial division. They will only do shell-only orders for approved dealers and customizers for "liability" issues.

I can only imagine the cost of having one customized like this. JC would probably charge the same for the shell as for the entire finished coach.
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I can only imagine the cost of having one customized like this. JC would probably charge the same for the shell as for the entire finished coach.[/quote]

Actually, no. The cost of the shell (which includes shell, all tanks, furnace, windows, door, subfloor, etc.) cost less than 1/2 the cost of a finished AS. So, in our opinion, purchasing the shell was reasonable.
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I've just cleaned up several posts that violate our terms of service, or that quoted those posts. If you look for your post, and it's not there, yours is one of them.
Let's not engage in personal attacks, it isn't worth getting everyone's blood pressure up over.
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:37 AM   #52
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Completely Restored Vintage Airstream - 1957

Someone got a little to close to the glue pot...

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To top off the interior, there are all new vintage appliances.


new vintage - can you say dichotomy?

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Rechromed - man I want to see the size of the vat it was dipped in.

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I'd give him the benefit of the doubt and think he accidently added an extra zero here, but his opening bid is $40,000 with reserve not met!
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Where were they hiding the jet engines? At that price it better fly!
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my son has a transmission shop and years ago he had a man bring his car in for work on his trans. my son drove it some then put it up on the lift to check out some things.
my son said to the man that parts was easy to get that it was a vw trans.
well the man said WHAT THATS A PORSCHE.

like i said, there all overpriced just like cars, its how much you will pay for it and not fell to bad later.
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The value of any object is what the market will bear. I'm not a big fan of modern art, but there are pieces bought and sold that are exponentially more than I could ever imagine paying. Perhaps closer to home, I have watched the auction sale of vintage autos with mix of awe and amazement.

One of the great (and often unsung) freedoms Americans enjoy is the right to spend our money as wisely or foolishly as we wish... where the only limit is our own purse strings. I also think there's a general lack of appreciation for the wonderful efficiency of the marketplace. The value of a given Airstream--at the end of the day--is simply a matter of one buyer and one seller reaching terms. No matter how silly one might find an asking price, sooner or later one of few things will happen. A buyer will meet the price or the seller will reduce the price or the seller will take the item off the market.

In my experience, I prefer transactions where the buyer and seller walk away happy. My hope for every seller and every buyer is exactly that.
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The value of any object is what the market will bear. I'm not a big fan of modern art, but there are pieces bought and sold that are exponentially more than I could ever imagine paying. Perhaps closer to home, I have watched the auction sale of vintage autos with mix of awe and amazement.

One of the great (and often unsung) freedoms Americans enjoy is the right to spend our money as wisely or foolishly as we wish... where the only limit is our own purse strings. I also think there's a general lack of appreciation for the wonderful efficiency of the marketplace. The value of a given Airstream--at the end of the day--is simply a matter of one buyer and one seller reaching terms. No matter how silly one might find an asking price, sooner or later one of few things will happen. A buyer will meet the price or the seller will reduce the price or the seller will take the item off the market.

In my experience, I prefer transactions where the buyer and seller walk away happy. My hope for every seller and every buyer is exactly that.
Extremely well put!
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