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Old 01-17-2005, 05:23 PM   #15
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3 new panels = around $3600 to be replaced right

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Old 01-17-2005, 05:26 PM   #16
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Sorry to hear abot your long and unfruitful trip. We had a similar experience and drove 2200 miles roundtrip to look an argosy the ownersaid was in great shape. It wasn't - the floor was rotted, it had big dents in the upper endcaps, leaked and smelled like cat pee. We turned around after 5 minutes and headed home.
But.... we did learn alot and eventually found a trailer that we love. The one we purchased was only 5 hours down the road and one state away. Keep looking.

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Old 01-17-2005, 06:07 PM   #17
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Somewhere there is a thread listing volunteers to do a pre view. The list covers the entire US and is always an option before flying out.
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This experience is exactly why people all over the country have volunteered to inspect Airstreams. Don't drive 500 or more miles to buy an Airstream without checking the list first! It's a great resource and free to boot!
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:10 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by argosy20
I ran it through NADA online, with the standard options, and got $29050.00 as average retail, $26000.00 as low retail.
If it was $13,000 I MIGHT take a look, maybe.
I used the NADA page on the RV Trader site and go $26,250 average and $21,790 low. I don't know why your number is higher.
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Old 01-17-2005, 08:48 PM   #19
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The more I read this thread the more this trailer sounds like a bargain.I wonder what it would cost to get it towed up here.
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Old 01-17-2005, 09:13 PM   #20
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I'm sure that trailer needs a good home with someone but it definitely isn't going to be me. I was strictly involved in this one as a money making proposition and based on the repairs that had to be made I didn't see a profit coming out of it - at least not a worthwhile one. I am sure it would be a good deal for someone that wanted a newer Classic that was willing to put the time and effort into it. Based on the extent of the repairs I don't think it would be a phenomenal deal but you would probably end up spending below low retail when all was said and done. But then again the trailer should be valued at below low retail even after the repairs are done due to the extent of the damage. I would never pay the same amount for a car that had been repaired (even properly) vs a car that had never been wrecked.

A few more items to make any potential buyers aware of:

1. Entire front tongue of trailer had lots of rust. Plan to sandblast and repaint.
2. Dent in lower curb side rear quarter panel (right below belt line about 2 inches across). This panel had not been removed but would need to be replaced if you wanted it to look like new.
3. Two bolts inserted in lower street side quarter panel. Don't know why. This panel also had not been replaced - but again would need to be if the intent was to bring it up to "like new".
4. Interior Aluminum panels above street side bed and bathroom had signifigant bows. Structural ribs are the likely causes of the bows.
5. Rear plastic bumper has a few cracks.
6. Dent in front street side quarter panel. Right above the lower rock guards. About a quarter in diameter.

These are just the items I noticed in my 10 minute tour. I'm sure that someone spending more time could find quite a bit more wrong with this unit.

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Old 01-17-2005, 09:54 PM   #21
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Thanks for additional info and heads up.
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Old 01-18-2005, 03:33 AM   #22
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Get a repair estimate from the Airstream factory

If I were to consider buying this trailer, I'd negotiate with the seller to haul the trailer to the Airstream factory for an inside and outside repair estimate befor I committed to buying it. It appears the trailer needs structual ribs replaced plus inside and outside aluminum panels plus who knows what else.

I doubt that one will find that it is a good buy after getting the Airstream estimate.

I'd be very careful dealing with anyone who represented that this unit is in good condition when, in fact,it appears to be a major wreck.
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Old 01-18-2005, 04:48 AM   #23
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Why not contact the previous owner, #25990, and ask if they know anything about the repairs!
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Old 01-18-2005, 08:16 AM   #24
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This trailer looks like a good candidate for a hunting camp. You know, that is where all travel trailers go to die. :-)
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Old 01-18-2005, 08:23 AM   #25
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Sure appears to be one of several trailers that were listed on ebay about nine months ago, that showed damage. I guess the first answer anyone would seem to ask these days from a seller, has there been any prior accidents ? I know most would ask if this were a truck or auto. I'd be upset myself to venture that kinda distance, to find the same result.
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Old 01-18-2005, 11:43 AM   #26
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"This trailer looks like a good candidate for a hunting camp."

That was about what I was thinking of using it for and maybe doing the big repair once I get a barn up.Unfortunately it would cost too much to get it here.

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