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Old 02-03-2008, 10:52 AM   #1
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Caravel - Not For Sale!

Just got to share/vent this someplace, figure I might get a understanding ear, or two, here.

Havn't had the Caravel a month yet. When I first brought it home it was parked out close to the road for about a week, that had to change due to the number of people who would stop and "check it out", some even opening the door and going inside. I got tired of that real fast. So... moved it out back by the tree line, good 600 plus yards from the road, and made the foolish assumption that would end that. Just got done talking to a "gentleman" who saw it, stoped, drove to the back of the kids property, checked it out, and then came to the house to buy it.

BTW: there is not a for sale sign anywhere near it and there is a no tresspassing sign on the path back to where it's parked.

I'd like to get a whole lot more aggrivated than I am but my thoughts are tempered when I remember "It is a Airstream after all"....


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Old 02-03-2008, 10:54 AM   #2
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You might want to post a prominent "Not For Sale" sign where people can read it from the road!

It's great it attracts that much positive attention. Congrats on your new acquisition, and I hope you don't have any more problems like this with it!


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Old 02-03-2008, 11:14 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Alumatube
You might want to post a prominent "Not For Sale" sign where people can read it from the road!
Forget about the "not for sale" sign... put one up that says "Vintage Airstream Tours - $50" LOL!
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:24 AM   #4
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Just wait till you go camping - you will have to post an Open House sign and plan for the time for tours.......
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:29 AM   #5
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Welcome to Airstream and this forum!
Send the curious to your local Airstream dealer -have some of his cards on hand- and work out a "bird dog" arrangement with the dealer for a little cash or credit toward acessories for each sale generated.
These aren't the droids you're looking for.
You can go about your business.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:51 AM   #6
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The easiest way to solve the problem is to sell it. How much do you want for that old trailer? Is that your bottom line? Do they still make those?
Actually, I have been guilty of stopping and asking about seemingly dormant Airstream trailers, although Iíve never ignored a no trespassing sign.
I keep my GT pretty well hidden behind a barn, but Iíve had a couple knocks at the door. I guess we need to take it as a compliment.

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Old 02-03-2008, 11:53 AM   #7
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Yeah, it's hard to get too mad when you've got the cutest trailer in town Just brings them in like a magnet, doesn't it?

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Old 02-03-2008, 12:19 PM   #8
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Put a for sale sign with a price of $55,000 -

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Old 02-03-2008, 12:25 PM   #9
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Talking ohio....whew...

thought that might have were talking about.... i have been known to drive a distance to look for a trailer someone thought they might have seen a week or so ago...but ohio would be too far...
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:33 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Ken J
Put a for sale sign with a price of $55,000 -

Ken J.
I'm of the mind of Ken - but a little more realistic....cause you never know who will walk up your drive - and you just know you can always find another one...

Say $35,000.00

But I would even take 19 - 25K for it....and I would say you have done yourself a really good deal - and made the person who just may come around the corner tomorrow a real happy Fellow/Gal

but then we also had ours out by the road and a few people stopped - and I had no worries - people looking in Airstreams on the most part are not going to be looking to steel it from you - they just are looking for one they have been looking for forever - or some of those vintage sharks that grab and snap and fire overseas for a quick cheap profit...

Like the several that called us on our 69 GT offering 8500 and we held out for the 15K a few weeks later.

So don't get upset - turn an annoying situation into a fun situation and be proud that people are interested in your airstream...
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:36 PM   #11
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I just came back from checking one out I saw over the property fence last weekend while bike riding. At that time, I could only see the unmistakeable aluminum curvature of one of the end caps. Just so you know, I didn't climb any fences or go onto private property today. It looks like it gets regular use so I didn't knock on the door.

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Old 02-03-2008, 01:20 PM   #12
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get used to it, i politely turn down at least 6 offers a year to buy my 1955 harley a year.

the last good one was around 28K!

good thing no one can see it from the road!

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Old 02-03-2008, 02:01 PM   #13
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Near here someone had something in their front yard, right by a busy road. I forget if it was a car or a stack of firewood or what, but they put a sign on it that just said:

"No, it's not".
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:42 PM   #14
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Caravel not for sale

We too had people coming up our driveway almost every week asking about the Caravel.We have always kept in mind that it's for sale with the right price but the right price has never happened. We have met some very interesting people and have made some friendships because of it. We motivated one couple out garage sailing in our neighbourhood to restore their Bambi II, that they didn't know was valuable. then they bought another larger vintage unit.We even have been to a couple of TCT rallies with them.And of course our local WBCCI came calling in the first week of our trailers arrival which we joined. After 6 years in our driveway we moved our Caravel to a heated workshop space and the visits have changed, now people stop and ask us if we sold it!

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