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Old 02-08-2013, 09:06 PM   #15
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That is probably the most useful advice I've gotten. If there wasn't 6 inches of snow outside with another ten forecast for morning I'd go over and knock on the door tomorrow morning.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:09 PM   #16
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I have knocked on 5 doors asking about trailers. I bought 3 of those trailers, and another one was given to me for free. That experience was the owner, when asked if the trailer was for sale, said "Just a moment, I'll get the title." He handed me the signed title and said that I could pick up the trailer whenever I wanted, but that I would probably have to use my 4 wheel drive to get it out of the barnyard.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:23 PM   #17
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I'm with all those who go a knockin'! I spotted my Bambi II in the woods not far from my house. After a week or two of trying to get ahold of the owner, he was finally home (pit bulls & all). I've been rehabbing the little trailer for almost 2 years now (not that it has been a cheap venture!). I'm almost finished & am pretty proud of the little thing!
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #18
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I guess stepping out of my comfort zone and knocking on a stranger's door is a small price to pay for the chance to own an American icon.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #19
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well? did you knock!? did ya buy?

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I have knocked on 5 doors asking about trailers. I bought 3 of those trailers, and another one was given to me for free. That experience was the owner, when asked if the trailer was for sale, said "Just a moment, I'll get the title." He handed me the signed title and said that I could pick up the trailer whenever I wanted, but that I would probably have to use my 4 wheel drive to get it out of the barnyard.
It never hurts to ask.
also i want to know how long ago these events took place. I feel like everyone knows what airstreams are now a days and know how valuable they are.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:18 AM   #20
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It was on February fifth that I first noticed the trailer. It's not far from my house and i just never notices it before. I mist have driven by it hundreds if not thousands of times. I just never cared before that I guess.

I have not knocked yet as there is still quite a bit of snow in the field and on the trailer. In the next few weeks as it melts ill venture out on a Saturday morning and see what I can find out.

As for people knowing more about airstreams, not so much in this area. I've been sharing my
Obsession with friends family and my partner and none of them understand why I would want some "trashy old camper." I'm hoping the owners of hat trailer don't know what they have.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:28 AM   #21
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As for people knowing more about airstreams, not so much in this area. I've been sharing my
Obsession with friends family and my partner and none of them understand why I would want some "trashy old camper." I'm hoping the owners of hat trailer don't know what they have.
Heh, I think you're lucky. In my part of the world, vintage travel trailers are being scooped up and converted into food trailers that are seen all over town. So everyone seems to know about them-- which is cool-- but the flipside is that everyone thinks their rotted out hunt camp is worth $15,000!

I had to buy a trailer from a family in Georgia and drive to Mobile, Alabama to pick it up in order to get a reasonable price.

Anyway, happy hunting and good luck! I you get a chance, take some pictures and post them up here. We can probbly tell you the make, model, and factory of origin within a few minutes.

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Old 02-21-2013, 10:42 AM   #22
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Here's another idea which I used when I purchased my 74 Ambassador. I was driving along about 100 miles from home when I saw an AS in a driveway. It had no for sale sign in it. I stopped and knocked on the door and no one was home. I left a note in this fellow's mail box with my name, address and phone number and the time of day which I had stopped at his house. The next day he called me saying the trailer was indeed for sale. One day later I bought my first AS!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:19 AM   #23
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Yes you should always leave a note or a card if no one is home. HOWEVER, don't leave it in a mailbox unless you put a postage stamp on it, and then manually cancel it by drawing through it in ink. Believe it or not, it's a Federal offense to put anything in a mailBOX that isn't proper U.S. Mail. On a weird technicality, you can put it THROUGH a mail slot and onto the floor of the entryway. (It's the government, don't ask me to explain ANY of the rules!)

A perhaps better ploy is to carry a fairly large format post-it pad and put your information on the door of the house.

Definitely be low key - and if you do meet someone who's not ready to sell, just ask them to keep your information IN the trailer in case anything changes. (It can change in 2 weeks once they have a "no sweat" buyer.)

Happy hunting. Paula
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:41 AM   #24
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Ive always been one to go to the door and ask... for me its kinda fun! I like talking to people...anyone actually.. AND always leave your name and number even if they say 'no' now... they still may call you next week!
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:21 AM   #25
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Trailer in field

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What's the protocol for spotting trailers parked in fields? I saw an old airstream in a field about 3 miles from my home. It clearly has been there a while. I was tempted to stop and knock on the door of the house nearby.

I also saw a gorgeous old silver streak in someone's driveway. Obviously a trailer they use but nice eye candy.
Don't hesitate to stop and ask. Even if not "for sale" airstream owners love to talk about them.
REMEMBER: THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS "NO", UNTIL YOU ASK THE QUESTION.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:14 AM   #26
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well? did you knock!? did ya buy?
Me too! The suspense is killer!
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:37 AM   #27
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I just picked up a 1973 Argosy 24 ft that was sitting on a proprety with a major road going right by it. The land was for sale and no one lived there so I contacted the realtor that told me it was not for sale but pased my info on anyway. I week or so later I get a call form the owners son telling me they thought it was time to let it go and now it sitting at my house. Just never know untill you ask.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:09 AM   #28
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I have not knocked. I don't think it's in the cards for me to own an airstream right now. I do have a lead on a nice little '64 Shasta that is in good shape and within my price range. I'm giving up on shiny aluminum for now, but I'm still looking for Vintage. But I'm not leaving entirely. I still enjoy lurking around the forums and drooling over the classifieds.
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