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Old 01-17-2010, 03:07 PM   #15
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Speaking of 'what's it worth', I just about fell out of my chair laughing the other day at an ad on Craigslist. The guy had an early 70s 31 footer for best offer, and he said 'I don't know what it's worth, but I've seen what old Bambi's go for, and this one has to be worth more than that because it's newer and even bigger!' LOL, hate to tell you buddy, it doesn't always work that way!
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:26 PM   #16
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. Actually more often than not, they say "how much does SHE weigh?".

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I thought maybe they said "she" because you're by the coast, but then I thought they would say "how much does she displace".

Somewhere, sometime, I knew someone (that is how good my memory is) who would always ask how much I paid for anything new thing I got. I wish I could remember how I handled that. I do remember that it annoyed me.

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Old 01-17-2010, 05:34 PM   #17
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I tell them the MSRP is more than $60,000, a lot more, and I paid a lot less. That seems to satisfy them. No one has asked "how much less"?

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Old 01-17-2010, 05:40 PM   #18
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...... it's newer and even bigger!' .......
I've overheard similar comments, different strokes I suppose. But then again, I'm used to people not getting things I'm into.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:59 PM   #19
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This thread has really got me thinking about how to respond in future. I think I've come up with my response from now on"

"Not nearly enough for what I got."

That ought to have them wondering

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Old 01-17-2010, 06:02 PM   #20
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How much is that worth?

"If you have to ask you can't afford one".
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:02 PM   #21
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Yeah. Why do people ask inappropriate questions? IMO, it is rude to talk about money, whether it is about finances, income or costs of big ticket items.
Not owning my AS yet, I have been trying to keep up to speed on the sales to get an idea of what things are worth. For people like me, asking what an AS is worth or cost is just to have an idea of what I should be paying. There are a lot of sites on the internet that help you know what you should be paying for a car (kbb, edmunds, etc.) but that's not the case with AS. Ultimately I just want to know that I am getting a fair deal.

I could see that answering this question in a campground may be awkward and may open yourself to theft or judgment but answering online to let a newbie know what to pay is just helping out as far as I am concerned.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:10 PM   #22
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How much was it new in 1964? $5780.00
How much did I pay for it 40 years later in 2004? $4000.00
How much do I have into it 5 years later? $8000.00
How much left to do? More than I have to spend.
How much is it worth to MY family? Priceless!

I also have $40k into a nice $20K antique car.

Cost is relative.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:18 PM   #23
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...answering online to let a newbie know what to pay is just helping out as far as I am concerned.
which is why/how the ongoing poll may be more useful 4 your needs...

da poll...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...-a-s-3563.html

maybe.

the funny "here's your sign" question i see here often is this...

"i just bought a blah-blah, and now wanna know what it's worth."

seldom is the purchase price mentioned IN the question above,

and never does the new buyer associate the ACTUAL purchase just made with worth in their posting...

the poll suggests >50% of nearly 1000 buyers HERE paid under 10k...

this is a cheap crowd...



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Old 01-17-2010, 06:44 PM   #24
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$1000 initial purchase and I have another 1k in the resto so far. Plan to put another 3k or so in it to get it on the road.
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We get this question every single time someone sees into our AS because we had it custom finished on the inside. I understand the question because before we went this route we wanted to know what it was going to cost to take a new shell and custom finish the inside. What I didn't expect is the reaction from some people when we give them the answer. Some are nice as in, "Well, it's a nice job." Or, "we'd like to do that." Others actually try to make us feel guilty for spending the money - llike we broke some sort of rule and are too indulgent. So, I've learned to spot why people are asking. Are they really interested because they'd like to make some custom changes to their unit? Or, are they just plain nosy and want to make us feel guilty. I've never understand the need to make others feel guilty for enjoying what they've worked hard to achieve.
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We get this question every single time someone sees into our AS because we had it custom finished on the inside. I understand the question because before we went this route we wanted to know what it was going to cost to take a new shell and custom finish the inside. What I didn't expect is the reaction from some people when we give them the answer. Some are nice as in, "Well, it's a nice job." Or, "we'd like to do that." Others actually try to make us feel guilty for spending the money - llike we broke some sort of rule and are too indulgent. So, I've learned to spot why people are asking. Are they really interested because they'd like to make some custom changes to their unit? Or, are they just plain nosy and want to make us feel guilty. I've never understand the need to make others feel guilty for enjoying what they've worked hard to achieve.
I am curios how you changed the interior. Are there any pictures posted anywhere?
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:51 PM   #27
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this question is familiar to me, because we have 3 parrots. ALOT of people ask "how much did they cost"? I explain that 2 of 3 were adopted, and try to sort of change the subject by noting that the real cost is food, vet bills, etc.... (Note: we've spent more in doc bills for both adopted birds than either of their placement fees.)

It does however blow my mind how many people ask. i HATE to say this, but its often people in a lower economic class... (trying to be PC here).

I never remember my mother saying "its not nice to ask that" - somehow i think we just knew?
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:56 PM   #28
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I paid $3,000 for mine, too much in restrospect since my Sovereign had two dents in the rear and rear end separation/bathroom floor rot.

I've put about $12k into mine including new axles, wheels, rear aluminum panel replacement, rear end separation repairs, bathroom floor repairs, new holding tanks, new refrigerator, new flexsteel sofa, new bathroom vanity, stainless steel sinks, etc. It's still a lot cheaper than buying a new Airstream, so it's worth it to me.
Don't feel bad, we paid about the same for our Sovereign, and it sounds like it was in similar condition. And we'll have about the same amount into it when we're done.
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