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Old 01-16-2010, 10:35 PM   #1
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How much did you pay for it?

Hi, among all the common questions asked about your Airstream, there is one you might not want to answer; "How much did you pay for your Airstream?" Too much, It was a gift, I won the lottery, I inherited it, A dollar down and a dollar a day for the rest of my life, I traded for it, or the real truth....................none of your business.



I have been asked a few times "How much did you pay for your Airstream?" And I just tell them, I paid $50,000.00 for my hat and the trailer was free".

What are your experiences with this personal question?
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:44 PM   #2
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Oh man.. you could have got a hat for $7.00

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I think it was $43,117 out the door for the sweet Airstream bag and the trailer was free.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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this question comes up semi sorta regular...

here's an old but still current poll on the $$ issue...

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

there's a similar string on the 'cost' of renovations...

but no poll or thread on the price of hats...

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Old 01-16-2010, 11:19 PM   #5
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I guess because mine is vintage I get asked more "what is it worth if you sell it?"

I am not shy at telling them that to me I would have to get at least 25K for it or I just wouldn't even consider parting with it.

I also tell them I don't know if I'd even take that if someone were actually to offer it, which is not likely as there are far better restored units out there listed for sale for less money. But to Donna and I it is just too much fun to part with and we've built it out to suit our exact needs. You can't put a price on that.

So, in turn, having taken the long way around getting to your question, when people ask how much I paid for it, I have now evolved to saying what they see now is not what I bought so my initial investment turned out to be just the entry price before I made it into a functional trailer.

That works every time and I didn't even have to buy a hat.

I want one though. I just don't know if I can afford the 40 to 50K for one . I leave far too many hats in restaurants when I leave and I'd be crushed if I did that with a 50K hat.

I need to win a lotto.

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I get 'what's it worth' questions too. I play down it's value. If I'm in a campground and someone asks me what it's worth, I'd rather they think all the white boxes around it are worth more than my little shiny piece of junk

That hat must have been lined in gold!
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Great thread....you would have to remind me wouldn't 'ya.

30k for the trailer...and another 20k for the "name"
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I guess because mine is vintage I get asked more "what is it worth if you sell it?"
Whats it worth if you keep it. Boondocking on the sand at Padre Island, on the head waters of the Green River in Wyoming, on the very edge of the North rim of the Grand Canyon, on the head waters of the San Juan River in Colorado, in the Smokies, up the Jemez Canyon in New Mexico. That doesnt even get into the established camping areas, and all with the comfort of my own bed, coffee the way I like it, an a fine place to poop. What is it worth indeed.
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Nobody ever asked how much I paid when I had a 40 foot Monaco so I just say "less than I did for my Monaco motorhome."
The truth is that there is more interest in the Airstream than there is in the Monaco. Paraphrasing Gen Disarray there is a lot of value in having the comforts of home high up a forest service road. With the Monaco, I was tethered to paved roads, with the Airstream I can go most anywhere. Lookie Loos and Wanabees see that freedom and they want it.
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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.
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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.
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It's because they all think we're Airstream Millionaires
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"How much is it?" is a legitimate question. I rarely say how much I payed for my AS but I will give a current list price for an AS and tell them they can probably get a better price from an AS dealer. I don't have to tell them what I payed but they still get an answer.
Back when I had my old '72 it was a little more difficult answer. There was what I payed, what I put into it and what it would bring on the open market. Mostly, I just said I liked it and didn't know what it was worth.
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It's because they all think we're Airstream Millionaires
The kids in particular think this and I suspect it is because their parents may have said something to give them that impression.

The other thing that comes a lot after the money side of it is how much does it weigh. Actually more often than not, they say "how much does SHE weigh?".

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