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Old 07-24-2015, 02:25 PM   #15
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I'm going to try, there has been a lot of interest from the classified listing which is good.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:23 PM   #16
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Reminds me of the movie where the main character (John Cusack) builds custom wood single seat scull boats. Really needs a buyer. Guy comes in and offers him full asking price. John says are you into sculls? Buyer says no, I'm going to cut it in half and mount it as decoration in my den. That deal fell apart but it was only a movie
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:33 PM   #17
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I'm going to jump in with my 2 cents. I purchased my Airstream (1959 Overlander) under the pretenses that it will be used as a mobile boutique (the same concern was raised when I was purchasing mine from the previous owner). I can FULLY understand wanting to make sure it goes to a good home!!! I think food truckers are more likely to cut into the frame to make it something different. The mobile retailers I know have ALL kept their Airstreams in tact. I can't speak for all mobile retailers, but I love the historical charm, and how glamorous the are when they are shined up.
I would want my Airstream to go to a good home. I think it's more than fair for you to abstain from selling it to anyone who voices that they are going to cut into it!!! I absolutely would! It's true that you don't have control over what other people do after they purchase it, but there are those of us who are using Airstreams for other purposes, but are leaving them intact.

I hope you sell your Airstream quickly to the RIGHT buyer!!
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:06 PM   #18
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Don't let it be destroyed!!!

I would think that you won't have a hard time accomplishing BOTH things...... You'll get the money you need, AND someone will get the trailer that will appreciate it! Don't look back, move on to the next promising buyer.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:24 PM   #19
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Thanks Rachael. I think that a lot of the creative options that people chose for the interiors are pretty neat. And I like the fact that you can customized your trailer to fit your needs without damaging the true character and integrity of the trailer. If somebody wanted to restore the interior to a more original state in the future, they could. I feel that once you cut the outer skin up and alter it, there's no going back. It can no longer be what it was.
The great thing is, I think I've found the perfect buyer for it, so I'm glad that I persevered
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:28 PM   #20
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Thanks Paul and Gina for the positive words and advice. I feel really good now that I stuck it out, because I found a good buyer. So it looks like everything worked out the way it was supposed to
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Old 07-25-2015, 02:08 PM   #21
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Glad you found a good buyer, you definitely made the right decision. Even though what happens to it is now out of your control, they will protect the integrity for the lifetime of their ownership. As time passes, it would seem, originality will become more important to future owners and values will continue to climb. That's been the trend for classic cars for decades, and now it is becoming mainstream to protect original patina and even the dust that has accumulated on rare "barn finds"...Although that would be a sad day if Airstreams only sat and collected dust!
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:57 PM   #22
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I agree. I'm glad I was able to find a buyer who understands.
It's great to have sites and forums like this one to help spread the passion, and hopefully we'll be seeing more and more of these beauties on the road
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Old 07-25-2015, 04:46 PM   #23
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I feel the same way as when someone buys vintage and totally guts the inside and makes it look modern. Hate that. I prefer to keep at least the overall look as original as possible.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:21 PM   #24
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Yikes Protag! Puppies, kittens, orphans and Siamese twins??? That's like 90% of the internet.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:22 PM   #25
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If you feel so strongly that it should not be modified that you don't won't to sell it to someone that will change "your" trailer, you are either not ready to part with it for any number of reasons or have some serious control issues. Selling anything, including an Aiestrean trailer is letting go, moving on. Although it's really just a thing, to an individual it may be a part of a person's identity, a link to friends, a status symbol, an old worn out but comfortable baseball cap or pair of shoes, etc... Selling is cutting ties, accepting change moving on...no strings attached, no longer under your control. We all have some of those things in our lives.
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I'm not a lawyer, but "fitness for purpose" comes to mind. If he hadn't told you what his plans were, and just went ahead and did a structural modification, he couldn't very well complain to you that it didn't work. Since he did tell you what his plans were, if you had sold him the coach, he did the modifications, and had problems, he might well have tried to come back to you for financial help. You were wise to not sell to him.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:30 PM   #27
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Give it good home....

I refused three would be buyers for our our 63 Safari before I agreed to sell...for 1K less than the best offer.

A family that really was as excited to get it as we were when we bought it....just felt right.

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Old 07-25-2015, 06:57 PM   #28
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If you feel so strongly that it should not be modified that you don't won't to sell it to someone that will change "your" trailer, you are either not ready to part with it for any number of reasons or have some serious control issues. Selling anything, including an Aiestrean trailer is letting go, moving on. Although it's really just a thing, to an individual it may be a part of a person's identity, a link to friends, a status symbol, an old worn out but comfortable baseball cap or pair of shoes, etc... Selling is cutting ties, accepting change moving on...no strings attached, no longer under your control. We all have some of those things in our lives.

The control issues comment was kinda rude...but whatever. People who are passionate about classic cars and other rare artifacts care for originality and take the responsibility to protect it very seriously. That's a good thing, ask a museum curator.
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