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Old 12-16-2009, 01:40 PM   #1
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im looking for really any model AS in the 25-28 foot range, cheaper the better. i plan on restoreing it so really as long as the body is in good shape. to save the rambleing as much as possible, where are some good places to look and find some trailers? i am searching craigslist, the classifieds here, local paper and ebay. are there any places that you guys would recomemend to point me in the right direction? thanks in advance
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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The only advise I can give is let craigslist be your friend. Also, put the word out to as many of your friends as possible, especially those outside the hobby - that way you won't have to compete with them for a good catch. You never know where one may turn up.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:23 PM   #3
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Ideally, it would be bought from the original owner; it would have all the factory manuals, it would have had everything replaced, at least once. :::in our dreams::::
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:57 PM   #4
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Hi Finch, and welcome to airforums.com!

You'll find lots of good info on here to read while you are waiting for your dream AS to show up. Start reading all about it now, you'll be in a better place to judge any units you see.

I think you're looking in the right places, I found mine in a Kijiji not too far from me. But it took almost a year to find it!

One piece of advice: it's at least $2k to replace all the appliances, and that's with you doing the labour, so other than frame rot, this is something I wouldn't ignore in a given trailer you look at.

So, if a trailer has some or all of them already replaced, check out what it would take for you to put them in, assuming you have all the technical expertise to do it yourself!

The three biggies are the refer (fridge), the water heater, and the furnace. The next ones are the water tanks, fresh, black and grey. These are all big $$ to re-do, so pay special attention to the state of the ones in any trailer you look at.

Chance are almost 100% that if the trailer is from the 1970s or earlier, all the appliances need to be replaced. Newer than that, the per cent swings a little more in your favour, but not too quickly...

Anyways, good luck, and keep us informed. Be sure to send pictures of any you see, OK?
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:11 PM   #5
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This is a very good time of year to buy used. Ol
santa clause will deplete spending monies and then
the tax man cometh. The cold of winter when folks
are in the house thinking "I need some CASH". Then
they look out the window and there the trailer sits.
Your future trailer...is the answer to someones need
for a few bucks. Yep, you showed up at an opportune time!
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:22 PM   #6
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We looked and looked, took us about a year, Ebay, Craigs and then found our Airstream right here on the Airforum Classifieds about a month ago, and we could not be happier with our purchase!

Good luck! Its out there be patient.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:38 PM   #7
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thanks for the tips Aage, after working for a couple years as a RV tech, i was factory trained by thor and AS, so i know a good portion of reworking them. so all labor will be done by myself. i guess with what little budget i have i cant be that picky
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:47 PM   #8
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Here is where I found mine...it is called a site smash...has both craigslist and ebay...you can look under airstream and argosy...

site mash : airstream : combined classified and auction listings
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thanks for the tips Aage, after working for a couple years as a RV tech, i was factory trained by thor and AS, so i know a good portion of reworking them. so all labor will be done by myself. i guess with what little budget i have i cant be that picky
Well, wish we lived closer to you, I'd be there to get stuff done up by you!

I would figure that there should be a good amount of used TTs in your neck of the woods, or up towards LA way.

It's all about knowing what you want, and being ready to jump with the cash when you see it.

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:24 PM   #10
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Here is where I found mine...it is called a site smash...has both craigslist and ebay...you can look under airstream and argosy...

site mash : airstream : combined classified and auction listings
that sight is AWSOME! thanks for passing it on
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Old 12-18-2009, 04:21 PM   #11
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"that sight is AWSOME! thanks for passing it on"

You're welcome...good luck with your search!!!
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