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Old 11-11-2006, 04:06 PM   #1
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What would you do if you bought a wreck

OK you bought a AS but did not look good enough.
You paid the price for what should be a decent trailor.
But when you got it home it turned out to be a real nightmare.
Erverything that can be wrong with it is wrong.
So they realy got you.
What would you do.
Be honest and take your lose and sell for a mutch lower price than what you paid for it.
Or forget to mention the bad parts and try to get your money back.
If the 2nd option is what you do would you list it here of go for something like Ebay?.

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Old 11-11-2006, 04:49 PM   #2
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Whats wrong with the trailer - its all fixable....

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Old 11-11-2006, 05:22 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by remcolent
What would you do if you bought a wreck
Laissez-faire ... Ebay it ... & get the cash ...
"Its Majic"
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Old 11-11-2006, 05:45 PM   #4
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Old 11-11-2006, 06:10 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by remcolent
Be honest and take your lose and sell for a mutch lower price than what you paid for it.
Or forget to mention the bad parts and try to get your money back.
If the 2nd option is what you do would you list it here of go for something like Ebay?.
You're kidding, right?
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:26 PM   #6
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I'd swear and have a drink and then start fixing it.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 11-11-2006, 08:06 PM   #7
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Hi, Remcolent,

You can buy a REALLY nice Airstream and have every major appliance lay down and die in the first year. That racks up some frightening funds, but was that a judgement that missed? No, it's just an OLD trailer.

I think the best answer is either

*keep it and fix it into what YOU want and never let it go

* sell it, but be honest and describe it as a fixer-upper. There are folks out there who WANT fixer-uppers and not everybody wants to steal it from you. If somebody names a figure that's just fantasy, say, "No, thanks." If they really want it, you'll soon know - they'll be back knocking, "Hello.". If they're fantasy-shopping, hope that they eventually get just what they deserve, but don't be THEIR victim.

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Old 11-11-2006, 10:01 PM   #8
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We bought our '66 Tradewind in April. I had no illusions that this OLD trailer wouldn't need work. Well it does need more than I hoped. But nothing structual just leaks (plumbing) and failing pumps and electrical. I have bought beautiful classic cars and then find myself under the hood more than I wanted. I myself have had neck, back and 2 hips replacement surgeries. I love my vintage convertible, I love my vintage Airstream and I love old ME.
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Old 11-11-2006, 10:05 PM   #9
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What are some of the items you are seeing?

Do you have a good frame, how is the outside metal, windows leaking, other leaks, axles sagging, etc.

Ken J. is right. It is all fixable.

You should see some of the old trailers that come to our rallies. A lot of people do just enough to keep them on the road.

Mine is an 87. I spend about a 1000 per year on it. I have a punch list that I am working my way thru since 2003. Previous owner did mostly cosmetic items and I am doing mostly mechanical items.
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Old 11-11-2006, 10:44 PM   #10
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Sometimes, fixing them up is part of the journey! It's a chance to hone your skills, and make it better than you ever thought it could be. When we bought our trailer it was 7 years old and our first trip with it generated a list of things needing fixing. The list was 56 items long! And there were no "gimme's"; every item was serious, like "remove original shower door and build a new one that actually works." Or, "the toilet is so tall it is uncomfortable to use because my feet dangle, so rebuild the platform, lowering the toilet 3". You get the idea. All 56 items are now done as well as a few more and we love the ease with which we can travel with the trailer.

As "goin Campin" says, swear, have a drink, then roll up your sleeves and make it into something fantastic!
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:07 PM   #11
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Not knowing what the list of items consists of or how handy you are with doing your own repairs, I think I would go ahead and fix it up. The end result would depend on your decision of what to do with it after the repairs are completed. Part of the fun of "Airstreaming" is the repair and modification of your unit.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:13 PM   #12
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Rem, give us a few details about what is wrong. Maybe include a few pictures. Everything that is broken can be fixed and I promise you, somebody on Airstreamforums has already fixed it!

As to your original question, I would keep the camper and fix it, not sell it and try to purchase another one. However, I may be looking at things a bit differently than you. That is what I wanted when I bought my trailer--A camper that I could take apart and rebuild the way that Susan and I wanted.

Let us know how it's going for you.


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Old 11-11-2006, 11:40 PM   #13
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We would be tempted to repair it...if just too far gone, then we might part it out. I imagine one could get their money back by cleaning up what there is and selling off pieces. If one paid much to much for the trailer and just didn't know... do what feels right. Take your losses and go on, or repair the trailer!

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Old 11-11-2006, 11:49 PM   #14
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We bought our used Airstream at a dealership, so although we paid a lot more than we would privately, we ensured that it was checked over for safety, and that everything worked the way we wanted it. (Even got them to change the light bulb in the fridge before we took delivery).

Our poor baby's starting to show her age a bit (what does 35 years add up to in trailer years?) so we've accepted that she will need a bit of TLC occassionally (this year we had the step replaced, new air conditioner), and I'm in the process of replacing the gaucho with a dinette, since that fits our lifestyle better.

My wife and I both agree that if we won the lottery tomorrow, we would get a full restoration and still consider ourselves ahead.

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