Originally Posted by vinstream
If you are going to gut a trailer and not use it for travel/camping then the 14,000 seams very high!!! It seams like you are going to put a lot of work into the trailer and there are many trailers out there of that vintage you could pick up for around $2,500... It will need a new floor (they all have floor rot), new axle (they all need new axles) and lower skin repair or replacement. All of that could cost up to 10,000 and then you would have a mostly trouble free trailer at the same price or less then you are trying to pay!
I'm new around here, but I agree with Todd.
I, too, purchased an AS with the intent of using it for purposes other than camping (it will be my workshop). And in such, found a trailer with a yuck interior but excellent bones for cheap money. I couldn't part with that many thousands of $$ knowing I'd be getting rid of beautiful salvageable historical parts. It'll be so much cheaper if you get a 5 gallon bucket of elbow grease
and a trailer with a poor/nonexistent interior, then you'll have more $$ left for renovations to make it what you want. Glad my Argosy was free, since it's looking like my two replacement windows are going to cost me $1500
. I plan on selling any salvageable original interior parts to help finance my renovation in any small way I can, and so that someone with the tenacity for a 'restore to original' project might acheive their Airstream dream, too. There's my strategy, best of luck to you!!