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Old 09-18-2011, 09:39 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by crazeevw View Post
Wondering if you'd share what the appraisal at Bates RV cost you? I'd love to know so I could insure my '89 345LE for what it's actually worth, not the 'low-ball' figure that most insurance companies insist on using.
Thanks, Derek
You can tremendsously help a good appraiser, by having repair orders, bills for upgrades etc, handy for their review.

The question always is "what have you done to increase the coaches value, above published books".

If an appraiser doesn't ask that, then I would suggest, look for one that does.

Rarely, will an appraiser know what the original equipment was, let alone what have you upgraded, or replaced.

A well knowledged Airstream dealer can help, but only if they take the time to personally examine your coach.

Verbal examinations, can always be kicked to the curb, since the coach was not visually examined.


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Old 09-20-2011, 07:54 AM   #16
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Bates RV didn't charge me for the appraisal. I took it to them for them to inspect.

An Airstream dealer will have a good handle on the value of your unit based on what upgrades and replacements you have done. Polishing mine made a big difference. (I did it myself).

Since I had the appraisal, I have replaced the fans with Fantastic Fans, replaced the refrigerator with the Dometic 2820, put down laminate flooring, installed Ambruso drapery, had the L-shaped lounge professionally reupholstered and made other minor appointment changes. See Our Trailer on my website.

I replace the tires every 5 years regardless of wear and repack the bearings every couple years.

Based on some of the asking prices I have seen for vintage Airstreams, I should probably increase my coverage. Obviously I couldn't replace my unit for the coverage I have now but should worse come to worse, it is better than the NADA Bluebook.

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