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Old 01-04-2008, 04:33 PM   #29
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Guess we didn't look at the Forums listings when he had them on there!

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Old 01-04-2008, 04:38 PM   #30
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I sort of understand it for advertising, ect.

But, I still do not like it or the Cadillac Ranch either.

Restore or part out, do not bury them....................

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Old 01-04-2008, 04:47 PM   #31
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Oh c'mon guys... lighten up! No one rushed down to the sales lot to rescue these old beasts. I hate to say this, but not all trailers are
worth saving. Frame-off restorations are a huge undertaking and are not inexpensive. Of all the junk Airstreams out there, very few are of a quality that bear a full restoation. Even fewer have enough value after the restoration to warrant investing in a restoration.

These were undoubtedly old, tired trailers that didn't warrant undertaking a restoration. IMHO, they're better off serving this purpose than being recycled into aluminum cans.

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Old 01-04-2008, 05:00 PM   #32
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Talking just what i saw.....

i drove by frank bates place on tuesday morning 10ish....these were all set out of the normal sales lot....too be honest....from 200 feet away on I4 it looked to me that these had all been rolled to some extent, windows gone, and massive damage to each of the larger ones...the only one that caught my eye at 60 was the smaller which i was guessing was a safari or one of the 25 ft models....that was the only one of the bunch from my side that i would have even stopped to ask after...i tell you....all but one looked like it had been rolled or had major major major damage prior to setup....

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Old 01-04-2008, 05:27 PM   #33
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In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive some guy back from a rocket shot to Venus will get off course and end up with his space ship next to this display of Airstreams. He might think he is on the planet of the apes but after jerking one of these aluminum puppies out of the ground and hooking it up to his broken ship, he will be smiling and on his way again.
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:32 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Forrest
A couple of clips from raw video.
Hey $4000 x 7 units is cheap billboard......
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:34 PM   #35
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Bates sells more than AS. What a clever way to attract potential buyers form the many competitors along I4.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:46 PM   #36
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I do not worry about the tired 70's-80's 31' and 34' in the photo's, as these tired trailers are in plentiful supply. I cringe at the fact that what appears to be an early 60's 19' Globetrotter has been made part of this display. That trailer does not appear to have body damage from what can be seen in the photo's and it does have restoration value.

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Old 01-04-2008, 07:48 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by overlander63
Hopefully the one she saw was oriented horizontally.
Also, we may not like it, but Frank owns these trailers, and they are his to dispose of as he sees fit. AFAIK, those trailers have all been on his lot for sale for some time, and he could probably get a better return doing to them what he did, and writing it off for advertising, than selling them for what "street value" would be.

I don't doubt that at all. Frank Bates is a very good businessman and if he could have sold them, he would have sold them. After all, that is the business he is in...
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:41 PM   #38
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Maybe he has found a new way to do "axle replacements"!!! Unbolt the axle and it falls 5 feet to the ground. If nothing else, maybe a few spares could be had in the middle of the night.
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:56 PM   #39
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Saves you MOO-La!!

Frank saves you MOO-La!! Maybe next year he will bury his Helicopter collection by the Airstreams.

All jokes aside, when I was there picking up my trailer I saw the original 34' prototype slide out mule trailer. They said it has 300k miles on it, and they burned up three chevrolet trucks towing it around the country.
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:57 PM   #40
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I like the Indiana Jones concept! He should put out som SOB's to lead to the AS Altar!
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:52 PM   #41
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That is just wrong.
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:57 PM   #42
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The promised pictures:

Okay, they aren't that good, but getting to the trailers without a 4x4 or crane is next to impossible, and stopping on the Interstate is tantamount to suicide, so here are photos we snapped from the car @70mph:
Also, Frank has a mid-1950's 22'-24' single axle center twin, and a 1976 Sovereign, rear twin on the lot....
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