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Old 01-30-2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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Vintage Thunder is up on eBay

Richard Luhr's first Airstream Life project is up on eBay. see item number 4609156139
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Old 01-30-2006, 11:56 PM   #2
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That dinette fabric is cool and I love that extra large curved refrigerator. I saw this in person, one nifty little trailer. The special paint job "changes" with the light.
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Old 01-31-2006, 06:15 AM   #3
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Unhappy Ewwww!

Is that a Honda Pilot TV in the last pic? Now that's well over TV load capacity!
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:36 AM   #4
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Yup

Yes, that there is a Honda Pilot....and my Suburban could hardly keep up....it did fine as a tow vehicle. Now, I had to move my Caravel this week at the CG, and check out my latest tow vehicle. 84 Rabbit with a 65 Caravel.
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Good heavens! Maybe I should try hooking up with my Miata!

That VT is pretty darn cool. If only I had the money, I'd love to pull a big blue trailer around. Not to mention knowing Rich and Brett built it, and that it was documented so well, and all that cool stuff inside. That's going to be a real treasure for someone with the money.
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Is that a Honda Pilot TV in the last pic? Now that's well over TV load capacity!
not really. The trailer is not all that heavy. <6000lbs gross, and their mods actually made it lighter than it was when it was stock. And the Honda Pilot is alot more capable than it looks. high horsepower, and gears to match. probably pulls better than my 1/2 ton truck, with its whimpy 3:55 rear end.
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Yes, that there is a Honda Pilot....and my Suburban could hardly keep up....it did fine as a tow vehicle. Now, I had to move my Caravel this week at the CG, and check out my latest tow vehicle. 84 Rabbit with a 65 Caravel.
Oh Rob,

thank you so much! You give me hope that we&#180;ll find a Tow Vehicle overhere on day... Let me guess the car jumped like a rabbit with the trailer behind...

BTW I wouldn&#180;t sell VT, even if I had ten other Airstreams/Argosys. VT is such a beauty, hopefully it will get a good new home. Can&#180;t anyone from the forums buy it? Or what about every member gives $10 and we all buy it??

Ok, not serious but maybe...???

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Old 01-31-2006, 09:40 AM   #8
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Cant anyone from the forums buy it? Or what about every member gives $10 and we all buy it??

Ok, not serious but maybe...???

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Hmmm.....let see we can consider it a timeshare? Everyone who contributes gets it for 2 weeks? This would take some logistics. It would start in the warm climes in the winter, gradually get passed on to the more northern folks as warm weather approaches and into Canada during the hot summer months and then back down south as fall approaches. What a piece of scheduling this would be!
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Bummer....

Well....

I just interviewed Gary Borders for theVAP a week or so ago.

He did not mentioned that he intended on selling....

Guess there's no reason to run the interview now
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Old 01-31-2006, 01:17 PM   #10
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I'm surprised there isn't a bid on it yet.
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I'll tell you if I had the $$ to spend and wouldn't have to worry about the rath of my spouse, I'd have that trailer in a second.

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hello auction watchers

let me be the first to rain on this parade.......

yes i could join the 'wow, cool, mantra' but here's some counter point....

its a nice old trailer....and i like painted airstreams....however a painted purchase really does require close up (in person) inspection because the rules of skin care are different; especially with non factory paint....although it's lovely.

it's a nice remodel....but as with stick houses, remodels don't add much too the resale value....they are for personal enjoyment. yes new tires, axles, brakes and other systems add some but only if done correctly and the bloom fades fast on the "almost new fridge, mattress, water pump" and so on.....

item's heavily personalized may even be a negative price wise....would you really want "airstream life" instead of regular badging?

10k$ to start is tooooooooo high
and suggests the owner's fear of what the open market may bring......

ebay is the worlds largest showroom for used stuff so let the world run up the price. i've seen many auctions for expensive items start a .01 and climb into the 10s of thousands.....

otoh the same listing 1 month from now could find the willing buyer at any price. but the 10k to open will keep most on the sidelines.

the open keeps the fix'er uppers away, it isn't a new trailer with warranty and like most things 20+ years old will need care if used for camping and not as a yard ornament...

will it go at some high figure? maybe....but 10k to start for an old argosy, not orginal and modified for one family/purpose is a lot.

the right/unique buyer will need to really want this trailer....and ebay can find 'em...maybe.


btw.....just tell us what scales say about the trailer weight.

don't tell me it can be towed with.........whatever.

the honda pilot and it's powerful 3.5 v6 and unibody frame is rated for 3,500lbs............for a trailer and 4,500 for a boat.

pilot as a 1/2 ton truck me thinks........
not.

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.....10k$ to start is tooooooooo high
and suggests the owner's fear of what the open market may bring......

......will it go at some high figure? maybe....but 10k to start for an old argosy, not orginal and modified for one family/purpose is a lot.

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$10,000 seems like a good starting place to me. We have that or a little more in our Argosy and haven't done nearly the work that's been done on Vintage Thunder. Have you priced a paint job for an Argosy lately? $2,000 plus to get it done right and any Argosy from the seventies will need a paint job - regardless of color chocie....

For many original condition is not a plus - but improved function is - should be interesting to watch the auction
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hi janet

no i haven't priced paint lately. but 17+ years ago i did have one painted just a few 100 miles west of you.....spent 3000$+ and enjoyed it greatly....it was sure worth it to me to have my school colors blazin' is a sea of silver! but non standard colors are very personal....

i'm sure your trailer is worth many times the amt of $ you have "in"......to you. pricing to the next person is another issue, and o so variable. ask anyone who had lots of money in a old car the difference between "what i got in it" and what i got out of it.....

what's the blue book on a 77 argosy? how does one figure a good starting point on a truely unique, on of a kind, never to be done again just like this, rehab?

.....also this isn't rich but the subsequent owner.....selling?

i was just pointing out why no one has entered a bid yet...the first step is sorta big.

i agree it will be interesting to watch.......

77 24' argosy should weight about 4000lbs dry right?

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