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Old 08-13-2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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What Should I look for When Purchasing?

I am looking at a 1980 excella II 31ft. The exterior is shined to a mirror finish and most of the interior has been refurbished. I do not know what to watch out for w/ trailers and want to know if 12000 if fair. What should I take into account when negotiating price etc.
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:14 PM   #2
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:56 PM   #3
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Wanta---Welcome to the forums. Much tech info and experience resides here. Take a look at the sub forum on valuations. Then use an expert to evaluate the various mechanical systems and the condition of the various applicances. Only then will you know how much you should pay for this particular unit. Good luck on finding your trailer.
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BobKelly has some good advice. We got ours for less than half that price. Good luck on your search. Sometimes when you go to look at one, if it is a good value, it is gone before you get there. And, if it is still there, it is overpriced. Keep on this forum, and you will find plenty of good advice and assistance.
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I am looking at a 1980 excella II 31ft. The exterior is shined to a mirror finish and most of the interior has been refurbished. I do not know what to watch out for w/ trailers and want to know if 12000 if fair. What should I take into account when negotiating price etc.
If it's professionally polished, complete restoration, everything works & 100% P-E-R-F-E-C-T....maybe.

Check out this Price vs Condition Guideline to give you an idea of what to look for and to get an idea of what it would take for it to really be worth that much. Otherwise, use that as a starting point & deduct for deficiencies.

1980 has just entered the vintage market (25 years or older)...so there isn't a lot to go on in that respect. Too old for NADA, too young for lots of vintage data. But hey, you can join the VAC if you get it!

BTW, welcome to AIRForums!

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BobKelly has some good advice. We got ours for less than half that price. Good luck on your search. Sometimes when you go to look at one, if it is a good value, it is gone before you get there. And, if it is still there, it is overpriced. Keep on this forum, and you will find plenty of good advice and assistance.
There's some good advice above. Offer less, a lot less, and who knows. I paid just a bit over half what the asking price was for mine but made it clear I was going from there over to see another one and I was determined to acquire one that weekend. They took it.

In the past when I've found one overpriced but everything else fits my requirements I've left my name and number, and suggested if they have not sold it in the next two weeks and are willing to accept my offer to call, and if I've not already bought we can take another look at it. Sometimes the call comes later that same day, sometimes it's a few days. It's worth a shot if you really believe this is the rig for you.

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Lots of things to think about in addition to price... how much camping have you done? Experience with trailers? How about your tow vehicle? Big enough? How many of you to travel together? Lots of good stuff on the threads... hours of reading... but lots to learn! There is a good basic thread I always recommend: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...eam-22920.html

Good luck! Airstreams are great, and always remember, what is a perfect trailer for one person may not be to another...

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Thanks for the info. I have been watching airstream sales of similar models online and I have noticed the prices are all over the place. I have been looking at other manufacturers, but they do not compare and I am just drawn to airstreams. I did not plan on paying 12 for the trailer, but was hoping to get an idea of what common things to look for when looking over the trailer. Again, he says its restored, but I have to look at it to decide for myself; only then will I make an offer for what I get an idea of is reasonable.
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...but was hoping to get an idea of what common things to look for when looking over the trailer. Again, he says its restored, but I have to look at it to decide for myself; only then will I make an offer for what I get an idea of is reasonable.
I really believe if you spend the time to read and understand this Price vs Condition Guideline it will give you alot of the insight you are looking for. You will obtain an idea of what the fair price should be. It's pretty comprehensive ~

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