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Old 07-04-2010, 02:12 AM   #15
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No problem I've uploaded a bunch here plus a video from my phone:

Airstream - a set on Flickr

The coach isn't really too near me, and I neglected to get good pics of the missing rivets.. but this video has a few fleeting shots of some of them. See 00:30->00:40 & 00:07->00:05

Video on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

You'll have to imagine the interior to be dirty, but mostly original
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:16 AM   #16
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Here's a photoset with some videos too:

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the missing rivets appear at 00:40->00:30 & 00:07->00:05 ish..
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Old 07-04-2010, 05:21 AM   #17
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pictures for sure. Rivets should not be missing.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:44 AM   #18
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My old eyes couldn't find the missing rivets but the overall coach doesn't look to be hurt too bad for its age. Look closely for any sign of water leaks. Could the odometer have gone around and actually be 170,000?

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Old 07-04-2010, 02:14 PM   #19
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Thanks Dan (sorry to everyone for the double post, it was being held in moderation and I was confused).

Yeah. the rivets are hard to see, especially with my uneven camerawork. There just appear to be a few holes where rivets should be.

How would I tell if the odometer has gone around an extra 100k? The mechanic (who is selling it for the owner) says he's been taking care of (tuning up) the coach for 10 years for them. He said it's been to Alaska a few times.. (rough road). He hasn't really given me a list of repairs etc but otherwise seems honest.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:33 PM   #20
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Thanks Dan (sorry to everyone for the double post, it was being held in moderation and I was confused).

Yeah. the rivets are hard to see, especially with my uneven camerawork. There just appear to be a few holes where rivets should be.

How would I tell if the odometer has gone around an extra 100k? The mechanic (who is selling it for the owner) says he's been taking care of (tuning up) the coach for 10 years for them. He said it's been to Alaska a few times.. (rough road). He hasn't really given me a list of repairs etc but otherwise seems honest.
It's really hard to tell mileage. On a car you can look for brake pedal wear and floor mat condition and things like that. It's harder on a Moho because of highway miles where you put on many mile without using the brakes. Ask the mechanic if he knows the mileage ten years when he started working on the coach.

For a coach nearly 30 years old you are looking at 2,500 moles a year. A trip to Alaska can double that. That can also explain lost rivets.

My coach has 145,000 miles and still has the original upholstery on the seats. They are worn but no torn seams or foam coming out. My in-laws bought the coach form the original owner in 92 so I know the history. I noticed seat covers so I would wonder about the wear the seats show for 70,000 miles. You just have to look for clues of wear and make an educated guess.

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Hi, I hope this Airstream is better than his spelling.
after looking at that listing, I get the impression that the seller is of some French ancestry....

sorry that it's taken us so long to recover from being at the Birthday Bash! I didn't see this listing until today, and he's only about 6 miles down the road from us.....

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Old 07-05-2010, 12:20 AM   #22
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Hi, It was hard trying to follow the video and see all of the missing rivets. Seems to me that most of the missing rivets are near the rear axle. Rivets can pop due to vibrations and flexing. Each time a rivet pops, it puts extra stress on the ones next to it. These need to be replaced as soon as possible. Rear wheel balance could be needed. other than the rivets, it looks like it could be a great motorhome for you.
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The auction is over, did any one on here get it?
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Not me. I'm still working on that other one.
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So the mechanic who has this thing on consignment has said that we can't chat about the coach with the owner about quirks and history etc.

This seems slightly fishy to me as I know most moterhomers want to see their baby find a good home - and are normally very friendly. Should I be concerned?

I *did* happen to snap a picture of the DMV envelope addressed to the owners, so I have their names, but am a bit on the fence about going around the mechanic.

Thoughts?

And THANK YOU for all your help and patience
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Go around the mechanic...it's your money, your questions...don't know if Carfax is relevant with MoHos, but $5 is a cheap quest, if so...m
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Warren: Just got back in town from vacation and noticed your posts. I really like the idea of you getting some pics and posting. 15 K seems a little on the high side to me!

You will have a blast with the AS, but it won't be an inexpensive operation!

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So the mechanic who has this thing on consignment has said that we can't chat about the coach with the owner about quirks and history etc.

This seems slightly fishy to me as I know most moterhomers want to see their baby find a good home - and are normally very friendly. Should I be concerned?

I *did* happen to snap a picture of the DMV envelope addressed to the owners, so I have their names, but am a bit on the fence about going around the mechanic.

Thoughts?

And THANK YOU for all your help and patience
I would all of a sudden get real suspicious about this mechanic. Are there written records and receipts available especially for the work he performed. My next move would be an inspection by another mechanic. It may all be innocent but I wouldn't be comfortable with a mechanic who appears to be hiding stuff. At the very least my purchase offer would be very low until some questions were answered.
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