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Old 11-06-2015, 07:28 AM   #1205
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I'd be curious to know the reason he pulled the auction with one day to go last time. I think the price before being pulled was $19k+.
The seller is what I call a dealer (3 Airstream sales in the last three months is more than a private seller to me), so maybe she had a offer but they walked away on inspection?
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:40 AM   #1206
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So many folks find it necessary to gut the trailers and motor homes, why I do not understand..
Ego. They want to be able to say they own a vintage, but really don't like them. So they modify the part no one can see easily.
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:58 AM   #1207
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THAT MAKES SENSE, What gets me is the huge number of gutted campers that are for sale is as-is condition. I like my 66 in original restored shape, with the necessary upgrades to make it more livable for us.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:10 AM   #1208
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I think it is just simply a function of 'realization', either realization they don't have time or the skills or the money (or any combination) to complete.

I doubt anyone starts out with an intention to simply gut a trailer/MH, they start out with an idea which for every reason doesn't get realized - is a shame (both for the incomplete project and the people involved).
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:41 PM   #1209
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:11 AM   #1210
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Too many DIY shows on TV.
Too many "1/2 hr" DYI shows on TV. My wife has been always on my case as she watches these shows. "How come our reno's take six months+ when look at what they did in 3 weeks". My response is always....."Do me a favour and hire that crew to do the work and you pay for it; I'm just one bloke with a hammer."

As stated before, too many gutted Airstream due to big dreams and no time or skill. My Airstream reno was one of the hardest things I've done. I had to search out new products that would stand up, new construction technics that would be as light as possible and yet strong. It's not easy to build a cabinet with no floor, no back and no top (other than the counter top which is separate).

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Old 11-07-2015, 06:33 AM   #1211
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When I see so many gutted or partially gutted AS advertised, it's easy to see people get in over their heads even before they start. Even some of the gutting is done wrong with parts being discarded, not kept for patterns, and reusable parts ignored. Gives one a lot of respect for those who start and complete a quality rebuild. It can't be easy. Following the Tin Can tourists it us amazing how many are buying old travel trailers to redo and they have never camped before so have no idea what is involved in actually using one. They come up with cute little houses on wheels that sometimes either can't be towed or are unsafe to tow. Sorry for the hijack.
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Old 11-07-2015, 07:38 AM   #1212
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When I see so many gutted or partially gutted AS advertised, it's easy to see people get in over their heads even before they start. Even some of the gutting is done wrong with parts being discarded, not kept for patterns, and reusable parts ignored. Gives one a lot of respect for those who start and complete a quality rebuild. It can't be easy. Following the Tin Can tourists it us amazing how many are buying old travel trailers to redo and they have never camped before so have no idea what is involved in actually using one. They come up with cute little houses on wheels that sometimes either can't be towed or are unsafe to tow. Sorry for the hijack.
You have a good point and this kind of info can save someone from making big mistakes when purchasing a MH or trailer.
If you gut one of these or plan on doing so, you better have a workable plan and a lot of skill or money.
I have made it a habit to keep my rig functional while I do an improvement and the "secret" is to see it all the way to the end before tearing out the next thing. Only I know where there can of screws and all those little parts go.
I try to stay away from Airstreams that have stories like "when my uncle took it on a trip , it worked just fine"
But I guess, shiny sells ??
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Old 11-07-2015, 10:01 AM   #1213
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I really do admire those that are able to complete a full gut and rebuild. This is a demanding way to get to go camping. But there are folks that enjoy the rebuilding process as much as the results. Those may be the folks to buy from.

For me, when I got my 345 I moved aboard immediately. And have been chipping away at the mechanical and systems issues needed to make it drive and live better.
There are larger jobs that I'd like to dig into, just not while living in the space.
Plus I am learning as I go and hope to be better able to do the big repairs when the time comes.

That all said, I sought out one of the nicest coaches available at the time of purchase so It did it require immediate big work to be done.

Clearly it easy to get in over your head in a total rebuild. Does seem easy on TV.

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Ego. They want to be able to say they own a vintage, but really don't like them. So they modify the part no one can see easily.
It might be because there is no other choice. ours was a wreck inside. The fabric, carpet and even the wood had rotted from years of water damage and neglect. Believe me, I would have loved to find a unit that was mechanically sound with a nice interior. But, given either or I will always take mechanically sound. We also went into it with eyes wide open, knowing how much it would/could cost. We also went in with a lot of time... 5 years. And we haven't thrown a single thing out. If we can't reuse, repurpose or regift it will stay in storage and go with the Moho when it sells after I die.
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Old 11-07-2015, 10:04 PM   #1215
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In the classifieds but this looks like a great buy to me (1974 Airstream Argosy 24 - Tennessee)
mcneon's 24ft rear bed is back for sale (1974 Airstream Argosy 24).

This has to be the bargain of the year.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:36 AM   #1216
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mcneon's 24ft rear bed is back for sale (1974 Airstream Argosy 24).

This has to be the bargain of the year.
Wow, I'd be money ahead to buy this one and sell mine for parts.
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Martin,

If your 28' donor has either of these fridge vents I would be interested in buying the vent AND the vent frame.

Attachment 251630Attachment 251631

I want to eliminate the solid fridge access cover on my Argosy and replace it with a louvered vent. The early Argosies used grated holes in the floor as the air inlet. I'd rather have a louvered opening if possible.

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I was searching the Net and this popped up....is it close enough to what you were looking for Brad?

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I was searching the Net and this popped up....is it close enough to what you were looking for Brad?

14" x 22" Radius Refrigerator Side Vent : RV Parts Nation

That sure does look promising. I'll have to call them tomorrow to find out what it's made of. If it's aluminum or stainless it will work just fine.

Thanks!

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