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Old 11-16-2011, 08:01 PM   #113
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A sign of relief that she made it to S CA.......

Have to tell you that this whole purchase has had me on edge.....I first saw it on ebay and we vowed never ever to purchase another Airstream on ebay (I bought our first one-1969 Overlander on ebay) before I really knew anything about rear end separation and rotten rear bath floors.....but when this one popped up without an auction.....just a buy it now price with nothing down until inspected.....I decided to fly to Ft. Lauderdale on my way home from Chicago and take a look.

I found a mobile mechanic on line who agreed to meet me for an inspection. He gave me a laundry list of things that needed to be fixed.....I consulted with folks back in CA....Keyair, Uwe, Silverpal2, my car mechanic, and my husband among others....I got lots of encouragement to go for it as well as don't touch it because it will be too hard to smog in CA to it will be easy to find parts for a 454 to it's a gas guzzler......I made a offer that was refused and felt an initial sigh of relief.....next day I went shopping at a flea market waiting for my flight home the following day......that night I changed my mind and texted the seller (pawn broker who bought it from an estate sale) another offer in the morning before going to the airport.....he countered and we agreed....

I dropped by the used car lot where it was being sold and signed a bill of sale....gave them $60 in cash (all the cash I had on me) to hold it until we could wire the money...which I tried to do from the lot......then I flew home.....with the 3 hour time difference and the very long Southwest flight that stopped in ST. Louis, the bank was trying to reach me ; I made a mistake on the wire form.......I couldn't do anything about it because I was on the plane.

On Monday I corrected the wire transfer form and off my money went to Florida and the sellers then had my money, the title and the vehicle. All I had at that point was a Bill of Sale. It took a week for me to receive the title but I did receive it....meanwhile I was trying to find a hauler....and the Airstream was still showing on ebay.....yikes.....I worried and worried.

I posted on Uship what I needed and a guy found me from Indio, CA who was making a drop in FL and needed something to bring back. Voila.....it all worked out and everyone did what they said they would do......Was I nervous? You bet.

Thank you to all who posted and sent encouragement our way......the guy that looked at it today said that at least it had not been in an accident.....he could tell that....and that is good news.....so stand by.....I will keep posting our progress here....thanks to Keyair who started this thread and the ball rolling and sent lots of advice and encouragement...hope to meet him in person soon.

There is a beautiful 4 color sales brochure inside the mh that I have scanned....will share with anyone who would like it....just pm me....it is 6 mb....it only mentions 28' and 31' models....guess they weren't selling many 24 footers.....thanks again. paula
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:05 PM   #114
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Good sounds like you solved the vin number issue. Yes, the other number stamped on a much smaller metal plate is the vin. Curious, the number you have in your pic...was Airstream able to ID the MH with this number? (I have both as well)
Well, Jim at Airstream told me that it was a 1982 24' center bath Argosy but I have been able to figure out from that second number that it is a 1982 Airstream....

CA DMV told me that 17 digit VINs were required in 1983 so we should be okay with the 15 digit VIN. CA will add the first 2 digits to the CA title. (I hope). paula
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:24 PM   #115
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LOL, Paula...
After a day buffing, it looks like someone stole half of your classic!

LOL, Congrats!

I was glad to be part of this story and help!
At the end of the day, its what you wanted, and it was calling your name!

Cost is only a part of the story, and I think the chance of finding another 24' in this nice condition after 30 years is slim.
Grinning for you!
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:57 PM   #116
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1982 Airstream Motor Home Owner's Manual

I have scanned the Owner's Manual that came with our MH. If you would like a copy, please pm me. Paula
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:02 PM   #117
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Central Vac

Did I tell you she came with a Central Vac with all of the attachments? paula
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:30 PM   #118
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Paula, thanks for the brochure...it is awesome. I'm trading in my 28' for the 31'!
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:36 PM   #119
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It is a beautiful brochure

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Paula, thanks for the brochure...it is awesome. I'm trading in my 28' for the 31'!
The 4 colors are really really bright.....and yes, the 31' is quite the beauty.....except maybe that bedspread. Do you have the trash compactor or the optional ice maker in your MH? paula
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:37 PM   #120
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Well, Jim at Airstream told me that it was a 1982 24' center bath Argosy but I have been able to figure out from that second number that it is a 1982 Airstream....

CA DMV told me that 17 digit VINs were required in 1983 so we should be okay with the 15 digit VIN. CA will add the first 2 digits to the CA title. (I hope). paula
My '82 has a 17 digit number, starting with 1GBKP37W...
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:43 PM   #121
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We have a Florida title.....until we get smogged

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My '82 has a 17 digit number, starting with 1GBKP37W...
The engine VIN starts with a 1G as well. It doesn't show up on the Florida title....luckily I checked it when I was in FL because I needed the 17 digits to get insurance here in CA. Paula
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The 4 colors are really really bright.....and yes, the 31' is quite the beauty.....except maybe that bedspread. Do you have the trash compactor or the optional ice maker in your MH? paula
No trash compactor. It's on it's third refrigerator which I installed about six months ago, so don't know if the original had an ice maker. It had the central vac which I hated as much as my mother did...just gave it away. It does have the built in mixer in the kitchen counter top...I can't wait to remove it when I replace the countertop! I'm slowly but surely getting rid of those 80's colors!
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:33 PM   #123
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No trash compactor. It's on it's third refrigerator which I installed about six months ago, so don't know if the original had an ice maker. It had the central vac which I hated as much as my mother did...just gave it away. It does have the built in mixer in the kitchen counter top...I can't wait to remove it when I replace the countertop! I'm slowly but surely getting rid of those 80's colors!
I had one of those built in Nutone blender units in a house once. We currently have a central vac in our home because we have a lot of up and down.

The ice maker is not in the refrigerator. Look at page 10....it shows a separate ice maker....not sure where it was located....p
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:22 AM   #124
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I had one of those built in Nutone blender units in a house once. We currently have a central vac in our home because we have a lot of up and down.

The ice maker is not in the refrigerator. Look at page 10....it shows a separate ice maker....not sure where it was located....p
Boy I understand the whole paperwork shuffle thing. Colorado wouldn't accept the Washington State affidavit in leiu of title from their bank. Title released to the previous owner after I paid their loan off.... Previous owner looses title from motorcycle on way to Fed EX.... Colorado emissions.... Big relief to get it all done.

Mine came with an ice maker. I think they are a disaster in a motorhome. It had a bunch of corrosion from standing and spilled water. And they take up a lot of precious space in a small freezer. Then there's the winterization issue. I removed it which was a PITA as the screws were corroded and had to be drilled out with a 1 inch drill and right angle drive...

Good luck and have fun with it.
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My 345 has the ice maker below and to the right of the Sink. PO says he never used it, which means it's broken or leaking or both. I runs when I turn it on, which means it must leak...probably a frozen pipe break like Dakota's.

I'm crushed...FORMICA...PO said it was hand rubbed teak...LOL
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:45 AM   #126
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Congratulations on your delivery .Don't worry about the scratches you will notice a lot more things now that you have it close .I did the same with my Argosy it seemed like every time I walked by it I would notice a new ding in the paint . Enjoy your new motor home.
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