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Old 01-04-2010, 03:49 PM   #1
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Found a shell but not sure if it is worth it?

I found a shell in not the best of shape. It has the kitchen sink and bathtub and is missing 2 windows. 1978 28footer.

The cost is very cheap. they want $300 since the inside is gutted and so much is missing.

I know a shell is a costly remodel/repair etc.

ANyone have advice? Should I just forget it?
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:57 PM   #2
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I found a shell in not the best of shape. It has the kitchen sink and bathtub and is missing 2 windows. 1978 28footer.

The cost is very cheap. they want $300 since the inside is gutted and so much is missing.

I know a shell is a costly remodel/repair etc.

ANyone have advice? Should I just forget it?
This one needs everything!

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Two things right off the bat send up the walk away flag.

1. Salvage title

2. Major dent in the center of the Airstream. Structural damage?

If you don't have a bottomless pocket book and very good skills. Walk very quickly away.
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:57 PM   #3
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If the one in the picture is what you are looking at I would pass this by. There are better Airstream's out there that can be bought for a good price suitable for refurbishing.
My thoughts anyway.

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Old 01-04-2010, 03:59 PM   #4
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Judging by the photos alone, I would run away unless you need a few of the salvageable parts that are remaining. Looks like a tree fell on it and bent a few of the ribs (costly and extensive repair), smashed the AC and bent up the awning beyond repair. Repair on this one to make it serviceable again is beyond the value IMO.

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Old 01-04-2010, 04:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice! I definately do not have bottomless pockets.

I will keep looking. A shell is ok with me but the more I look the more problems I see. I guess I need to find something better.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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Sounds like a complete rebuild to me. The missing sink isnt to big of deal, though I suspect the missing tub might be. The missing windows imply water damage. SO, if you are looking for a shell off restoration, it may be a good deal. If you arent, run for the hills.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:09 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! I guess I will pass on this one. I should have looked closer. Most shell's I have seen have been pricy.

Too bad I cannot find one already remodeled/restored that is not too expensive
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:12 PM   #8
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I know this is not what you are asking - BUT - for $300, there is alot of resale value in what is left. Of course you have to factor in your time and have a location where the take-down can be done into the total cost.

The emblems alone on ebay would get most of that cost back. Do the corning glass windows and you would be way over $300. Recycle the body (ouch, did I say that) and the aluminum would get you double that. There are original hubcaps - some money in those.

OK - hit me with the "how dare you" but this trailer is not going back on the road in that shape with out major $$$$$, there are lots of people looking for a part off that trailer.......
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:25 PM   #9
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I see what you mean... I could rip it apart and sell the parts.... Not a bad idea...

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Two things right off the bat send up the walk away flag.

1. Salvage title

2. Major dent in the center of the Airstream. Structural damage?
Three...

3. "different door than shown in pictures"

Run, don't walk!

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