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Old 10-23-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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Hopefull In Maine

I bought a 1976 25' Tradewind in 2000, the first one I looked at.
The unit appeared almost unused, just neglected.
Over the years rain water ran down the sides was captured by the overlapping bottom pan skin. Of course the trim covered this up. I brought her home and learned the bittersweet lesson of the bad frame.
We have used our beloved Tradewind ever since and has been extremely useful to the family for one thing or another, now currenty for storage or outlaw quarters during visits. I have planned on a frame off renovation for 8 years. The time is now!

But, I want to go to the southwest this winter.

I guess the restoration can wait a few years longer.
So there must be a similar but sound unit out there just waiting for me to find it.
I scan the Craigslist and of course this forum almost daily.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:34 AM   #2
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What is your price range?
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:47 PM   #3
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Looking For: 22'-26', '50's to '90's, Double, Side Bath

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What is your price range?
I would not expect to deviate much from this:
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:57 PM   #4
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Interested in an Argosy?
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:19 PM   #5
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Hmmm...that sure narrows things down ~

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Looking For: 22'-26', '50's to '90's, Double, Side Bath

I would not expect to deviate much from this:
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So I guess that's anywhere between $1,000 and $20,000...?

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Old 10-23-2008, 11:09 PM   #6
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Your Help To Understand What We Want, Thanks!!!

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Interested in an Argosy?
I love the aluminum look. No Argosy's, sorry, even though they are pure Airstream.

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So I guess that's anywhere between $1,000 and $20,000...?

Shari
Yes, $20,000 is on the high side though, would have to be ideal.
We can do as well on the lower side.
I am a Riff Raff Airstreamer and have my image to maintain.

This is great, your questions are helping to sharpen what we are looking for.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:30 AM   #7
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Went To A Bank For Value: NADA

Checked out 3 Airstreams this week. One especially good rig caused me to check out the NADA value from my local friendly bank vehicle buying adviser..
I was Shocked at how much the values have gone down. The Bank person said she was surprised at the speed and amount of the value changes down as well.
So, if you are thinking of buying, either spending saved cash or borrowing Be Aware.
Also, some choice looking EBay Airstreams are going unsold by not meeting minimum bids.
It still appears as well that "well priced" trailers are still moving quickly.

On the bright side, we still have our Snaggle Puss Airstream and could start work any time.

Still looking....
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:16 AM   #8
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Moving To Arizona

I cannot believe that we have not found another Airstream.
Keep looking in the local want advertiser, Craigslist, Airforums and Ebay.
Just nothing for me.
Must be a malcontent or rather a descriminating thrifty shopper?
Well, "She Who Must Be Obeyed," the wife, got a job in Mesa, AZ, she starts next month.
She wants to stay in our Airstream in a campground in AZ while I finish up here in Maine.
We are keeping our land in Maine for vacations and looking for a home in the desert.
I want to buy another Airstream and leave the old beauty here in Maine.
Dilemmas, life is a party, wheeee!!!!!
Still looking for an oldie 23-25,' good frame, decent skin.
Do not want to buy expensive because Momma wants a home, and if Momma ain't happy, nobody's happy!
Any ideas?
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:30 AM   #9
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Check the Phoenix Craigslist, I usually see MANY more Airstreams for sale there than I do in most other parts of the country.

Maybe you could have one in EACH location!

Good luck!
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:05 PM   #10
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Utee94,
We are in Tucson now.
I guess Joan will rent an apartment until we are ready to buy a place.
The Airstream will stay in Maine for now.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Will do.
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Old 02-13-2009, 07:54 AM   #11
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Love the term Rif Raf Airstream-kind of sounds like us:>
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:27 AM   #12
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After All, We Do Have Very High Standards, Sniff

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Danalee,
Funny how it works.
Down to earth people are everywhere. They make life bearable, interesting and fun.
We never really know, but there are plenty of clues, hints.
Like the quest for the Holy Grail, "true love" or maybe the most difficult of all, "The Perfect Cheap Airstream."
We are on the quest. There are quite a few of Airstreams on Craigslist Phoenix and Craigslist Tucson.
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:06 PM   #13
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Made It Back Alive

We ended up looking at houses and visiting for the week in Az, so sweet there in the sun.
I looked at a 1971 23' that had been gutted in Nobleboro, ME yesterday, way too rough for me.
Oh well, the search continues.
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:12 AM   #14
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Welcome!!!!

It is probably pretty difficult to find an unfrozen Airstream in Maine this time of year.
Any trailer that can roll probably left town before this last storm.
At any rate I fly to Phoenix tomorrow morning to look for a house with the Boss.
Welcome to the forum.
There are a great number of helpful, experienced people willing to help.
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