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Old 08-28-2015, 05:38 PM   #1
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Renovating model choices

Howdy. I'm beginning the process of looking, and at this point,leaning toward finding a vintage (40's-60's) camper. I know that a complete re-do is going to probably be necessary,right down to the axles and will be expensive if it hasn't already been done. So, which makes and models are desirable enough to warrant the investment ? I'm not confined to AS, as long as it's aluminum.

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Every Airstream is desirable to someone. Some like 'em big, some like 'em small. For some, the older, the better. Most remodels or restorations are not financially prudent, but are done on the basis of emotion and desire. You do what you have the skills to do and can afford to do. If you can afford to pay someone to redo a trailer, you can restore it to original, or build it to suit you. Vintage appeals to some, while others like the amenities of a newer unit. The vintage trailer market is not the same as the vintage car market.

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Good points, thanks. I guess I should add that my interest in "vintage" is fueled by the fact that whatever I get will be used on my Christmas tree retail lot for nearly a month each year as a place to relax and get out of the weather. I also expect to use it for camping.
Maybe the ragweed is clouding my thinking, but an older model would seem to work better with the tradition of selecting a tree and the more unique,the better IMO.
What I really don't want to do is pour perfume on a pig, if you catch my drift, so maybe the better question is which AS models should I avoid. BTW, where could i find production numbers by year and model ?
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