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Old 08-21-2019, 06:44 PM   #1
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Safari 1964 - Purchase price

Hello All,

I have come across a 1964 Safari. All appliances are removed. The Floors are rotted front and rear. The exterior is almost free of any damage. Leaks are from the vents(dry rotted plastic) and no seals on the jelosey windows. The belly pan will have to be removed based on my research. I have the shop space, equipment to complete the repairs. It needs everything inside but the top cabinets.

What is a good price?

Any comments are appreciated. This is my first Air Stream. Thanks
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:01 PM   #2
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Hello from Colorado and welcome to these Airstream Forums. You gave a very good description of the 64 Safari in question. The most important part of any Airstream is the body, or shell as its called. It might be badly corroded, or dull grey, but if there are no major dents, all the windows and doors are present, then it would be called in good shape. The body is the most expensive thing to repair.

I've done extensive work to a 66 Trade Wind 24', a 69 Globetrotter 21', and a 75 Overlander 27' over the years. I've always felt a good body is worth $5000, cause that's what I paid. The trailer you described will likely need major frame repairs if it has been in Florida a long time. That might subtract some from the $5000.

I believe a well renovated 64 Safari would be worth in excess of $30k in the current market conditions. You can check asking prices the classifieds in these Forums to verify.

Let's see what others might say...

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Old 08-23-2019, 07:39 PM   #3
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The question becomes, are you wanting or looking for a 1964 Safari?

If you're dream trailer is a 1956 Safari Front Kitchen or a 1966 Overlander, then you might be willing to pay far less. If you're looking for a 1964 Safari to redo, how much time/money/effort are you going to spend running around the country looking for one vs. the one in your backyard? So, you maybe willing to pay more.

Are you flipping or keeping?

The trailer could have a range of $1,500-$7,500 depending on who and how bad they want it. Me, living in Virginia, I wouldn't give you more than $750-$1,000 because of the cost of travel down/back to get, and would do nothing more than to try and flip it for $3,500-$5,000. But, if I lived 25 miles away, might go to $1,500-$2,500.

Not sure that helps, but it comes down to this. Somewhere between list retail and getting the trailer free, I'm sure there's a number everyone can agree on ;-)
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Thanks for the guidance. This unit would be a gift to my daughter and son- in- law. The purchase price is $6,000. $900 to tow it from NC to FL. The main systems will cost and average of $800- 900 each. Heat pump, axle, water heater, stove, refrigerator, all exterior seals.
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This unit would be a gift to my daughter and son- in- law.
The real question is, if it's a gift - are you giving it to them "as is" or are you going to restore it first? Secondly, if "as-is", are they going to be willing to put the money & effort into getting it roadworthy or is it going to be a burden on them to do so?

Most restorations of trailers in similar condition will take several years and upwards of $10-15K to get to where they are "fully-restored" & "camp in" ready.

This may help you decide if the cost of entry is worth it: Price vs Condition

For the condition - $6K sounds high to me.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do!

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There is '64 Safari on Craigslist in Highlands, NC for $7900. Not sure if this is the same or a different AS you are looking at. I was looking at this ad this morning. Based on images I think this price is a little high - it's missing back hatch and has had water heater hole pathed. Would also want more pictures.

The description you have makes me think the one you are looking at is a little rougher.

I agree with ranges that dbj216 and rideair mentioned.

https://asheville.craigslist.org/tro...941194003.html
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You are correct, that is the one that can be purchased for $6k range. They started at $12,500 two years ago. I would complete the work and yes it would take at least a year. luckily I have the time and resources. After reading the several topics on the forum, I may look for a completed unit. We shopped newer units this weekend and may go that route.
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I purchased a 63 fully restored about 10 years ago. They certainly overpaid for some of the work but the receipts were over $40k and they did not even do a shell off. I paid $8500 and later sold it after 5 years use for a reasonable profit. For the trailer you described and the circumstances I think it is grossly over priced. If this is a gift I would shop around for a road worthy unit that they can use while they fix it up.
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