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Old 03-01-2010, 10:28 AM   #15
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It took me. 3 years to find my 1998 Bambi.at the price and condition I could afford.They have a higher resale value.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:02 AM   #16
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As I wound down my 6-month trailer search this week, a few observations from an Airstream newbie on the state of the used AS market during this economic reset....
I too ended up buying a new traylah.

One problem endemic to the market which you do not mention is that many private parties try to sell at dealer prices. While dealers are not perfect they do provide a valuable service and are predictable to deal with. Some private parties are flakes.

I made the decision to purchase new after concluding that the 15% higher price than that typically commanded by a two-year old trailer was worth it considering warranty, limited life items like batteries and tires, and wear and tear on everything else. I see an Airstream as having, with proper care and typical vacation use, a 25 year life prior to needing extensive renovation and rebuilding. When you consider that the first few years of ownership should be trouble free or at least have any major repairs covered by warranty I think a 7.5% depreciation for each of the first few years is reasonable.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:06 AM   #17
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:22 PM   #18
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I think a 7.5% depreciation for each of the first few years is reasonable.
7.5%?
so my '08 30S/O is going for $74k??
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:30 PM   #19
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Private sellers often ask ridiculous prices for their used Airstreams.
I found mine at a dealer for n.a.d.a. retail book and purchased it without haggling.
There is nothing magical about them. They are vehicles and depreciate like any other.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:19 PM   #20
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If you look at some of the Airstreams offered on Ebay and the prices some go for you would believe that these private party sellers are probably in the ball park...you just have to wait long enough to find one at the price you want to pay. Sometimes that day comes and sometimes it doesn't. Then who is wrong on value and price?
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:29 PM   #21
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According to a dealer here in TX, my 1971 is worth $500.

I'd like to think it's worth a bit more.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:32 PM   #22
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According to a dealer here in TX, my 1971 is worth $500.

I'd like to think it's worth a bit more.
Dealers ALWAYS want to give you next to nothing for a used trailer, but then of course mark it up to whatever the market will pay when they resell it.

When I bought our current trailer, I had a '75 23' that I tried to trade in, and the dealer only wanted to give me $1500 for it. I declined, put it on Craigslist, and sold it in four days for $8000.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:56 PM   #23
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Dealers ALWAYS want to give you next to nothing for a used trailer, but then of course mark it up to whatever the market will pay when they resell it.

When I bought our current trailer, I had a '75 23' that I tried to trade in, and the dealer only wanted to give me $1500 for it. I declined, put it on Craigslist, and sold it in four days for $8000.
The dealer told me that $500 was insane, considering the fact that it had been refurbished, and told me that they would probably sell it for $15,000, if they had it on their lot. He told me to put it on Craigslist and see what happens.

If it doesn't sell by the end of Spring, I'm going to keep it and deal with the problems it still has.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:58 PM   #24
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Private sellers often ask ridiculous prices for their used Airstreams.
I found mine at a dealer for n.a.d.a. retail book and purchased it without haggling.
There is nothing magical about them. They are vehicles and depreciate like any other.

Uhhh I'm sorry, but uh, they ARE magical!!!!



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Old 03-01-2010, 05:21 PM   #25
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all of the above is what makes a well-restored vintage unit so under-priced..

I think its not that uncommon, in the vintage market, to find a trailer thats been well-restored yet the seller is only trying to recoup his cost of MATERIALS, with little or none of the MASSIVE time/labor factored into the equation.... amazing, really...

it is what I would have to do if I tried to sell my trailer today, sadly...
(that's why I'm not selling it ;-)

for the shopper who likes vintage, and is willing to be patient and learn what to look for, there are incredible bargains every day..
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:46 PM   #26
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What ever happened to buy low, sell high? Profit is not a bad thing, there's no such thing as "bad profit."

I bought my 1984 28 FC for a very resonable price and could have doubled my investment upon arriving home. My neighbor wanted it bad.

Now I've got only one of 80 or so FC's ever built so I'm betting sometime down the road I'll sell it .... or not, and make a tiddy profit over cost.

Looking for used you need to keep in mind that you have to kiss a lot of frogs and have to be ready (with cash in hand) to negotiate like a nomad in the desert for what you find when you find it.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:15 PM   #27
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Many owners have no clue of what an old Airstream can need. Collapsed suspension, cracked tires,dented body, sagging rear, punky floor, appliances that don't work, interior like a bat cave, but they saw one in perfect shape sell for $12000 so theirs must be worth $10000 (needs a little TLC).

Or, the same trailer completely gutted for $3500. Do they really think you can rebuild a gutted trailer for $8000? No clue.

Even sadder are the newbies with stars in their eyes who get sucked in by buying these money pits.

I am not talking about your trailer, or any of the late models, or the vintage ones in good condition. I'm talking about the trailers advertised in the local media.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:27 PM   #28
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we can talk but and one has to walk the talk.Certain, models, new or old bring premium prices and more,I have done this.Doubled my money on a trailer and bought another older model. 4 years later its still demanding 15k and its 18 years old. you go figure.
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