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Old 05-29-2009, 01:58 PM   #15
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Our home is in Florida, but we're in Indiana right now after looking at one in Ky. We have seen this one and it's very clean inside and out, and looks good otherwise.
I should also add that it's stocked with kitchen utensils, towels, a ground blanket the size of the awning, lawn chairs and table, etc. And nothing will need to be done to it (as far as we can tell!)
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:00 PM   #16
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Take a look at this 1988 near Cincinnati for 8,500. Listed under Dayton/Springfield also. Nice rig on the surface.

May 28 - AIRSTREAM CAMPER 30FT. - $8500 - (cincinnati)

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Old 05-29-2009, 02:02 PM   #17
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Wow.
It is a rear bath with no apparent sag.
All the window seals are newly done. They have even annually gone over the seams with the solution you're supposed to use. The floor is a product the looks like wood but is a floating floor in case it needs to be removed.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:03 PM   #18
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Thumbs down Buyer Beware

Unless the thing has been ultra renovated and customized (WITH DOCUMENTATION) then run run run away.

For that price on that model I would have to look thoroughly in the basement.
And that is not easy to look at. Id have to see paperwork on the axles. Are they Henschen (brand)?

Just too much for a long distance purchase.
Remember when it comes to selling things that roll most sellers seem to have some ethics hiccups. Er lets at least say an undeniable urge to exaggerate/embellish etc.
You get the drift. If it was nearby and you had time to do your due diligence then the price is entirely up to the two of you.
But pray tell how you can do DUE DILIGENCE from far away or on a quick look-see.

Speaking of praying;...Airstreaming is (for most) an avocation. As I have said elsewhere it is not a Religion.
The so called "airstream spirit" is certainly not Holy.
Trust at your own peril, Verify Verify. If the seller is insulted or does not agree, throw them a kiss on your way out.Their "airstream spirit" should know better.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:04 PM   #19
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Yes. I did see this one this morning. I guess we may give them a call if this one doesn't pan out. Or maybe even if it does.

Keep the opinions coming...
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:06 PM   #20
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In pursuit of another Airstream, that didn't pass our lookover, we are now near the one in question. We have looked at it, but we are not pros.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #21
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That was definitely over the top a lot. We bought a 77 27' Overlander for 6500 in OCT of 2007 we added new Axles from Henshen(OEM) for another 1500 and most everything else was new>>> tires, AC, Fridge ,pump and it was other wise in pretty fair shape. We did buy it with some other issues but nothing I cant handle.
Check out the one in Cincinnati(Blandchester) looks pretty fair.GOOD HUNTING!
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:26 PM   #22
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I'm pretty new at this but I posted an ad for an older couple who's trying to sell their 1977 Sovereign (factory paint, clean, awnings, rear BEDROOM, mid bath, good working order) down here and I posted it at $9700 obo but I know they may only want $8500ish... or maybe less... anyways, my point is: $13k sounds high to me. Not an expert but after juggling through classifieds, ebay, and here for a year I would be cautious about "settling"...

... but, like somebody else mentioned: you've got the money, and you're happy with it then GO FOR IT!

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Old 05-29-2009, 02:51 PM   #23
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I would say that price is just over the top. Maybe $8500 for a unit as you have described. Did you know that there are more used Airstreams for sale in Florida then in any state in the union? Check Craigslist.com I would keep looking for the 27 footer that you really want. There's one for you out there and I would say just give it a little more time and you will find it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:02 PM   #24
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I saw this one in our classifieds....it's a "mid bath".
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:18 PM   #25
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I'm pretty new at this but I posted an ad for an older couple who's trying to sell their 1977 Sovereign (factory paint, clean, awnings, rear BEDROOM, mid bath, good working order) down here and I posted it at $9700 obo but I know they may only want $8500ish... or maybe less... anyways, my point is: $13k sounds high to me. Not an expert but after juggling through classifieds, ebay, and here for a year I would be cautious about "settling"...

... but, like somebody else mentioned: you've got the money, and you're happy with it then GO FOR IT!

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This is one and the same trailer.
As for the one you are asking about, if I were to "settle" for something that is not what I am looking for, I would want to pay less money, because it isn't what I want, rather than more money, because the seller put that much into it.
A pound of hamburger is worth 5 bucks on a good day, even if you paid the butcher $50 to grind it up for you.
We paid less than $3K for our Sovereign, and sunk over $11K into it. If I were to sell it, I would only expect to get $6K-$8K for it. They built Sovereigns in the '70's as fast as they could crank them out of the factory. There are plenty more out there for a lot less money.
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Update

We thought we better give an update since some people might be wondering what we did. We bought it and are very happy with the condition of it. It's not our first choice in layout, but we're going to work with it. We're doing some cleaning and are getting ready to make our first road trip. The nice thing about our Airstream is that the previous owners have done so much of what we've been reading people have to do when they find one to buy or rescue. We may be naive, but there don't appear to be any issues. Everything works. We may have paid too much, but it's ours to enjoy now.
Thank you for your advice and wisdom. We'll be starting a blog and hope to add our adventures to the forum. Please check back with us to follow our photography.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:29 PM   #27
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Having so many hours in the restoration part of it, if I could have afforded to buy one that had been restored like I've done mine, I'd have gladly paid that much, because I'll never have those hours back to spend with my family.

Even if you pay too much, if it is what you want...you're only out money and you can always make more of it. It's worse to pay to little and be stuck with something that doesn't accomplish what you purchased it for.

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