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Old 05-29-2009, 11:21 AM   #1
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Question $13,500 for 1975 31 Soverign +/-?

We're shopping for our first Airstream and have found a very nice one in the midwest. They are asking $13,500. It is very clean and it appears everything works. They replaced the axels when they purchased it in 2002, in addition to many other repairs. They have new tires to put on when they sell it. They haven't made any floor plan changes. They have stored it inside and it looks like it.

If they concent to accept our (full-price) offer, are we crazy to pay this much?
We would prefer a smaller Airstream, but can't find one that's clean and ready to go.

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Old 05-29-2009, 11:33 AM   #2
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Sounds like a lot to me, especially since it really isn't what you have been looking for. On the other hand, if you can afford it and you are happy with it, it may be money well spent.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:40 AM   #3
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I concur with the General on this one. The price seems a few grand high.

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Old 05-29-2009, 11:41 AM   #4
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I would crawl all over it before I would pay that kind of money,I`d probably have to take a drill and rivets with me to do an inspection with part of the belly pan dropped. We need pictures. DAVE
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:50 AM   #5
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It is a really nice one and I think we'd be happy with it. We were looking for a smaller one to give us more flexibility in where we could stay with it (national parks, friend's driveways).
Our situation has turned kind of weird as we drove 14 hours to look at one and decided it was more of a project than we wanted. We are now staying with relatives while we look for another Airstream. Our hope was to find one close to here or on our way home. We're now waiting on this "seller" to decide if she really wants to sell it even though we've offered her advertised asking price.
It's a frustrating situation.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:55 AM   #6
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Well when you get it back to Ft.Myers, you can come on down to Naples and practice polishing on my GT,I`ll even supply the cool ones.Dave
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:12 PM   #7
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I have close to that in my 71 Tradewind with new appliances, axles and lots of other new stuff. If I were to sell it I would not expect to get all my money out of it. If you can wait you will find a smaller one for less $.

And, as far as 70s Sovereigns go they tend to sell for less than smaller coaches.
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Are you interested in selling one of your three? Then we'd have a much shorter tow home!
I don't have pictures of the one we're waiting on here. She has some posted on her Walmart photo page but I don't think I should give out her password to access it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:17 PM   #9
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I know what you mean Lumatic, but she seems to think if they put money in it that should add to the price they get. I realize it doesn't always work that way in vintage rv sales.
Time is sort of against us, as we would like to spend the summer traveling and doing some photo work.
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The price seems high for a mid 70's 31' Airstream. The longer trailers usu sally cost less as the shorter ones are more in demand. I would give this a trailer a good inspection before I sealed the deal. Soft floors and rear end separation can turn a very good looking trailer into a major project.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:19 PM   #12
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This one does seem solid. And it looked good underneath. The first one we looked at had the sag and soft spots so we now know what that looks like.
We think a 27 might be good. Our ideal floor plan would have a rear bed (double) and dinette. But with what we can afford, we have only found the middle bedrooms.
We'd like to find something located between Indiana and Florida so we don't have to make any more journeys into the unknown!
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We just paid 6500 for a 1988 29' Excella. Sovereign's seem to be all over the place so you can probably find one closer to home. I would not pay that much without seeing it first. Do you know tha you can get an inspection by a local air forum member? I would try that before making a committment.
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Is this model the rear bath or rear bedroom?

If rear bath, unless the "butt droop" has been addressed, $13.5K is a bit over the top.

As a comparison, 3 years ago we sold a '74 Sovereign, rear queen bedroom, (center bath) new cork floor, gas/elec DSI water heater, new fridge, solar, 3 AGM group 31 batteries, new tires, new awning, new upholstery, stereo, axles great, i.e. a turnkey trailer for $10K.
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