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Old 02-10-2014, 10:11 PM   #15
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If the floor, frame and axle were done correctly it is well worth $5,500. However, looking at the pictures, I see the belly pan is not installed. On 50s trailers, the belly pan was installed before the shell was attached. This could be a problem, but if all else is correct, particularly the method of fastening the shell to the J channel/sub-floor and frame, I still wouldn't have a problem with $5,500. A lot of work has been done. The nastiest and dirtiest work.
Go buy it. If you want a thirteen panel Airstream, you are going to have to pay. If you want any old Airstream, keep looking.
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Plenty of good advice here. What have you decided?
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:45 PM   #17
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If the decision is between $1500 or $5500, it's going to be bit of a shock when the final cost is tally'd....the $4k difference will be a small portion of the final cost.

I guess what I'm sayin', if a few thousand now is going to break the piggy bank, there may be a bigger surprise during the rebuild financials...
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:36 AM   #19
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Decided to let it pass

Thanks everyone for the great advice. In the ensuing madness that the time frame of a CL sale allows, along with doing my homework of a ton of ideas (trailer, RV, school bus, etc) and coming up with one of the fastest budgets I've ever accomplished over beers at the bar I told the seller that I was letting it pass.

I think for the aim of a tailgating rig the nostalgia of an Airstream was a big pull, but from what I've read around here they can be a touch on the pricey side to fix up to the point of beginning of specific build out.

This doesn't mean that I've passed on the idea altogether but merely that we decided that we needed more time to get our plan under us before we part ways with many thousand dollars to start this project.

Thanks all!
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