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Old 08-06-2007, 07:07 PM   #1
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1973 25 ft Land Yacht, $3000, good deal?

investment wise, is it better to keep it original? or remodel? need advice please!

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Old 08-06-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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It depends.

What's the starting condition? Are you planning on keeping & using it or spinning it? If you plan on keeping it, remodel & customize to your hearts content. If spinning it, better to keep it original, if sound. More people are interested in an original than someone elses customizations that may not be their taste.

Check this out to get an idea of cost/return: Price vs Condition

Good luck in whatever you decide to do...


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Old 08-06-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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I'm new to this arena, but I second Insideout. 50 years from now the few original gems will be worth their weight, but is it worth the wait? Use it, make it your own. 3K is a good price for a good body. Even if you have to do a full monte, a beautiful body is (ask your wife) priceless. 3K is an excellent price if you only have to repair a few spots of rotted floor and then hope to redesign the interior to your own tastes. If you wish it looked a little better on the outside, your heart's not in this one.
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Old 08-14-2007, 03:09 PM   #4

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Originally Posted by newairstream
investment wise, is it better to keep it original? or remodel? need advice please!

Have only owned two Streams over the last 19yrs. The first a 63 Safari, left it original as you can see. Bought it for 3k and sold it 6.5k. 15 years later. Just one example but it may be quite typical. If you follow your best instincts I don't think you can go wrong.

Best of luck in your A/S adventure!!!
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AF #1

"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:13 PM   #5
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What Do You Want?

Originally Posted by newairstream
investment wise, is it better to keep it original? or remodel? need advice please!
If you are looking for an investment Airstreams are more like junk bonds than gold or silver. Though some have made billions selling toxic waste bonds.
You might find someone who wants what you have for more than you paid for it.
Do you like what you have? Are you using it? Do you enjoy traveling?
Repairs cost plenty.
Mine does not move much but I love it. Would I sell it, sure. I am not trying to sell ours. But I would want another.
Mine will change to suit my needs. The wife's opinions count for plenty too.
If you want an investment buy an older say 40's or 50's and keep it origional and in a garage.

"Talk is cheap, Airstreams are expensive," Wally Byam.
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:19 PM   #6
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i wouldn't worry about the investment side. any improvements you make will improve the trailer.

buy it because you have to have it and for no other reason.

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Old 08-15-2007, 12:46 AM   #7
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Your best personal investment is to have your Airstream safe to travel with. Good braking system, good tires, good axel, etc. Then work on the body be sure it doesn't leak ~ next interior have updated electrical, good water tank and no leaks... good plumbing system. After you get all the necessary stuff done consider the decorating side and things like polish on the outside. You won't get all the money back you put into restoring an Airstream, especially if you consider your time. But when traveling you will be safe and comfortable. Lots of various discussions in different threads... do lots of reading and searching topics and you will find the answer that fits your needs.

Good luck!
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