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Old 07-10-2016, 01:11 PM   #1
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AAAGGHHH. So you wanna buy my trailer.

My Argosy needs some paint. So strangers are always stopping by looking for a deal. Three recently.

#1 He was honest. Knew his stuff and assumed I did. Offered me $10 K, not knowing I had replaced everything to the tune of $20 K plus what I paid for it.

#2 She has a Safari ( and a boat $$$$$ ) Was looking for a fixer upper. Had no clue where to get work done, etc, and didn't want to get her hands dirty. She asked to call later to pick my brain. Maybe she wants a beater to leave at the marina

#3 An older guy, Said my trailer was perfect. Just wanted something to sit in while he was watching airplanes at the local airport. He wanted something that didn't cost a lot. He said he didn't know what kind of camper it was. I asked him if he had heard of Airstreams. He said mine was an Argosy. !!!!!!?????? I have no nameplate on mine. I told him what new ones go for, how much I had into mine and that Argosys didn't have to be polished every so and so years. He said he knew…He was a retired aircraft mechanic. I felt like saying that even stupid people don't like being lied to.

I won't bother with the hand full of, " I was hoping to pick up an old trailer for $500." ( People looking for a hunting cabin, man cave, pool house, or a project)
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:24 PM   #2
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Don't worry Dave, I don't want to buy your trailer. According to the photo under your name, it is too long to park at my house or to go around most corners. I'm sure it is really nice inside.

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Old 07-10-2016, 01:28 PM   #3
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I've had the same problems with collector cars. People either don't know what they're looking at and think old=cheap or they're trying to play the game and get a deal counting on you not knowing what you've got.
The other side is the sellers who think what they've got is worth the moon and the stars. Just because it's old doesn't make it a collectors item and just because you spent all your money on it doesn't make it worth a lot of money to anyone else.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:30 PM   #4
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:36 PM   #5
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The most recent one at our house offered me a couple hundred bucks for that old trailer in the back yard. I told the woman if she showed up with $12,000 in cash, I might sell it. After I told her I wasn't stupid, and I work for the local Airstream dealer, and know what they're worth, you could almost see the smoke coming off her shoes as she fled the scene of the crime...
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:53 PM   #6
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check out the photos of my galley
Where?

General rule of thumb: Everyone wants more than the item is worth when they sell it ("testing the market") and everyone wants a really good deal when they are buying. Sometimes the numbers are so far from reality it is laughable, or insulting.

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Old 07-10-2016, 02:01 PM   #8
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I feel your pain. We had our '74 Argosy for sale & the calls we got were just crazy. Then we had some folks come by who wasted their time & ours because they couldn't afford it. After6 months we just took the ad down & then we had multiple offers. Go figure
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Old 07-10-2016, 02:08 PM   #9
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Yeah, I know I'll never get my money back out of it.

But if I sold it, I'd have to buy one not nearly as nice as mine.

So let them buy a basket case and spend time and money on it. Instead of me doing it for them.

Again….Brag to your friends that you stole it, at the price you got it for. But if you steal it someone got robbed.
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:46 PM   #10
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Thanks Terry. Nice job remodeling, but Dave, do you sometimes feel like you are in an aluminum padded cell? What is that on the walls?

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Is the cute dog part of the deal?
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:39 PM   #12
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If I gave you 20K for the dog is the trailer free?
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Old 07-11-2016, 04:55 PM   #13
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Back in April I was camping in Ginnie Springs, FL when a guy asked how much I paid for my Airstream. I said, "It's a 2011 - I bought it used in 2014 for thirty-eight".

He nodded, knowingly, and replied, "Yeah - thirty eight hundred seems about right..."
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I just sold my '05 25' Safari and feel both the buyer and I got a fair deal.
I stored it in a barn for 5 years on blocks and used it very frequently to
sleep in and garden away from the city. And just hang out and compose.
I got a little more than most would get because I was honest in the deal and
kept all receipts. And up-graded and repaired almost every thing as time passed.
But it was still almost perfectly "stock, out of the factory".

I infer from a lot of the add's I see that most are kept out side, not up graded and try to sell when it is past due for practically everything. Disaster!!

I've now moved into what was a '65 26' (now 28) that I built up from the axels to the roof. It's cost me almost as much as I got for the '05. But it is a TOTALLY different beast.

Now I know that I've got to use the hell out of it (and baby it) for a couple years to make it pay me back.

I did this in my drive way, (next to a trashed '71 24'....next victim) and the street traffic I get wastes a lot of my time but the compliments keep me going on those nasty, rusty, rivity days so I don't mind.
It DOES concern me that almost no one appreciates what these things cost to buy and maintain.
And hope fully this forum is the solution to that!!!!!!!
See ya'll in a couple years....PS Parting out the '71....it's too far gone and so am I after the '65.
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