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Old 10-29-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Basketcase 22' Liner, no tag/numbers worth the trouble?

I found this Liner that is said to be a 48' but I have no idea how the owner verified that considering that it is missing every single tag and has no title.

There is no interior, minimal trim, and it includes nothing other then what is in the pictures.

I want a airstream really bad. But considering what's here, the rarity of liner replacement parts, and the lack of badges/numbers, or title is $1,500 still reasonable and a good value purchase for the money? He seems to be firm on price. So i think it's a matter of sucking it up. Or walking away on this one.






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Old 10-29-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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Looks like somebody used that for a parts trailer, got all the good stuff and walked away. Probably the smart thing to do. It would be virtually impossible to ever register it to get tags for it much less finding the parts to put it back together.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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Looks to me like someone was trying to create this trailer from a parts trailer and didn't finish. The single tube frame has been replaced with a dual channel one and that would be the most challenging task to complete. IMHO

With the original frame gone, it would be next to impossible to get serial number since the factory often times stamped the frame with it as well.

All of the windows are missing and replacing them or fabricating new ones will be a real challenge.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Old 10-29-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replys guys,

so is there anyway to determine what year it is from these pictures?

And say I was to build my own interior and make/source the missing side window parts, make plexi front and rear windows and register it as a homemade/ special construction trailer or just use a axle and title from one of my titled non airstream parts campers. Could any of you justify that kind of build/ spending the $1,500 on this shell or am I off on a really bad foot here?

Its hard to walk away from. But I want a airstream when its all said and done. And something worth the money I invest into it if at all possible would sure be nice.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:57 PM   #5
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$1500 is not much money these days. And you are never going to get many chances at a 40's trailer. Yes, it may have to be registered as a homemade, but so what? If I had the skills and the desire, and were somewhat younger, I think it would be a fun project.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:35 AM   #6
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Personally, I'd be all over that trailer. I'd buy it at that price in a heart beat second.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:23 AM   #7
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I think it would be worth 1500.00. if the frame work is good quality. It will be easy to put more into it then what is worth though. I would say it could be a 48 from the missing airstream script on the back of it. I think the later ones had a different style.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:07 PM   #8
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Realistically, I would say that anyone who rebuilds a trailer from the frame up will have more money (and time) into it than it will ever be worth (in terms of resale value).

When you buy a 50 year old trailer, your are really just buying the shell. A lot of the interior ends up replaced anyway, unless it was stored in a museum. So With that thought, this trailer is a bargain price. It is also a huge project. If you want an Airstream so that you can go camping, I would recommend you keep looking. If you want a project that could take you years to finish, but you don't mind that kind of commitment, then this might not be a bad trailer. You will find that the cost of the shell will be peanuts compared to all the money you lay out along the way. Heck, if you buy a new RV style refrigerator and replace that manky old leaf-spring axle with a modern elastomer based one, you will be investing more than $1500!

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Old 01-10-2014, 07:18 PM   #9
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If you pass on this trailer let me know I would certainly Buy it in a heart beat!!!
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You would have to want that model of trailer real bad and be willing to spend a lot of $$$$$ and time on restoring it.

If it is not your dream trailer, keep looking. There are better deals out there. If you paid $10,000 for a later model in tip top shape you would be money and time ahead.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:29 PM   #11
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Financially you are correct. but what is it worth to save a piece of history and a unique trailer. The latter is what I considered when I took on the task of restoring my 1954 Double Door Liner.

I consider my efforts a caretaker of history not a financial investment. I hope my children feel the same way.

But then I have a 37 year old tow vehicle.

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Realistically, I would say that anyone who rebuilds a trailer from the frame up will have more money (and time) into it than it will ever be worth (in terms of resale value).

When you buy a 50 year old trailer, your are really just buying the shell. A lot of the interior ends up replaced anyway, unless it was stored in a museum. So With that thought, this trailer is a bargain price. It is also a huge project. If you want an Airstream so that you can go camping, I would recommend you keep looking. If you want a project that could take you years to finish, but you don't mind that kind of commitment, then this might not be a bad trailer. You will find that the cost of the shell will be peanuts compared to all the money you lay out along the way. Heck, if you buy a new RV style refrigerator and replace that manky old leaf-spring axle with a modern elastomer based one, you will be investing more than $1500!

Good luck!
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If it's comfortable for you financially buy it and save it. Not everything is measured in dollars and cents. You would derive tremendous satisfaction from restoring it and putting a piece of history back on the road. Do it!

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Old 01-11-2014, 09:47 AM   #14
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Thanks for the replys guys,

so is there anyway to determine what year it is from these pictures?

And say I was to build my own interior and make/source the missing side window parts, make plexi front and rear windows and register it as a homemade/ special construction trailer or just use a axle and title from one of my titled non airstream parts campers. Could any of you justify that kind of build/ spending the $1,500 on this shell or am I off on a really bad foot here?

Its hard to walk away from. But I want a airstream when its all said and done. And something worth the money I invest into it if at all possible would sure be nice.
IMHO Here is where you run into a problem with this trailer.
If you want to "invest" this is going to be a tough one to recoup your money. If you can find one with a title showing the serial number as on the tag you will be far better off. It will cost the same to rebuild as one in the same condition with a title but it will be harder to sell if you ever want to get out of it. When you look at the price of a well restored liner you could afford to wait for one with a title and pay quite a bit more for it initially. The big unknown is what will any of them be worth when the restoration is finished.
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