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Old 02-09-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Did we pay too much

Did we pay too much?

After looking for 3 years, we finally took the big step and bought our Airstream this weekend. Itís a 25í 1991 Airstream Excella Classic that has had two previous owners and was stored inside a building for most of itís life. The gentleman we bought it from was 96 years old and this was his baby.

The good: The interior is in excellent condition with the plastic covering still on the original carpet. The sofa shows a little wear but itís not too bad.

The bad: Itís got a bad series of dents on the curbside back corner. Second picture. (I canít even believe we bought it with the dents) The rest of the exterior is in great condition.

We paid $14,000.00 for it. Did we pay too much considering the dents? I may have had a touch of Airstream fever.

In a couple of years, we might try to have the dents fixed. Anyone know of a place that could do that in Arkansas?

In the fourth picture, there is a gap between the body and the base at the rub rail (maybe). Iím pretty sure we should caulk this. We will build some type of cover within the next couple of months but it will be exposed to the elements until then. Any suggestions on what type of caulk should be used?
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:23 PM   #2
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Do not second guess or torture yourself. Enjoy your trailer.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:27 PM   #3
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:39 PM   #4
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There really is no way to say "too much" or too little. Assuming all the appliances work and it is waterproof, go camping! Even if it is in your back yard, spend some time in it and figure out what you like, what you don't and how everything works. Don't start any major projects until you have put some miles in...

There is no way to put a value on how much fun you are going to have.

When you get around to it, make an appointment at the factory in Jackson Center, Ohio, and roll it up there to get the segment(s) replaced. There is a dealer in Arkansas (Airstream of Arkansas) but I don't have any personal knowledge of their service department. They should be able to replace segments as well but you might want to find a review or two from someone who has been there.

As for the gap in the belt line. It was hard to tell how wide or deep it is from the picture. If you do a forum search for sealants, there is a really good list of what to use where that you should be able to find.

Look forward, no regrets, get out there and have some fun. In 30 years, leave it to your grand kids.

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Old 02-09-2015, 04:40 PM   #5
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Beautiful trailer, rare size, which is in high demand.
A couple of years ago, I bought 93 34' with similar dents for a little more than you paid. I have since replaced those panels, but I would just enjoy this well kept trailer. You may want to have someone with some experience look at that separation and suggest a fix.
As a temporary seal, I would not use one of the heavy duty Vulkem sealers to keep the water out until its fixed or the trailer is under cover. I personally would use one of those easy removable Latex caulks that comes in silver, too. But others may have better suggestions.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:42 PM   #6
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If it is truly "camping ready" you paid a fair price!

Be careful about putting a tarp on the trailer as this can scratch the surface.

One of the best places for sheet metal repairs is the factory in Jackson Center, Ohio which is certainly within a days drive of Arkansas.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:43 PM   #7
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What is a couple of dents? Travel in it and enjoy the adventure.
If it is a nice on the inside as it looks on the outside (other than the dents) you probably did right.


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Old 02-09-2015, 05:07 PM   #8
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Great looking Airstream! Check the dates on the rubber.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:38 PM   #10
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Personally, I think you paid a little too much. Probably worth more in the 10-12k with the body damage. You'd have to put the money in to fixing it before you could get your money back out of it. The nice thing about airstreams is that you will always be able to find someone to buy it. You should be able to find someone to pay 15 when you resale. (if the dents are fixed).
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:00 PM   #11
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The cost to "correctly" fix the damage just to the rear of your trailer would be around $4,000. My guess that is why the people sold the trailer is they did not want to pay too repair trailer. The other minor dents would be around $1,000 to fix to near perfect but not original. Others have posted to use trailer and enjoy it; However, in my opinion, you have major issues if you don't at least seal up the large gash that exposes your wood floor. Water can do a lot of long term damage in the rear end of this style of trailer so I would suggest in the vary least make sure it is water tight. Long term the rear area does go under stress going down the road and the weaken state due to the damage could do further internal damage. Your question is did you pay too much is valid if you thought the damage could be corrected for way less then I stated and you passed over other trailers that were in better shape for a lower price then yours with the repairs done. I have seen trailers in way worse condition sell for more if that helps.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:05 PM   #12
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Seal up the cracks with some Vulkem, and go camp the stew out of that thing, and completely forget and never worry again about what you paid for her... Beautiful trailer, and as someone else said, if you want to fix the dents later, a trip to the mothership would be a cool vacation. I'd love to drag mine up there just to take her back home after 41 years...

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Old 02-09-2015, 07:09 PM   #13
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...but make sure you get her water tight... Water tight is much more important than dent free.

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Old 02-09-2015, 07:53 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. We'll get that spot sealed up and enjoy the heck out of this baby.

It's really true how well and barely noticeable towing is when your pulling your Airstream.
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