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Old 12-23-2014, 02:03 PM   #15
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funny. Have you not heard of VINTAGE Airstreams? They are quite popular

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Old 12-23-2014, 02:41 PM   #16
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Yeah, but a 1980 is only vaguely vintage. Like my 1986, it is old enough to be old but not old enough to be classic.


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Old 12-23-2014, 04:00 PM   #17
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Some of us just want them to camp in and don't really care about turning it into some sort of museum. It all comes down to price versus condition. The 1980 and newer trailers are more modern and require less modification such as adding gray water tanks etc. Also the wiring is more up to date and safer.

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Old 12-23-2014, 04:32 PM   #18
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Airstream made "improvements" nearly every year. The early 80s were the last of the Alclad exterior skins. Alclad is superior in my view and worth more. This trailer is likely to have a plywood floor instead of OSB like in my 86. The floor may still be rotten, but it takes longer to rot out the plywood in these older trailers. I can't think of any other advantages in the 1980 model year. My 86 has the optional hickory cabinets which are quite nice and durable.

It has already been expressed that a $25k 1980 Airstream better be professionally restored and 99% perfect. You would expect to see photos and receipts of all the work done, including those new tires, axles, appliances, polish job, etc. This trailer needs to WOW you and anyone else who sees it.

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Old 12-23-2014, 06:47 PM   #19
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:31 PM   #20
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So depending on what was done and who did it and when it was done . How its documented and what the end result is will help you decide .

I'm currently rebuilding our '69 Tradewind. We bought it for $5000 and we're in it so far at $22k.
I started with axles,brakes, wheels & tires.
Found the black tank valve leaking, gutted the interior found the floor rotted behind the bathroom walls ,replaced the last 4' of the floor.
Had some dents removed from the rear panels.
Replaced 140 rivets, Installed a cargo door in place of the original water heater location.
Installed underlayment, had marmolium flooring installed .
Installed a new water heater where the original heater was and patched the intake & exhaust holes.
Installed new city water inlet midship, Plumbed with PEX throughout.
Installed two 30 amp inlets midship. 1 for the trailer the other for the side by side washer and dryer. Each circuit has an onboard surge protecter . Added separate circuit breakers for the washer and dryer, A separate Breaker box and fuse panel for the water heater , refer & microwave . Added A/C , digital TV antenna and 2 Maxxair remote controlled vents.
LED lighting. New 60 anp converter/charger.
Outside shower, new water pump & Tank.
Custom bathroom.
Ikea kitchen lower modified cabinets, Ikea sink, Dishmaster faucet, Hi output 3 burner stove top, Dometic RM8555 refer.
New 30K BTU furnace.
All new weather striping , window coverings.

Still to come Gray & Black water & LP plumbing . Awning cover and repair . Strip Plasticoat and refinish exterior.

We will probably be in it around $30 to 35k when done and this doesn't include my time .

So as you can see how fast $25k can go when rebuilding an Airstream. If the body has to be pulled and the chassis repaired that just kicks the $$$$ way up.

Pro work costs major $$$$$$ .
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:56 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by n2916s View Post
The OP seems to have disappeared.
Right? Seems the person could at least acknowledge the responses to the question.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:04 AM   #22
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I am into my 72 for about 20K,,, not including my labor..

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Old 12-24-2014, 06:02 AM   #23
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It seems to me that any one that says the price is to high without inspecting it first should reconsider their statement. The best advice given here is that you need to contact an Airstream inspector to look at it with you. If you want a trailer that is ready to roll than this may suit you fine. As one person said, for $25,000 you can buy a much newer trailer, but it may have many problems that have already been repaired on this one. The choice is yours, determine your budget and needs, then find the trailer that best fits.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:11 AM   #24
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We Airstream enthusiasts know the dollars and hours spent in the renovation of our vintage trailers may not be recoverable in the market place. We do it because it's fun and the result is a unique travel trailer built to our liking. Short old trailers sell higher than longer ones.

Pro built trailers for unique customers go into the project with the budget well defined. I suspect the depreciation curve is quite steep in these bespoke trailers.

Seems to me buyers have many options when getting into that $20k price point, even new SOBs versus a 20 year old Airstream with needs.

The Jackson Center built Trade Wind of 2012 was advertised for $65k. It would take a very special buyer as there are so many alternatives at that price.

The OP is well advised to have this trailer inspected by an Airstream enthusiasts. A 1980 Excella at $25k would have to be a very special trailer indeed. It may be a real bargain, who knows?

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Old 12-24-2014, 07:19 AM   #25
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In 1983 or 1984 the frame was strengthened.

The higher your expectations the fewer your options.
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