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Old 03-22-2009, 09:03 AM   #15
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Andy and Air cooled are right on.

It is not that hard to drop a bunch a dough into a vintage AS, but you don't necessarily have to to have a servicable unit.

Personally, I have put a lot more time and money into my Tradewind, more than I originally intended, but I have no regrets. It's been a labor of love rather than a chore.

Maybe, if I am lucky, I could sell her for about what $ I have put in her. That's not counting my time. But, on the other hand, I have a really nice unit that I have a personal relationship with at a fraction of the cost of a new AS.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:38 PM   #16
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OK, so my search for a mid to late 80's Excella (preferably) continues. All I am really looking for is a place for my wife and my daughters and I to keep our stuff and lay our heads while we enjoy each others company and explore the great outdoors (and hopefully make a few fond memories while we're at it). I'm not the guy who needs to have the nicest rig in the park, in fact I'm completely content to live with a sheet thrown over the worn out gaucho, and molding held on with duct tape (until I can find the time/money to repair it). What is important to me is that it is safe and useable right out of the gate. So does that sound like something I can get for around $8000?
What attracted me to the first one was the price. It seemed (to my untrained eye) that all I had to do was some carpentry work on the interior (no sweat for a guy with a Bachelors Degree in Construction Management) and for 4 or 5 grand, I'd be on the road. Thanks to all of you, I was frightened enough to take a closer look at what it really needed.
I will certainly be turning to you for more oppinions in the future, but for now, its back to the classifieds.

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Old 03-24-2009, 08:55 PM   #17
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I got suckered on a vintage airstream. When I looked at the unit everything worked. However the axles, sub floor, and mold problem were outrageous. I did not realize how bad it was until I pulled up the carpet and realized I could poke holes in the rotten floor wth my fingers. I have spent an untold fortune in renovation over the past six months. The good news is that I love the unit and It is not for sale. So at this point she is all mine cuz I will never recoup my losses.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:08 PM   #18
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I got suckered on a vintage airstream. When I looked at the unit everything worked. However the axles, sub floor, and mold problem were outrageous. I did not realize how bad it was until I pulled up the carpet and realized I could poke holes in the rotten floor wth my fingers. I have spent an untold fortune in renovation over the past six months. The good news is that I love the unit and It is not for sale. So at this point she is all mine cuz I will never recoup my losses.
You recoup far more than just money.

Your fun in rebuilding it, is worth something you cannot put a dollar sign on.

Then, when finally, you get to take your creation on a trip with your family, you may not be able to sleep in the trailer, because your so happy.

Money?? Secondary.

Happiness, especially with the family on a trip, priceless.

Remember, there is "NO" cure for aluminitis.

Welcome to the Airstreaming family.

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Old 03-25-2009, 08:27 AM   #19
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...... What is important to me is that it is safe and useable right out of the gate. So does that sound like something I can get for around $8000?

Chip.
You bet! For example I bought my Trade Wind for $3K. I immediately put about that much more in it- axles, new refer, tires, brakes, ect. You can find plenty of units out there in that range, BUT, you are going to have to inspect, inspect, and inspect AND figure on having a repair list right from the get go. Most people spend a lot of time and look at several rigs before finding their vintage unit.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:17 AM   #20
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Obviously the untold expenses are cumbersome. However once you pop it open and pull the floor out you might as well fix everything you can. I would rather have my AS than any new non AS trailer. I figured I would have spent up to 25K and beyond on a new non AS unit. However, I would still be jealous of all the AS owners when I camp. So for me the expense has been worth it. It really is a labor of love. I have had aluminitas for years!!!! The only cure is to own one yourself.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:02 PM   #21
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I've got way more into mine than I'll ever recoup but, after the rebuild process, I now know pretty much how everything works and how to fix it.

It's also been personalized in the process so living in it 6 months out of 12 is like slipping on a compfortable pair of slippers.

Also, as a mature "pre-dinged" unit (much like myself), I don't sweat depreciation or further "age spots"....

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Old 03-26-2009, 08:32 AM   #22
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I spent 6mo looking. We started out looking at everything and ended up with AS, once you have seen the best, there is just no going back to the rest. Be patient. I recall a thread on this site about a gal up in Utah that was looking. She would post her latest find and got all kinds of good advice. I can't recall what she ended up with.

I found ours on an SOB lot with lots of Class A big $$$ rigs, somebody had traded up (down I am sure in this forums opinion) and there it sat on the lot since the clientele were all looking for monster coaches.

AS units pop up in the most unusual places, just keep your eyes open and your bankroll handy and a very nice unit will come your way. Check out the wbcci classifieds WBCCI.org

the classifieds on this website, and plenty of others. I used ebay as a pricing guideline but some of those folks have problems with what it means to be honest so take the descriptions with a healthy dose of skepticism on condition until you can see for yourself.

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