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Old 08-16-2012, 10:42 PM   #29
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You got a great deal on the trailer.

As you prepare for moving I would add that you should check for any rear end sag. In your photos there appears to be some gapping between the shell and the rear bumper. This may be an optical illusion, but combined with the concrete blocks placed under the rear frame it may be indicative of rear end sag which is common in rigs of this era. If there is substantial weakness you may need to provide some temporary support for your trip home.

Congrats on the rig and the great deal you were able to negotiate!
By far, no expert or even a novice on rear end sag of this era AS's. But, as a Professional landscaper we have to be geometrically precise since we don't want to flood someones home with water by design. Or plant a tree that will by shape interfere with a roof or high line wires, etc... From looking at the 2 pics this to me shows a frame straight line. Are you referring to the shadow area on the downward curve of the shell to the frame? To me, I am looking at the line of the frame to the top with the shadow effect of the curve. In landscapes we do a 1 inch slope per 10 ft for drainage away from a structure minimum. We did the "jump on the bumper" all rivets are in place. Back bathroom floor is not spongy on ours.
Unlike this one, ours was on a foundation at a lake here in Texas (dry climate) for 20 years and sat mostly unused in a barn for 10.
Point being, how did you determine rear end sag from the pics?
Just trying to learn more about our era AS.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:15 AM   #30
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My suggestion was that the new owners check for the existence of rear end sag prior to moving the rig. This suggestion is based on two observations made from the photographs, and that 70' era 31 footers are prone to this condition.

The first observation is the dark shadow line between the rear bumper and the shell. The photographs aren't very clear so this could a shadow, a portion of the blue beltline, the bumper hatch cover being ajar, or possibly some separation between the bumper/shell.

The second item of interest is that the rig is cribbed on CMU. This may be for long term stabilization of the rig, or to support a weakened rear frame section. Bouncing on the rear bumper is a common method to assess rear frame integrity, but if the frame is supported by cribbing then the effort is negated.

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Old 08-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #31
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it was parked for 4 years, the owner said it was to take the pressure of the jacks and new tires, ill be lowering it down onto the wheels in less than 4 hrs from now, ill report back with more pics later tonight
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:26 PM   #32
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got er home no problems at all, greased the bearings first, 105km/h on the hwy, PERFECT!!
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:59 PM   #33
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There you go, another Airstream success story! Congratulations!
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got er home no problems at all, greased the bearings first, 105km/h on the hwy, PERFECT!!
Congrats on getting home safely. Let the good times commence.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:29 PM   #35
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ITS absoltly the definition of mint, no dmage anywhere, floors solid all the way back, everything works including A/C and heat, only thing i havent chcked is the big auning, also im not sure if the Umbilicle cord is buggered but i had no lights at all while driving but i did have trailer brakes, any ideas?
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:09 PM   #36
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:49 AM   #38
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Holy crap! You weren't kidding when you said it was mint! It looks like it just rolled off the production line. Wow! Great find!!!
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:35 AM   #39
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any idea what its worth, I wanna know how good of a deal I got
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:53 AM   #40
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It's worth whatever someone will pay for it, lol. These things are so subjective based on a multitude of factors, none the least of which is location. Also, if you have rear end sag (I can't recall if you do), the average repair is somewhere in the $2500 range.

I feel I got a very good deal on my 78 Sov at $3k, but I've dumped another $3,500 into it getting it where I want it to be. I could have spent less, but I wouldn't have been as happy.

Presuming everything works internally as you previously stated, I would expect to see that rig selling for $7-9k down here in Florida as is.

That said, I've seen trailers in worse condition where the owner is asking for $15k, and I've seen trailers in better condition (not many), where the owner only wants $5k.

It REALLY is dependent on location and someone's desire to own a 40 year old trailer. From what the pictures show, yours is in excellent condition and is original, which is desirable for some.
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thanks, I investigated and was not able to find signs of rear end sag or any sort of softness, other than im gonna cut out and rebuild the rear storage box due to its neglect and filthyness
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:04 PM   #42
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awesome deal. i don t think i d take 5k for mine. 71 also original/working. yours is still shinyyyyyy !! so lucky. anyway. i d pay 2k for a great parts trailer lol
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