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Old 02-22-2010, 12:43 AM   #29
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I tried to buy a 69 Safari once sight unseen off the Airstream Cassifieds for $1800. FexEx failed to deliver the Saturday priority Money order and a guy showed up that afternoon with cash and took her away. Called FedEX and had check returned before they delivered it on Monday. Moral of the story is the really good deals go fast. If the guy still has the trailer then the price s too high or trailer is a wreck and will eventually drop the price somewhere close to reality. Still wonder what that Safari looked like though.
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Ok here's the pictures he sent me. You all tell me if this is worth $3500?
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:27 PM   #31
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Ok here's the pictures he sent me. You all tell me if this is worth $3500?
Nice empty shell, with the Water Heater shroud missing. No interior, correct? Not worth $1000, IMHO.
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:17 PM   #32
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No way $3500.00, try $500 to $1000.00, the only value I see is the weight of the aluminum if scraped maybe some value for windows and frame. The plywood floor, axle's, wiring, plumbing worthless.
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:51 PM   #33
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If you must spend $3500 on a gutted rig, try something like this.

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Old 02-22-2010, 01:54 PM   #34
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I can't tell you what you should pay, but I wouldn't pay $3,500 for an empty shell. One of the reasons is that even if you gut the Airstream (like we did), you can use the old materials to make templates.

Financially, it is much smarter to buy the nicest trailer you can afford. For us, the stock interior (rear bath) just wasn't what we wanted. We probably overpaid for our '67 Overlander in light of our project... but there are many variables to consider. For us, the Airstream was a few miles away (saving us the expense of making potentially multiple trips to see "duds.") It was structurally sound. The skin was in decent (though not great) shape. It was the right length (for us). So it goes.

I think "the market" is in your favor. Most people don't buy 40+ year Airstreams to gut the interior and do a custom job. There are far more people who want to do a restoration (keeping the original original) or a renovation (selectively updating the coach while maintaining the original floorplan). A "customization" like ours is a different animal. And I started the project knowing we'd never get our money back... not in a purely financial sense.

It's easy for me to say what something is worth to me.... The question is, what is it worth to you?
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:21 PM   #35
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Here's a $3,000 example, with interior intact.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:57 PM   #36
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Some people think that, just because it says "Airstream", they can charge an arm and a leg. The sad thing is some sucker probably will pay it. You're smart for coming to the forum and asking first.

I'd pay $500 for it, no more. When you tally in the cost of either building a custom interior for it, or finding an interior that someone is parting out, you're going to end up with a trailer that you will never get your money back out of...I learned that lesson already...never again.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:44 PM   #37
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I think the issue is how one defines "return on investment." I restored an old pickup truck and eventually gave it to my nephew. I never "got my money back," but I did get my money's worth.

For us, the Overlander is a 30+ year commitment. We're looking at a pretty steep "buy in" to get into a customized vintage Airstream. On the other hand, they aren't giving away the new Airstreams and I think the vintage units are better built. With the modern "SOB," I'm guessing we could get five to seven years of service before we were looking at a trade-in. I can't see where going that route is particularly cheap.

Our concern is not what we get out of the Overlander when/if we ever sell it. It's about what we get out of it when we're in it, on the road, meeting people, seeing the world. At the end of the day, all we really "own" are our memories and experiences. A vintage Airstream, is a high-efficiency, low-drag, memory-generating machine.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:57 PM   #38
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... I'm guessing we could get five to seven years of service before we were looking at a trade-in. I can't see where going that route is particularly cheap...
Considering what I spent on the supposed "restoration" that wasn't, for our Sovereign, and given how little I make compared to some folks here, getting my money's worth is important to me, and I most definitely did not. I do know, though, that you never get back out of it what you put into it.....in most cases.
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If what he says is true, like:

"Nice original condition - being sold “as is”. All items were functioning in 1977 when purchased, but it has been sitting (used as additional sleeping quarters) - missing small exterior panel cover, side window near door needs replacement, electric lift post is bent ""

Then, as Terry (Overland63) points out to him in a message: "Do you have any photos of your trailer? The one in the ad is of a 1972, not a 1967."

So the photo is no good (or the seller doesn't know what he has) and the information is something like 23 years old, concerning the condition.

Yeah, it's wonderful!
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:00 PM   #40
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If what he says is true, like:

"Nice original condition - being sold “as is”. All items were functioning in 1977 when purchased, but it has been sitting (used as additional sleeping quarters) - missing small exterior panel cover, side window near door needs replacement, electric lift post is bent ""

Then, as Terry (Overland63) points out to him in a message: "Do you have any photos of your trailer? The one in the ad is of a 1972, not a 1967."

So the photo is no good (or the seller doesn't know what he has) and the information is something like 23 years old, concerning the condition.

Yeah, it's wonderful!
Sorry, I picked a bad example. My point was/is that one can find a fully intact trailer for $3,500, not just a shell.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:25 PM   #41
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I just paid under $1000 for a 1957 Overlander. The floor needs some attention. The windows will require rebuilding. The bathroom is missing. And the shell isn't perfect. But it pulls real nice. The interior is complete with all the original hardware and lights, other than the missing bathroom. I even got the 4 matching baby moon hub caps.

There are some great trailers out there and you dont need to spend 3500 for a good shell. Id look some more
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Yeah, this is the same one I was looking at in the begining of this thread. I did offer the guy $500 and he said it was an insult. LOL. I am still looking, because I need to accomodate more for sleeping gutted is appealing to me, but I would love to restore one and make it pretty. ;0)

I have responded to a couple ads on the classifieds and no one has bothered to respond back, I suppose they just don't want to sell.
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