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Old 07-05-2009, 10:44 PM   #15
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You need a new trailer if you want everything good and easy to find parts. Half the fun of an old trailer is the hunt for parts and work to keep them on the road.

Low $teens won't get a new old trailer if you farm out the work. That will take a lot more, unless you are stripping it down to the frame and rebuilding it yourself and that takes a lot of time.
Better to find a real nice older trailer thats ready to use, then update as you use it, a little at a time.

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Old 07-06-2009, 09:25 AM   #16
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I doubt you could find a straight shell, structurally sound with all the necessary repairs done to it for $4K-$6K (because few stop once they've done the hard part). If you could, it would be a steal.

Window and door gaskets are available from InlandRV....its just taking the time and effort to remove and replace all of them. Parts are availabe for just about everything, and retrofitting is not that difficult (at least for most of us).

You cannot know for certain the true condition of any unit unless you know who you're buying from and what they've done.

For the low $teens, I'd be looking for a newer one that's clean and functioning and remodel it at my leisure.

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Old 05-13-2010, 07:06 PM   #17
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If you are really interested in one to redo, I have one that has been underwater (about 5' deep) from recent flooding on the Tennessee river near Nashville TN. I am sure the insurance is going to total it. It is a 1976 25' LandYacht International Caravaneer. Rear bath, two couches that make full size beds, full kitchen. New propane tanks.....I was thinking about gutting it and doing a total restoration, but I don't think I would ever be able to do it justice. It was my baby, I did alot of work on it when I first got it, as in recovering furniture, flooring etc. New hot water heater, which is prolly idea...There is nothing else better in this world than camping in an AS, windows open, crickets chirping and feeling the breeze blow. Having a campfire burning and everyone sitting around talking about their makes me ill to think of it going to a scrap heap somewhere......I will stay in touch. Thanks, Gail
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:07 PM   #18
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Hi, Airstreamgrl. Sorry to hear about your Airstream catastrophe! That's really terrible!

I will keep it in mind if I decide I need a gigantic project, but right now I can't imagine how/where I'd do it. Have you decided what you're going to do with it?

Best of luck,


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