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Old 05-16-2010, 12:15 AM   #1
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I need some advice on the value of a 74 Airstream Tradewind Land Yacht 25ft double bed rear bath.

My girlfriend and I went to view this trailer today. The owner wants $3500.00 for it!

Specifics: First off the outside needs polishing and clear coat plus paint is peeling and has a dent in the front drivers side corner and a fairly substantial watermelon size dent on the roof back drivers corner over shower that shows protrudes into shower ceiling...

Trailer has not been moved in 6+ years so needs new tires, unable to open awnings for viewing. everything was difficult to unsfew or open due to non use and some rust. several window screens need replacement. Unable to test all appliances due to being stored and no electricity availabe. No access to water as well. Minor layer of rust on some undercarriage and on wheel well. Bottom of bumber storage area needs replacing.

The good part... It feels solid and is pretty clean for sitting 6 years. no leaks in trailer, no mildew or musty smells. I jumped on back bumper and it seems solid, no rear end seperation, I jumped around int differnt places and it felt solid. The axle was in good shape. all cabinets and closets and doors opened and shut well. Flooring was strong. All vents and windoows worked and beds all worked.

My fear is that sitting for so long without use that when we test water pressure and electrical and gas lines that the seals will have dried out and leaks will be plentifull.

Just really confused???
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:00 AM   #2
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I need some advice on the value of a 74 Airstream Tradewind Land Yacht 25ft double bed rear bath.

My girlfriend and I went to view this trailer today. The owner wants $3500.00 for it!

Specifics: First off the outside needs polishing and clear coat plus paint is peeling and has a dent in the front drivers side corner and a fairly substantial watermelon size dent on the roof back drivers corner over shower that shows protrudes into shower ceiling...

Trailer has not been moved in 6+ years so needs new tires, unable to open awnings for viewing. everything was difficult to unsfew or open due to non use and some rust. several window screens need replacement. Unable to test all appliances due to being stored and no electricity availabe. No access to water as well. Minor layer of rust on some undercarriage and on wheel well. Bottom of bumber storage area needs replacing.

The good part... It feels solid and is pretty clean for sitting 6 years. no leaks in trailer, no mildew or musty smells. I jumped on back bumper and it seems solid, no rear end seperation, I jumped around int differnt places and it felt solid. The axle was in good shape. all cabinets and closets and doors opened and shut well. Flooring was strong. All vents and windoows worked and beds all worked.

My fear is that sitting for so long without use that when we test water pressure and electrical and gas lines that the seals will have dried out and leaks will be plentifull.

Just really confused???
Check all the exterior gaskets. After 36 years, they are probably all cracked.

There are 2 tests for the axles. Read the axle article in the Airstream Central portion of this Forums.

Usually, any torsion axle that hasn't been used in several years, has had the rubber rods either go soft, or solidify. In either case, The problem should be addressed. However, if the trailer will not be used on the highway, then non performing torsion axles, won't matter.

Andy
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:33 AM   #3
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Unless you just plan to "use" it as is, which I doubt, it looks to me like you are into it for a little over 10,000. That is fixing the dent and interior damage. Not moved in years? That old? Axles, electrical converter, battery, curtains, and I bet there is carpet in there....? on its condition. Appliances are always a toss up too. This just touches the surface, no pun, of what you can do to it. Look at the end price...then decide.
By the way....most likely you won't be able to use it while alot of the rehab work is being done.....lost opportunity for fun this summer.
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