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Old 01-04-2013, 08:40 AM   #29
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Many times a AS with "bad" axles tows better than SOBs. I told mine for years with bad axles but the running gear was balanced. Stuff bounced around, but not to bad. My guess is that the PO towed it on wore out axles for many years. If you're only towing it once or twice a year to move in between parks or to take it up the lake new axles are low on the list. Good tires are brakes are needed.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:34 PM   #30
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You guys are great!! we are fortunate though that the PO is towing it from punta gorda FL to orange city FL a good 4 hour drive... plus we got it down to 1200 found out the stove is no good but we still love the idea of an empty canvas waiting to be painted! And if we are in over our heads like you guys said sell it and move on...I really want to post some pics HOPEFULLY tommarrow I can and you guys can tell me what you think! Also would it be realistic to think of buying appliances on craigslist, and Lowes etc? We don't want to have to buy brand new appliances...is it possible?
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:53 PM   #31
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Where you buy your appliances really depends on what you want to use the trailer for. If you're just going to park it permanently and have a rounded, silver house, put in whatever you want.

If you want to travel and camp with it, take the time and money to find and install proper RV appliances that will run on 12V and/or propane. Make sure the trailer has a functional converter so that you can run those 12V appliances when the trailer is plugged into regular AC "shore" power. You'll be glad you did. It gives you so many more options and vastly increases the resale value.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:00 AM   #32
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Before painting, try cleaning the walls first. All kinds of stuff can build up on the vinyl covered walls. You might be surprised how good they look after cleaning. Soft scub, tsp, and other cleaners are a good first start. Read some posts about cleaning and painting first. The wall coverings are vinyl so they have to be prepped before painting.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:00 AM   #33
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Glad to hear that you are getting it and the PO is towing it for you.

I agree with Webspinner.

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Old 01-05-2013, 06:00 AM   #34
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Old Airstream as a blank canvas

Congratulations & Welcome to the Airstream community.
Now the fun and work begins.
I hope the Air Forums can help you find RV Salvage yards within driving distance from your project. Go shopping there and you'll have a whole world of ideas opened to you. Remember it's your canvas and it need not be all Airstream stuf you look at. Also do the "Search" thing on this forum and you'll find ownwers expalaining how they did all the different things you'll be faced with.
Good Luck and keep us posted.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #35
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More to think about

If you look through our adventure, the Albatross, you will see what happens when you get a 31' Sovereign that you think is in good shape and start tearing into it. Two plus years later we still aren't done but we went from having to build a new frame, new sub floors, new appliances, new cabinets, etc. The only things we were able to salvage and reuse from ours were: back bumper, steps, hitch, upper bins, kitchen sink, and the skins.

If you are parking it, you won't have to do the restoration to the extent we did but I have to echo the other poster's advice to buy the best you can afford to start with. I would say we have going on $20,000+ in parts and materials on ours so far and we aren't quite done. We did all of the work ourselves and it was way, way more work than we anticipated. It was fun to see what you can do when you put your mind to it and the Forum members helped us all along the way though. We couldn't have done it without all the advice and help we got here.

Overall I think the time and money commitment is huge and it was a labor of love. Now every time we take it out, I can't help but love it more because we know every rivet and part on it and what it took to get it there. We have our kids interested in having one done now (our 1966 Safari) and our grands love camping in the "Trossie" whenever we can take them. Good luck on your adventure!
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pictures of the bumper would be good too...in the rear to assess separation if there is any...otherwise 1200.00 isn't a bad price. looks like you would have to replace the window where the AC is so that could cost a little...

Judging by the picture at the axles and the reinforcement plate for sure you would need new axles because you can't see the torsion linkage and looks like its sitting really low. Most likely you would need new tires but if he is towing it to you I guess that would be on him.

Not sure if you paid the whole amount yet but maybe make a partial payment and then the rest upon delivery as some damage could happen in transit that might fall under the "as is" clause.

Regardless...good luck....let us know how it arrives
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We are doing parital payment and havent paid it yet, if you dont mind can you take a closer look at the bathroom wall and tell me if that is mold spots or just the wallpaper with scum on it? Also you no that window that isnt there well it has boxes infront of it and im a little skeptical if there is a leak and we can see it because of all the boxes, but the outside looks good to us.
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