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Old 07-26-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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Price check (1970s 25' travel trailer)

New to the forum. Doing some research before pitching an idea by my wife.

The basic idea is to get my "home office" out of the dining room by moving it into an Airstream, which we have room for beside the house in a zone that meets with City of Austin ordinances. A gutted & rough finished-out Airstream is available in the area in fair condition. The title is clean. The floor decking is exposed and the walls are insulated. No finish details inside. Windows are complete. Exterior is is good, just missing a hatch door of some kind on the rear passenger side. So it's basically a "big" empty room with nice light. At least initially I could just put a desk at one end, a couch at the other, add some bookshelves, and Bob's you're uncle, as they say.

While the asking price fits my budget, I'd like to make sure that I could recoupe the investment if I needed to resell the trailer in the future for whatever reason. If I can establish that, then the "sales" pitch to the wife becomes much easier.

Can any of the Airstream experts here estimate the floor of the re-sale value for a gutted 25-foot 70s era Airstream in fair condition?

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Old 07-26-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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Is everything gone? Air conditioner, stove, fridge, bath,etc? A pic or two would be nice.
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The condition of the skin, frame and axels are also a consideration. Is this a trailer that someone planned to restore and gave up on?
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Yes, everything is gone. So it's just the shell and the frame, which look solid in the pics. Plan to visit after work this week. Not sure what their plan was, but they prepped the inside as though they were getting ready to do restoration or to repurpose the trailer.

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Old 07-26-2012, 11:48 AM   #5
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:08 PM   #6
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Eastsideloco. There are far better samples out there, don't fatigue & capitulate early in the game. You can not imagine the depths of work I see when glimpsing your photos.

Photos usually are 'attachments' to a post, they are selected and uploaded separately via a smallish button option below the text entry area when starting a thread, or choosing 'advanced' reply.
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There are a lot of beaters out there and for your intended purpose, it may come down to things like price, distance to travel to pick it up and size over some of the more traditional vintage trailer concerns. Rather then worry about resale value, maybe focus on purchase price of a gutted trailer which for the size youve shown should maybe be $600-$800. You can always turn around a gutted airstream to a dreamer for that price in the future.

After owning a mostly gutted trailer, Ive noticed there are far more emptied units out there then there are people with the money, skill and determination to significantly improve them.
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Understood, Wabbiteer. However, I get priced out of the market on an intact model, and I wouldn't use an intact model as it is intended to be used.

My thought is to just add an AC, some freestanding furniture and use this as an temporary office exactly as it looks now. I can bring temporary power in from my storage shed/workshop.

It might be a hair brained idea. But it also might solve some problems for us.

In order to decide which of the above applies, I need to know the fair market value of this model in its "as is" condition. In other words, what the cash price I can offer the reseller that I can reasonably expect to recoup if/when I decide to resell the trailer later?

(Eventually my office moves upstairs, but that's part of a substantial remodel effort that won't take place any time soon. We're going to remodel the kitchen of our 100-year-old house first to match the condition of the rest of the first floor. With that in mind, if I were to personally restore this trailer it would only be after the house projects are complete, like 10 years from now.)
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Thanks inTransit. That's the datapoint I was looking for.
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I would not pay more than $500 for it in that condition.

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Old 07-26-2012, 01:59 PM   #11
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Follow up question: Anyone have a recommendation on how to value proximity?

If I purchase a trailer, I have to pay for delivery. This trailer is 40 minutes away. I can't see going farther than Dallas or Houston for a trailer in my price range. Those cities are 3+ hours from here.

Anyone know approximately what that delivery price delta is worth?

Thanks again. Impressive rate or responses. Great forum.
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I would not pay more than $500 for it in that condition.
Be that as it may, if this were on Austin's Craigslist for $500, I'm certain that it would sell in minutes. Austin might have more mobile food trailers per capita than any other city in the US.
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Follow up question: Anyone have a recommendation on how to value proximity?

If I purchase a trailer, I have to pay for delivery. This trailer is 40 minutes away. I can't see going farther than Dallas or Houston for a trailer in my price range. Those cities are 3+ hours from here.

Anyone know approximately what that delivery price delta is worth?

Thanks again. Impressive rate or responses. Great forum.
If the trailer came with the guitar (a Martin, I'd hope), I'd give them $500.00.
I'd sure as heck not tow it myself! It should be delivered by a ramp truck. There are many uses for 'Streams that no longer travel:
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I'd sure as heck not tow it myself! It should be delivered by a ramp truck.
Agreed. Hence my follow up question about delivery. I'll call around to get ramp truck quotes to see what the difference in price is for a 30 mile trip versus a 200 mile trip.

I already have the chicken coop and chicken run built:

Molly & David backyard chickens|garden makeover|Central Texas Gardener - YouTube

What I need now is a coop for me! I'm tired of people walking through my office all the time. But I can't complain as long as my "office" is in the middle of the house. (My wife works out of our guest room; I started working from home later. It's a small house, 1,000 SF.)
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