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Old 01-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #15
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I tow our 34' with an F150. Andy from CanAM has used a Chrysler 300 and a Honda Odessy. As to price, condition will be the determining factor. Our 97' is not a Legend model, but it has three new axles and all new appliances in the past two years. It is about to get in floor radiant heat and a big "J" shaped couch in the front. All of those items would cause the value to increase. Certainly not to the stratospheric levels as some of the trailers which have been totally redone by the Airstream specialty businesses, but more than the $12,000 maybe it works maybe it doesn't trailer.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:35 PM   #16
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I have a 34' Avion that grosses 9600lbs...wife probably loads it 11,000

I pull mine with a Dodge Ram diesel 4x4 4-door long-bed and have been very happy with it. Sure, you can do like the video and pull it with a '94 Chrysler LHX front wheel drive with the V-6, but then you can't put your motorcycle, surfboards, and 1500lbs of other stuff in the bed

Most folks use a 3/4 ton truck to pull them. But with a good hitch, you could certainly use a smaller vehicle.

The weight does go up a lot as they get newer. Might need to factor that in.

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Old 01-22-2014, 08:39 PM   #17
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What should be the expected price range for a 34' 1997 Limited American Ledgend
Well, it's 16-17 years old now. Even if it has been well-maintained, it's probably going to have a few borderline appliances, and the decor is looking dated. Of course, tires need replacement around five years of age, and it could need to have new axles sometime soon, if they haven't been replaced already.

And yet, relative to their price when new, they always seem pleasantly low when I see a good used one. Anyways, I will say that for one in average condition, with average wear, something like $16,000. For one that is really outstanding, it could be $25,000 or maybe more, depending on what has been replaced (see above).

Use the available helper list, there are a lot of great people on here that will help you inspect a used trailer.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:22 PM   #18
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Thanks for the replies and good info. I saw one at a dealer and was asking $48,000.00 and the exterior and interior needed some TLC.

From what I'm hearing that price is way out of the Ball Park.

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Old 01-23-2014, 02:21 PM   #19
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I wanted to buy a 34 before I bought my 30. I was planning to tow it with my Tundra. The owner towed it with a Lincoln Navigator.
We were way too far apart on price. He was firm at $18,000 for a 1988 Excella.
After much haggling he said he would come down to $15,000.
I honestly didn't see $15,000 in that particular trailer.
Long story short- no deal.
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Thanks for the replies and good info. I saw one at a dealer and was asking $48,000.00 and the exterior and interior needed some TLC.

From what I'm hearing that price is way out of the Ball Park.

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What year and model was it?

One thing I forgot to mention is that the SO (Slide-out) models are just rare enough that they seem to elude classifying as to price.

Plus, they weigh significantly more that the rigid-bodied models, and one or two years have quirky balance and may need very skilled work if they are actually to be towed.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:37 PM   #21
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The front kitchen models supposedly don't have enough tongue weight because all the holding tanks are aft of the rear axles, but I sure love the open airy spacious floor plan.
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:56 PM   #22
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I paid just under $20k for our 1984 model in great condition with a full service, and repair if needed, of everything that needed servicing or fixing. New bearings, new brakes, serviced hitch, everything that needed attention got it, inside and out. The work was performed by CanAm, to a great standard.

We then spent extra money on new upholstery, a new floor and other upgrades. I am estimating that, once we'll be done, we'll spend about $40k on the trailer but that will include a composting toilet, more solar and a totally refreshed interior.

If we decide to fix the clearcoat, that number will go up.

Our 1984 only weighs about 7500lbs ready to camp, we tow it with a Honda Odyssey fitted with a Hensley hitch.
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