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Old 03-25-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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Prices on 34 Footers

Hey guys. Some of you have heard me say this time and time again but I love the 34 footers with the triple axles! I just sold my Airstream and am looking for its replacement. Iv seen 34 footers all over the place pricewise from $8500 to $35,000. Whats the "typical" price on a 80s-90s 34' in good to very good condition.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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I would think you could get a decent 80's model in the $10k-18k range depending on condition. It seems that there are some good deals out there on the 34's.
I love mine! '82 will be the first year of the triple axle.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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The really big difference between the models is they went wide body in 1995-96 and they are going for a bit more money. Some of them were also made with oriented strand board for the floor. Some came with two air conditioners. Some people think the later models were overweight for their frame size and could have rear end separation problems. I have seen two of them with the condition that required the elephant ears fix.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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As soon as they get more than 15 years old, the condition and "belief structure" of seller become dominant factors in pricing.. A tired unit with problems, smokey interior, and cat-clawed furniture and body dings will be worth a lot less than a beautiful and well maintained unit with new tires, axles, flooring, etc. Some sellers think they should sell for more than real value, and values limited by requirement for heavy duty tow vehicle and special places to park... That is not a unit you are going to be able to calibrate your "deal" by much in way of external references of bluebooks.. Just need to focus on ranges of price and jump at one that looks good for its class...
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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One thing Iv noticed about Airstreams is there is no "blue book" for them. The price is completely based on what the owner feels its worth. Sometimes this works to your advantage, but usually not...
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:34 PM   #6
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Love those 34's

We payed just under 21,000 for our '93 back in '09. She was/is pristine inside and out, all original. Our son paid 12,000 for his '90 about 2 years back. Not quite as slick as ours but a beautiful trailer and a bargain.

Airstreams are a lot like art: they are worth whatever you can get for it.

That said, generally speaking, the 34's tend to bring a bit less than the shorter trailers. The 3 axles, overall total length of trailer/TV, percieved parking problems, and shear intimidation of the Alumaliner thins the crowd out.

most folks luv'em, but most folks don't wanna pull'em.

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We payed just under 21,000 for our '93 back in '09. She was/is pristine inside and out, all original. Our son paid 12,000 for his '90 about 2 years back. Not quite as slick as ours but a beautiful trailer and a bargain.

Airstreams are a lot like art: they are worth whatever you can get for it.

That said, generally speaking, the 34's tend to bring a bit less than the shorter trailers. The 3 axles, overall total length of trailer/TV, percieved parking problems, and shear intimidation of the Alumaliner thins the crowd out.

most folks luv'em, but most folks don't wanna pull'em.

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I think you are right about the "perceived" pulling/parking issues. It is, of course not ever going to be a 16' bambi, but once you get comfortable with the length, towing and parking is a piece of cake! I can back my 34' into a keyhole! Love it!

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Same here Casey, backs beautifully. Just take a bit more room pulling forward before backing up.

BTW, headed to Beaufort (SC) next weekend, come on up and join us.

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:42 PM   #9
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Same here Casey, backs beautifully. Just take a bit more room pulling forward before backing up.

BTW, headed to Beaufort (SC) next weekend, come on up and join us.

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I will have to take a rain check on that one. I had a rather nasty knee injury several weeks ago that required some major surgery. I should be up and running in about 6 weeks or so. I have some major hitch itch....its killing me!
We love to head up to the Savannah area for camping.... lots of great spots. I will definitely take you up on that when I am back on my feet!
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Heheh. Hitch itch. I've never heard that one. I know what you mean, though. Had to take ours out for a weekend five minutes from the house just to scratch that itch two weekends ago. Luckily, we're out on a proper vacation now touring some south Louisiana parks.

Add me to the list of the crazies wanting a 34 footer. I don't know how many people have told me why I shouldn't get one, but I still love the looks of them. One of these days.....
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Hey guys. Some of you have heard me say this time and time again but I love the 34 footers with the triple axles! I just sold my Airstream and am looking for its replacement. Iv seen 34 footers all over the place pricewise from $8500 to $35,000. Whats the "typical" price on a 80s-90s 34' in good to very good condition.
There is always a price spread on the big ones, whether down-market AIRSTREAM or up-market AVION, SILVER STREAK or STREAMLINE. Age is fast catching these others as most are now at the 25-30 year mark or older.

I spent several years reading nationwide ads for these other brands. Some states always had more than others. This tends to help, actually, as owners are more cognizant of value vs. dollar. And buyers can (as we did) travel to see several TT's at once.

This size is cubic dollars when it comes to exterior and interior cosmetics. Upholstery, curtains, awnings, polishing, etc, all really add up if one is determined to meet the OEM high standard (or improve it). Understand that most owners do not try to meet that standard. Thus, original, unmolested is the best, IMO, as one has the best blank slate to work from. I avoid painted interiors, shabby upholstery, etc if possible. I find that a sign of how the trailer systems will have been treated: poorly.

What isn't easy are the two deal killers (again, IMO): skin tears and plumbing breaks. Some TT's are just too big to take apart . . so one has to be able to isolate and do a decent repair in these instances. Thus, extensive damage on an extensive trailer is one really big order.

The 35' SILVER STREAK I bought is gigantic. Tandem, not tridem. I'm hoping the excellent appearance (and overall VG original condition) does not hide serious problems. But, hey, I don't own a house anymore, so I guess I can [will] deal with what comes along.

I use the rule-of-thumb that $10k above the purchase price will be the opening amount of money to get it in decent shape. The second ten will be what takes it back to or past OEM condition in every single aspect.

As in other threads on this subject (trailer age & price, not size-specific) I'd say that a consensus is that from 10-20 years can be a safe bet. From nearly 30 on out can be something else again.
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The price will be determined on the buyer's steadfastness in his desire to obtain a full length airstream. When I started looking I knew that I wanted a 34. I looked for several weeks at e-bay, Craig's list, and Air Forums. Having got a feel for the going price, I began to call about the ones that I was interested in. The first two were already sold but third time was charm. It was the better looking yet the cheaper one. Never had a regret. I love my 34 even though it is just my wife and I.
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What is the minimum truck size to tow a 34'?
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