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Old 03-23-2008, 10:04 PM   #15
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Someone to inspect for me??

Hi Dave,
Yea, it feels like she's a good one, but we are in SLC, and she is about 800 miles away. How would I go about finding someone to do an inspection, or would another airstreamer take a look for us? Not sure who, or where to contact someone. I have more pics if that would help...
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:07 PM   #16
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The asking price is $7500. Is that to much?
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As has been said earlier, you will probably need new axles and you have not said whether the floor in the bathroom (and under the water heater) is soft or not.....if the floor is rotted, it is a big job to replace the floor in the bathroom.....things have to be taken out for it to be done properly and sometimes the bathroom furnishings break when removed. The other place to check for a soft floor is around the door area---actually the whole trailer should be checked for this issue. The integrity of the trailer depends upon a solid floor. Can you find someone to inspect the trailer for you? Then you would have a better idea if it is a good buy or not. Do you have the skills and place to work on the trailer yourselves? There are many unknown factors that would determine the answer to your question. I hope it works out for you....68 was a good year---only 40 short years ago. pj
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:09 PM   #17
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As has been said earlier, you will probably need new axles and you have not said whether the floor in the bathroom (and under the water heater) is soft or not.....if the floor is rotted, it is a big job to replace the floor in the bathroom.....things have to be taken out for it to be done properly and sometimes the bathroom furnishings break when removed. The other place to check for a soft floor is around the door area---actually the whole trailer should be checked for this issue. The integrity of the trailer depends upon a solid floor. Can you find someone to inspect the trailer for you? Then you would have a better idea if it is a good buy or not. Do you have the skills and place to work on the trailer yourselves? There are many unknown factors that would determine the answer to your question. I hope it works out for you....68 was a good year---only 40 short years ago. pj
How do I find someone to inspect it??
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:13 PM   #18
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The oned posted by byamcaravanner looked good. 7500 is a lot of money, things better work. Did you personally test all systems? AC/Fridge? When was the last time the tires were replaced? Brakes? Spare? Battery? What about measure the voltage at every outlet when plugged in?

Probably be about 3k for a trip prep at a reputable RV delear no matter how good it is, if used, and has not been done to get all the bugs worked out. If they started finding stuff then 15k is going to start looking like a bargain.

Good luck, once rolling you will have a blast. If you can afford to travel all summer at $4 a gallon, then go for it, fixing the rig will be the least of your expenses.
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:15 PM   #19
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Under the profiles of members, they say whether they are willing to inspect. Find members in the location of the trailer. I don't exactly remember how I searched for inspectors but I have before. Perhaps someone else can chime in on how to zero in on inspectors in your area quickly. Good luck. pj
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:18 PM   #20
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The oned posted by byamcaravanner looked good. 7500 is a lot of money, things better work. Did you personally test all systems? AC/Fridge? When was the last time the tires were replaced? Brakes? Spare? Battery? What about measure the voltage at every outlet when plugged in?

Probably be about 3k for a trip prep at a reputable RV delear no matter how good it is, if used, and has not been done to get all the bugs worked out. If they started finding stuff then 15k is going to start looking like a bargain.

Good luck, once rolling you will have a blast. If you can afford to travel all summer at $4 a gallon, then go for it, fixing the rig will be the least of your expenses.
Th current owner says that it is 98% original, has new brakes, new tires, new water heater, and new awning and that everything works. What are the "big" red flag things I should look for, or in this case, ask about?? Still new and figuring this all out.
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:32 PM   #21
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That it is 98% original and everything works

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Th current owner says that it is 98% original, has new brakes, new tires, new water heater, and new awning and that everything works. What are the "big" red flag things I should look for, or in this case, ask about?? Still new and figuring this all out.
IMHO you cannot take this from the owner's word. Unfortunately there is no short cut in finding out the true condition of a 40 year old trailer. You may need a new refrigerator, a new furnace, new water pump, new toilet, does it have a gray water tank? Does the electrical system work properly, are the windows intact? Does it have a power jack? Does it need a new battery? I think that someone has already made a list of things that need to be checked out...try the search function for that list. Please don't get discouraged....it is worth the effort involved. pj
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:16 PM   #22
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Look at EBAY for a 68 Airstream for sale today. Looks great. BUT>>>>>>>>>>the ad says that the electrical systems has not been checked, (new converter?) lights unknown, 40 year old fridge is unknown, the AC worked at one time, furnace maybe, it will need propane system work for sure, and if you look close you will see that the living area has been removed, the water tank, pump and plumbing are missing....as are all the screens. Its been stored on checked tires for ten years and most assuredly needs axels. BUT......it looks pretty. Time, work and money will fix it up.
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How do I find someone to inspect it??
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LP, you can go to the member map and find someone in the area of the trailer. Most of us will go inspect a trailer and then report back to you with unbiased findings.
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LP, you can go to the member map and find someone in the area of the trailer. Most of us will go inspect a trailer and then report back to you with unbiased findings.
There is also a thread somewhere in this forum (I can't seem to find it right now), which provides a list of folks who have volunteered to inspect Airstream's.
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Here's the volunteer inspector thread

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...tor-22956.html

Good luck if you decide to go for it!

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Here's the volunteer inspector thread

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...tor-22956.html

Good luck if you decide to go for it!

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Old 04-18-2008, 01:40 AM   #27
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So, we changed direction and now found a 67 Ambassador less than 5 miles away!! We are so excited and are going to check it out tomorrow. Any advice on this model or things to look for? I feel alot more informed about our purchase thanks to the forum and a little more time. The owner is selling it for a starting bid of $6,000. Think it's worth that? Can I PM you with more details? Thanks,
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...Any advice on this model or things to look for? ...
Congrats on your find! Here is a good thread with information about things to look for when buying a pre-owned trailer.

Let us know how you make out.
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