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Old 03-23-2008, 04:07 PM   #1
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Wink Pricing for a 1968 Airstream Ambassador??

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My boyfriend and I are looking for an airstream and found a 1968 Ambassador that looks like it's in pretty good shape, with about 90% Original interior. This would be our first AS and are looking to travel/live in it for the summer. We are trying to decide if it's worth saving a few thousand dollars to buy something that needs work and time, or if we should find something in pretty good condition, since we are new to AS life. Any widsom would be WELL appreciated. If you know pricing too, what would you pay for this year and condition?

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Old 03-23-2008, 04:17 PM   #2
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:23 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. Do your research and look at a LOT of trailers before jumping in. You won't regret it. Before you know it you will be looking for trialer number 2 and 3.

Take a look here for price vs condition.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:32 PM   #4
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Lucy,

Being in the middle of a two year/$20k restoration of a 1967 Ambassador that was 90% original... I would suggest you look at something like this one . It is in very good working condition and is at a price that you could not touch by fixing one yourself. A trailer that has been lovingly restored will likely sell for much less than it cost to complete. The key is to find one that has been done well and the owner is willing to part with.

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Old 03-23-2008, 05:51 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forums......we recently purchased a 68 Ambassador figuring that it would have a rotted floor (rear bath) and need new axles and we were not disappointed. You see, we had a 69 Overlander before this one that we found out about the floor and axles after we had replaced the flooring and had fixed a lot of things in the trailer. It is very important that you check out the trailer for these issues especially with a rear bath.......they are fixable but you need to know what you are getting into up front IMHO. We love the look of our 68 Ambassador and can't wait until it is ready for camping. Do you have pictures you can post? Some people can tell about the axles by looking at how low the trailer sits on the wheels. Hope to see you down the road. pj
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:25 PM   #6
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Is $7500 to much to ask for an 1968 Ambassador?

The asking price is $7500. Is that to much?
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:34 PM   #7
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Need pictures of course, but for that price, the 68 should be pristine and ready to roll. You have any pics?
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The asking price is $7500. Is that to much?
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As Rob said... at that price it should be ready to roll. If not, a complete trailer in good condition would go for about half that price. If go cheap, be prepared to spend a lot of $$$ on repairs. The only reason I chose to go that route was that I wanted to do a complete re-do "my way"

Post some pics if you have them.
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The asking price is $7500. Is that to much?
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Yes. By a factor of 3. It WILL need axles ($2000), plus I have found that the original stuff that works now, can and will fail in the next few months of trying to use it.
There is currently a 29' coach in the classifieds (1989) for $1000 more than that price, and it doesn't need that much.
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Hi,
My boyfriend and I are looking for an airstream and found a 1968 Ambassador that looks like it's in pretty good shape, with about 90% Original interior. This would be our first AS and are looking to travel/live in it for the summer. We are trying to decide if it's worth saving a few thousand dollars to buy something that needs work and time, or if we should find something in pretty good condition, since we are new to AS life. Any widsom would be WELL appreciated. If you know pricing too, what would you pay for this year and condition?

Thanks!
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Back when we were "new" to trailering which was also long before we found airforums, we decided to buy something newer. We have no regrets as it gives us the luxury of working on a vintage trailer while still being able to camp in comfort.
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:45 PM   #11
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I was looking at a '68 on craigslist yesterday that was really very nice. It needed axles and a gaucho and this or that, but really darn near ready to show off and camp. It was listed for $5000.00 and needed about 3000.00 put in it to be absolutley perfect. If this is the 68 you are talking about, BUY IT. It will serve for many years to come.
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Here is an image for the Ambassador.
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More images of the Ambassador..What do you think??


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Old 03-23-2008, 09:58 PM   #14
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Looks nice! Not the sameone I was looking at as it did not have an awning. IMO If it is ready to rock, $7500.00 does not sound terrible, however it will need axles and they are $800.00 a pop for OEM. That does not mean you cant do things a bit economical but it takes a bit more doing. You might consider finding somebody here on the forums to do an inspection for you and test ALL systems. For 7500.00 everything should work. Good Luck and thanks for the pictures.
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