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Old 02-03-2007, 10:26 AM   #29
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Most important to me though is as Tim was alluding...the ability to hook that trailer up in a heartbeat and go to some neat campground or park and just enjoy the family time, and the outsdoors, and the memories we are creating each time we go.
cost of that......priceless.
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:34 AM   #30
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I was talking to some friends over dinner the other night, one of whom is thinking about restoring a vintage Airstream. The thought came to mind that due to individual tastes, exact condition of each unit, amount of work that can be done by the individual versus a shop, deals found/or not found on parts, etc. there is just no way to accurately compare resto costs. Mine was done 3 years ago and it seems the price of everything has gone up noticeably in that time. He "needs" a large fridge, I stuck with the smaller Dometic already in the unit - those types of things. Mine came with a new axle, will his? He also does not have a shop that he can put it in while he's working on it so then he would need to be doing this work during the warm months when he should be out camping in it. So it came down to, as Stef mentioned, buy the best one he can and then either just enjoy it, or make the few changes he wants/needs, but it's still a functional unit during the process. This is a person who has built many hotrods from absolute junkers so he knows the reality of taking all the receipts and hiding them so you don't get scared and sell before the project is done. His only concern about taking on a major project now that we chatted was he only has so much life left and does he want to spend a big chunk of it wrapped up in a project on the very thing he should be out enjoying. We tease him a lot, he just turned 61 the other day, and we keep telling him with all the other projects he already has on the go he simply does not have enough life left to finish them before we have to say our final farewells. Of course we always accompany those statements with a verbal list of which one of us he could give various cars/trailers/tools/Lionel trains to now rather than make us wait for the reading of his will. Good thing he has a sense of humor.

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Old 02-03-2007, 11:37 AM   #31
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Barry,
Just convince him that he has lots of life left - he has too many projects going - he doesn't have time to die anytime soon!
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:43 AM   #32
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...His only concern about taking on a major project now that we chatted was he only has so much life left and does he want to spend a big chunk of it wrapped up in a project on the very thing he should be out enjoying. We tease him a lot, he just turned 61 the other day, and we keep telling him with all the other projects he already has on the go he simply does not have enough life left to finish them before we have to say our final farewells. Of course we always accompany those statements with a verbal list of which one of us he could give various cars/trailers/tools/Lionel trains to now rather than make us wait for the reading of his will. Good thing he has a sense of humor.

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Barry,

I don't know your friend, but at 61 I would not be concerned about the project outliving him. I just turned 60 and hope to be enjoying our Airstreams for at least 20 years. We have members in their 80s who continue to attend rallies and I know a gal in her early 80s who continues to travel all over the US with her Bambi.

I hope he decides to take on the project, it appears that he has the skills and we need another aluminut.

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Old 02-09-2007, 06:57 PM   #33
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We spent 30k for the restoration/renovation + 3 for the trailer and then some to trick it out with some high-tech gear...

We're actually considering selling it within the next 6 months or so after 2 years on the road full time. (!)
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:06 PM   #34
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30K can you just tell us what it was spent on in broad terms?
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:08 PM   #35
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I spent $35,000.00 doing mine and my top offer is $8,000.00. Big loss, but a better trailer than my 06.

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Old 02-09-2007, 09:08 PM   #36
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30K can you just tell us what it was spent on in broad terms?
restoration, and trick stuff for the interior and exterior.

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Old 02-09-2007, 09:20 PM   #37
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I just can't see anything you could do that would cost that much $$$, really please explain how you can spend that much.
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:40 PM   #38
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The teardown is cheap!

1800.00 purchase price.
2.99 cotton gloves for pulling out old fiberglass.
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1802.99

I didn't figure in 6 months of intermittent labor, but now it's an empty shell. Hey, that didn't cost much at all!!!!




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Old 02-09-2007, 11:00 PM   #39
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In November we drove to GA for our 1st airstream...no towing experience... yet we drove 11 hours...Stella the Excella was in great condition when we bought her...just upgraded the interior to our tastes. Hardwood floors...upholstery...decor...check-up...new tires..ect We camped immediately in very cold weather because we just couldn't wait for spring....loved it. Since the one camping experience, we have purchased a larger tow vehicle...cleared trees for Stella's shelter and put up a metal 20x 30 x 12' building for a cozy little home for her. Heavy sigh... Then we spotted an airstream down the road...knocked on the door and introduced ourselves....came home with a 74 Argosy, which we are restoring ourselves..new fridge and stove arrived today... put in new plumbing and hot water heater...new bath and kitchen fixtures. Heavy sigh. 2 weekends ago we spotted an airstream looking very lonely and forlorn....knocked on the door introduced ourselves...long story short...came home towing one...and hauling another on a flatbed right behind it. I think we're getting in over our airheads. It has been fun! Great hobby...BUT...we've only camped once! I don't think we'll have time to chill with 3 projects going on. As far as the costs? We're just enjoying the process and the journey. Starting a hobby 3 months ago...and having 4 streams in the back yard???? Is this normal???
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:07 PM   #40
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Geeeeesh....YOU got it BAD! But you MUST post your pics!
We all want to experience your euphoria one and all...
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:23 PM   #41
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Well, my guess about the true costs... the folks doing the restoration are often like my hubby (NorCal Bambi) they would rather be fixing/repairing or out camping and traveling than fiddling with excel spreadsheets and formulas and such! Besides, as you mentioned... if everyone counted their man/woman hours on the project and figured minimum wage per hour... well, it would add up to a lot of moola!

I figure it is the fun, the time together, the nice people you meet ~ that is priceless!
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:28 PM   #42
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Hi! This list is very helpful to those thinking about restoring our Airstream. I was wondering...did you get your Cyclo polisher off of Ebay?
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