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Old 04-04-2008, 06:43 PM   #1
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Value of 1969 27' Overlander Land Yacht

I am thinking of buying this but want to make sure it's worth it. It's a 1969 Overlander 27' Land Yacht. The guy is asking for $3000. It's in top condition. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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I am thinking of buying this but want to make sure it's worth it. It's a 1969 Overlander 27' Land Yacht. The guy is asking for $3000. It's in top condition. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Examine the condition of the axles.

From the one photo, it looks like theu are finished.

The following article will teach you how to easily check them out in a couple of minutes.

Dura Torque Axle

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Old 04-04-2008, 07:49 PM   #3
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I am thinking of buying this but want to make sure it's worth it. It's a 1969 Overlander 27' Land Yacht. The guy is asking for $3000. It's in top condition. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Axels are important and have a little sticker shock with them. Take a look HERE as well. The search bar in the upper right corner will help as well.
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:37 PM   #4
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on the surface it looks to be in way better condition than our 25' 69 that we paid 2k for last july, and other than the bathroom and a few pieces of the kitchen cabinet frame, most of the interior was gone. But yeah, expect to put some money into it, axles, updating water heater, propane hoses more than likely, and rot in the rear compartment/bathroom floor. As is if we were still looking we'd probably have paid that, or close to it.
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There are always surprises with a Vintage unit, however, the pics of this look like the coach is in good condition....better than some I have seen.

Be prepared for axle replacement, expensive but worth every penny.

Good luck and I hope you find the Airstream of your dreams!
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:26 AM   #6
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Unless it has already been done, it seems you can expect to replace the axles on just about any vintage unit. So while it should be considered in your calculation of the final cost to restore your trailer, I'm not sure it's really a consideration when comparing the price of one vintage unit to another. Unless of course, as previously stated, the axles have already been replaced, which will save you some cash, but at the same time that cost will probably be added into the selling price by the seller.

Anyway, in my recent research, it seems that the price of vintage units varies widely depending on location. Here in Texas, for whatever reasons, vintage AS units appear to be selling for much higher on average than the guidelines on the "Price vs. Condition" web page at VintageAirstream.com. In other areas of the country, the prices seem to be more in line with those guidelines.

I've looked at several Overlanders over the past month or so, and from what I've seen, and from the pictures you've posted, $3K looks like a pretty good deal. However, you should be sure to check out the subfloor and as much of the trailer frame as possible, because if those are not in good condition, then the price could be too high and you'd have quite a bit of work ahead of you to get it camp-ready.

Good luck!
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