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Old 10-02-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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Value on a '74 Overlander

Hey guys. Iv come across a fantastic find! Its a 1974 Overlander in near pristine condition. It doesn't even have clear coat peel! Its on ebay so Ill post the address here. Please PLEASE don't bid on this item unless I say I don't want it. I wouldn't put it on here if I knew someone was going to buy it out from under me

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Its got several days left but Id like to know what you guys think itll sell for. Being in such great shape, I don't see it staying at $8,000 for long

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Old 10-02-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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That Overlander does in fact seem to be in very good cosmetic condition.

It has a couple of concerning qualities. There's no mention of new axles, so you should assume that it needs new ones.

It has a 120v dorm fridge, which I consider to be a huge negative for actual travel (they're fine while parked w/ shore power, though.)

It has an electric demand water heater (that blue thing labeled "Titan"), which is a huge amperage draw for very low water flow at anything approaching a decent temperature rise. Electric tankless water heaters are a poor choice in a residential setting with 200A service, I think they're a joke in a 30A RV system and absolutely useless in a boondocking setting.

Finally, I'm always skeptical of new cosmetic flooring that's hard to check beneath (the laminate planks in the bathroom area.)

All of these things are correctable. However, with 6 days to go and with $8k not meeting his reserve price, I think it'll end up not selling, or selling for more than *I* would pay for it. At $8k it would be a very good deal with a 2-way fridge and a propane water heater, IF the subfloor is solid all around. Fridge + water heater is $1,500-$2,000. Pair of axles with new brakes is $1k-$2k.


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Old 10-02-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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Ditto DKB concerns plus I don't like the use of cpvc for plumbing lines. A much better choice would have been PEX. Looking at the electric water heater, the dorm fridge and the cpvc piping, I would also be concerned about some of the decisions the PO has made in areas that you can not see.

I don't think it is reasonable to expect anybody on AirForums not to bid on this trailer. It is not like something you found locally that airforms members would not be aware of. I mean it is Ebay. Any airforums member looking for a vintage trailer is probably following Ebay anyway as a source for finding a vintage trailer.

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