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Old 08-15-2014, 07:06 AM   #15
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It is no worse than 99% of them that have been cleaned up to look pretty on the outside. They are all pigs from that era with rotten frames and floor etc. At least you know you won't be saving much of this one. Most of the time the eager buyer will pay $5-10k on one that looks better but when they get into it, it will be the same amount of work that you are facing. A total rebuild is a total rebuild.

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Old 08-15-2014, 08:52 AM   #16
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Lol..... So much truth spoken here..... Frame should be back from welder next week .

Expect extensive frame repairs, new floor, mice condos in the walls, etc.


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Old 08-15-2014, 09:20 AM   #17
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Its not what you pay for it, even if they paid you just to haul it off. The cost starts from that point forward as you start the repairs and refurbishing. The axles, brakes tires will need to be placed. Rear bath model you can bet on rear frame separation, costly. Floor rot I would bet as well. Water lines and fixtures will need to be replaced as well as all of the appliances and AC. At this point you have not even started on the fun things such as making pretty. How do I know this I did the same project on my 1976 Sovereign that I bought in 2000. I started out keeping a tab of the cost, but that was depressing so I stopped doing that. Today mine is completely refurbished from top to bottom inside and out. But I would never do a project like that again. Good luck if you decide to rescue this poor Airstream.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:59 PM   #18
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He hasn't gotten back to me yet about a viewing, been browsing eBay and CL.lemme try my see what you guys think of this.
http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?n...258411&alt=web

As the description says all he's done is polish,rig the shower, install plywood flooring and A/C. Doesn't say anything about the frame. I feel like if the frame/floor and shell are solid I can deal with paying around this cost.or does this smell of polished turd?
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:49 PM   #19
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For a total frame-off restoration, I'd say go for it. Dented front panels? Big deal! Pull the dents, and it will probably look fine. Power washers work great too.
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:31 PM   #20
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He hasn't gotten back to me yet about a viewing, been browsing eBay and CL.lemme try my see what you guys think of this.
http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?n...258411&alt=web

As the description says all he's done is polish,rig the shower, install plywood flooring and A/C. Doesn't say anything about the frame. I feel like if the frame/floor and shell are solid I can deal with paying around this cost.or does this smell of polished turd?
I would worry about the lack of interior photos. What is being hidden by no photos? You need to know what condition the interior is in before even bothering to go look at it, I would think. Polished turd a definite possibility! (Love the terminology!)

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Old 08-17-2014, 05:37 PM   #21
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I don't like the look of the straps attached to the rear panels that look like they are holding the frame from dropping. Check for rear frame problems. Any Airstream this age is going to cost money to refurbish. Just depends how far you want to go.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:45 PM   #22
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I don't like the look of the straps attached to the rear panels that look like they are holding the frame from dropping. Check for rear frame problems. Any Airstream this age is going to cost money to refurbish. Just depends how far you want to go.
That would be a big concern of mine too. Interior remodeling doesn't look all that good, lots of raw plywood, exposed pex on the wall, original AC or one at least over 20 years old, original fridge. Axles are shot, rust on lower rear frame. Unless you can visually inspect before you take possession, I would pass.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:17 AM   #23
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We'll he's not responding to my calls and txt now, oh well.

http://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/rvs/4618773517.html

This is already gutted and has had some frame work done. Probally gonna get a hitch installed on the TV this weekend.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:23 AM   #24
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That abandoned project is way over priced. There may be some value in the labor the PO has put into gutting it, but if he didn't keep all the parts he took out of it (and do a good job of labeling/cataloging them), you will be at a severe disadvantage when it comes time to start the rebuild. I'm thinking at the very least in terms of the interior skins.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:43 AM   #25
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Yes I don't think I'd pay $3500 for it maybe 2500, I wonder what the cost would be to do the interior with aluminum, or a fabric style. [IMG]<a href="http://imgur.com/sURZYsg"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/sURZYsg.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com"/></a>[/IMG]

Maybe it's Florida but it seems like everyone with a old air stream is trying to sell it over priced just because it's an AS.

I see 70s trailers going for 8k and nothings been restored! All o
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:53 AM   #26
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Yes I don't think I'd pay $3500 for it maybe 2500, I wonder what the cost would be to do the interior with aluminum, or a fabric style. [IMG]<a href="http://imgur.com/sURZYsg"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/sURZYsg.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com"/></a>[/IMG]

Maybe it's Florida but it seems like everyone with a old air stream is trying to sell it over priced just because it's an AS.

I see 70s trailers going for 8k and nothings been restored! All o
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I suppose the true value of a trailer is whatever the market will support. You see seemingly overpriced wrecks everywhere, it all boils down to how badly you want that trailer. As discussed above, the price you pay for the trailer is just a down-payment, by the time you completely rebuilt it, you will dwarf the initial cost.

The problem with completely missing interior skins is that there are a lot of little puzzle-piece shapes. It would be nightmarish to try to recreate interior skins without a template.

I just went through the process of rebuilding my interior with fresh aluminum (but I have the original skins to use as templates). It has taken 10 4'x12' sheets to do a 21' Globetrotter. Sheets were $60 each, so $600 price tag for the aesthetics of a shiny interior.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:35 PM   #28
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The problem you have with replacing your interior aluminum walls with fabric, is that the interior skins do serve the purpose of holding the wiring and insulation in place. I suppose you could use some kind of spray-in foam insulation, and imbed the wiring in it, and that might solve that problem, but spray-in foam is known to create a few problems as well--I wouldn't recommend it.
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