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Old 08-21-2014, 01:56 PM   #29
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That is the definition of a hot mess. Run away! Fast.

Even a bath would have helped the sellers...but they obviously don't even care enough to do that.

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Old 08-21-2014, 02:10 PM   #30
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Thanks for the input belegedhel, I suppose it would be pretty difficult to do aluminum without templates.

Seems like with my budget I'm going to be dealing with some obstacles.
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Old 08-22-2014, 02:49 PM   #31
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When I was looking for my Airstream, I thought I had a budget in mind as well. I spent two years looking for the perfect combination of size, floorplan, genre, and condition. Ended up buying one that fit most of my criteria, but made the mistake of driving so far to "look" at it, that I couldn't go home empty handed, and bought a trailer that ended up needing a lot more work than I would have preferred. I am now three years into a complete overhaul, and have thrown away any preconceived notions I had about a budget.

To make some gross generalizations, I would opine that any trailer that is 40+ years old and hasn't already had either a lot of refurbishment or a lot of daily maintenance done, will require a lot of work/money to make it safe and comfortable. There is certainly lots of middle ground between an "as-found" wreck and some of the works of art that you see being rebuilt here on the forums, but if your budget is too tight, it is easy to blow it if you need to replace any large appliance, let alone your entire floor. I know that there are some people who pick up an ancient trailer and camp in it on the trip back home, but those are likely to be rare examples.

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Old 08-22-2014, 05:42 PM   #32
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Very smart of the OP to post pics and ask for advice from all us "experts". It's amazing what we can see that an over emotional prospective buyer will over look due to brain blindness.
I remember commenting to a friend after looking at pics of his new 2 him Classic MH that the one rear wheels was steel and the side wood vinyl decal was missing from the back side. Both of these had escaped his attention the day he went to go look at it, (among other things).
We won't even go into what I missed from my "mint condition" rig.

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Old 08-22-2014, 08:25 PM   #33
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SpitFireRX -- No advice either way here but if you do buy it and decide to part it out please post on the forums classifieds. I could really use a set or 2 of the window arms and have been looking for them for quite some time.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:15 PM   #34
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This one just came up. 1973 Airstream

Looks OK from the front,I tried to check that serial number but it's like it's out of order. Can any make sense of it? I have a PDF guide about what it means but there should be additional letter no?
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:24 PM   #35
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Looks like a 1965 to me, with an A&E awning from the 70's kludge do onto it. It's a mess.


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Old 10-01-2014, 01:52 PM   #36
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Yeah no way its a 73 im sure thats why you only see the front. i asked if he had title and no response soooo yeah its a pos.

Heres another 1979 Airstream 31ft Excella 500 Aluminum RV Travel Trailer Motor Home

it looks like its been sitting for a while, and the interior is a mess. but if the outside is mostly dent free and the frame is holding up.... maybe

Also the Excella 500 Isnt listed in the Trailer Weights PDF From AS i guess this model is a little bit more rare since its top of the line?
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I imagine this rig is in the 4800 - 5000 lb range. You can see one in better shape here: 1979 Excella 500 31' - Vintage Airstream
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:19 PM   #38
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Cool and thanks for the photos, I really am liking the excella 500 model
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Yep its center bath, he said he's got a few people coming Saturday to see it. Im thinking of taking off work early on Friday to go see it. Anyone see anything I'm not?
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Yep its center bath, he said he's got a few people coming Saturday to see it. Im thinking of taking off work early on Friday to go see it. Anyone see anything I'm not?
Are you talking about the one for 3800? From the pix I'm not too impressed. With that much neglect, there is probably a good amount of water damage which means either bad floor, frame or both. OBO on that should be about 1500 to 2000 and plan on a complete shell off and maybe a new frame as well as new appliances. It's a 31 footer, and they are not that desirable for most folks looking these days. The one Janet linked to would be a much better candidate. You really need to start with a rig with good bones rather than a basket case. Unless of course you live for challenges.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:47 PM   #41
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The one Janet linked was from an archive. Yes I'm referring to the 3800 obo. While I agree it's been sitting exposed a trailer like the one Janet posted could easily go 8-10k. I will be checking subfloor and any exposed frame bumper areas for water damage and rust.
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The one Janet linked was from an archive. Yes I'm referring to the 3800 obo. While I agree it's been sitting exposed a trailer like the one Janet posted could easily go 8-10k. I will be checking subfloor and any exposed frame bumper areas for water damage and rust.
That trailer is overpriced. You are getting into the off season and the price does go down. Unless the belly pan is completely off, you will not know the full extent of any damage underneath. When you see lots of neglect on the topside and interior, its pretty much a certainty that there will be problems underneath.
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