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Old 08-14-2014, 11:12 AM   #1
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Hello Airstream Army!

Found this on Craigs list ,and its in my neighborhood!
1972 Airstream For Sale

This is South Florida and if its been sitting uncovered for 12 years then there will be leaks and water damage. DUH

Can anyone guess the Length or any other things from the pictures? i think im going to look at it today or this weekend.

I've never owned a trailer but i have just recently read "restoring a dream" by tim shephard.

i must keep telling myself this is not the only airstream on earth!

my planned use will be traveling (With SO and 5lbs dog) to state parks and possibly full timing when/if we buy property in the future.

ive never been inside a AS before so im not sure what length we would prefer, MY SO has stayed in a AS for a few weeks before, guessing it was a 31ft.

thank you all!

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Old 08-14-2014, 12:15 PM   #2
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Looks like a pig to me. If the price is over $1000 then it is too much.


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Old 08-14-2014, 12:18 PM   #3
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Lord that Airstream looks unloved! Aside from the mold, rot and leak concerns, it's worth considering that any pre-1974 trailer is not going to have a grey tank so you will need to be prepared to carry a blue boy along.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:32 PM   #4
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Says 1400 & open to offers, I would be doing a full modernization.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:09 PM   #5
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I there is one 0 too many in the price!! Some things are best left alone, and this looks like one of them.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:17 PM   #6
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Oh wow. Not sure it's worth it.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:37 PM   #7
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It's not a 31 foot Sovereign - not enough windows on the port (non-door) side. Maybe it's a 29 or 27 foot model. It does look unloved, and would require a lot of work and money to put it back into usable condition. But, if you're up for doing a complete, major remodel, then go look at her and make an offer. Costs you nothing to go look.

A few things I noticed from the pictures:

The rear hatch is sealed with foam insulation. So is the roof fridge vent.

The rear window is sealed with some black stuff. Probably to try and stop it from leaking.

The door latch has been removed, and it looks like a sliding hardware catch was installed. If you want to replace the latch with an original style, that will cost about $450.

There are a few pretty good dents in the front panels. You may be able to straighten them somewhat, but if you want the dents totally removed, you'll need new panels. This can run $300 to $600 each plus shipping. That's just for the panels. Installation would be more.

There are no good pics of the rear corner panels on the street side. They may be dented as well.

If you do go look at it, walk around the entire floor and feel for spongy spots. The rear section of the floor under the bathroom is almost guaranteed to be rotted and will need to be replaced. Which means gutting the bathroom.

I'm not trying to scare you away, just want to make sure you look at her objectively. We spent 6 years remodeling Little Girl ('72 Sovereign), and a boat load of money. We did all the work ourselves. Took 6 years in part because we both still work full-time, and it's impossible to work on her in a Minnesota winter since she sits outside.

Good luck!

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Old 08-14-2014, 02:41 PM   #8
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All a matter of how big of a restoration project you want to sign up for. Or should I say "do you want to camp in the trailer, or just work on it for the next few years?" I'm still rebuilding the '73 Globetrotter I bought 3 years ago on the Florida panhandle, and it looked about as bad as the on in the ad.
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:29 PM   #9
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The fact that the trailer is close to your home and has a good title adds value to the trailer. Make sure that the title is in the seller's name and not an open title.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:14 PM   #10
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This trailer would need to be redone from top to bottom. Others have done this. A good bath and it will look different to you.

That being said, my top offer-$500.

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Old 08-14-2014, 04:22 PM   #11
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What it would cost to make that nice is way more than what the trailer will be ever worth! You would be way better off buying a nicer one to start with. You can thank me later!
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:28 PM   #12
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Just spoke with him on the phone, had a death in the family that's the reason for selling. He's got 4 trailers two of them are airstreams. Said it's 22ish feet and the other is 30ish. Gonna see them Friday or this weekend
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:41 PM   #13
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That trailer is a showcase of ham handed and inept repairs and general neglect and abuse. At 1000 bucks or so, its really a parts trailer and the parts that are usable may be quite minimal. As Chris mentioned, it has had water intrusion in the rear as evidenced by the black gunk around the window and the foam around the hatch. Lots of ugly paint on the inside and large dents in some of the panels. Gotta wonder why the owner couldnt at least spend a couple of hours cleaning off some of the mold and mildew on the outside, but that just reinforces the long term neglect.

I think there is a sweet spot in cost on these 70's and earlier trailers. Probably its somewhere around 5-8000 or so and you should be able to get one that has reasonably good bones that can be used initially and then improved over time. More than that and I would start to expect that some or all the work has already been done. Less that that and you are pretty well looking at a shell off full monty. And of course even if you do spend more, you can be in for some surprises, just ask Milllertime about his Florida rig.

BTW, thats an Overlander, 27 foot, I know it well.

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Old 08-14-2014, 08:07 PM   #14
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Thank you for all the advice!

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