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Old 10-02-2016, 07:24 PM   #15
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$500-1000 at most. Theses sellers are a joke asking those prices. You will drop $10k to have it fully usable for travel, thats materials only. Alas maybe your standards of revival aren't what others are and you could be on the raod for far less... Maybe a couple thousand. I paid 500 and was in much better shape. I disagree, the rear baths are so roomy and out of the way for extended travel. We are a young couple with 2 kids, imho we are so glad we don't have a dedicated bedroom that only gets used at night. The 31 footers are spacious and tow just as well as anything else. Good luck and don't waste your wad on that one.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:33 PM   #16
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We paid 3k for our 72' knowing it would possibly have rear end sag. Drove home perfect and has a decent shell with a scratch here and maybe there. But we couldn't be happier with the purchase. And after handing over the cash the PO then said he paid 5k for it a year before. I didn't feel too bad for him!
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:19 PM   #17
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I suspect you are looking at a shell off restoration if you can do this by yourself then I would go up to $3K. There are many good older Airstream trailers out there at a better price than this one.
We paid $5K for a 1969 31ft several years ago and ended up having to replace axles and fix rear end sag other than that everything worked and was in good shape.
Our son sold it last year for $7K.
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:15 AM   #18
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The outside, It looks in GOOD shape. But the inside and the rust would be something I would worry about. Not that it can't be fixed. But we just sold a 1986 for 12k and it was in a lot better shape. Wish you all the best. Please be careful.
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:15 PM   #19
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Thanks for all of the replies. I didn't realize the areas I posted were indicative of such worse problems. I am very new to this and appreciate the help. I've always wanted an Airstream, especially after I got the family suburban years ago. The suburban is a 1976 and I thought it would be cool to tow a similar vintage Airstream with it. I liked this trailer mainly because of the original interior. My wife and I have three children (4yrs, 2yrs, and 8 months), and plan on having one or two more, so a larger trailer is the ideal choice. (I might be one of the younger members here at 28yrs old).

The floors in the trailer felt solid, and I'll have to investigate the possible patch that was mentioned. I wish there was an easier way to get a look at the frame. One of the members here contacted the seller with some good questions and the seller again claimed no leaks and everything is perfect except the tires. Perhaps more members should contact the seller to get him to realize the trailer isn't worth as much as he thinks. I still think the seller hasn't even come to look at the trailer yet. The craigslist pictures are old (I can tell based on the amount of shrubbery around the trailer and the lack of other trailers around the Airstream in his photos) so I feel he doesn't want to look at it because he'll have to admit to the problems I've told him about.

I've already explained to the seller that the longer trailers never sell for much unless they're in mint condition or had a full restoration. I've told him about the rust and water damage. The NADA guides which he said he'd use to price the trailer put it at an average sales price of ~$2800. The trailer has sat unused and forgotten for almost a decade so they obviously don't care about it or need the money. I feel these days people see one person was able to sell their item for a crazy price and they think theirs is worth that much no matter the condition. I did a search on the all Craigslist page and found similar trailers, the ones as expensive as the seller is asking were beautiful ready to camp in nothing needed. Most were in various stages of neglect or renovation, but the ones in similar condition to the one I'm asking about were all in the $2000-$5000 range.

Sorry for the long post. Again I appreciate all the help so far and any more I will receive in the future.
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:37 PM   #20
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I think you're right on target with $2-5k for the value. It sounds like your still a little unrealistic about the amount of work required to get this thing camp ready when you start peeling the onion. I will send you a crisp new $20 bill in the mail if it doesn't need welding repair.

Find some "minor floor rot" threads and watch them spiral out of control. Don't convince yourself it's not a big deal to restore. Worth it, but expensive and difficult.

For what it's worth, I'm only three years older than you. I plan to make mine exactly what I want and keep it forever. I was willing to put way more into it than I could ever get out in a sale. If that's you, too, then get one for a fair price and get started. If this guy doesn't want to sell for a fair price, leave him your number and move on. This type of Airstream turns up for sale pretty regularly in this condition or better.
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:39 PM   #21
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At 23 years old I think my wife and I just might be one of the youngest! We both have wanted an airstream for about a year and a half now and have BIG dreams and hope to show our son the country. Good luck on finding the perfect one.
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:59 PM   #22
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The NADA guides which he said he'd use to price the trailer put it at an average sales price of ~$2800. The trailer has sat unused and forgotten for almost a decade so they obviously don't care about it or need the money. I feel these days people see one person was able to sell their item for a crazy price and they think theirs is worth that much no matter the condition. I did a search on the all Craigslist page and found similar trailers, the ones as expensive as the seller is asking were beautiful ready to camp in nothing needed. Most were in various stages of neglect or renovation, but the ones in similar condition to the one I'm asking about were all in the $2000-$5000 range.

Sorry for the long post. Again I appreciate all the help so far and any more I will receive in the future.


Now I know the guy was throwing a line of BS. Nada doesnt have any pertinent values for anything this old. The actual value of the trailer is what the market rate is, and that depends on the condition. They may list it as worth a couple hundred dollars. Where this guy got 2800, who knows.

The condition of this one except for the shell is poor. I would stand my my original estimate of around 2 grand max, and that is with the thought that its a full shell off restoration. Doing all the work yourself without a new frame will probably be close to ten grand and maybe a year to two worth of work. If it needs a new frame then that will cost probably 3-4 grand just for that alone on top of everything else. Listen to the people here that have gone through it all, this is not a quick, cheap or easy to do project.
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:08 PM   #23
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Check this Price vs Condition Guideline...31' Sovereign, 70's trailer in "As Found Condition" (as this one appears to be) should be in the $1800-$2400 range. Also check out "Table C" for some estimates what it'll cost to get it usable and roadworthy.

Good luck it you decide to go for it, but I think I'd look for one in better shape.

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Old 10-04-2016, 06:48 PM   #24
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Someone please show me an Airstream located in the southwest for less than $2500. Maybe in your part of the country, but not here. Hen's teeth are more common.

Look at the Los Angeles CL ads. There is someone paying a finders fee for cheap Airstreams.
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Old 10-05-2016, 02:34 PM   #25
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Looks like I'm being forced to start looking for a new trailer, texted the seller today and got this response:

It did/didnt sell per say. My mom told my uncle about it who told a friend and my mom let them tow it to Havasu to see if everything works then she will figure it out. Not too happy about it because I thought we were selling it straight out. I will let you know what happens. Sorry for wasting your time

Thanks again everyone for the help. I'll be sure to post up if/when I find a different trailer.
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:02 PM   #26
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The trailer has sat unused for 8-10 years, it'll need new tires for sure and new axles soon. It looks all original inside, but since it's been sitting so long I don't know if any of the appliances work, if the plumbing/electrical is any good, or if the tanks are clean. It'll definitely need to be cleaned inside and out. I thought that $5000-$6500 will be a reasonable offer considering how long it has been since it was used last and what'll need to be done to get it working safely before I could tow it. When I first talked to the owner's son he said he was thinking of putting it on craigslist for $9000-$10,000, but the ad he put up he has it listed at $12,500! Like I said I looked around on craigslist (using one of those search all of craigslist sites) and the prices for trailers of this size and comparable condition are all over the place, but most comparable trailers are closer to my estimate than what he listed it at.

So what do you all think?

Oh, here's the craigslist ad: http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/rvs/5805044044.html

I've told him about the rust through and water damage, but it feels like he wants to ignore that and is looking to get as much money as possible...
I feel like I looked at this one when I bought mine (two weeks ago) mine is a 73 excella in pretty poor shape. He was asking 3500 which is the high end of what the guide say is the range for that conditionI offered him 2800 plus gas from Maine to CT. He was really fair, and wanted to sell it to someone who would value an AS. He wasn't in it for profit he had received it as payment for some work he did.
Mine is a gigantic project. It's still sinking in, but I've wanted to do it for years and now I'm buying some property so I really have a reason. For that reason it also had to be "cheap"
Anyhow- I'm sure everyone else will tell you to weigh the costs of fixing it, also geography affects what the market will bear. But I think 12k is way too much , my two cents.
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:47 PM   #27
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Give it a name: TOO Too much asking over 3K. Too rough. Too heavy. Too old ( although I'm doing a 22' 1958 Caravanner I paid $4,100 for and have $11K into it to date) Too scary. Too everything......... When road ready - too ugly.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:22 PM   #28
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AbramJ, for what's uts worth, I'm only four years younger than you; bought my 31' in 2014 and honestly hoped to have it done by now... I am nowhere near close. Life happens. Mine looked to be in wonderful shape but when one thing leads to another it really adds up fast. Just know what you're getting into, it is a lot of fun working on it though!
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