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Old 03-08-2009, 09:01 AM   #1
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What's the Estimated Value?

I found this AS, talked to the owner and we have discussed it's value. I'm looking to get a consensus on what it's worth. It's been used as a storage locker, it's a bit dinged up, but it doesn't look like it has any leaks, surprisingly. The owner had in set in place by a crane. I'd have to remove it the same way. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:11 AM   #2
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Without seeing the rest of the entire layout..
Valued 1$ to 100$
Remember, the crane cost and, the "you towed" it away cost as well...
At that, you are only but just starting to redefine the term, "Money Pit".
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Just between the two of us.. you paid him 500$.. tell me that's right?
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Ouch! That end cap looks sad. Are any of the window frames dented? It's a 13 panel. Caravanner from the looks of the roadside windows. '56? '57? Ohh... they all leak. Here is a resource page - Price vs. Condition - Airstream Values. I'd say it's off the low end of the value listed for 'as found.' 53flyingcloud's estimate sounds about right.

Value? After $30-40K worth of work it might be in the upper teens. Hard to say what the market will do.
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I don't know what cranes cost but it might be cheaper to take down the fence, move it out, and put the fence back up.
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I found this AS, talked to the owner and we have discussed it's value. I'm looking to get a consensus on what it's worth. It's been used as a storage locker, it's a bit dinged up, but it doesn't look like it has any leaks, surprisingly. The owner had in set in place by a crane. I'd have to remove it the same way. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks
The "original" window frames would bring about $150.00 ea. on ebay.
The aluminum scraped should bring about $500.00

Need to see the inside, but my guess would be: $2000.00 then minus your time and labor would make it free, the owner should pay you for the removal.

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Old 03-08-2009, 09:48 AM   #6
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If it is dented as severely on the back end as it is on the front, it's much more than I would want to take on at any price. Considering it would have to be gotten out of the yard via a crane could create further problems. If the frame is at all weak, the crane lift could be catastrophic.

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With all of the cautions that have been voiced above plus all of the other unknowns that will pop up, the list is seemingly endless. I have to referred back to something my father once told me.

"Sometimes Free Too Much"

Unless of course you have limitless supplies of money you don't know what to do with. And a couple of years worth of weekends that you have no plans for.

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Old 03-08-2009, 11:46 AM   #8
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The big hole in the side would definitely let water in. I agree, you should be given the trailer for the cost of lifting it out again. Good luck!
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:23 PM   #9
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The place where the trailer is looks more like a junk yard than a back yard. I think the owner should pay for the crane and some money to you to haul it away. On the other hand, if you take it away and restore it, you'll have something to talk about for decades to come, though your friends will quickly tire of hearing it.

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Scrap prices are way down. Around 40 cents for aluminum compared to over a dollar a few years ago.

A month ago a friend stripped an aluminum delivery van body and all he got was $75. An Airstream would probably get you $100 to $150 but the aluminum has to be clean, no iron or steel. It would be a few days work to strip the trailer and then you have the problem of disposing of the wood, fibreglass, insulation, glass etc.

This is why no junkyard will take a trailer or motorhome. It's not worth the bother for all you get out of it, and this was true even when aluminum was worth 3 times what it is now.
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:33 PM   #11
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re: Cost

the street side front does not have a hole in it. For some reason a piece of tar paper is stuck to it making it look like it's a hugh gash in it. lol I thought the same thing when I saw the photo but forgot to post about it.
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That's in some rough shape. Is there any interior left to it, or is it stripped out?

I bought a trailer that was in good, working condition, and still spent several thousand fixing this and that to get it to the condition where we can just grab it and go. After having been through frame and floor repairs, I'm not sure I would touch a project like the one you're looking at for any price! I might pass on it for free - because the cost to get into it is just the beginning!

I guess the final question is what do you want to do with it? Pool house, pet project, or camper? Because if camper is your answer, you might get frustrated by the length of project this could turn out to be. If you're looking for a fun project, it might be just the thing.

I can't imagine buying anything that involved the services of a crane though!
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:29 PM   #13
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I think I paid $175 to crane a hot tub onto a deck about 15 years ago. I can't imagine what a trailer would cost.

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Old 03-08-2009, 06:59 PM   #14
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If the interior is very good and the damage in the pics is the full extent of it it may have some value to it. It would require an entirely new end cap to make it look decent. The old ones are all flat aluminum sheets, not compound curved, so the material cost for those would not break the bank. If you have the expertise to build a new end cap yourself, and nothing but time on your hands, It might be something to consider.
Whenever you look at one this old you have to assume a full monty is going to be necessary. The cost is ALWAYS more than the final value. The question I would ask is are you in love with it? That is the one thing that you have to quantify for yourself. It is the only thing that might make it worthwhile to you.

So, are you in love, or is it just a fling? Two ships passing in the night?

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