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Old 03-05-2008, 06:51 PM   #1
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Which Stream?

I can either get, for the same amount of money, a 1976 Tradewind or a 1998 25' Safari. Which would you get? The TW is in awesome condition, with just about everything being original. There is one soft spot on the floor, so there could be some rust underneath. The Safari has had some mods done to the inside. It is a lot newer and probably would be more feasible for long trips. What do you think?

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Old 03-05-2008, 07:18 PM   #2
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I wonder what normal expected price of a 98 safari is? It must be wrecked or something........
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:20 PM   #3
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well, it may have been wrecked. not sure though. it does have a decent dent in the skin . the main reason for it being cheap is that i know the guy.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:23 PM   #4
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unless u post a lot more details about each trailer (INCLUDING THE PRICE) to evaluate...

who knows?

based on the only info provided, the tw is WAY over priced or the safari WAY under priced...

pictures, details and condition and upgrades and so on...

then there are the totally subjective issues of really old vs slightly old, shinny vs not, modern vs retro...

and HOW the unit will be used.

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Old 03-05-2008, 08:03 PM   #5
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Pre-owned, most important considerations

Number one thing is a realistic view of YOU...

Do you finish projects or have 2 dozen half done ones lying around now?

Do you want to restore and camp or GO camping?

If you're not committed and talented enough to restore and don't know what evils may lurk, then PAY a certified RV technician or get a forum volunteer to do a thorough evaluation of how road-ready a prospective purchase is.

What can you REALLY afford? Do you need to consult with family or are you on your own? What will you need to give up to afford this hobby... expensive jewelry or FOOD? I never had kids... and I'm comfortable financially. It makes a huge difference. Should you really consider an Airstream if your kids don't have college funds set up?
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:09 PM   #6
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I'd get the '98 and see how you do with that. When you want the bigger vintage project you should be sure of what you are in for and why you want the one you have chosen.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:21 PM   #7
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Get the new one. Unless you are some kind of uber-craftsman with more time on your hand than things to do, that soggy floor is going to eat you alive to get fixed and you will want to get it fixed.

1998 everything is going to mostly work. I have been jacking around with old iron in cars for years and it is always one thing after another no matter how much time and money you have already spent. There is no justice when it comes to RVing, you just have to enjoy it and the cost is part of it. Hmm, maybe that last part is an argument for just do what you like if you got the cabbage.

Typical is about 100$/hour I have had much work done at the local AS dealership and have NEVER had them do anything for me that did not end up costing me less than a grand. It is like their LSB or something on the bill. I see you got one post, just thought you ought to know that the most important thing is that skin. Any little ding, dent, whatever, if you want it fixed it is about a grand a panel (for the small ones).
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I see your avatar and profile says 1976 TradeWind. Did you make up your mind and go with the TW? How bad is the floor? Everything working and axle not needing to be replaced? As you can probably tee, I like the vintage and if the price on the newer unit is the same as the TW, I'd question the newer one's hidden condition. What were the mods on the newer unit? Are they functional and done where they match the original remaining interior?

Post some pix.

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Old 03-05-2008, 10:07 PM   #9
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Sorry folks, left ya'll hangin' a little. flyfshr, you're correct. I already have the Tradewind.

1976 Tradewind

I bought it a few weeks ago for $6000. The interior is in really, really good original condition, just old. Everything works! I just need to figure out all of the LP system and make sure that's safe. It also came with a weight distribution system. There are front and rear stabilizers with an electric jack. It has the front wrap around windows and vista view windows. In addition there are 3 zipdee awnings. The bearings were just repacked, new shocks, brakes done. It has one soft spot by the front door with a few small rust areas on the underbelly. The tires look to be in great condition and I've already camped in it twice. The main thing to me was that it was clean and everything works. I don't need to put a lot of time/money into it, that I know of. Reading this forum and learning about the rusty frame stuff really gets to me. I guess ignorance can be bliss. And, the battery doesn't hold a charge.

'98 Safari

It seems like a good deal. The '98 is $4000. It's a 6sleeper and has mostly been parked. The front dinette was removed and in it's place a desk was inserted. Instead of the original front couch, a different futon-like thing was mounted. The rear matress needs replacing. It has wood or pergo flooring. There is a stove and I believe just a microwave, no oven. I haven't seen the damage to the panel yet, but that could be a huge sticking point for me. I can't tell what type, if any stabilizers are present. It has a manual jack. No wrap around windows and only 1 awning. It's also missing the bathroom door.

Okay, so my main concerns are the frame of the Tradewind. I don't want to take my family on a long trip and just have it quit on me. Worse yet, I don't want it to quit on me while I'm driving and get hurt. The difference in price is quite attractive and could be put toward the new one. To answer Foiled Again's question, I don't have time to do a ton of projects. With a wife, a 2 year old, another on the way, and a big dog that needs walking, I simply can't make it a priority. I love vintage things. I like history. I will send some pics when I get home. Thanks for everyone's help.
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Nobody? Nothing else?
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:15 PM   #11
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Sorry folks, left ya'll hangin' a little. flyfshr, you're correct. I already have the Tradewind.


'98 Safari

It seems like a good deal. The '98 is $4000. It's a 6sleeper and has mostly been parked. The front dinette was removed and in it's place a desk was inserted. Instead of the original front couch, a different futon-like thing was mounted. The rear matress needs replacing. It has wood or pergo flooring. There is a stove and I believe just a microwave, no oven. I haven't seen the damage to the panel yet, but that could be a huge sticking point for me. I can't tell what type, if any stabilizers are present. It has a manual jack. No wrap around windows and only 1 awning. It's also missing the bathroom door.
$4000 for a 98 is VERY low, unless its been in a bad accident with a lopsided body. Let me know if still available!
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:18 PM   #12
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I just found out that the "dent" in the rear is about 8-10" in diameter, caused by backing into a tree. Its my buddy that owns it, so he's giving me the buddy deal.
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Depending on the severity of the damage, I still might have taken the newer trailer......but that's pretty much based on my skill level for repairs and the potential cost of appliance replacements in the older trailer. Also adding in to my equation might be holding tank capacities and condition of the axles in the older trailer. If that floor has a soft spot the other question is whether the soft spot has been caused by a hidden leak which is still active.

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you feel like taking up the floor and finding the extent of damage where the soft spot is...ask Soldiermedic. He can tell you about our floor rot woes....
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