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Old 11-11-2009, 12:23 PM   #29
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I go out of my way to find trailers that are in poor shape to "Bring life & Road to Vintage Custom Trailers" However you should know based on your pictures this trailer looks way past any type of bandaid repairs that other have suggested! It truly needs to be a frame-off restoration. There are only a hand full of shops that can even do this type of work! In the end you will have a "like-new" trailer but at what cost? If I was to put a price on this type of project that would produce a "like-new" safe trailer you would be no less than a starting cost of $20,000.... And that is for the basics with no upgrades! SO your question is "Is it worth it" This year and size can fetch a price in mint shape for $20,000 to $30,000 so I would say you would at best break even. Unless you want it for years of enjoyment?

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Yep what he said in terms of cost and effort.

I notice cinder blocks under the frame, and a spring that has sprong! Big question is can you get a rollback towtruck into the woods or a flatbed to get it out. Even with new tires and rims, I'd be reluctant to tow it 10 miles at 25mph. If the leaf spring looks that bad, I'd bet that the frame is GONE or close to it. It will need a new frame.

On the upside, it's straight and not "Ms. Dingalot". I like the fact that it's got the original refrigerator and stove. That makes it eligible for a restoration to original. You're not stuck with renovation. BTW more than one person has hidden a new refrigerator behind the old door.

I agree it's been a home for mice voles and in PA, you'll need a large stout garage to work on her.

(It is salable too, just wash the exterior.)

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Old 11-11-2009, 02:47 PM   #30
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:06 PM   #31
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It seems he has owned this Airstream for at least 3 years now.

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Old 11-12-2009, 04:57 AM   #32
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Lee, good find on that thread. He never responded in that earlier thread either.

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Old 11-12-2009, 06:17 AM   #33
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My wife and I are split on this project. She wanted to do it before "07" and I was against it, now as it seams, we switched ideas. Women....who gets them!?
I've been looking at alot of the posts and rebuilds and from what I see, anything with time and effort seems to be capable of restoring. This would take years for us, because we can not devote 40 hours a weeks for a year, Ha. A place, building to work in would be needed here in northern Pa. And most of all, alot of great advice from all you experienced "do it yourselfers".
Heres the deal, we are going to an auction on Sunday for a camp on the NY/PA state line. I doubt we get it, but if it's meant to be I probably will pull this trailer out, clean it up(the shell) and sell it. If we don't get the camp, I will maybe enclose the 24'x24' cement pad and take it from there. With the graces of my lovely wife of course.
This site is the best, you can find anything you need on it. Thanks for the replies and advice.
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:27 AM   #34
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My wife and I are split on this project. She wanted to do it before "07" and I was against it, now as it seams, we switched ideas. Women....who gets them!?
I've been looking at alot of the posts and rebuilds and from what I see, anything with time and effort seems to be capable of restoring. This would take years for us, because we can not devote 40 hours a weeks for a year, Ha. A place, building to work in would be needed here in northern Pa. And most of all, alot of great advice from all you experienced "do it yourselfers".
Heres the deal, we are going to an auction on Sunday for a camp on the NY/PA state line. I doubt we get it, but if it's meant to be I probably will pull this trailer out, clean it up(the shell) and sell it. If we don't get the camp, I will maybe enclose the 24'x24' cement pad and take it from there. With the graces of my lovely wife of course.
This site is the best, you can find anything you need on it. Thanks for the replies and advice.
The trailer is 26' long ... you'll need a "bump-out".
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:40 AM   #35
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This would take years for us, because we can not devote 40 hours a weeks for a year, Ha. A place, building to work in would be needed here in northern Pa. And most of all, alot of great advice from all you experienced "do it yourselfers".
As "do it yourselfers" who just completed the interior portion of our restoration and all but the polishing on the exterior, I concur, it will take a couple of years if you aren't able to work on it 40 hours per week for a year. Here's a conservative time estimate of what we've spent restoring our '56 Safari. It's definitely been a LOT of work, but the results are worth it.

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Old 11-12-2009, 12:56 PM   #36
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As "do it yourselfers" who just completed the interior portion of our restoration and all but the polishing on the exterior, I concur, it will take a couple of years if you aren't able to work on it 40 hours per week for a year. Here's a conservative time estimate of what we've spent restoring our '56 Safari. It's definitely been a LOT of work, but the results are worth it.

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That DOES look conservative! I've been working on the Silver Pickle for almost 4 years! :-) (part time, of course)
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:26 PM   #37
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No time....then flip it quick....one of the members here
will surely give you a fair price. No need to let it suffer
further in the woods there.
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That DOES look conservative! I've been working on the Silver Pickle for almost 4 years! :-) (part time, of course)
We drug ours home March 23, 2007 so I know the calendar time (2-1/2 years) is correct - but the amount of hours each week is what's conservative. We really haven't done much else with our free time during the last 2-1/2 years - except camping, traveling & such. The weekends/evenings worked took those and the weather into account...we did everything at home in our unheated garage or outside.

I know if we had kids or family nearby or had to do the resto off-site we would have even taken longer.

Originally, we thought we could do the project in one-and-a-half years...boy, were we mistaken!

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Old 11-12-2009, 05:18 PM   #39
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I pulled the 55 Safari home on 12-1-2007. When gutted, almost fell thru the floor that's how bad the floor was. Ours is a shell off, full restoration, I'm doing all the work myself, and that included lifting the shell off. Hope to be done next year, plus I work a full time job.

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