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Old 03-20-2008, 08:45 AM   #29
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Wow - you guys are tough!

Setting the price aside, it's a pretty cool restoration. It may take a while to sell it but there is some deep-pocketed person out there who will buy it.

On second thought - it's really no longer an AS - just the outside shell is. Everything else is custom built. Considering the costs of custom work, the price may not be that far out of line. Look at custom mohos. They go for some pretty steep prices. We're just used to AS price tags that are much lower.

The person who buys it wont be a camper staying at your neighborhood KOA. They will be someone in the movie or fashion industry who wants luxury accomodations on location.

The eBay write-up was ridiculous though - burnt red skies - give me a break!
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:40 AM   #30
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This'll never be boondocked, that's obviously artistic license in the description. It'll sit in the Hamptons as a pool cabana, 100 yards from the ocean. And I don't believe it's supposed to compete with Prevost, so the washer/drier issue is probably a non-issue. It is its own market.

I'd never have taken a gamble putting this much money into this project, but it's certainly realistic to think there are customers out there that shop the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog, (or FAO Schwartz for that matter!) There are always big boys looking for big toys.

Pam Anderson probably spent this much on her empty shell with a stripper pole... and didn't get 1/10 of the result these guys did. So I too have nothing but admiration for the quality of this one. As for the "NBA star who's been on MTV Cribs" customer they're looking for - I wish them nothing but success. I do think it'll sell a lot quicker on the DuPont Registry.
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:37 AM   #31
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If it was a 26 footer I'd be printing it off to use as a post rehab insurance comparible for sure. Side note, I was looking at the Powell & Bonnell Design showcase Airstream that's in Airstream Living by Bruce Littlefield and Simon Brown, that can't have been much less pricey can it?
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:43 AM   #32
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Wow - you guys are tough!

Setting the price aside, it's a pretty cool restoration. It may take a while to sell it but there is some deep-pocketed person out there who will buy it.

On second thought - it's really no longer an AS - just the outside shell is. Everything else is custom built. Considering the costs of custom work, the price may not be that far out of line. Look at custom mohos. They go for some pretty steep prices. We're just used to AS price tags that are much lower.

The person who buys it wont be a camper staying at your neighborhood KOA. They will be someone in the movie or fashion industry who wants luxury accomodations on location.

The eBay write-up was ridiculous though - burnt red skies - give me a break!
Exactly my thoughts. Matthew McConaghy owns at least a couple of Airstreams. That's the type of person this unit is targeting.

Overall, I think it's beautiful. Obviously, it's not practical-- but, I don't think that was ever the intent of the restorers.
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:43 AM   #33
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I really liked the little plastic army guys in the trailer. Now I wish I had kept mine, I could put them in my trailer. I wonder if they fall over while traveling?
What do you mean traveling? Will that trailer actually be on the road?

Or maybe you mean if you had them in yours...yeah, that's it.

I agree with Lewster, there isn't that much "high-end" stuff in there. Certainly not $140,000 worth. For that much, they must have also included the cost of the herbal remedy used to sooth themselves while making sure that "Not one detail has been missed".
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:28 AM   #34
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Whaddaya reckon he needed a light in the floor of the wet bath for?
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:21 PM   #35
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:40 PM   #36
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My thoughts were the southern California celebrity or recording mogul is/or should be the target for this type of conversion. I have seen several programs, including "Made in America" that said Hollywood's elite buy vintage Airstreams and spend over $100k on the custom conversions so this probably isn't that far out of line in that kind of market. Just remember, that "Hatbox" toilet cost more than $5,000 and the Gaganau (?) oven is more than $7,000 and induction cook tops run between $2,500 and $3,000. If the other details are in the same price line, $140,000 may not be too far out there.

I agree, that is not the kind of restoration that most of us here are into, but there is a market for it somewhere. Someone with the taste and intelligence to pull this kind of high end design off doesn't do it on a whim, they know there is someone out there. I am, however, surprised that he thinks he'll find them on e-bay...but then, you can find anything on e-bay!
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:13 PM   #37
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spray-on insulation in mega-$-AS

@ silvertwinkie
I just verified with my brother (sales-/tech consultant in the building industry, roofing, insulation etc.) that spray-on insulation foam can be had in all sorts of variants.
The techn. parameters (elasticity (sp?) etc.) can be adjusted. The foam could be mixed to be stiff-brittle and solid, foamy-soft, elastic and lots of versions in between.
Today.

When AS tested it (see Andy's reference) it might have been impossible to adjust the foam or they tried to stabalize the shell with it (which requires a stiffer version).
In short:
I would not rule out foam to insulate an AS - if I had access to the right equipment / know-how. The conventional insulation, however, will be cheaper and - given the poor thermal design of AS TTs (door + window frames, rips with little to no thermal breaks; single-pane windows etc.) - I doubt that spray foam would be worth the hassle.

Still a nice trailer
The potential buyer will IMHO probably prefer to have HIS TT at this amount of $

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I really liked the little plastic army guys in the trailer. Now I wish I had kept mine, I could put them in my trailer. I wonder if they fall over while traveling?
Got ya covered!

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Old 03-20-2008, 04:14 PM   #39
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Uhhh...

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Whaddaya reckon he needed a light in the floor of the wet bath for?
A) Mood
B) Trimming toenails
C) Entertainment
D) all of the above
E) none of the above

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Old 03-20-2008, 05:31 PM   #40
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Renovation vs Restoration

Interestingly enough, weíve all been calling this project a restoration (myself included.) The truth is itís a renovation.

A restoration is when someone goes through great lengths to restore the object (here itís an AS) to itís original condition. It involves a lot of work and effort to carefully disassemble, repair and reassemble to preserve the original design and function. Often folks restoring an AS will go as far as to find fabrics true to the period and even things like turquoise melamine dishes to go in it! In short, itís breathing new life into a bit of history. I have a lot of respect for people who will go through this kind of effort to restore a vintage trailer. Granted, there may be replacement of some systems to restore function, the intent is still to preserve the classic designs of that period in time.

MObi on the other hand is a renovation - a total gut job that bears absolutely no resemblance to the original unit. Granted, itís pretty cool in many ways, but it still totally destroyed the original integrity of the design - forever. And yes... high end finishes and appliances are very expensive. No doubt he has $125K in it.

Hats off to those vintage owners who respect the original design and work to restore it to that period in time.

Renovation vs restoration - enough said.
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While on the subject of hoping he gets his price...WOW!

eBay Motors: AIRSTREAM ENTRY STEP - ALUMINIUM -1950'S VINTAGE STYLE (item 160220987914 end time Mar-27-08 17:52:51 PDT)

Please tell me this person just didn't rivet on an Airstream nameplate and now wants $150 for this. Please tell me this step is actually worth more than $50 without the riveted nameplate.

Maybe it's just me, but the Airstream world seems to have gone mad. Then again, I shouldn't talk, one of the Airstream Life eBay watch items was mine about a year or so ago!
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:03 PM   #42
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Twink,

That's exactly what he did!!!!

"Up for auction: 1950's STYLE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM STEP. I made this step, for fun, from a picture I saw of an Airstream trailer show in 1950's Los Angeles, California."

If somone is stupid enough to buy this for that price....they deserve what they get!!!!!
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