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Old 10-08-2009, 04:44 PM   #29
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To the people arguing for the position of just buying a vintage, look at it from the perspective of getting to go through renovating a vintage trailer except with a decent skin/frame/axle/wheel/brakes all from the get go.

This would be an awesome renovation thread to put up on the forums, just like A-Merry-Can's and Carlos's except providing new knowledge for the people that don't have vintage trailers to look at, but still want to see some How-To's on their trailer. Maybe have a review of Airstream's newer designs first hand.

These trailers might not have the history that a vintage would, or the prestige that would come from restoring a vintage, but to let these trailers get scrapped would be a shame.

It may stink, and it may have phantom problems forever more(don't vintage have em anyway?), but for young guys whom vintage doesn't appeal this is a great opportunity to get all the benefits of the newer designs without having to pay 60K for it. Even if it does cost 15k to renovate it.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:01 AM   #30
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To the people arguing for the position of just buying a vintage, look at it from the perspective of getting to go through renovating a vintage trailer except with a decent skin/frame/axle/wheel/brakes all from the get go.
Sadly, you will see most of those problems way early in the life of these trailers. And I think most who have full montied a trailer will tell you they have more than 15k in the job.

Yes, a restored vintage trailer will have problems, as do new.

In my opinion, and this only my opinion based on my observations, very few owners wish they had a "newer" AS, once the aluminitus sets in.. they want an older one, not newer. And I think the very act of owning an AS causes aluminitus.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:17 AM   #31
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Sadly, you will see most of those problems way early in the life of these trailers. And I think most who have full montied a trailer will tell you they have more than 15k in the job.
Well, while they may not have don a full shell off replacement, they have done extensive work on the rest of the trailer and from what I've seen are the only ones to put up a cost report with their thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f125...y-43744-5.html

Turns out they ended up around 10.5k with 13.5k being the cost of the trailer added in.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:51 AM   #32
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It may stink, and it may have phantom problems forever more(don't vintage have em anyway?), but for young guys whom vintage doesn't appeal this is a great opportunity to get all the benefits of the newer designs without having to pay 60K for it. Even if it does cost 15k to renovate it.
To be fair, I wouldn't attach a demographic to vintage ownership. I'm 38 and own a vintage trailer because its design was the best for my needs and uses - I'm certainly not alone in that. I could also pay $35k and get the benefits of a newer used trailer. No full rebuild needed, and there would be better resale from avoiding the salvage title.

I do agree that it would be a shame for these trailers to go to waste.

But having seen Annette's Folly in person, I think there would be more costs involved in restoring one of these flood trailers. IIRC, Annette was able to reuse basically all of the furniture, cabinets, and cushions. I wonder how well the particle-board furniture in these flooded trailers is going to hold up - I'd assume it has swelled from immersion and drying.

Not that a flooded vintage trailer (even a pre-71 with hardwood cabinets or my Minuet's aluminium cabinets) wouldn't have those problems - but then again, most folks don't start with a flooded vintage trailer...

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Well, while Annette may have been able to save the furniture, she still had to replace the axle/ air conditioner, which with these trailers, may have been saved. Not to mention the skin may still be viable. There is a ton of savings alone right there.
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A pair of Dexter axles run about $1100. No issues with bearings/brakes from being submerged. The AC is what, $900? Again, you know it will work, rather than something that sat underwater. That $2000 could quickly be consumed in cushions, mattresses, and interior finishes.

Again, I think it would be a cool project - but assuming that even the "hard goods" on these trailers will be trouble-free is optimistic. The big advantage is that you'd avoid the frame rot that usually needs to be repaired on vintage - but that's more time than money.

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While that may be true that all depends on what the owner decides to put into the trailer. It's up to whomever purchases these guys to decide what may or may not go inside. While things like a frame/ axle/ skin are constant.
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In my opinion, and this only my opinion based on my observations, very few owners wish they had a "newer" AS, once the aluminitus sets in.. they want an older one, not newer. And I think the very act of owning an AS causes aluminitus.
That is so very true. The construction of the trailer is a huge factor too. Next rally you attend count rivets. I suggest you start with that 07 or 08 next door. It will take you far less time than a 58- 62 of the same length. Don't even bother with a pre 58 for the number of rivets will boggle your mind. When you gut that trailer out 100% you will be wondering why there is huge gobs of caulk all over the seams. In the olden days sealer was put on the seams, now they stop the water in rain tunnel once it starts coming in. Those new trailers go in and out a few times before someone says "okay, that is good enough"
And while I am railing on...15K is the price of just materials. The 400 or more man hours are not included in that figure.
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And while I am railing on...15K is the price of just materials. The 400 or more man hours are not included in that figure.
Gosh, I hope we only have 400 hours in ours when done.. I suspect we will have double that.
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