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Old 02-19-2009, 07:15 AM   #29
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Thanks so much everyone for helping us see what we could be in for. I was ready to run at the thought of a total restoration, but after looking into it my husband is still interested.

We have always been tent campers and even did a week of camping in the South of France with a 4 month old, but it's time to upgrade. All of your experience has really helped us to get a better picture of what the reality might be. We aren't ruling this one out, but we will be doing some traveling this weekend to look at others in our area.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:03 AM   #30
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I have a Reese that I no longer use - where is Toddlerville, anyway?

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Old 02-19-2009, 11:17 AM   #31
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Thanks so much everyone for helping us see what we could be in for. I was ready to run at the thought of a total restoration, but after looking into it my husband is still interested.

We have always been tent campers and even did a week of camping in the South of France with a 4 month old, but it's time to upgrade. All of your experience has really helped us to get a better picture of what the reality might be. We aren't ruling this one out, but we will be doing some traveling this weekend to look at others in our area.
Just to note, many of the problems already discussed are not unique to Airstreams, you will see them on any old vintage trailer that has sat unused for some time. Windows and vents will leak when left unattended, and other brands of trailers used similar construction for the subfloors and furniture. If you're looking at vintage trailers, no matter the brand, keep your icepick handy, and be ready for the same types of repairs.

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Old 02-19-2009, 11:19 AM   #32
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I have a Reese that I no longer use - where is Toddlerville, anyway?

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It's up near the great lakes, but you won't find it on any map. It's right in between tantrums and sleep deprivation.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:06 PM   #33
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You mentioned you and your spouse were tent campers. That being the case the worse case scenario would still be a step up. Figure in the floor being replaced, some minor welding, two new axles, four tires, and maybe an air conditioner and your at approximately 3000.00. Seal it from leaks and you have a helluva tent that you can camp in and build as you wish. I'm doing the same thing. Any thing that still works is a bonus. The way I see it if it's not fully restored when you buy it there are things you'll want to change to suit your family's needs. Why not start with a clean slate?

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:40 AM   #34
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Make sure to tell us how it worked out. Want to know if you took the plunge.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:03 PM   #35
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Airstream found, Airstream bought

Well, it's not any one of the Sovereign models that we were looking at. We were scouring the 'net for Airstreams close to us and we happened upon one that we'd never seen before. We figured sure it was sold, but nevertheless we emailed about it. After some correspondence, we had an address and were on our way. It is an Overlander rather than a Sovereign, but we can deal with the slightly smaller layout. Within minutes of seeing the trailer, we knew. It felt right, the price was insanely low, all was good. New tires, perfect awning, window awnings, interior upgrades that were already in line with what we were discussing about doing to whatever trailer we bought. After looking around in and out and having a thorough tour by the owner, we were hooked. Down payment came out, camper is bought. We still have to go back and tow it home, but the deed is done. Just gotta find time to take 1/2 a day off of work. I even got a weight distribution and sway control hitch with the camper! Life is great. We can start camping right away. Only thing that I could find bad is that PERHAPS the axles will need replaced. But, the brakes are new so if we need axles then it's only the cost of bare axles and shipping. I guess it's time to find the local chapter of the WBCCI. Airstreamers...look out...you got a new family in the group.

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:37 PM   #36
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Looks like a BEAUTIFUL trailer... you will be very happy and especially if like you said it felt right... great deal...
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:40 PM   #37
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:59 PM   #38
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Jason & Andrea - That is a beautiful coach!! While you don't mention the price, I can't help but feel you got a much better deal than the auction trailer. Like you said, this one's ready to go & enjoy, while you make the repairs & upgrades you'll need & want to make this one your very own. As so many mentioned, there are ALWAYS other trailers out there and that advise has proven true. Please post photos of everything, outside & inside, then post photos of your modifications. Then post photos of you & your family enjoying your new-to-you treasure.
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:03 PM   #39
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Congrats, thats a good looking coach. Now go to the auction and pick up that that sovereign for about $500, then you will still have a project.
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:05 PM   #40
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:16 PM   #41
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Congrats on your new charge. Well it's to late to turn back now you are hooked. Truly amusing that a 35 year old can look so good.

The first Airstream I looked at was a disaster and with the help of the good people on this forum I was able to make the right choice. I can tell you that living with a 35 year old has been great. Good luck and happy Airstreaming, see you on the road.

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Old 02-22-2009, 10:24 PM   #42
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Well 27' is IMHO the optimal size. If you plan to tow and breathe.
'74 us almost the optimal year. I prefer 75 or 77, but 74's fine.
6500 from what we see is a great deal.
And you live right up there somewhere near the factory. Sweet if you need something. In fact you can pick up your axles and save a barrel of freight. (Your money will still go to California).
Now you do owe us the courtesy of goin to the auction and letting us know what happens and what the 77 looked like inside...don't you.
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