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Old 01-13-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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Advice on fair price for 1961 Bambi

I'm looking for a smaller unit to convert into a mobile ice-cream vending business in NZ and have been searching from New Zealand. I am aiming to buy a unit that fits into a shipping container to help bring down transportation costs.

I am working with a person that restores and sells airstreams and they have offered a early 60s 16" Bambi. The asking price is $17,000 usd with the following work done on it:

- dent free detailed and polished exterior
- gutted interior (with existing wiring
- sandblasting the bumper and tongue and painting it with the Airstream Grey.
- Servicing the axle and brakes.
- All new Exterior lights and connector.
- Door Step refurbished or replaced.
- It needs part of the subfloor replaced and a few other things including 5 new exterior panels installed.
- Windows are refurbished and in good working condition.
- frame strengthened at the entry

I have not yet seen pictures but have asked for them. I have also asked about the condition of the frame underneath as I don't want any hint of rust.

I could probably ask for the unit not to be gutted and do this myself.

Any thoughts on this price? My guess is that the seller is prob making around 4-5K on the job.

Appreciate any feedback.
Sarah

PS. I am also truely questioning (that if purchased) how on earth I can bear to cut a vending hole into the side of a 1960s Bambi. I can see myself buying two of them !
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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Way to much! Look around more. I think there is one, with all the mods you describe, for sale here or on Ebay. It may be in the Austin Texas Craigs list too.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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You would find a Caravel to be only one foot longer, but a lot of money cheaper! I'd look for that too. I agree with Melody Ranch that the price is far to high for a gutted Bambi.
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I'm not sure I'd pay that much for a fully finished ready-to-camp Bambi! Yikes! You can do much better. Consider that you are looking in the dead of winter, when a lot of people don't even bother to try and sell their trailers. There will be a lot more available in the spring.

For the past year I have regularly seen someone in our area (Oregon/Washington) trying to sell an already gutted trailer that they began to convert to food service use. I think it was a Caravel. And it was a lot less money - like under $5k - which I thought was asking too much, which is why they've been advertising it so long. Seeing gutted trailers for sale is not an unusual thing, and seeing ones that have been converted (or began conversion and stopped) is not too unusual either.
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Thanks everyone, appreciate the responses. I will keep looking !

Stephanie: have you seen that trailer still for sale?

Becky: the Caravel would be ideal actually and prob better length.

Melody: thanks for the feedback, you can spot the novice cant you!!

Is Craigs List local listings the best source for searching? What does everyone think a fair price would be for a trailer (caravel, bambi ) with good exterior condition and not so good interior?

Thnaks again!
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The 1960's and 50's were narrow bodies which will fit a container. The Caravels, the Safari and Globetrotters were the shorter ones. There are several on Ebay and here in the Forums now for sale. Craigslist is a quagmire of crooks and shady dealers....there are good folks there too....but NEVER buy from them unseen and NEVER send them money.
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I would enlist the help of some Airstream forum members when you think that you have found the right one. You really need somebody to put an eyeball on it for you and take lots of photos, so you know what you are getting.

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Thanks Melody, the max width for a container is 7.64 feet or 92inches. The safari is a bit long, but the globetrotter is a great size. Where on the forum can I find the volunteer inspector list, i cant seem to find it.
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Hi Dan, good advice thats exactly what i will do. For a container the unit has to be max width of 7.64 feet or 92 inches. A container width is 8ft, so not alot of clearance on the wider models. I won't totally discount Roll on roll off cargo, but this turns the shipping cost from 2500usd into 8300usd.

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Thanks Melody, the max width for a container is 7.64 feet or 92inches. The safari is a bit long, but the globetrotter is a great size. Where on the forum can I find the volunteer inspector list, i cant seem to find it.
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What about the height? I would think that will be a big problem with any year trailer. What is the height allowed for a container?
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Here's a Globetrotter on ebay that's listed right now:

1964 Airstream Globetrotter -- (19 ft.) in RVs & Campers | eBay Motors

Much less expensive than $17,000!
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Thanks Melody, the max width for a container is 7.64 feet or 92inches. The safari is a bit long, but the globetrotter is a great size. Where on the forum can I find the volunteer inspector list, i cant seem to find it.
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Looking up container sizes I found this quote "Door size is 7.48ft height x 7.64ft width (2.28m height x 2.33m width)"
I don't know of any trailer that would fit through that door size, even the Bambi is higher, sorry.
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The 1960's Bambi's are very collectable. You pay a lot more just because it is a Bambi.
Look at the Safari or Caravell 1960's trailers. You'll find them at much more reasonable prices and they were not much bigger.
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Stephanie: have you seen that trailer still for sale?
I watch the ads regularly (just for fun, I'm not actually looking for another trailer), so if I see it again I will let you know.
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