Originally Posted by circlem777
I am considering a preowned airstream trailer .... The information online is a little overwhelming. Does anyone have any advice on what I should look for in a purchase?
Everything said above in spades - then double...
First, you need to be knowledgeable in just what to look for - whether new or used. THe BEST source of knowledge is right here in the forums. Use the "search" function until you wear it out.
Read every one of the rebuild threads until you UNDERSTAND what to look for, and what to run away from. Soft floor? probably means wood rotted between the frame and the shell. No fix except to put good wood back - the Airstreams require a strong bond to make the frame, floor, and shell work together...be very careful of someone throwing a new floor down over the bad spots and not doing the repairs properly....the best way to KNOW it has been done properly is to have photos of the actual wood going into place under the shell.
Spend a couple hundred bucks and have someone who has ACTUALLY REBUILT an Airstream inspect the unit for you...it may well be the best money you ever spend.
Bringing an old AS back up is not inexpensive, nor is it for the faint of heart. Get a good handle on your own abilities before you set yourself up for a bunch of expensive heartache.
Purchase the unit in the best shape you can afford - it will pay off in the long run.
Check out what others have done, and at what cost, know what you will be comfortable with - both towing and using - and consider that there are many, many trailers out there that have been gutted by there owners who are now in way over their heads, with no hope of coming even close to recovering their investments.