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Old 04-23-2008, 08:56 AM   #15
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...if I could get them looked at by someone who knows what to look for that would be great and then he can decide what he wants to do...
You may want to check & see if someone on the Volunteer Inspectors List is nearby and willing to help you out ~

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:20 AM   #16
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If your FIL is willing to pay for the trailers and for all of the necessary repairs for their restoration, I say go for it. Otherwise, it might be wise to wait and look around quite a bit first-- educate yourself here on these forums, read through all of the "Full Monty" type threads that were linked above as the "major renovations," and really try to get a good idea of what you might encounter in a vintage unit that is unrestored.

After you do that, then you can really start your search. I've been looking for several months, and have thought I was close a couple of times, but haven't ultimately pulled the trigger yet.

The two best pieces of advice I continue to hear from the veteran vintage Airstream owners are this:

1) There's always another one.
2) It's easier to buy the right trailer, than to try to sell the wrong one.

Good luck, you've been given lots of great advice so far, and there is more all over this board. Now it's up to you to determine what you're willing to pay, and how much work you're willing to do.

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:47 AM   #17
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The other potentially huge cost factor in this that nobody has mentioned is tow vehicles. Do you have a vehicle that is suitable to towing either of these trailers? If not, more cost on top of restoration.
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:53 AM   #18
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I'm afraid that I must agree with the others. If you want to use your Airstream for business travel, you don't need any trailer problems. We run our Moose Tags business from Lucy on the road. We use Lucy to attend trade shows and other promotional events. We also fill Internet orders while on the road.

We own four antique cars and have owned and restored several others. We know what's involved when it comes to older mechanical equipment. You are considering two Airstreams that are both over 35 years old. Unless they were meticulously maintained or restored, you will porobably be looking at major restoration expenses and a lot of down time. These expenses could easily far exceed the purchase price, and the trailer would not be usable during retoration. Before you are done, you may find that you have spent more than you would for a much newer, servicable Airstream.

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:41 PM   #19
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So I am looking into this now as per towing, but I do have a 1983 Toyota Landcruiser and it is a beast of a truck with a rebuilt engine and newer brakes and tires. We towed our Jeep Cherokee packed to the nines with our entire household across the country on a dolly with the Cruiser full, including the roof rack completely packed down and heavy as well. I am pretty sure that it will work out but if anyone knows any info would help.

I have heard of the 24 & 25 foot A/S being pulled by 4 -runners and other Toyota trucks so I would think we should be O.K.


Also has anyone seen this trailer? Any thoughts before I drive 300 miles to see it? Looks in pretty good shape by the photos.

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:44 PM   #20
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By the way, did I say thank you to all of you. What a big help, this site is great and so informative. We plan on living the lifestyle as we have always wanted to and we tend to live our passion because it is more fun that way.

If we make it in time we will be at the Burningman Festival this year.
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:12 AM   #21
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Nice looking trailer; however, probably no gray water tank and the original frig has been replaced by a small household type. Putting a new gas / electric frig in is going to cost you about $600.00 to $800.00 for the small one. That's also a steep price for a 73, unless you know that the running gear (axels) have been replaced and the trailer has no other major issues.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:37 AM   #22
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To agree with everyone else, i doubt you'll be able to buy these bad boys and be camping the next day, but if dont mind getting your hands dirty and a few bucks or more maybe it may be worth it. Find out if they have been sitting for awhile??? I bought an 89 345le moho, which had been sitting close to 2 years and all of my water lines were clogged, fridge stopped working, and many other small things. Make sure the ac's fridge and hotwater heaters work.... if you havent looked at prices on those units to replace all would probably be close to $2000 or more if you dont do it yourself.
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FWIW, Having been down that road, I don't think you should look at anything older than a late '90's model.
You said you were going to travel with it, and merchandise a product, therefore the cost of the TT and the maintenance are a business expense that is able to be depreciated.
If you are focusing on the business of selling the product you won't have the time to do extensive maintenance on the unit and will need a reliable unit to support you and project a positive image to your customers, (what better than an AS?)
A lot of good advice in the previous threads about looking carefully and with out any blinders on to the difficulties of major work needed by the older units.
Best of luck in your endeavors and look us up at the Burning Man. (GO Bobcats!)
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So From all your advice here I am pretty sure I can talk my father in law out of the purchase and into a more intelligent one.

I was reading about the Argosy and that it is a lighter trailer??? Any comments or advice on these. They seem almost the same, just painted from what I read and maybe a bit easier to upkeep???

I do love the wrap around windows!!!

Any comments on this one?
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Do I look for the same things? Anyone know? I will probably post on the argosy trailer forum, but your input would be great too.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:28 PM   #25
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Oh by the way, all the newer trailers are too heavy for my TV.

Gotta be under 4000 and the more under the better

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Old 04-24-2008, 10:21 PM   #26
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Whether it be an Airstream or Argosy, you are still looking at an older trailer that may involve additional work and cost to get it road worthy and ready to camp in.
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:01 AM   #27
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That Argosy looks pretty good, it looks a lot like the one we bought, but always look something over REALLY well and never take anybody's word that something works. Check it out, and that means hooking up the water AND the electricity, check for leaks, and stains on the floor under the counter usually mean SOMETHING has leaked there at some point. Maybe recently, even if it is dry there now. Check UNDER cushions, look at the water pump, check out the gas and the furnace and get the water heater lit and going with water in it. Look at the wheel wells, under the bed and cupboards on the other side, stick your nose down the toilet and smell. Check out the shower, flush the toilet, check the sinks and look for leaks. Look for water stains on the bathroom floor or the carpet which might mean the tanks leak. If you can't check anything out, assume it doesn't work and negotiate the price accordingly. It does look like an average price for a trailer in good condition.
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