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Old 05-07-2009, 11:56 AM   #15
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As said already-- patience---timming---luck, i think timming and luck go hand in hand.
It took me aprox 10 months (patience) to find mine. Ebay is ok, however no guarantee you will win the bid. I found mine on craigslist. Timining, it posted that day, Luck, I was the first one there, gave my offer, deal made. Also if money is an issue, a restoration project can be more costly in the long run, than a well maintained unit that doesn't need alot of work. One mans opnion.
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Old 05-07-2009, 01:19 PM   #16
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If you are looking in the classifieds you are competing with others for the same trailer, if you PLACE a classified ad you are fishing for one that has not been advertised yet! My brother-in-law is looking - here's an ad I placed for him:
1960's to early 1980's Airstream trailer wanted - Saskatoon Cars & Vehicles - Kijiji Saskatoon
He's getting calls, just not the right trailer has come along yet. Try kijiji, craigslist, and other online sources, want ads in newspapers and don't forget grocery store bulletin boards, etc.. You never know where a tip might come from...

Also, have your money ready, know your price range, educate yourself about the Airstream values in your area, and have someone knowledgable look over the trailer before you buy unless you are confident in your own abilities.

Good luck!
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:19 PM   #17
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Ideas for finding an AS

My last Airstream (actually Argosy) found me for lack of a better descriptor. I had admired it at the International Rally in Sioux Falls, SD, and asked the owner to contact me if he ever decided to sell. About two years later, I received the call that he had purchased a larger Airstream and was ready to sell -- within short order, the Minuet was in my driveway. Word of mouth often will help -- mention your search at any club or group activity you attend as you never know who might know of an Airstream searching for a new owner.

You might also check on the classified that often appear in the various WBCCI Unit Newsletters posted on the club website. Often, if the coach belonged to a member who is retiring from travel the matching tow vehicle may be offered as a package -- these coaches and/or packages are often meticulously maintained. You can also try the WBCCI Classifieds for leads on coaches.

Check the trader and similar "free" publications in your area. I found my first Airstream -- my '64 Overlander using this method in 1995. Don't forget your local newspaper. Depending upon the region, you may find that an auction may be part of settling many estates -- if so, periodically, I have seen Airstreams listed on the list of items to be sold.

Good luck with your search!

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Old 05-07-2009, 10:16 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the great tips. I think this will be a long and arduous road to finding the right AS. But god willing I will find the perfect one.
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:31 AM   #19
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I'm happy to see that others also suggest pasture peering and boneing up on airstream knowledge.take no offense mr undrwaterair,there are no perfect ones.stick around ,get your hands dirty,lighten up and it will not be a long and arduous road.you are off to a good start.pick up a copy of The Long Long Trailer. it is a comedy about the common mistakes new dudes make.once again wecome to the site.I know ,I spelled welcome wrong.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:26 AM   #20
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I already know a lot about AS, I was asking for tips about finding one. Not your opinion.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:30 AM   #21
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:48 AM   #22
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:59 AM   #23
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Yours will come along! Mine came when I wasn't even looking
All good advice... I don't know about everybody else's areas but in Mobeeeeel, on one street out in rural Mobile there's always 3-4 Airstreams for sale... this week there was a 50s Caravel (I think I saw it on I-10 eastbound yesterday), a 70s Sovereign, and and 80s triple axle (not even sure how big it is... BIG) and then there's the really old (40s? maybe) one that's sitting on rotted wheels, same street, that the husband said "naaaah that ones not for sale, it's a classic, it was my wifes dad's trailer, she ain't selling it..." as it sits and falls apart...sad... then I went to measure a customer's house for cabinets (that's what I do for a living) and, lo-and-behold!, they had a rough looking sovereign they were turning into a hunting camp...

I like to believe they're everywhere... just not always in the most obvious places... good luck! you'll find yours

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Old 05-08-2009, 11:32 AM   #24
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sorry if I ruined the thread. you guys have been great.
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:39 AM   #25
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moving forward!

keep looking! be patient! i believe everybody is here to help because of THEIR experiences... good and bad...

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Old 05-08-2009, 11:43 AM   #26
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got luck

I found mine by accidentally turning on a wrong street a seeing one parked by a house. Two weeks later I knocked on their door and we talked about the AS. They were older and decided that maybe they could sell it. He did some research, came up with a price and offered it to me. I bought it. I was lucky, because I went up and knocked on their door. It had no for sale sign on it. I think I might have just found two aluminum 30 lb tanks the same way yesterday!

It doesn't hurt to knock and ask, who knows, worst that could happen, other than dog bites, buckshot, pepperspray and possible trespassing charges, is that they say it is not for sale.

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Old 05-08-2009, 01:34 PM   #27
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patience was suggested more than once.I've heard you can meet the nicest people in an airstream,and I will attest to that.I have a 67 sovereign in very nice condition,good for full time living,well within your price range .now you know where to find what you would enjoy.people get so excited about airstreams.this model could be the perfect one but you don't want my opinion.your words not mine.
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