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Old 03-10-2010, 09:05 PM   #15
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I think you can do considerably better than 17K for a "vintage restored" unit.

My perception is an owner of a restored vintage unit would be really lucky to just break even on the money put into a unit, and that's if the owner does all the work for free. So a good restoration can be a really good deal, but you have to know what you are looking for.

But, a restored unit will need regular repair and maintainance. So some basic skills are a good idea.

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:13 PM   #16
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Here's a prime example of some things to look out for on a vintage refurb. A trailer came in "restored" with "new floors" "new fridge" "new stove" "new toilet" and "new axle".
The new floor was an overlay on the original, don't know what shape the original is in. The new fridge was a 120 volt apartment model, the new stove was a slightly used one with missing parts that will be impossible to find, the new toilet was a cassette model, and the new axle was really a used one from a 1960's era trailer. And all of it was put together badly. The poor guy that bought the trailer is going to spend thousands of dollars repairing the repairs just so he can use it.

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:33 PM   #17
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Terry has right with his opinion. Mine cruiser 1954 is altered on European norms. New Chassies, new double axles, Mover, prop system, better isolation, new installations, etc.
The inside removal of wood makes I. Finally all that costs me more than one new! Here in Europe I must pay for it 70'000 Euros, nearly 110'000 Dollars.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:10 AM   #18
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2air's comments are right on I think. I recently bought a lightly used 2000 model and then had it renovated based on our personal taste. I don't have the time or the expertise to maintain one myself. I also prefer the amenities of the later models. It is very important to pair the right tow vehicle with the unit you decide to buy. There is some good infomation of this forum on that topic. Some people selling trailers and/or tow vehicles will give you misleading information on what is sufficient to get the job done safely.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:58 AM   #19
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On the tow vehicle front, we currently have a Jeep Commander, V8 with a tow package which has a tow rating of a little over 7000 lbs. Thats part of the reason I dont want to go more than 23.' The other reasons I want a smaller trailer is that I want something that is reasonable easy to tow around, park, and that can get into state campground sites. I would get weight distributing hitch, sway bars, etc.. (though havent figured out those details yet).
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:00 AM   #20
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Recommend even with a short trailer, you get tandem axles.

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