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Old 11-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Should I buy it?

I have the opportunity to acquire an Airstream (unknown year/model/size) that has been heavily modified including a hinged door on the back (motorcycle width?) and windows (some, not all) removed and covered. It has been painted with a thick paint (doesn't look brushed on but it may be) that is peeling in spots, the interior is gutted (I'm told) and the hitch was cut off and replaced with a bolt on hitch so it would be shorter in a show site. There is no plumbing and I'm told all of the camper interior was removed to make a traveling showroom. It has been sitting for 7-8 years and the owner suggested he may let it go for the scrap value (which I think is low but he thinks is high). I'm thinking I could make a "bunkhouse-toy hauler" style camper out of it with off the shelf interior furniture and creative plumbing (maybe the black/gray tanks are still there?!?).

I'm interested in any thoughts or suggestions as for value or what you think could be done with it and how much it would be worth after re-modifying it. Photos and more details to follow in a few days when I go back to look at the inside.

BTW, my experience is on-site RV repair but not carpentry so I will either learn or hire that part out.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard,

I think any responses you may get will be pretty vague until the pictures get posted. We have restorers here who can tell you a lot after looking at the pics.

With any luck a couple of members will post things for you to check before buying like axles and floors so you know what you are getting into.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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There is not much you have told us to go on. However, from what you have said, the owner's evaluation that it is worth only scrap value may be pretty close to the truth. Even as scrap it does not sound to me like it is worth much. It would have to be a very very rare Airstream to restore if it is in the condition you think it is as of now.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:58 PM   #4
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I won't be vague. This sounds like a piece of garbage. If you want to haul a bike...get something to do that. sitting for that time means suspension problems,....no systems, no windows....come on....
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
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Should you buy it? No
Value? The market value of aluminum scrap.

As described, this Airstream has been rendered beyond restoration.
The cost of time and materials to renovate it would be prohibitive.

That said, pictures would be fascinating to the alumophiles among us.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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Good, this is the stuff I need to know before I go to look at it. I'm trying to talk the guy into letting me have it for hauling it off and if nothing else I'll have a storage shell. I am still going to go look at it and I'll go heavy on the pictures to share. BTW, I'm not looking to restore it to original condition, just to usable camper condition, at least that's what I'm thinking right now but I'm also concerned about the condition of the frame sitting on dirt for this many years.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:57 PM   #7
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Additional thoughts (sorry I have to get them down while they are flooding in); I'm not looking for an Airstream, this is kinda falling into my lap. The frame is not really sitting IN dirt, it's parked on grass, not a paved surface so I'm pretty sure that's not great for the steel frame. I know the bathroom was in the aft portion of the campers (at least the ones I've seen) and since that area has been converted into a cargo area I doubt I'd be able to reuse the tanks back there. Well, like I said, if the price is right I could use it as an enclosed cargo trailer/storage if nothing else.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:05 PM   #8
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It's junk, do you really want to drag in home at any price.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:01 PM   #9
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Even restoring it to a condition where it will be safe to drag down the highway will be expensive and time consuming, even if it is left ugly as sin. This promises to be a very expensive "free" trailer!

The major concern I would have is that the trailer has been modified to haul potentially heavy things. The factory chassis really isn't designed for this purpose, and it could be bent or broken underneath in ways that you will never know until you drop the belly skin.

But go ahead and take post some pictures--make us squirm!
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It sounds like an excellent candidate... For a chicken coop!
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Run the other way FAST. tires, repack bearings.fix or replace brakes, ect ect. Oh do all paper work, and can you title a chicen coop ?.
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