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Old 07-19-2019, 02:45 PM   #1
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Update on Size and Models

New Member and 1st time posting EVER..on anything! I'm figuring out some on the acronyms but I'll use sparingly so I don't sound like Archie Bunker.
Anyway, we are looking for a used A/S (got that right) that we plan on using as overflow for friends and family to use on lot next to our mountain home in NC. Eventually , we plan on building a guest house but we have not even started the plans. So, for the next 2 years the coach will remain untraveled .

We have no intention to travel in coach but I never say never...anymore!.
In 2 years or so we plan on selling coach. So I'm left with the question which size and model is best for resale? I've Made plenty of mistakes over the years and would like this one decision to not end with "honey bunny" saying " Told you!

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Old 07-19-2019, 03:04 PM   #2
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Airstream on lot next to home

Before you spend a dime it might be a good idea to check with local authority about placement of trailer on lot and occupancy standards. What about utilities? Water supply? Sewage dumping. Proper electrical service that is to code? The neighbors, if any, might have a say about it.

Not trying to rain on your idea but the reality today is if somebody has a problem with it, your out the investment and have to move it.

We live in western N. Carolina and keep our Airstream at our house with full hook ups. We had to get permits for the hook ups and have inspections. No one but family members can occupy the Airstream and Airbnb is strictly forbidden. Check your local zoning.
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:54 PM   #3
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You don't say...

Are you looking at purchasing a "new" (0-3 years old), "late model" (5+ years old), "unrestored vintage" (25+ years old - original) or "restored vintage" (25+ years old - better than new) Airstream?

Regardless, Airstreams are meant to travel - not just sit untraveled. If it's an unrestored vintage and it's already been just sitting for a number of years - what's a couple more years, I'd be more inclined to say "no problem" - it probably already needs new axles and is a candidate for a restoration in the future as much as it is now.

On the other hand, if you are looking for something with all the modern conveniences and a trendy interior, you're probably thinking new or restored vintage (whether your restore it or it's already restored). When you go to sell it, savvy buyers are going to want one that has been used regularly - especially if "new" or "late-model" because it's not going to do anybody any good to have it "under warranty" for a couple of years and never tested to take advantage of that warranty.

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As mentioned above, there likely are "issues" with doing a "tiny house" permit / regulation wise. This used to be an urban issue, now it has spread to a lot of places.

Past that, any RV you buy is likely to depreciate sitting outdoors for a couple of years. Older units will depreciate less, they also are more likely to require work to get them up to full function.

Even with a "full function" RV there are some issues. A/C is fairly common these days. Heating that works in the winter ... maybe not so much. In either winter cold or summer heat, the lack of insulation will make things expensive. Just how expensive depends a lot on just where the site is and how cool / warm you happen to like things.

My suggestion would be to go with the AS and keep it in place. Do the upgrade in two years in addition to the aluminum twinkle. That way the sunk costs in all the support spread out over a longer period of time. It also makes the purchase process easier - get something that barely makes it to the site and then fix it up.

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Old 07-19-2019, 04:33 PM   #5
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Airstream guesthouse

Before spending $$$$, check with the local authority about rules regarding trailers on lots used as guesthouses'

Not to rain on your idea, but what about proper water, sewer, and electric that meet codes for safety and compliance with zoning? Also, the neighbors, if any, might want a say about this set up.

We live in western N. Carolina in a rural neighborhood type of setting. No HOA, individual single family homes on large lots. I had to get permits and inspections to install full hook ups for our Airstream to keep it at our house. Family members only can use and strict no Airbnb.

Check first.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:48 PM   #6
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Do you have winter? Most trailers can be freeze problems when not heated and energy hungry when heated.

"Coach" are we talking motor home, travel trailer, etc. ? ?
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:45 PM   #7
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Do you have winter? Most trailers can be freeze problems when not heated and energy hungry when heated.

"Coach" are we talking motor home, travel trailer, etc. ? ?
I can attest to the fact that it gets cold and snows deeply in western N. Carolina. Moved here 5 years ago after living in Naples, Fl. for 13 years. After two N. Carolina winters we now spend the winter months at Land Yacht Harbor in Melbourne, Fl.
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If you are not going to travel with it I would get as big of one as possible. The most popular are probably 25 to 30’ AS’s. We like the 28’ because the layout has a nice lounging area, but that’s us. But if you are already buying used I don’t think it really matters on resale if it is well cared for. You’ll have that thing sold within weeks you put it on the market. Just remember to take care of the tires.
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:33 AM   #9
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Def as long as you can find. I lived in a 31' Sovereign they had been gutted and interior redone. You'd be surprised how much room you have when you dispense with unnecessary items.
If you don't mind a lil custom work (elbow grease) you can find a fixer really cheap. If it's not a roller then you let all manner of faults slide
The other comments about regs in your area need to be addressed, also.
I'm pretty sure W NC winters were comparable to my location at 3k' elev with snow, many ways to deal with that.
I found my mountain hideout to be just fine :-)
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Looks like you have two "first posts"...maybe a moderator can merge them.

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Looks like you have two "first posts"...maybe a moderator can merge them.

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All good advice.
No deed restrictions..check
Bought property with well and septic already installed..check
Didn't think about AirBnb..thanks
We enjoy a good relationship with our NC neighbors but you never know.
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We winterize the cottage when we leave after Thanksgiving..Winterizing the trailer ? Just draining water?
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Actually thought about removing the tires and store in Garage. Trailer would be leveled on jacks and blocks.
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