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Old 11-04-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Hi,

A search is showing the principle is a guy named Gregory Gibson.
From searches on the site here he's a former member and though the posts didn't call him out specifically they seemed to have a negative bend to them.
His site, Vintage Airstream Classifieds | New & Used Airstream Trailers For Sale, appears to be a combonation of AS classifieds and his own restorations. The site is even recomended by the LongLongHoneymoon guy.

Any body have any recent dealings with this restorer?

Some of his listings seem basic but good quality.

thanks
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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Never mind.
He's all over this site.
Shame because his web site is very nice.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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Yep he seems a bit shaky. A while ago he was threatening to sue any one that posted negative comments here. Do not know if he actually followed thru with his threats.
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Yep he seems a bit shaky. A while ago he was threatening to sue any one that posted negative comments here. Do not know if he actually followed thru with his threats.
Greg Gibson did indeed file a lawsuit against this forum, the WBCCI and a few dozen members. The lawsuit was filed in his local North Carolina court yet the defendants were all from other states. The case was removed from the local courts and moved to the federal courts where it was dismissed. In my opinion the lawsuit was intended to intimidate, silence and censor the defendants by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense (also known as a SLAPP). Knowing that the claims were frivolous AIR Forums stepped forward to lead the defense and protect the members who he was trying to intimidate.

I founded this forum over a decade ago and am always amazed at how many nice people we have as part of our community. That being said, I personally would never do business with someone like Greg Gibson.
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Just follow this link to read the other discussions about Greg Gibson from the Vintage-Airstream dot com website.
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So, I'm up to speed on this guy and I have to say I'm really disapointed.
1. His site is great.
2. His trailers look great too, (from the pics). Yes I understand not to buy sight unseen.
I live in Atlanta. It would be great, (even a two state distance), to find a reputable restorer that one could trust. One who really does a good job. I've seen some that have touted to have been resotored but really haven't .
So, so disapointed.
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As much as I dislike Gibson for the trouble he's caused the AIR Forums community and the WBCCI over the years, if I were some other person not involved in his lawsuit that was buying a trailer and he had a unit I was interested in, I wouldn't let it stop me from buying that trailer from him. He's been an avid Airstream person for a long time and makes a living selling them, he probably knows a lot more about Airstreams then most people.

For instance, I am sure there are lots of used cars salesmen with questionable reputations but if they had a car I wanted to purchase, the price was right and the vehicle checked out, I'd still consider buying the vehicle from them. It would be the car I am after, not an ongoing relationship with the car salesman.

Sometimes a buyer is just plain disgruntled, other times they might have a point. It's my understanding that Gibson's reputation around here was driven by negative feedback on eBay from many years ago. You can still find some of them if you look way back on his feedback (link). From the feedback it appears that he's saying some of the disgruntled buyers were actually trying to extort him (whatever that means). Read the feedback and make your own conclusions to what it means. Seeing so many other positive feedbacks would put me at ease to buy from him if he had a trailer I wanted, I would just be cautious, that's all.

No matter who/where you buy your Airstream from, just make sure you don't buy a "polished turd". That's when someone takes an Airstream, polishes it and makes it look great but there could be all kinds of other issues that are out of site like a soft floor that could cause you all kind of issues.
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I live in Atlanta. It would be great, (even a two state distance), to find a reputable restorer that one could trust. One who really does a good job.
You might want to consider Frank from Franks Trailer Works:
Frank's Trailer Works Blog
Vintage Airstream Forums - Restorers Update: Franks Trailer Works in Baltimore Md.
1961 Airstream Restoration: Franks Trailer Works Is Awesome

He's further up north but it's worth it to find the right shop if you are considering a restoration project.

There are also other restoration shops in Georgia that you might want to consider. I would suggest searching the forums and/or starting another thread to get more info on local restoration shops/resources.

Best of luck to you in your hunt for a "new to you" Airstream!
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Thanks for the feedback Andy, ...
As always you have provided me with sage advice.
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Due to Mr. Gibson's litigious nature, at this time, we no longer allow our members to discuss his behavior or practices here. This thread is being close and all future threads about Greg Gibson will be closed. If you want to learn about Greg Gibson, please do your do your research else where.
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