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.
Originally Posted by davcarv
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!