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Old 09-12-2011, 02:49 PM   #15
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The strong smell of mothballs would probably require all the textiles and foam to be scrapped. If it has a cedar-lined closet, why would there ever have been mothballs in it in the first place?

Sounds like it needs $700 worth of tires, probably new brakes and bearings while you're at it, lots of money in awnings, $1k in curtains, lots of money for other fabrics, new flooring to replace the mothball-smelling carpets, etc. etc.

Like Paula says, "pay me now or pay me later." Good luck with your search... as the weather cools, more good used trailers will be coming on the market, and you already have your Starcraft to camp in while you find The One.
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:56 PM   #16
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The strong smell of mothballs would probably require all the textiles and foam to be scrapped. If it has a cedar-lined closet, why would there ever have been mothballs in it in the first place?
Maybe to keep mice out. This is a fairly commonly used rodent deterrent, but you are likely right about replacement soft-goods.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:03 PM   #17
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Maybe to keep mice out. This is a fairly commonly used rodent deterrent, but you are likely right about replacement soft-goods.

They also work great as a human deterrent.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:34 PM   #18
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If you read the following, I don't think that leaks have been a problem over the past four years, Andy.



Although, I suppose the barn could have leaks...
Once gaskets have been exposed to the sun, they still age, barn or no barn.

Replacing the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets, is one of the real sure ways to determine how well a previous owner took care of the trailer.

You know the old saying, "the last time I used the trailer, everything worked".

Oh, how many times we have heard that.

Then, "how" everything worked, depends on the individuals opinion.

Good things for new comers to be aware of.

All too many times, we hear new owners of a used Airstream, say, "the previous owners never told us about that".

Of course not, maybe because the buyer did not know what to ask. That's just one of the reasons this Forums, is so popular, because it offers many areas of help.

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Consider checking with the local WBCCI units around you and see if they know of members that have Airstreams for sale. It is how we found ours.
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You are not being too picky! You are using your head and your common sense. That thing sounds like mess, and you can get a lot better AS for the money. We found a good '94 for about twice what he's asking, and it's worth the extra money.

Study up on when these things made major changes. Understand 1994 was such a year. There are better things ahead, and this guy is asking for too much, IMHO.
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Consider checking with the local WBCCI units around you and see if they know of members that have Airstreams for sale. It is how we found ours.

Such a newbie - what is a WBCCI unit? And how do you find them?
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...You know the old saying, "the last time I used the trailer, everything worked".

Oh, how many times we have heard that.

Then, "how" everything worked, depends on the individuals opinion.

Good things for new comers to be aware of.

All too many times, we hear new owners of a used Airstream, say, "the previous owners never told us about that".

Of course not, maybe because the buyer did not know what to ask. That's just one of the reasons this Forums, is so popular, because it offers many areas of help.

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Such a newbie - what is a WBCCI unit? And how do you find them?
A unit is the local chapter of the official Airstream club, the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI.) The Iowa Unit lists their officers with contact info on their website, and you can contact them to see if any members are selling their rigs. You might also join them for an event, even if it's only to visit when they're having an open house at a rally or campout so you can meet some of their members and look at some trailers.
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