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Old 03-15-2008, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hi all, my name is Mark My family and I are taking a three month road trip, we are looking for a pacer, or under 20 ft travel traler, my budget is 11,000
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:54 PM   #2
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Hello pilato. Welcome to the Forums!

What you are asking would require a significant dedication of personal and private research on your part -- if it is attainable at all. By this I mean a unit with worthy running gear, wheels, tires and floor. Pre-1974 wouldn't have a gray tank. And $11K is below the current street value of a usable Airstream of this length and vintage.

Sub-20' Airstreams have been in high demand for a long time. A Pacer? 13 panel or 1950 Airstreams are very strongly sought after -- and tend to be huge gluttons for significant restoration dollars. I'd suspect you're looking at $30-40K or more if you pay somebody like GSM Vehicles to make an as-found unit usable -- the better part of buying new. Whether doing it yourself or paying to have it done, you could be looking at as much as 12-24 months of serious dedicated attention.

I'd suggest getting to one of our member-sponsored rallies if you want to sound out knowledgeable and actual users about what it takes.

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Old 03-15-2008, 05:18 PM   #3
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Welcome! We don't know what kind of research you've done and what your reasons may be for trying to find a small, older trailer. ConoeStream speaks the truth...older and smaller equals bigger dollars, they are a sort of collector's item. Longer Airstreams are in slightly less demand. Many people, including Mr RedSHED and I, thought that a smaller one would be so much easier to pull and park, but I have to tell you, we ended up with a 31 footer and it is LOTS easier to pull than our previous 21 foot SOB. We get better gas mileage, too. We also don't know about your camping experience but 20 feet or less for more than one or two people for more than a week is going to get pretty tight, IMO. Not that you need a 31 footer, maybe you do, maybe you don't. We've not had any problems finding a spot to camp. That may or may not depend on what part of the country in which you wish to travel. I don't know if it really would be an issue out west or not, we've not headed there, yet. Other forums members will have more info that that subject, should you want it.
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