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Old 07-11-2006, 09:45 AM   #1
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This is my first and immediate post following registration. I have been thinking about and wanting an Airstream for years. Right now, my passion is for a larger older one, late 60's, early 70's, and the newer ones secondarily. My budget is not unlimited to be sure, but I would like a "nicer" one, or a good one to restore. I'm a carpenter, have restored a classic car, and I'm pretty handy about mechanical things. I also have a great tow vehicle capacity wise, a Ford dual wheel diesel truck with low miles. So I will say now, thanks for any help you can pass my way. Quest into the unknown!!
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:14 AM   #2
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Cristoir, welcome to the forums! Check out the search feature at the top of the screen - you will be able to find lots of information to help you narrow down your search for the perfect Airstream. Good luck - your mechanical & carpentry background will definitely help you with your project.

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Old 07-11-2006, 04:47 PM   #3
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I'm also a carpenter by trade and have been restoring/upgrading our unit for 3 years now. A bit of advice, make sure you inspect the unit prior to purchase, if you can't do it in person there are people here that will help, go look at a unit and give you there thoughts and sugestions. Enjoy the hunt, good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:17 PM   #4
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I think you'll find the larger ones are often easier to find at reasonable prices than the small ones. You've definitely got the truck to tow even a 34 footer. Take your time, study the floorplans available and decide what meets your needs best. Read here a LOT so you're prepared to know how to find the hidden flaws in units you see.

Understand that a used unit will NOT be perfect, and that some fixes and upgrades come with the best units. I wish you luck in finding a nice used one that is in basically good shape. May all your repairs be (a) inexpensive and (b) cosmetic.

Happy trails and see you down the road.

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Old 07-11-2006, 07:15 PM   #5
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Welcome Cristoir!

I'd second notion that anything over 27' is going to be relatively better bargain than under, due to narrower range of tow vehicle options.. You could afford to look in mid-90's and still spend not much. Floor plans and interiors vary widely, so prepare to look at a bunch to find one that you really like. (It will make the grunt work of repairs and restoration less painful..)

You might want to join New England Unit of WBCCI (see "Myboyburt" posts here...) for an outing to talk to a bunch of other owners and look in their trailers, or perhaps a New England Forum Rally...

Sources of used ones include: a) Classifieds right here (click on tab at very top..) or b) Classifieds at VAC ( or c) which usually has 30 to 50 used Airstreams listed.

I omitted E-Bay, though members here have been lucky there, due to heigtened risk of fraud (see hundreds of "E-Bay Scams" on that thread.) and common problem if differing perceptions of "good condition"... Use extreme caution and try to have someone check out anything on E-Bay in person, unless really really inexpensive...

Few Airstream dealers will take older units in trade and resell, due to risks involved and limited marketplace, but you might want to at least check with local dealer to see...

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