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Old 01-25-2011, 01:02 PM   #43
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Yeah- that's the big debate going on at our house. I'd love to have my girls all with me as soon as possible...it seems like a quality resto takes months (assuming you're doing it full time) so I have no idea how that's going to work.

I've restored a lot of old cars so I certainly don't want to throw in the towel yet, but I want to be smart about it.

It seems like with where the economy is, this might be the "deal of a lifetime" sort of time to buy...but who knows.
Tough one. Exactly how bad is the interior?
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:55 PM   #44
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There's also a TAC (The Airstreamer's Club) rally going on May 27th:

TAC Georgia (F.D. Roosevelt State Park) - The Airstreamer's Club

If you're unable to attend the rally in April, the one in May will surely have people willing to help out with stuff.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:14 PM   #45
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I was/am in a similar situation - not really having the time or patience to do the restoration work myself, and wanting a trailer to use relatively soon. I bought a solid $5000 base, but it still consumed a lot of money to get it to where I wanted. (And yeah, I'll never get that money back on resale.)

Labor rates add up quickly. Also consider that materials aren't free and RV appliances aren't cheap. A fairly common amount for materials for a restoration seems to be around $10k.

Would I do what I did again? I do love our little trailer and it works awesome with our minivan tow vehicle. But I got to say, I regret not buying a vintage Globetrotter that was already restored. (The things that I didn't like about that trailer could have been corrected relatively cheaply.) The $12k upfront seemed like a lot at the time, but it was a actually a fraction of the time and labor invested.

There are similar trailers out there - it does take some knowledge to make sure the work was done right, but there are lots of folks who are volunteer inspectors here, or you can pick up the skills to assess a trailer yourself by reading here and listening to The Vintage Airstream Podcast.

Or, I would have just borrowed money (which I don't like doing) and spent $25k on a used modern Airstream that was 5 years old or so...

Finally, you might want to do some more research to make sure this trailer is the right one for you before working on it. There are vintage brochures on Airstream's website and you can spend hours looking at pictures on Vintageairstream.com

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You can also look at AVION, STREAMLINE and SILVER STREAK as similar trailers no longer produced that will not have the all-too-common A/S problems. Appliances, etc, are shared, and layouts are similar. Fewer to choose from, so be picky. Good ones of all three start around $8000 (can be had for less but this seems to be a good point to start for "needs little"). Prices tend to max out before $20k. 1973-1990 should be the range (separate grey/black tanks from that period).

As to tow vehicle, expect that no TT will really ever be below 6k and none really ever above 10k, in general (for the size you appear to want, and larger).

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Old 01-25-2011, 08:39 PM   #47
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I think if I were you I'd check with the guy in Fayetteville.. maybe post some interior pics here. The time might be worth the wait if you enjoy restorations or you might find it would be better to get a previously restored one.
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Well from my research, here's what I'd say it needs...and keep in mind, my wife wants it to be cool...

Total floor throughout, remove walls- reinsulate, rewire entire trailer, all new bathroom, kitchen, etc....All new appliances, umm...basically, strip down reinsulate after cleaning thoroughly and then put it all together.

We've even talked about trying to change it to a rear twin, mid bath since we wouldn't risk waking our girls up to use the bathroom.

Who knows...talking to a resto specialist tomorrow to just get some ideas, but they're in the midwest.

Plus, my heart is a little broken..I've been trying to find a nice Turbo Diesel Excursion and can't find one that's not trashed, plus the new Ford Raptor pickup only pulls 8000lbs... and I think the 2500 Suburban can pull 9600 or 9100, but that's not that much more.

I was excited about trying to find one of the bigger suv's but it looks like I may have to go with a 2500 Silverado or an F250. Who knows...They're all nice on paper, but driving them is really the only way to know.

Thanks for all the helpful comments. It's funny how many cars I've had and jumped into working on so many and yet I have no idea about the Airstream or the amazing culture that follows.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:05 PM   #49
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I might recommend acquiring or borrowing another airstream to get out and use while you're on the quest for the perfect restored unit.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:35 PM   #50
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Out of curiosity, are you working with P & S in Ohio? If so, I can highly recommend them.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:19 AM   #51
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I'm not, but if you suggest them, how can I find more info on them ? Thanks
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:02 AM   #52
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Plus, my heart is a little broken..I've been trying to find a nice Turbo Diesel
Aw, come on. What was wrong with that nice Dodge you drove up in Alaska? That episode was the best. You could tell that you guys had fun filming it.
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Have you looked into a Ford Expedition? My wife has a 2007 Limited with the tow package. It is rated for 9,400 LBS, IIRC. We have never towed with it, but it might be an option to an Excursion. Plus it is way easier to park at Home Depot and Walmart.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:53 AM   #54
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Well from my research, here's what I'd say it needs...and keep in mind, my wife wants it to be cool...

Total floor throughout, remove walls- reinsulate, rewire entire trailer, all new bathroom, kitchen, etc....All new appliances, umm...basically, strip down reinsulate after cleaning thoroughly and then put it all together.

We've even talked about trying to change it to a rear twin, mid bath since we wouldn't risk waking our girls up to use the bathroom.

Who knows...talking to a resto specialist tomorrow to just get some ideas, but they're in the midwest.

Plus, my heart is a little broken..I've been trying to find a nice Turbo Diesel Excursion and can't find one that's not trashed, plus the new Ford Raptor pickup only pulls 8000lbs... and I think the 2500 Suburban can pull 9600 or 9100, but that's not that much more.

I was excited about trying to find one of the bigger suv's but it looks like I may have to go with a 2500 Silverado or an F250. Who knows...They're all nice on paper, but driving them is really the only way to know.

Thanks for all the helpful comments. It's funny how many cars I've had and jumped into working on so many and yet I have no idea about the Airstream or the amazing culture that follows.
Yeah, that's a LOT of restoration! Hopefully the specialist can help you!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:58 AM   #55
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I found it! His name is Todd Coleman. He lives in Fayetteville and works on Airstreams. His contact number is 770 487-2787.
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Please report back on your experience with todd, good info for us in ga especially
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