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Old 06-09-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
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Question Hello, I need some help... what do I do?

Hello, my name is Mason, I am 23 years old and I have have just been given a 1959 Airstream trailer from my future in laws. They have told me I can do whatever I want with it. If I sell it they wanted it to help with costs of getting married (ring, wedding, honeymoon...).

I enjoy working on cars and most anything mechanical. I helped my dad restore his '72 Corvette growing up. I drove and maintained a '72 Chevelle, and restored a couple older enduro motorcycles. So I am not afraid to restore this beauty to sell it.

Only problem is my dads nice huge shop and all the tools are back in Oklahoma while I am currently in Washington with the camper.

Decision I have to make is:

Work on it here in Washington with few tools, try to sell it
Take it back home to Oklahoma and finish it completely. That is if I can, pulling it with my girlfriends 2000 Nissan Exterra v6.

So with that said I have three questions:

What model is this camper (number on tag 18D-0144159)?

Will it be hard on the exterra to pull this back to Oklahoma?

What is this worth as-is and completely restored?
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Thank you for any help!!
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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Does this remind you of your trailer. When you walk in the unit and look to the rear - is the bed on the left and the bath on the right.

Can you please post some pics of the interior - we'd love to see them.

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Old 06-09-2009, 04:06 AM   #3
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If the end result is always to sell...sell it now.
You will not make a profit.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:45 AM   #4
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how much do ya want?
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:00 AM   #5
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Ask Yourself this,Do You like the trailer the way it sits now ? would you like to camp in it ? Pretty sure You could tow it with what you have as its a lightweight,hopefully others will chime in on the safety issues,To me it seems like you want to keep it and do some work on it slowly...think it over,attend an airstream rallly ,See what its all about before you dump that sexy beast in someone else's hands to do god knows what to it have a rare oppurtunity,Think it over really well !!!
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:01 AM   #6
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I have a 59

I have a 59 that is very close to this one. I paid $2,500 for it and after 4 years of work I was offered $25,000 for it. Mine has a weight of 2,200 pounds with all the stuff in it so you need to check your max towing capacity of the car.
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:13 AM   #7
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I agree with klattu -- you will not make a profit if you attempt to bring up the value. Keep it if you have a curiosity about camping with it. It sounds like you have good mechanical skills for upkeep. Selling this would be fairly easy. Smaller vintage Airstreams are in high demand -- especially if fairly original inside!

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Old 06-09-2009, 06:13 AM   #8
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sounds to me like the object is to sell not own and use...
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:32 AM   #9
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I'm restoring my AS and if you want to make money, sell it now... I'm restoring it to use it. You always run into issues once you try to fix it up that you didn't think you would..

May you have at least one sunny day, and a soft chair to sit in..

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Old 06-09-2009, 08:42 AM   #10
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It's a quality of life situation

I probably could not get my money back out of my trailer that I have put into it. Much less compensation for my time and effort. But I have had many, many, many great times using it. If you are on a tight budget and are just getting married, it might end up putting a strain on your wallet. So unless you really like the trailer, sell it to me
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:48 AM   #11
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You are a very lucky lad! Adios, John
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:20 AM   #12
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Hi Mason, The outside of this trailer looks to be in good condition. The inside at lest by the the door will need a new floor. The Nissan will struggle with the trailer(Specs). The Airstream will need new tires and maybe wheels, repack the bearings and the coupler looks like it will need some work. The Nissan will need a weight distribution-anti sway device. Thats just to get everything moving.

This trailer will be worth some money if it is restored correctly. This will take time and money. If you need the money now sell the trailer and don't look back, but if you like camping and the Airstream lets get you setup to get this trailer back to Oklahoma.

I see the offers poring in already. I live in Edmond's just north of Seattle if you are close I might be able to help. Don't worry I'm not in the market for another trailer. Good luck!

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Old 06-09-2009, 10:33 AM   #13
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If you sell it remember this model is probably going to be very desierable because of its size age and model. Dont let somebody get too lucky on the price.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:09 AM   #14
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The '59's are a great year for a vintage Airstream. I know, you're thinking I'm prodigious, but that is the year I wanted from the beginning. I like the fact it has no plastic, quality mahogany interior and is well put together. You have a rare opportunity here and it is up to you to make the decision. As others have said, if $ is tight, sell it now, the way that it is. If you can't decide and $ isn't an issue, hold on to it, take it out camping a few times and then decide if its the direction you want to go. Does the wife to be like camping? She'll need to be on board if you go that direction.


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