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Old 01-04-2015, 11:07 AM   #1
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Hello, Iowa Steve Here

Glad to be in your forum. But unfortunately I'm here to sell my 28' baby.
I have a question for you guys and that is my 63 ambassador will need a remodel. Will it sell better with everything in it (cabinets,closets well everything.) or would it be better if I gutted it?
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:18 AM   #2
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Welcome, Personally I think sell it as is. And let the new owner make the changes.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:37 AM   #3
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There is a strong market for Vintage and "As Found Airstreams". Is the interior in good condition? Do appliances work? A gutted trailer of this age will have a smaller market and probably a lower selling price.
If the next owner wants to gut it why not let them do the work?


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Old 01-04-2015, 11:52 AM   #4
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I guess i would agree with you guys. I personally would rather have as much in tact as possible.
The Electrical system works as does the Stove haven't tried anything else yet.
I planned on replacing the plumbing and going with much lighter and more efficient tanks and piping.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:13 PM   #5
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Howdy and welcome, Steve! I agree that a trailer that can be used, or is at least not too far from that state, will always sell for a higher price than a "aluminum tent" will.

As for reducing weight, your trailer only weighs 4292 lbs to start with. That's a lot lighter than almost any new Airstream.

If you have plumbing leaks, then by all means, get them fixed. But why bother with more than that only to sell it? Personally, I would go with something dramatic, like polishing the exterior to a mirror finish.

THAT has potential to increase the value in a potential buyer;\'s eyes.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:55 PM   #6
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Greetings Steve from Iowa. Me too! I moved away 25 years ago, but still consider Iowa my home state.

Your 63 Ambassador has good value just as it sits. Maybe it is an "International" model which has nicer wood cabinets and several options. You should assess it as is and tell potential buyers what you found, e.g. tires, brakes, axles, frame, subfloor, plumbing, wiring, windows, exterior lights, etc, etc. A good body and frame are worth $5000 in my few. You would be hard pressed to recover your costs and effort should you elect to fix some of it.

Take a look at some classified ads and maybe the Vintage Airstream site to learn more about the value of your Ambassador. Keep in mind short, cute ones sell for more than the longer ones. The early 60s trailers are known as good ones to have.

http://vintageairstream.com/airstream-price-guide/

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Old 01-04-2015, 07:30 PM   #7
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Hi Steve, welcome.

I'm just down the road in Monroe if i can be of any help.
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I just saw your ad in Classifieds. A very fair assessment and a very fair price. It should sell. Good luck...

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