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Old 02-22-2008, 06:13 AM   #1
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Need help assessing the value on my 75 Sovereign

Greetings!

I have a 75 31' Sovereign that I'm looking to sell, however I have no idea as to how much it's worth. I know how much I've put into it, but sometimes that is not a good indicator as to value.

I've polished it twice in 4 years, has no body dents, minor scratches, new water heater, new fridge, new a/c, new Zip Dee awnings on both sides, all replaced with top of the line/airstream accepted appliances..

Rear bed with side bath, interior again in great condition.

If anyone can give me an idea or range to expect, I would GREATLY appreciate it!
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:40 AM   #2
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I'm probably not qualified to make an appraisal of value on your trailer but I do know some of the questions that are going to be asked by those that are.

Condition of Floor?

Condition of Brakes?

Condition of Axles?

Condition of Tires?

Condition of Frame?

Is there rear body sag evident?

Can you provide pictures?

Condition of Curtains, Upholstery, Carpet etc?

Any leaks?

I know I've missed a few, but that should get you started.

Roger
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:15 AM   #3
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Perhaps this might help you. http://www.vintageairstream.com/rr_t...condition.html

We have found this document to be very useful in providing a good base range as well as helpful information in costing the restoration.

Two schools of thought - start at the top value and deduct according to the items or systems that are not complete or up to snuff.

Or Start at the bottom and add value to the price for each item or system you have repaired, upgraded or replaced.

When valuing - unfortunately labor and TLC rarely come into play.

As the is a public and widely accepted (meaning airstream specific) document we have been able to use it with several insurance companies to justify the value of our vintage trailers we have owned. We actually do the ground work for the company and let them confirm our suggested valuation, with the documentation provided.

Good luck with your task
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:54 AM   #4
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If anyone can give me an idea or range to expect
$4000 -$17,000

Post a bunch of pictures and list all the things that don't work, are missing or broken and folks here will be able to give you a pretty good idea of what you can get for it.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:57 AM   #5
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It's counter-intuitive, but the larger vintage Airstreams have generally the lowest value. If you want an idea of the minimum price, start with $3,000 for a "campable" Sovereign (old appliances, no zip dee, tarnished, old axles, but all systems working). With all your new items, I'd move the target up to $8,000.

The mid-bath models are more attractive than the rear bath for two reasons. They are more livable and their weight distribution is better for the frame, so less chance of rear end separation. If your axles are new, you can add another $1,000. If not and you have knowledgeable buyer, worn out axles can really detract from the price, regardless of other goodies. Most buyers, however, are not knowledgeable.

When you say the interior is in "great" condition, that will not add much to the price, but if it also has snap and eye appeal (no odors, great color--not the original orange--warm wood tone, nice flooring) then the sky is the limit. You can easily go above $12,000.

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