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Old 06-14-2007, 12:12 AM   #1
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Need some help!

We have a chance to buy a 1977 31' International. We know nothing about Airstreams, but it was love at first sight. Our camping trailer right now consists of a pop-up, and we have had great fun with it, but as we are passing middle age and want to move up. We have only seen pictures (looks good) and will be seeing it in person soon. The seller is asking $9,000. Since we are completely in the dark about value, but would dearly love an Airstream, we need help from folks who know! Any ideas?
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:42 AM   #2
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Think!

There are tons of used Airstreams for sale, and the bigger ones, 30 feet and up are less sought after than the small ones so there are many bargains available.

I personally feel that $9000 is high for a '77 unless it's had a major renovation. Many 70's units have frame separation and the axles are starting to go, which are both expensive to fix. Another BIG issue would be the appliances which may need replacement - water heater, furnace, refrigerator. Again expensive. Last could be water damage and floor rot. Read "full monte" threads here!

There's a 1996 31 Classic in Virginia Beach for sale at $19,900. Now that is a reality check.

Before you do anything else, think! Go look at the CLASSIFIEDS here. Go on Ebay and look at the current and past auctions to get an idea of current prices, check Craigslist as there are many hidden gems there.

Last ask for a volunteer inspector from this list to look at one you "fell in love with". Failing that PAY for a professional to inspect it before you buy. I'm one of those "Airstream Millionaires" but $9000 is a lot to spend impulsively.

Paula
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:11 AM   #3
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I agree with Paula, the price sounds high for a 31' 70's trailer. Remember that with most vintage Airstreams the selling price is just a down payment. If you can not get a good inspector, start reading. Many first time buyers find out too late that the trailer that they thought was perfect reguired more time and money then they could put into it.

Read as much as you can about problems people have found. Topics include; soft floors, rear end seperation and bad axels just to name a few. If you know what to look for it will enable you to make a better estimate of a trailers worth.

This link is a good place to start as well. Price vs. Condition - Airstream Values

I looked for my trailer for almost a year. Many people looked longer and some are still looking.

Good luck!
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