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Old 08-21-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Hello from Savannah, GA!

My hubby and I are currently in search of the right Airstream for us. We have stumbled upon two 1974 Overlanders; one that seems to be in good shape inside and out and the other fairly good on the outside but definite work on the inside.

Our goal with the Overlander is to create a space that is functional for us and our two labs. I am a photographer and graphic designer and my husband is a filmmaker, so we would like to add a modern spin to the interior. We plan on full-timing for a couple of years.

With this in mind, would it be better and more cost efficient in the long run to purchase the one that is in good shape all around at a higher price or the other at a lower price?

We have read several threads on the rear baths and separation and would like to move the bath to the center (this would also allow for the bedroom to be in the rear, which I prefer). Any suggestions on this as well would be greatly appreciated!

There is a airstream, vintage travel trailer place in South Carolina that we would like to do the work but after three phone calls and no return calls we are giving up that for now and hoping to find answers here.

We are completely new to this so suggestions and reality checks are welcomed.

The nicer one: 6500 price negotiable.-current owner has had the rv dealership look over and all systems seem to be running fine.
The ok one: 3500 price negotiable.-systems have not been checked out.

We have the buyer's checklist in hand when we go to inspect them next weekend.

Future Streamers, Neil and Shelly
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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We really like this one! It is the floor plan we desire and the vintage stove and fridge are a plus. We are just scared of the dents! What are your thoughts?

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Old 08-21-2010, 07:55 PM   #3
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You pay for what you get...Don't be afraid or un certain to take that plunge! Get the one that is in pretty good condition...it will fold out as being worthwhile as time goes by. Have fun when you get it!
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Thanks Redhawker! We are leaning towards the better one because we can at least live in it right now and the owner has been very forthcoming.

The link is very helpful!

Also, I checked out your website. The Dr. Pepper Mural is my favorite piece! They are all beautiful.

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Old 08-21-2010, 08:33 PM   #5
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Greetings Neil and Shelly!

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We have read several threads on the rear baths and separation and would like to move the bath to the center (this would also allow for the bedroom to be in the rear, which I prefer). Any suggestions on this as well would be greatly appreciated!

Future Streamers, Neil and Shelly
If you are determined to have the mid-bath layout, it will be far more cost effective to hold out for one of the mid-1970s era mid-bath coaches. They weren't made in the Overlander series, but were becoming more common in the Sovereign models (30' or 31'). The Argosy coaches were also available with the rear bedroom and mid-bath layout - - 30' model - - and they were readily identified by the full-width rear window with the deep wrap wing windows.

In an Overlander, there would be a tremendous amount of rebuilding necessary to move the bath forward and the bedroom rearward. You may also find that windows are in the path of bulkheads that you would need to separate the rear bedroom from the bathroom.

Good luck with your investigation!

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They both will end up costing too much, but the better one will probably be less work time, but maybe not. How is the floor? The frame? The tanks? The axles? Are the awnings on it? Does the refrigerator cool to 37 degrees on gas and electric? Get good answers to all those or maybe pass.

The drapes, and carpet, and even the window and door gaskets are minor in time and money, compared to the frame and floor. A short list of major things will cost a year's work and five grand or a lot more in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:52 PM   #7
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Photos of the better one.

Here are some photos of the better one.

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Photos of the other

This is the one for 3500.00
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I'd go with the better one if the price diff. is not too great. The cheaper on will need lots of work. That means lots of time if you do it or lots and lots of money if someone else does. The time factor should be a serious consideration. Restoration work, thought not rocket science, take a lot of time even if you have the personal skill set and the place and equipment to do it. Also, you will spend a lot more money than you think, trust me on that. Even with the better trailer, you will most likely need axles and for sure tires all around. Count on some appliances not working or not working for long. As for trying to move the bath, Overlander64 is right. Just find a mid bath.
Good luck. You might check here on the forums for someone who lives close that will look at the trailer with you. You can find the link on the right side of the forum home page.
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Oh, I forgot . . . check the air conditioner. That's a grand to replace.
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:33 PM   #11
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Thank you so much for all the help. We will definitely look at having an inspector meet us.

What about price? We have looked at the guides and are not sure how to truly classify it without actually seeing it in person. Should we go with two different figures? One for average condition and one for below average? What you would pay for it?

Also, we have found this 13 panel on the classified forum and wondered if this might be something to consider. Any thoughts would be great.
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I acn see from the pics that the axles seem good on the better trailer and definately need replacing on the cheaper one. Two axles will run you $1500. If you replace the rusted out fridge in the cheaper trailer which looks very rusted and may not work this will cost you another $1500. So there's your $3000 difference right there. If I was looking to buy I would but the better one. I hope this helps.
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With this in mind, would it be better and more cost efficient in the long run to purchase the one that is in good shape all around at a higher price or the other at a lower price?
Go for the nicer one. A lot of the Tambour needs replaced, but it looks like it's in pretty good shape. Make sure the tanks don't leak and as for rear end separation, that is less of a problem for the shorter Airstreams like the Overlander, but very common on the 31' models. Make sure the floor is solid throughout and that all systems/appliances have been checked out. If everything looks good I'd offer him 5500-6000.
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I'd take the worst one for free as a parts trailer, but I wouldn't pay for it. The better one might be fine if you want a rear bath trailer. I've bought things I liked for a lot too much $ and years later I don't remember what I paid. My Airstream does not fit in that category.

Worth is often measured by what somebody else would pay for the same item. That's a merchant's measure also known as "market value". What I pay for something often has a premium on the "market value". That premium is called "opportunity cost". In a free market, there's going to be an opportunity cost for about any valued, unique item. That opportunity cost is a cost that I won't plan to recover when I sell.

The ability to pay more opportunity cost for an item is a benefit of having more $ than other buyers. My experience in shopping for an Airstream trailer would be to plan on doubling the price paid in repairs and deferred maintenance. LOTS more if the labor is hired done. Buying a used trailer is a bit like going to Vegas, laying down yer money and hoping ya get lucky because there's so much that could be wrong that ya can't see.

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