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Old 05-13-2006, 12:01 AM   #1
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new here would like some help

heelo my name is shane.if someone doesnt mind helping me and my wife is thinking about buying her fathers 1985 airstream its 32foot give or take a foot.i know it hasnt move out of the yard in 6 years and had power to it twice in that time maybe. he wants $5000.00 my wife told me today is that good and what do i need to look forthe clear coat is coming off in spots and i it did leak in the back by the big bed, sure it still does but not positive. needs tires.all the help would be thanked.and would my 02 gmc 1500 ext cab z71 be ok to pull it locally i live in south mississippi no big hills.

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Old 05-13-2006, 12:31 AM   #2
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hi Shane;

Welcome in the Airstream community; All you need to know is here.

At first; check if your GMC is able to pull the trailer... 32' Begans to be heavy and consider you have always more weight to add when you decide to go in vacation with your trailer. If you does'nt, choose a smaller one.

If ok, the clear coat pelling is not important... only esthetic and you can polish after.
$5000 is a correct price so I haven't seen pictures of your future A/S.
About leaks, check and replace all the gaskets around windows, all the openings on the roof .
About tires, don't take risk to keep them, buy new one s to drive securly.

may be you'll spent money the first year in restauring this travel trailer but you'll appreciate that when you spend time inside, in a campground with all the comfort and the pleasure that Airstream gives us.

if that can help you in your decision.


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Old 05-13-2006, 12:32 AM   #3
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32' is a whole lotta trailer for a half ton truck....

In regards to the leaks, gut instinct tells me that if there was an interior leak, somewhere there is an issue you cant see that is a result of that leak. Six years out in the elements with an active leak is a long time for some damage to accrue.

The price seems a good one though, even with some issues.
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Old 05-13-2006, 07:28 AM   #4
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first off welcome to the forum and good luck with your possible new to you AS. As far as what to look for do a search for "buyer checklist"
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