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Old 03-13-2006, 04:43 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

My wife and I bought a 1986 airstream motorhome about eight months ago. I had alot of questions and still at a loss for most answers. I called the Airstream company and was told that there was no record of it. After about thirty minutes of alot of duh's and I don't knows, I finally found out that it was made by the Airstream specialty division which today no longer existis. So to no avail I still have no answers.
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Sure looks prurdee! What are the questions you have?
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Old 03-13-2006, 04:48 PM   #3
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Hello Everyone,

My wife and I bought a 1986 airstream motorhome about eight months ago. I had alot of questions and still at a loss for most answers. I called the Airstream company and was told that there was no record of it. After about thirty minutes of alot of duh's and I don't knows, I finally found out that it was made by the Airstream specialty division which today no longer existis. So to no avail I still have no answers.
Welcome to the forums.
What are your questions?
From here, it looks like the coach was a custom job for someone that was perhaps handicapped, and needed an oversized entry door. The smaller door in the rear was for the non-handicapped members of the travel group, as any lift mechanism in the front would make entry and exit a problem for people without wheelchairs.
One of the moderators (alansd) is currently doing research into the custom Airstream jobs done in that era, you may want to PM him, as he may be able to help further.
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That's definately one-of-a-kind! What a great looking coach! Do you have inside photos? From the placement of the fridge vents and the back door (VERY rare in a moho... don't think I've ever seen another example!), it's obviously a custom-interior job!


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Old 03-13-2006, 05:03 PM   #5
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My questions are simple. I'm new to Airstreams. I've done no research on them. This one is hard to figure out, that much I know. I have found the original blue prints. It was a mobil medical unit of somekind. Shipped to Mimi Florida to a paramedics unit. How rare is it? Is this the only one? What is it's value? I know that I bought it for next to nothing. It fell in my lap sort a speek. Sorry my replys are slow. I have a turtle connection.
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:35 PM   #6
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more pictures

Here are pictures of the blue prints and first registration. There will be more photos of interior later. I'm not really good with computers or typing, sorry. The blue prints are old and torn. I was told by Airstream that I was not supposed to have them, oh well!
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Too cool! You may, in fact, have a one-off unit! As I said, I've sort of made a hobby out of two-door Airstreams, and I've never seen a two-door moho before! That is really neat that you have the blueprints.

The value of your coach will depend on who's willing to pay for it. A standard Airstream moho of that vintage and size will typically bring $15k to $30k USD depending on condition, amenities, and power train. A special coach that isn't already done as a camper may bring more or less depending on who wants it and for what.

Do hang onto those blueprints! While they may not have a lot of intrinsic value in and of themselves, they may be the only set out of captivity.

Thanks for posting this. It's fun to see these kinds of one-off things that Airstream did.

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Looks like the original registration is to a city paramedics unit. Way cool!
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Nice looking unit, what's inside?
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My questions are simple. I'm new to Airstreams. I've done no research on them. This one is hard to figure out, that much I know. I have found the original blue prints. It was a mobil medical unit of somekind. Shipped to Mimi Florida to a paramedics unit. How rare is it? Is this the only one? What is it's value? I know that I bought it for next to nothing. It fell in my lap sort a speek. Sorry my replys are slow. I have a turtle connection.
We have 2 in town that are used by the hospital as a portable clinics..
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hello cthilmo

welcome to the forums....

it's neat to see these uncommon configurations......

but declairing any of them as "one offs" is hard....

and it's not a nasa unit......

while some of the more frequently seen units like the funeral coach may number into the 100s,

lots of medical/dental/commerical units....ones were made;

then the next time someone called......another was made, and so on.

once the factory has done a couple they could suggest a floorplan/design to the next customer...running them all together over several model years....

pricing is speculation,

and best thought of as "what would the shell be worth" alone

since most would want to make an rv out of em....and they often don't have tanks, showers, toilets, galleys and stuff in the proper layout for rv usage....

and no appliances (even vintage stuff) for the rv functions...

our member with the travelin golf thingie.....is one of the few using a vintage moho for a travelin business...

if someone wanted to build a coffee shop or mobile diner or tourbus, or shoe store, or bike repair shop....
the two doors would be a great feature....

can't wait to see the interior shops......these are usually dissapointing....since the decor is dated business chic.....

are you planning to use the unit for anything or just shopping it here?

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Old 03-14-2006, 08:40 AM   #12
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This 86' did start out as an empty shell, with only a 6.5 onan gen. The generator was not working when I bought it, I put about $400 into it and did all the work it needed my self, runs very good now. It also had 12 thin-lite 12v florecent lights. Now it has all the anemities of home. My wife, son, and I live in it. There have been alot of changes to the interior. It has a fridge, hot water tank, 2 sinks, shower, stove, power inverter, charger, and a convection/microwave. Also a T.V. and DVD player that I mounted in the false wall I built between the cab and the living area. Now, it's home.
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Oh, by the way, this Airstream found me not the other way around. I figure it needed me, so as far as selling it, NEVER! I'm was only interested in the value of this not so common unit.
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Please post photos! The interior sounds fascinating!

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