Originally Posted by JeffS
I'd particularly appreciate insight into vintage. I know from other pursuits of vehicles vintage that, if you know what to buy, who restored it and you buy well, there is likely to be financial appreciation in your future. Wondering if that holds true for AS. And if so what I should be focused upon and how best to locate what I should be looking for? I suspect word of mouth is the best source of information.
My impression of vintage streams that are bought and sold in So Cal (the only market I am familiar with) is as such:
If you spend the money on having a proper renovation/restoration done to a trailer with quality worksmanship and long-lasting construction techniques, you will never make your money back, unless you plan on holding onto it in a museum without using it for 25 years. If you do all the work yourself, you will make a financial profit if your labor is worth ~$0.50/hr.
If you spend the money on having a renovation done that addresses 80% of the normal concerns, is mostly good, and *looks* to be of high quality and has good taste, you can probably make some decent profit off of it when you sell, or at least retain as much value as possible.
My assumption is that the people who make the most money on vintage trailers are those who buy from the original owners or from places where they are rotting away in a field, and then turn around and sell them for twice that on eBay
Final words: if you want vintage, smaller is pricing much higher.
DISCLAIMER: These are only my opinions from a mere 3 years of experience browsing the So Cal market. I am in no way qualified to answer this with any good certainty, I just don't like seeing posts without replies.