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Old 08-03-2012, 08:10 PM   #15
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The salvage title causes me concern. I realize a trailer can get "totaled" pretty quick with hail, but put on your sleuth hat and make sure there isn't anything more dramatic, ie flood damage. I don't know if Carfax can dredge up records for Airstreams, but it might be worth a try.

Good luck, and try not to rationalize yourself into a decision you will regret. I suppose one advantage of the salvage title is that there may be a lot of negotiating room.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:24 PM   #16
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As usual, I'd have one of our own take a look see. I don't know how insurance companies or State titles deal with this sort of thing, but you're going to have to check it out. The coach looks pretty nice, though. Zip-Dee awnings, wow!
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:25 PM   #17
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If it's the floorplan you want, and you plan to keep it for a long time, go for it. Be sure to get some Acryl-R and keep a check on the top seams and rivets where the dents are. Once you are inside, you'll have the same aesthetic issue we have. Seeing ugly white boxes with swirly patterned decals while looking out the windows.
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:56 AM   #18
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Doug - please let me know what you end up doing, meanwhile I'll go purchase some CorrosionX!
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:04 AM   #19
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Hummmmm - I never considered the glare from within.....although, this unit does not have the aluminum kitchen interior walls. I think it looks so clean though!

I will say that I've called my insurance company and I can only get collision with them - no comprehensive. If a tree falls on it, it gets blown over in a wind storm or if someone steals it - no coverage with them. Still checking - might try Progressive.

The owner says that he lived in it for 3 mos (in TX) while they were building their home - no leakiing issues when it rained.

Thanks to all for your input.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:36 AM   #20
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Hail dings will work themselves out to some degree over time. By that time you will have forgotten about them anyway.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:38 AM   #21
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Not sure I understand the salvage title thing. Looks very nice inside. But I would want to get it pretty cheap. Had a friend who bought a new Tundra with hail damage and thought he got a good deal. Six months later he decided he did not like it. It was a very tough resell. Can you afford to take the risk (self insuring)? I would think if you are going to keep it a long time, can pay cash and deal with the insurance one way or the other it would be a chance to start with a relatively new trailer. The hail dents themselves would not bother me. It is all the associated stuff with it. And the fact that the 2007 year may be in the steep part of the depreciation curve even if it is perfect.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:57 PM   #22
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I had to give this up because I could not find anyone to insure it.....bummer.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:07 PM   #23
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Look on the bright side--sometimes things happen for a reason. If the Insurance companies wouldn't insure it (especially for what the seller was asking), then you have to conclude that its "value" is far from the asking price.

Good luck as you continue your search!
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:58 PM   #24
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There are ways to remove dents using techniques that cool or heat the metal to make the dent pop back out. I have not experimented with it but you will find some u-tube videos of it being done.

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Old 08-23-2012, 06:31 PM   #25
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The Plot Thickens!

Hello Experts,
Well, the owner of this trailer has made me an offer - $22,000 and he will deliver it from Houston, TX to Northern OH. I figure it will cost me approximately $3000-$3500 to fly to TX, rent a truck to haul the trailer home plus the food, fuel and time involved.

Also, I have finally found two different insurance companies who will give me coverage.....just waiting to see 1. how much coverage and 2. how much it will cost.

Does this sound like a deal yet?
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:42 PM   #26
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That seller can't sell it anywhere else. Bargin HARD.....your in the Buyers seat.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:29 PM   #27
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Hello again Experts,

Well, the owner of the camper that I was going to purchase saw that I had asked questions on the Forum about this year/style of camper and he withdrew his offer. Specifically, he said:

The process of trying to sell this trailer has been very interesting. We have had people who were unable to get financing, people who have had problems with insurance, and one person that tried to scam us out of $28,000!
Now we have encountered someone who puts our private conversation on Air Forums for all to see.
I really have no problem with any inspection or check list from any source. As I have mentioned, we have owned some type of RV since 1973 and I am very confidant of the condition of this one. It is however a 2007 trailer which means that it is not new!
All that to say we will be pursuing a local sale.
I'm sorry this will not work out for you or us.



I have come to a couple of possible reasons.....1. This man is totally insecure with himself and the camper. 2. The camper probably had some huge issues that he knew I would discover because I was seeking guidance for inspection. 3. He found another buyer.

I find this man cruel and insensitive due to the fact that this trailer is carrying a Rebuilt Salvage Title and I spent too much time looking for, and finally finding, someone to insure it. I would probably never have been able to sell it if I had wanted to. Still, I had prepared myself for that and was so excited to own it regardless.

I am happy this guy kept his toys and stayed home...It probably saved me from a boat load of headaches! Last night I had the BEST night's sleep that I've had in weeks!!

Now to find my 2006-2008 Safari 25' SE LS FB Queen with a CLEAR title!
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:45 PM   #28
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It is all for the best. When I find that I am trying too hard to make something work, jumping through too many flaming hoops, its time to acknowledge that the Universe is trying to send a message.

Good luck with your next trailer.
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