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Old 05-11-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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I joined this forum minutes ago as I am looking to tap into the combined knowledge of it's members. I am considering the purchase of a 1949 Silver Streak Sabre 17 footer, this unit looks to be in OK condition that is judging from photos of limited clarity. The owner claims the unit is in "unbelievable" condition. (That could be taken two ways) The equipment is mainly original including the copper plumbing. This trailer is quite far away from where I live so dropping over to check it out is out of the question, unless I can establish that it may be worth the trip. The trailer is listed at $11,000 Cdn OBO. My question, is this in the ball park. I know it's hard to say given the limited info I have supplied, but thats where I'm at. There was a 1967 21ft. Silver Streak that was apparently in good shape that sold for about $6800.00 Cdn. recently, this makes we wonder about the $11,000.00. Any suggestions appreciated.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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Maybe you can find someone in the area to go check it out for you. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't have $11k to spend sight unseen. I think for that amount of money it would be worth an airplane ticket to go check it out, and if you like it put it in storage and have it transported home later. There's just too much that can be wrong with a trailer that even a hundred good pictures wouldn't show.
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I joined this forum minutes ago as I am looking to tap into the combined knowledge of it's members. I am considering the purchase of a 1949 Silver Streak Sabre 17 footer, this unit looks to be in OK condition that is judging from photos of limited clarity. The owner claims the unit is in "unbelievable" condition. (That could be taken two ways) The equipment is mainly original including the copper plumbing. This trailer is quite far away from where I live so dropping over to check it out is out of the question, unless I can establish that it may be worth the trip. The trailer is listed at $11,000 Cdn OBO. My question, is this in the ball park. I know it's hard to say given the limited info I have supplied, but thats where I'm at. There was a 1967 21ft. Silver Streak that was apparently in good shape that sold for about $6800.00 Cdn. recently, this makes we wonder about the $11,000.00. Any suggestions appreciated.
Is this the unit? (in Grand Prairie, AB):

1949 Silver Streak on Kijiji

If it is, it looks nice and clean, but for $11K for a smaller trailer....I'd be wanting something, I don't know, bigger or nicer.

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Yes, that is the one, It's actually in Camrose Alberta. The price was 13k now it's 11k, I'm surprised that it is still on the market, perhaps it's because the price is unrealistic, that's what I'm trying to find out.
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Yes, that is the one, It's actually in Camrose Alberta. The price was 13k now it's 11k, I'm surprised that it is still on the market, perhaps it's because the price is unrealistic, that's what I'm trying to find out.
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It does not look like a 1949 to me.

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Old 05-11-2009, 02:05 PM   #6
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I received a photo alledgedly showing the manufacturers badge, it shows Silver Streak Trailer company, El Monte Ca. serial number 2SC-S249. The current owners claim it was #2 of three built. Anyone able to decipher the sn.?
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:28 PM   #7
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I think that it is most likely something after 1964 as they didn't use the anodized panels until after 1964.

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Don`t know how to decipher # ,but I would think it was the 249th one for that year.
I agree it looks too new to be a 49.Dave
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Zeppo,

I don't believe this is a 1949 SS trailer. For various reasons I believe it is circa 1960 (the frig looks later). You should check out Tom Patterson's web site for Silver Streak information including photos of various models & years.

Silver Streak entry page

In addition, the price seems very high to me. If I was looking for a small 1960's aluminum trailer that has not been renovated I wouldn't pay more than $5000 - 6000 dollars. You can tell form the photos it needs work and what you can't see are the 40 year old electric wires, plumbing, propane lines, and insullation. Now if it were really a 1949 - the price might fly.

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Old 05-11-2009, 03:23 PM   #10
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I agree, that looks like a mid-60's unit to me. Looks like the furnace has been replaced with a modern unit as well, you can see the patch panel next to the door with the modern furnace exhaust mounted to it. That awning rail looks really out of place to me too.

In Airstreams the smallest ones are very desirable and go for top dollar. The owner may be hoping that will work for him as well. With just those pictures to go by, I'd have to say it doesn't really look like anything that special to me, and I doubt it's period correct or restored (which I would expect for that price), which means you'll be investing time and money in fixing something, you just don't know what yet. When I bought my trailer it was ready to camp in, but two years later I was replacing the axle, the furnace, the fridge, and half the floor! There's a lot that can be going on in an old trailer and you won't know until you get your hands on it.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:55 PM   #11
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Here is a 65... very close. I think you have a 62 there and the price is very high for something that will need structural renovations. Good trailers though, I like the anodized aluminum and they are super sturdy rigs.
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I don't see it listed anymore.
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Here is the ad:

1949 Silver Streak Sabre Trailer - Grande Prairie Cars & Vehicles - Kijiji Grande Prairie

I found it by doing a Google search for "Kijiji Silver Streak trailer" then hitting "cached".

It is definitely not a 49 model and it is definitely overpriced. Rednax just sold a "perfect" early 80s 32 foot or 34 foot model. He had a price of $10,000 on it and it took about 6 months to sell.

A trailer like that should be worth more like $3000 to $5000. If you don't mind travelling to the US you can get a better one for that kind of money or less.

Here is a web site I like for such searches. It is a car sales site mash.

site mash : silver streak : combined classified and auction listings

I clicked on "RV" and did a search for "Silver Streak" and got 67 listings from $1000 to $12500. Including a genuine 1949 Silver Streak Clipper.
Sierra Trailer Restoration - 1948 Clipper

It was on Ebay with a buy it now of $16,500 and got NO bids.

Or you could buy an Airstream like everybody else
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