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Old 07-30-2012, 02:11 PM   #15
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Can you contact the RV Tech shop that did the work and get copies of the documentation of what was done on the trailer. New axles for example. Also if the shop has photo's of the work that was completed.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:42 PM   #16
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i will know more wednesday when i go check it out.....
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I have an '88 Excella 32' in great shape I'll sell for 1/2 that price!
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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I have no connections ...business or financial wise with these Folks. However, in this area why don't you call TOP or Pat McDowell or Paul Maheux...all sort of local to you. I can tell you they are all great honest folks and know what it costs for Airstream work. Make an arrangement for an inspection using the data provided by the seller as a baseline. Heck if he is really into selling have him split the inspection cost with you. This seller happens to have a business directly behind North Dallas RV so decisions in that direction and their relationship is something you will have to work out. Your on the right track....keep asking around. PS....I liked following your trip.
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Welcome back. Glad you found a home base. Sad you sold the Airstream but there are certainly lots to choose from.

Any rebuilder doing a job for a client will likely take a lot of pictures to prove the work they are being paid for. Those should be available to you. Can you speak to the person who did the work? That would be interesting if he's "not available". Seeing those pictures will give you an idea of just how extensive the work actually was. Pull out some bottom drawers and with a flashlight look in along the wall for deterioration and to see if the new flooring was done all the way or is it still the old flooring and if so, what shape is it in? Fine to have the old stuff if it is not showing severe deterioration.

Take a pad to kneel on and check the bellypan. If it is good, that is helpful. If it has lots of patches I'd be concerned.

For this money it should have new axles.

There was another couple at Baker City, a retired lawyer and his wife, who were touring all over the place, who had a trailer similar to this. I can't remember their names but they would be a good choice to ask what to look for. I think their trailer was similar vintage. Perhaps King O D Road will remember who they were. She had misplaced her change purse or something if I remember right, if that helps to job the memory.
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found a vintage airstream forum...and was asking same questions...cortez...a moderator...had info that the unit was or had been supplied..worked on at north dallas rv and gave a couple of names there...i called and talked to one guy and was asking about axels and he said that they were guaranteed for life......
and he did not act like he recalled the trailer...although the trailer is located within a stones throw of north dallas rv....

seems like lots of folks know of this trailer...it looks too good to be true...is $28,500 way high???....maybe gone before i get there
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Nice looking trailer

Hi Kingfisher,
That is a nice looking trailer. $28,500 is a steep price. It should have everything in as new order. Looks can be deceiving. Axles are usually guaranteed for five years. There are some inspections you can do to determine if they are serviceable or not. I would suspect they are not. The wood laminate floor is a hint that there may be floor rot issues that were covered up.
It takes a lot of work and money to restore/refurbish a vintage trailer. There should be pictures to document the work. Ask for photos of the work that was done.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:42 AM   #23
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onward thru the fog

1975 tradewind....going to dallas rv this morning for a full checkup ahd roadworthy report...i am putting a deposit down on her and if she checks out with flying colors....she's coming home with us...
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:55 PM   #24
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Wow, you two! I just stumbled across this thread and am shocked to hear that you've sold your Airstream! Call me surprised! Say it ain't so! But at least you still have aluminum running in your veins... I'm not much help in answering any of your questions on a vintage rig, but hope you can get it figured out to your satisfaction...and we hope to see you around the 4CU campfire again soon...in a new Airstream. We were wondering where you went...well I knew you were in Texas...but not Airstream-less! Enjoyed running into you often on the road... Please some home!
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That hitch is for a boat or utility trailer. It is much too small for a travel of that size. The original was probably rusted or broken and replaced with much less expensive type. I'd look at the frame very closely, front AND rear. I have seen trailer of that vintage have the rear fall right off. But you don't see the damage in advance without looking carefully.

What's under that shiny tread plate?

This trailer may be too good to be true.
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and for all i know they are a great company...and i should feel confident with an independent paid assessment of the roadworthiness of this trailer...

randy roland is the guy who is going to check her over...

everything seems above board...the owner is an established business man in the dallas area...he commissioned and hired a 30 year rv tech to do this restoration...

the trailer looks immaculate///tooo good to be true...don't know what else one could do other than what i am doing to check this thing out.....
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:59 AM   #27
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here is one comment i got in a private message


Just from the pictures and the text of the ad there are a few things that tell me this is what they call a polished turd;
It is polished
The diamond plate covering the frame
The dent in the cs front "banana wrap" was not fixed.
Laminate wood floors
Original axles


a polished turd??????

i cannot see the dent in the pictures...i believe to be just shadows...


as far as thje frame and axles...i really am in a quandary
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Why put a deposit down ?
At 28 grand I doubt this thing is going anywhere too fast.

If you are still smitten offer him 17 and be preparted to go to 19,500.
Dont blink and drive away if he refuses. Be sure he has your telephone number and go back to Elgin, and get the ants outa your pants.
time will tell, and if it goes away, there are plenty more out there.

Sure hope you see this before you pay.
I've heard both good & bad bout North Dallas RV.
But if they had anything to do with the trailer, what do you think they are gonna say...?
Certainly not an unbiased opinion..honest or not.
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