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Old 07-29-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hi All:

I bought a 1975 Land Yacht for $6,500 and I now know it needs a new chassis as nothing is salvageable from it.

I have 3 options:
1) use a 2005 Terry Trailer chassis for free
2) buy a new one from Airstream (will add an additional $4500)
3) try to sell the 1975 at a loss and buy the same model but 1965 that seems to have a good chassis with the floor redone, fully polished for 10,500)

I'm new to this world so any advice is greatly appreciated.


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Old 07-29-2015, 05:16 PM   #2
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Just to clarify, are you referring the "chassis" to the entire frame of the trailer, or to the axle? If you use the Terry trailer one, will it actually fit?
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:27 PM   #3
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Sell it and move on....
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:45 PM   #4
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Assuming that you are using the term chassis correctly, if you really paid $6,500 for this model of trailer that needs a new chassis, I'm sorry to say that you were seriously ripped off.
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:54 PM   #5
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Yes, the Terry trailer can be cut to fit and the lug pattern is the same....it will have a leaf suspension and a different axle than what is typically on Airstreams

Yes it definitely was a poor purchase but there was no way to know how bad until I took it apart.
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:13 PM   #6
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Another option could be to get a welder to fabricate a chassis for you. I've no idea how that cost would relate to the $4500 chassis from Airstream, but there are a number of restoration threads on the forums where people have done this. Are you located anywhere near the factory? Can you post photos of the frame damage?
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Old 07-30-2015, 06:40 AM   #7
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1960's vs. 1970's

Back to your original question, sink another $4,500 into the 1975 to get a good chassis (and presumably still have all the other restoration issues to address) or get rid of it and buy a 1965 with a good chassis and some restoration already started for $10,500. To this question I would vote for the 1965 because if you invest in a new chassis for the 1975 you will be in the same place in terms of your investment as going with the 1965 but, by going with the 1965, you will have a more valuable trailer when done since restored 1960's trailers are generally more choice than are 1970's vintage.

Of course the trailer model comes into play, with the shorter vintage trailers being even more desirable than longer ones despite their limitations for actual camping vs. the longer ones. Also, presumably you will recoup some money on the disposition of the 1970's trailer to help offset the purchase of the 1960's. However, if you get a savvy buyer for the 1970 model, be prepared to get half or less what you paid for it given the reported condition of the chassis.
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Old 07-30-2015, 07:20 AM   #8
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IMO it would depend on how much you are willing to spend. While it appears as though you spent too much for the '75 if you spent another $4500 and could afford to do so, you would have a new reliable chassis.

If you buy the '65 you would have to start all over again.

If I were spending your money I would get the new chassis from AS. :-)
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Before you make any more big $$ decisions go out and get some bids for a replacement frame from some of your local welding shops. Also decide if you do go this route, if you have the necessary skills to remove the shell or will you be contracting this out also. Just because the 65 claims to have a good frame doesn't mean it does, don't get pulled into it by a shiny shell.
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All good advice, thank you very much
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Old 07-31-2015, 04:49 PM   #11
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Check out Millertime's thread here. Seems like he got a whole new frame made for under $3K, if I recall correctly,
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Thank you everyone, I think I'm going to try to sell the 70s and get into the 60s......that said I may put the Terry trailer on 70s, redo the floor, and shine her up to maximize what I can get for her
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Update: leaning toward getting a welder to fabricate the trailer for me, shine her and then I will try to sell her so I can get into the 60s Airstream
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Update: leaning toward getting a welder to fabricate the trailer for me, shine her and then I will try to sell her so I can get into the 60s Airstream
Old chassis are 4 inches thick.

Your newer coach has a 5 inch chassis.

An old chassis on a newer trailer is a no-no.

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