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Old 11-19-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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Buying an Airstream Without Windows?

Hi Everyone. Hope you all are doing great! I am new to the Airstream world and need advice.

I've been researching Airstreams for some time and want to buy one that I can renovate starting at the bones.

There's one Airstream that I've found for $700 but it doesn't have any windows. It's a 1977 31' International. Serial I31-A7J-1666. Picture is attached. It's being used as a chicken coop now but I figure it's already been stripped down a bit! I plan on taking it straight to a trailer shop for a shell off frame and shell reno.

Question - is it a mistake to buy without windows? Or would I be ok? The windows seem to be in short supply and expensive.

There are a few dents but I'm not as worried about that.

Any other things I should be aware of?

I am going to see it live on Friday and would love any input before then as I'll be buying it that day.

Thoughts? Thank you!

Robert
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:52 PM   #2
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Oh no. That is so sad. Somebody should be horse whipped.

I hope you do buy and restore it. It looks like it will take a lot of work, and money, to do that though. Good Luck.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:02 PM   #3
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Could be a good deal if the chickens come with it!

Looking forward to the Friday report.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:03 PM   #4
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If the frames are missing as well as the glass I would pass on it. If you have frames to work with and you have someone near you that can bend glass...maybe... But honestly you will pay more to replace frames and glass than you would to by a slightly better one with windows. Obviously you are confident have skills to fix up a trailer or you wouldn't even be looking at this one. Take the time to look at window prices online at inlandrv and vintage trailer supplies and that will give some some ideas on the cost at hand for repairs, labour not included...
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I would be really careful about that big dent. I know small dents can be smoothed back out to some extent but that big one might require panel replacement. I'm no expert, but you might look into that before you commit to anything. I've seen several local AS on Craigslist never sell because of dents like that.
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Buying an Airstream Without Windows?

This is a center bath model which is desirable, but 31 footers are a dime a dozen. The shell damage and missing windows equate to an extensive amount of cash. If it were me I would look for better opportunities, there are better deals out there... Much better deals.

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Old 11-19-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
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Run!!! I would tell them to pay me to haul it away
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:30 PM   #8
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And the floors.....I can't imagine it would be suitable for human inhabitation without replacing the subfloor.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:25 PM   #9
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Sorry, but I agree, this is one to run away from. It is not a rare or uncommon trailer, and the cost of renovation will be much higher than buying one which is in better condition to begin with.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:31 PM   #10
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You are about to make a BIG mistake....even the gas money to go see it is a waste.
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The rims are worth $50 each. The rest is sold by the pound!! Don't waste your time or money.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:50 PM   #12
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Even buying salvage windows you will spend more than a thousand. New windows are available but will cost a whole lot more. I have never heard of bending glass although Lexan can be used. For these windows you will need the frames.
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With all the money you ll spend on this one making it road worthy, you could get one that is in very good condition and is ready to go. Give this some serious thought and do comparisons with some you can see here on the classifieds.
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With all the money you ll spend on this one making it road worthy, you could get one that is in very good condition and is ready to go. Give this some serious thought and do comparisons with some you can see here on the classifieds.
I second that
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