I appreciate the comments above and would like to chime in here. I have owned and restored a 1971 Land Yacht. It was a rear bath that had been parked for many years on blocks. I replaced most of the interior and actually built the front lounge unit to pull out to a bed with the side storage unit like the original. The only problems was not being able to find the original laminate. There was seperation in the rear that needed repair professionally. I paid $2500 in the early 90's and spent about $5,000 total (did not replace axles). All the appliance worked well and restored electrical to 12 volt
after the previous owner had it wired for 120volt. It worked perfect for several cross country trips (Florida to California) and many other local trips.
I recently bought a 1973 31' all original Excella that was previously owned by the Dally Byum club in Tennessee (Bill Daugherty) and planned and founded the AS camp in Tellico Plains. If has sat for a number of years and needs work. I paid $5,000 for this unit that included the original aluminum wheels, Zip Dees on all windows, the original microwave etc. There were some major issues that need repair.
1. new axles and tires were placed
2. new refrigerator as couldn't find anyone to repair to original - problem
it now requires 12 volt
to operate the board even if cooling with gas
3. plumbing has several cracked pipes that need repair and faucets will
4. several small areas in the floor need repair
5. replaced all of the weather stripping on doors and windows including
6. had entry lock mechanism fabricated by a maching shop so I could
keep the original ($50) and well worth it
7. roof vent covers have plastic center for light access and will have to
8. much of the tambour needs replacing - I have done this before and it is
a big job if done properly
9. need to check the entire plumbing system i.e. holding tanks for further
10. generally work on the other cosmetic details to make it a jewel i.e.
replace the speakers for better quality sound (yes, it had the original
8 track with a tape of Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner that I listen
to while working on the unit, new covering and curtains, generally
clean and polish
I think you get the idea. The unit is very solid but has the expected problems for a trailer of this age. I did pull it from Florida to Tennessee on the new axles and tires with the prodigy controller and averaged 13.6 mpg at 70 MPH. I am hoping to complete this project with approximately $10,000 - $12,000 invested. At that cost, I will have a beautifully restored vintage Airstream that should be ready to travel anywhere. I truly love these trailers and the memories they make. They are something owners can be proud of while on the road.
I feel that the price you paid is a bargain when looking at the prices of the new units that just don't attract me. I am able to do most of the work saving money while knowing that it is being done right. I am also hoping to incorporate a solar unit to make it somewhat independent from the grid.
A good, clean unit using quality materials functioning as it should with a few modern upgrades (solar, dish/cable, sound system) with the quality of the Excella would surely be worth the cost at resale. I love the silly touches like the doorbell and only dreamed about awnings on all the windows in my first Airstream. Most of all, I will never forget the life memories made with my younger children travelling cross country. I can't wait to do this again with my second family - boys ages 8 and 10 years.
You now have a piece of Americana. Get it in the shape you want and I'll see you on the road. You got a good deal