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Old 10-17-2014, 03:39 PM   #15
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The best way to restore anything is to buy it already restored. Let the seller eat the factor of 3 or 4 loss that happens when you restore something that is only worth a fraction of what you have in it.

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I don't know, I have vastly enjoyed the trip, I have the trailer I want, and if I don't count my time, I don't have a pile of money in my (actually my wife's) trailer.

I know that it isn't for everyone, but for me It has been the most rewarding project I have ever done.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:45 PM   #16
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Good enough or half donkey?

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You have captured the essence of "GOING CAMPING" with a trailer you haven't so over restored that you're afraid to USE it.

Bingo!

My son is taking my wife's trailer to deer camp the end of the month.

Imo stuff is to be used more than looked at.

And thank you for the kind words Paula!
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:47 PM   #17
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Yeah, I've only got seven grand in this thing all up... Until you average in my time, then it's slightly north of $476,000. But, my pops was out there with me, helping where he could, which mostly included helping out with a few longnecks. That time was priceless!!!

Great post Paula! If I hit the power ball, you've got your refurb coming, all on me, just for that post alone... Now, I just gotta get the right numbers...

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Old 10-17-2014, 06:50 PM   #18
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:07 PM   #19
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Not saying it is not worth it for other reasons but you can't justify restoring something from the investment standpoint. I probably have close to $15k in mine but I know every inch of the trailer and can and have fixed just about every system on it. I plan on using it for the next 20 yrs or till I die whichever comes first. I think in some ways it is better than a new one. You can make it yours. Old Airstream's will always be a bigger project than originally planned.

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Old 10-17-2014, 07:10 PM   #20
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Old Airstream's will always be a bigger project than originally planned.

Now that's the truth! It kind of snowballed on me... It went from, "This ain't going to be too bad." to "HOLY CRAP!!!" in a hurry...

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Old 10-17-2014, 07:21 PM   #21
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We bought our first AS in Sept of last year - 31' 72 Sovereign. The PO took our pop-up as part of the payment. We bought the AS and a lot at the MN Airstream Park as a package, knowing that for the first couple of years we would be staying put.
We do not have a vehicle that will tow the AS and don't plan to get one for a couple of years.
We have spent most weekends at the Airstream over the last 5 months and have enjoyed a ton!
We just got a second '72 31' a month ago, which will also be at the AS Park.
With work schedules and kiddos activities, this works perfectly for us right now. The park is less than an hour from home. It's our happy place.
The day will come when we will be ready to take them on the road, but for now this is our perfect :-) Click image for larger version

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Old 10-17-2014, 08:00 PM   #22
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Way cool Sammyjam!

Seems as if 72 was a good year for Airstreams!
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:21 PM   #23
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I greatly admire everyone who's restoration journeys I've read about and whose pics I've poured over for hours. I bought, worked on and spent lots of time with old Cadillacs in my younger days. Had a 56 Eldorado Seville that was my pride and joy. One day it was gone. Stolen by a friend with a drug problem and lost forever. I could never bring myself to start again. So even though I chose to buy a newer, ready to go AS, I love what you all are doing and I understand it completely! Find 'Em, fix 'Em, and go camping!


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Old 10-17-2014, 08:27 PM   #24
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:27 PM   #25
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I believe I need to change the name of my farm to "Project Central"

There are at least 7 projects that haven't been started and at least 7 more that are under way. The day job keeps interfering.

Even if I put my AS out to pasture and never touched it again I would still be ahead of the game versus buying even a 15 year old unit in good shape. What we decided to do was purchase an SOB so we can camp, and continue to work on the Airstream. Hopefully the new barn will be done in the next year which will help the process tremendously. I don't have any Mustangs or Triumphs... but I have several scooters, a couple of tractors, two pickups and a 1947 Nash Aeroflyte that are waiting their turn. "I will never die... I have too much on my todo list."

As far as the AS is concerned, when it is done it will be better than new will be good for a couple more generations. As long as I own it and work on it, I will never have to spend money at a dealer's dealing with "warranty" work or paying for other things that have gone wrong.

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Old 10-17-2014, 08:28 PM   #26
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Seems as if 72 was a good year for Airstreams!

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Old 10-17-2014, 08:32 PM   #27
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Good enough or half donkey?

I like um, if only my 72 had looked that nice!

I see you still have the Armstrong a/c on at least one of those. Aside from my shell and frame, the Armstrong is about the only original thing left on mine...

Still works great though.

Nice looking trailers. I guess it says something about my trailer addiction,,, I have two Airstreams,,, and I still covet yours..
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I like um, if only my 72 had looked that nice!

I see you still have the Armstrong a/c on at least one of those. Aside from my shell and frame, the Armstrong is about the only original thing left on mine...

Still works great though.

Nice looking trailers. I guess it says something about my trailer addiction,,, I have two Airstreams,,, and I still covet yours..


:-)

Both AC work in ours. Refrigerators are original and work well. Catalytic heaters work on both. Furnace works on one, although not using; original and don't feel comfortable using.
2 Airstreams is enough for us. If we get another one, we will have to let go of one. :-)
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