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Old 04-21-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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poor abandoned silver girl

went to see a 1967 27 foot airstream -it has been abandoned for the last 6 years, both hatches are missing off the roof and the back and side windows are smashed out-nonetheless it has charm-i would like to save her but have not done anything of this magnitude-is it possible to find replacement windows and hatches? the owner is going to go out and check the lights etc-it is way down a very muddy path and the tires are shot too-also the countertops are starting to come apart-would it be sacrilege to replace them with something else or is it possible to glue and clamp them back together-on the good all the rest of the windows and screens are great, the woodwork is lovely, all the cupboard doors and interiors are good-the couch and chair need to go being full of mousies, but the rest of it was dirty but cute-any advice will be welcome-also some idea of how much to offer-they are asking 3000 obo but i think that is wayyyy too much
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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I agree $3,000.00 is too much. The restoration sounds very extensive! Hatches and windows missing surely has lead to rotten floors and other water damage. I suggest spending a little more money and finding one in better shape.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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Most likely, you will need to replace the subfloor and will have serious frame rust issues due to the fact that the hatches and windows were open/missing. The trailer will probably need a lot of money and work to make it safe & campable. You will probably be looking at at least $5000 - $7000 just in renovations (that's being conservative). I agree with Tmck and think you could find one that hasn't had windows/hatches left open and is a better slate to start with (unless he practically gives it to you)
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:38 PM   #4
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As much as we hate to see any Airstream go to scrap, sometimes it is just the only thing to let happen unless the specific rig is of known historic significance or is a very rare model or some custom unit.

As others have said, it will be very very expensive and time consuming to restore, and the asking price is just too high to consider it, in my opinion. Spend your money on a better unit and get out there camping in it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:40 PM   #5
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1967, the expensive clamped windows, right? And 27'? You can find lots Airstreams this length. If it was 22', then it would be a treasure, but still not worth more than $1200-1500, even if the frame is OK. The open vents will have created some real floor problems. I think you're looking at $6,000 more to fix her up, and a year's work.

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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Now I love a challenge and a project. This trailer sounds like my Icky project. Yes the windows and hatch covers are available. Check Inland RV. The things that are the most difficult to find are the Phillips window latches themselves. No one makes them. Your only hope is to find someone who is parting out a trailer.

This trailer will likely need an off frame floor replacement. Do you have the time, money and location to do this? The $3k is too much for a project of this nature.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:37 AM   #7
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Is it possible to get a bunch of inside/outside pic's?

If you feel it's beyond your capabilities or pocketbook it probably is.

A better route would be to find one that's still being used.

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #8
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Not a particularly popular model in the market. Doubt they'll have many big offers in that condition. But If you like it try this. Offer 900.00 cash, towed INTACT to a good road for you to hook on. If they take it you really can't lose. At the least you get valuable experiance on restoration and sell out, maybe make a couple bucks. Do on you're terms, if they decline walk away, no harm no loss. Another one will always turn up. Be cautious, these darn things can be addictive!!!!
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #9
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Imagine if you looked at house and there were big holes in the roof and the windows were smashed out. Think what rain and snow does to an open building. It may be worth something in parts, but it sounds too far gone.

There are better ones for $3,000 from that era. Some people think any Airstream, not matter how damaged, is worth a lot. That is not always true.

Keep looking.

I hope you find something better.

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:50 PM   #10
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OK, I *have* to play devil's advocate here. Have you read what Beckybillrae went through on her 1964 Bambi? As I recall, she took this on because she "needed" a project to keep her busy! I haven't read about the others here but I am amazed at what symptoms aluminitus can produce!

If you want a labor of love and a learning experience, or if you just need something to keep you out of trouble...then take putback's advice and make an offer, wave the cash price for scrap in their faces and be prepared to walk.

Either way, let us know what happens? Good Luck!
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here is a thought......

Offer $500..go up to $750. If they take the deal, bring it home, take the shell off and put the shell on a deck. Sell the frame for scrap. It might make a guest house or workshop. The thing is, it would probably always smell unless you remove the inner shell, removed the insulation and disinfected it.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:20 PM   #12
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Hi Cassandra,

Welcome to the forums! This trailer sounds like quite a project. As others have mentioned, it will likely need the floor replaced and possibly welding done on the frame, depending on the amount of rust. Windows for '66 to '68 Airstreams are available from Vintage Trailer Supply and hatches can be replaced with Fantastic Vents. The axle and tires will also need to be replaced if you're planning to travel with it.

What condition is the skin in? Any major dents? Do you have a place to work on it? You would at least need a place to store the interior parts while the floor is replaced and the frame fixed. If you haven't already, read some of the restoration threads here on the forums to get an idea of what others have done, and keep asking questions!
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:33 PM   #13
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OK, I *have* to play devil's advocate here. Have you read what Beckybillrae went through on her 1964 Bambi? As I recall, she took this on because she "needed" a project to keep her busy! I haven't read about the others here but I am amazed at what symptoms aluminitus can produce!

If you want a labor of love and a learning experience, or if you just need something to keep you out of trouble...then take putback's advice and make an offer, wave the cash price for scrap in their faces and be prepared to walk.

Either way, let us know what happens? Good Luck!
And by the way....the aluminitus has cost me about $10,000 (including the $500 cost of the trailer!). But it has kept me out of trouble & I really enjoy the challenge!
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And by the way....the aluminitus has cost me about $10,000 (including the $500 cost of the trailer!). But it has kept me out of trouble & I really enjoy the challenge!
$10k? Wow, I added up mine today and I'm at $9,800...oops, that didnt include the purchase price, I still need a few thousand more...
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