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Old 05-02-2014, 10:10 AM   #15
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The camper is currently parked an a vacant house on the side of a hill that is covered with NASTY briars. I cannot really check out what is going on close up. I will see if I can go Monday with a machete and gloves and take some pics.


Is there anything else I should look at that would be a nightmare to repair?
"vacant house... covered with NASTY briars"

In 25 words or less - neglect.

There is nothing more expensive than a cheap Airstream. If it's been sitting with no door long enough for briars to grow up around it, the floor and frame are probably going to be toast, and will smell like eau de mouse urine. A barn find of the same vintage would probably be infinitely better.

Members of these forums generally love their Airstreams, though like all long term relationships, there can be times you'd file for a divorce in a heartbeat. I got my very gently used Eddie Bauer from a well off doctor who'd never owned an RV, saw one in the Eddie Bauer catalog and fell in lust, could afford to pay cash for the thing with every bell and whistle known to man added on... and then realized he was either afraid to tow it... or wanted to have valet and maid service instead of actually hooking up his own power cord, water hose and slinky. After about 10 months he chose to take a big hit and send it back to Colonial............. Now that man actually made a smart decision. He TOOK a hit, but if he'd let it sit in the yard for years and let moss grow on the roof, he'd have lost 80% of his purchase price instead of 30%.

By all means LOOK closely if you choose, and while you do keep chanting, "the factory made a lot of these, and they're still making new ones, there's always another one to find, and probably a better one within 5 miles of here." Don't fall in love with the first one you see. The odds are less than 5% that it's worth salvaging.

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Old 05-07-2014, 07:23 AM   #16
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By all means LOOK closely if you choose, and while you do keep chanting, "the factory made a lot of these, and they're still making new ones, there's always another one to find, and probably a better one within 5 miles of here." Don't fall in love with the first one you see. The odds are less than 5% that it's worth salvaging.

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Thanks for the advice Paula - I love the "factory made a lot of these"... Well we got permission from the owner to really look it over so I grabbed my machete and weed eater and went to take some pics. Check link below...


https://www.flickr.com/photos/107571...7644561445834/
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:03 PM   #17
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HELP, Please look at the pics in the post above and let us know if this is a HOT Mess??? I am an extremely handy guy, but I need to know it this one is toast before Saturday...
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:17 PM   #18
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Definitely would be a lot of work to bring back to life. It would require a shell-off floor and frame restoration. The shell looks like it's in fair shape. It's hard to tell if any of the interior is salvageable. At least since it is mostly there, you could use it for templates. Personally, I'd give it a shot if the price were right, which would be pretty low. At a minimum, you could part it out if it proved to be too much.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:21 PM   #19
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HELP, Please look at the pics in the post above and let us know if this is a HOT Mess??? I am an extremely handy guy, but I need to know it this one is toast before Saturday...
This is a great era & a good length & is a typical neglected early 60's Trade Wind, that needs everything, like most of them do. The biggest difference I see is the missing door. If you can get this for nothing, or next to nothing, then spend some $ for a door, you'll be at the same point as most others who start out with a "field find". It's very doable, but a lot of work, just like all the rest. It really comes down to if you're up for a project of this magnitude.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:21 PM   #20
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it's going to be a project for sure.

Having said that, however, it's a nice model and a very good year. The shell looks very good other than that dent on the end cap. To me, a good shell is the most important thing--you know the subfloor will be rotten, you know that there may be some frame rot, but having a clean shell saves a lot of work.

The missing door is a really big deal, though. Maybe you can find one, but you may have to buy a parts trailer to get a door that may not even fit well without a bunch of work. If you've got a good dry place to work on the trailer, then you've got quite a bit of time with the project before you have to come up with a door.

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Old 05-08-2014, 09:35 PM   #21
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What is the asking price? Judging by the pics it's worth about $1000, at most. Expect to put about $ 25000 in it( conservatively , if you do the work yourself) IMHO you would be waaaay ahead to find a better trailer. I see posts from people wanting to buy trailers like this, saying they are up to the challenge of rehabbing a "parts" trailer, & after 50+ posts of yays& nays, you never see any more posts from the perspective buyer! My point is, unless you have a sh%^#load of time& money, don't buy it! T
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:02 PM   #22
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If my memory is correct (it rarely is), there was a presenter at last years Vintage Trailer Academy who built a door from scratch, or nearly from scratch. It certainly wouldn't be easy, but definitely possible.
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:49 AM   #23
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Unless you are up for a major project and it is for sale for close to free...

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Old 05-09-2014, 08:34 AM   #24
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... the main entrance door is missing! Is this a deal breaker?
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...let us know if this is a HOT Mess???
Yes.

Quite the challenge for a first-time project. I would run away unless it's "free"...and even then, it would be a major challenge.

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Old 05-09-2014, 08:46 AM   #25
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Doors and door locks
Don't know these people and never dealt with them, but seems to have the door you need.
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Agreeing here with several others - this is a giant project. Aside from the dented segments and panels, the door is a BIG deal. Even if you find a donor door from a same year rig, there's no guarantee it will fit as they were essentially custom fit on each individual trailer. Is the trailer close to free? Are you very, very handy?

By the time you fix, replace, refurbish and buy axles, appliances and parts you might have 20 or 25 K into the repair.
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