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Old 05-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #29
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Doesn't sound like you are intending to restore a trailer and pull it across the U S .
Weeeeellll, we had thought of it after the house is built. We'd love to take our son on some of the types of road trips we took the 10 years before we had him. Yellowstone, Cali, Lake Meade, Grand Canyon, etc. Granted the idea of pulling ANYTHING that far from NC is scary to me. Heck, I don't even really want to drive that far period.

Ya'll are making me more and more detached from this thing.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:25 PM   #30
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an Airstream just keeps getting better and better if refurbished right and you'll usually get your money back out if you sell it.
Then there is this logical statement. Heck, I could sell it for scrap close to the asking price.

But then there is the man (me) hours (time I don't have).

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:19 AM   #31
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Then there is this logical statement. Heck, I could sell it for scrap close to the asking price.

But then there is the man (me) hours (time I don't have).

For $4000 if you like what you see you may need to add $3000 to replace the stuff to make it 100% to live in but I have seen folks get one, strip the interior and use it sans anything camping (aka tent) at a campground, depends on your adventureous side. I struck out for Naples Florida over 1200 miles sight unseen for mine and have loved it ever since (sad to let it go).
You'll find time to tinker, nothing ventured nothing gained.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:54 PM   #32
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the decision

Well, thanks all for the help. I decided to let it go. We will patiently keep our eyes open but I am surely convinced that this one is not the way to go. Waaaaaay too many variables for my comfort zone.

thanks for the guidance.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:00 AM   #33
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I agree that you really seem to like the idea of an Airstream particularly. If your budget can handle it, why not look at a slightly newer vintage that needs less repair? This might cost less totally than fixing an older one, and it will certainly suck less of your time.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:28 AM   #34
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Good decision, ibskot. There's another one out there that's just waiting for you.

From a financial and time standpoint, pay the bucks upfront for the trailer that you want to own. You will spend much more time and money fixing it up than the expense to buy a trailer in good condition.

Then your time and money will be devoted to keeping it from deteriorating. Doesn't usually happen overnight, unless a limb falls out of a tree, but a little leak you barely notice because you're not camping in rainstorms will result in a rotted floor in barely a year or two. Preventive Maintenance, and careful observation. AS uses lots of pressed wood and steel - both are very susceptible to water damage. jim
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