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Old 01-01-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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looking at 25' tomorrow - need advice

Hi all, This is my first post. I am going to look at a 1972- 25' airstream tomorrow. It's an estate sale & the person selling it said that the floor had a soft spot by the door.

How do I determine how serious it is & how hard it will be to repair? What else should I look at?

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Old 01-01-2010, 06:36 PM   #2
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There can be a lot to learn before you make your inspection. In my case I wished I had checked my floor completely. By that I mean, under the furniture, in all the niks and crannies, and from underneath if I could have. Each soft part is an indication of a leak that you need to find (or be able to find and repair). Lots of people here are brave enough to be able to tackle floor repair and replacement. In my case, I took mine to the factory. Expensive but a nice job. If you find all the defects, then use them in bargaining for a good price, you will likely end up with a great deal and have lots of fun.

To learn something about leaks you can read here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456/

Check other forum sections for other things to look at.
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:44 PM   #3
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When we started looking for an Airstream, we found this site to be very useful but also there is a buyers guide which I printed for the year we were looking at. It lists items to look at and what the costs associated to fix. It also lists what the trailer should cost based on the condition it is in. We did go a little over when we got ours but it was exactly what we were looking for but was a GREAT starting point.

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Hi Don, I'm in the process of replacing the floor in my 65'GT The soft spot by the door might be an easy fix. In mine I have some rot below furnace,also at water heater,a more difficult repair. And really extensive rot at rear beneath bathroom. Major repair. Due to overall condition I new it would be a total gut so the floor didnt put me off. Bring a flashlight,icepick and pocket knife. look in all access doors and any place you can get to below bath. Look for white or black stains and poke with pick. If you can see any of the elevator bolts that attach floor look for rust or black stains. I based my purchase on what I could afford for initial outlay[not much] . How much work I was willing and able to do [I have the time and 30 years of remodeling and cabinetmaking exp.] I expect to take 2 years to get it roadworthy. Unless the axel has been replaced you'll have to figure on that. And if you do buy remove wheels grease bearings and check brake parts before towing. Check my thread "lucky breaks" for a scary sight. Good luck
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:00 PM   #5
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37 nyears old, at that age most of us had a few soft spots.
is to be expected on that old a unit and repair costs depend on lots of factors, too many to air here. restoring or refitting an antique is an adventure even for the experianced. also if is soft by door you should check at back wall/floor.
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Here's something I found handy when I was buying. It's a checklist in MS Excel.

Take a printed version of this with you and fill it out. You won't miss much and you will look like a pro....

Pretty sure I got this here on airforums, but I can't remember where, si here it is.

ps: there are five tabs in the sheet, that need printed out. The one marked "MOHO" is only for motorhomes.
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Half the battle in all of this is can you do this type of repair work? I just repaired floor damage at my door. You have to remove all evidence of rott and then replace it.

Hopefully the steel is OK, then its just securing the new flooring to the steel. Then make sure all leaks are repaired. I was recommended by the dealer to use Silaflex (gray) works great (messy though) yuck! Good luck! If the price is right go for it you'll love it!
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Does $3,000 sound like a good price for a 25' Airstream.

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Old 01-01-2010, 08:43 PM   #9
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Does $3,000 sound like a good price for a 25' Airstream.

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That depends on it's condition.

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I agree with Andy!

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Old 01-01-2010, 10:54 PM   #11
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Does $3,000 sound like a good price for a 25' Airstream.

Thanks Don
The most important thing I would look at with regard to price on a 1972 Airstream is: Does it have orange plaid upholstery?

Everything else being equal, this is a deal-breaker for me.

It depends on a lot of factors, one of the most important being how much do you want to invest altogether to have a nice campable unit, and how much could you offset the expenses with your own labor, if need be.
Really the most important thing to me was getting a vintage of Airstream that fits my ideas of how it should look. One factor being the door-in-a-door feature of the pre-'65 Airstreams, and I don't care for the wrap-around corner windows. So have you looked at different years and seen what is out there, or is this more of an impulse buy situation? I suggest you go to www.vintageairstream.com/archives and look at a variety of years and models first. I look at these regularly to find out what options and features were offered at various times and just to drool once in a while.

Welcome to the forum weldvair, I hope you find the Airstream of your dreams!
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Hi, as usual, you have been given some good advice; But for me, my first concern would be a good, clean title. [pink slip] I would rather fix a floor than to fight with DMV.
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Good point Bob,

I wonder how they deal with a title issue in an estate sale if they dont have the original pink slip. Hopefully all the documents are in order.

Good luck with your project!

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A trustee has the right to sign for transfer of title in the event there's none available. The problem that arises is if the new owner never changes the title into their name, or loses the documents there is no way to trace the ownership back to a registered legal owner unless you can find the trustee.
Most estate sales go through without any issues like this coming up. When my father passed away my brothers and sisters and I agreed to give my fathers motorhome to my brother, Mike as his part of the estate settlement. We gave the trustee a document stating our position and wishes and he signed the request for a replacement title(we couldn't find the pinkslip). The next day it was transfered without a problem.

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