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Old 01-10-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Stripping back the interior - get done by pro or do myself?

Hi everyone,
I'm looking to buy a vintage trailer to import back to nz. I am not concerned about the interior condition as it will be gutted to make way for commercial business.

i have a quote to gut/strip back to lining the interior for 1200USD , is this a decent quote ? They are experienced Airstream restorers/sellers OR shall I get the job done here in NZ ?

Shipping is so expensive back to NZ so i am trying to reduce costs where i can.

Thanks for any advise


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Old 01-11-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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If it is just removing everything from the interior and throwing it away, $1200 is too much. This requires no skill whatsoever.

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I see trailers for sale that are already gutted all the time. People start projects and then give up after emptying the trailer out. You might find one ready to go.

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Old 01-13-2013, 01:18 AM   #4
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It only took me 2 evenings after work to gut my 26 ft. If you're gutting with the intentions of throwing everything away, I think you can gut even faster, not having to be as careful with everything. Unless you make $600 a night in your "free" time, I'd recommend gutting it yourself.
I always thought ocean shipping freight was more tied to overall size and not weight, as many ships can carry enormous amounts of weight but are limited by space. Just think, the ship can carry as much weight as the water it displaces. A block of water the size of an AS would be very heavy. So per area your AS is probably the lightest thing aboard.
That being said, you may have better luck saving some $ by seeing if there are any parts you don't need and are re-sellable and or desirable to restorers, and having the aforementioned restorer remove just the items you could sell stateside.
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Thanks for the comments, i think i will gut the interior myself as the interior parts could actually come in handy.

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