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Old 12-11-2006, 04:14 PM   #15
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Well Chris it looks like a find for sure. DETAILS!! We need more photos and details....details...details. We're very visual here. Looks like the door is well aft for sure. How many miles are on her? 1981 should have you in the miles dept. not KM's.
I'd like to see interior photos. Rear bath would make it a very unusual item I think. More in keeping with the Argosy layouts.
Is it blessed with an engine driven A/C unit? Mine had one the was inop and left the coach upon arrival in SC.
Do you have a drop down headliner? Check my photos.
Also to help you find the thread you need to go to the tabs and follow along... Forums, A/S Community Forums, Our Community, Airbus RV.
You're making progress as you've learned to post photos way ahead of some of the newbees here. Some of the older members had difficulty and then some.... Right Tim?????
BTW I used to own a house and live in Rodney in a previous life.

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Old 12-11-2006, 07:39 PM   #16
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I think you've got a great match for your needs. The open floor plan has a lot to recommend it if you enjoy doing a variety of outdoor activities. It would also be great for taking a group camping with real chairs and windows for the passengers. Part of the appeal of a motorhome is you don't have to go throught hitching up riga-ma-roll but, if you decide there's occasions you'd like to have an apartment on wheels you could pull a trailer behind the Air-bus, no?

Curious, what's the length?

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Old 12-12-2006, 12:10 AM   #17
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Get it fast...

That sure is a unique ride and in as much as it would be alot to bring it up to par with the typical Airstream MH, that one would get you started nicely and at a decent cost, as you said. With the resources you have (contacts, not monetary), I'm sure you can get it usable for your purposes. My 1981 MH has all the bells and whistles and yet I've never used the stove or oven, or even the water heater, or shower. I BBQ outside and use the facilities I camp at for hygiene. Haven't boondocked yet though. You'll always regret it if you don't get it soon. Sounds like you don't need much in it and that's what you'll get. It's perfect for your situation. Get it before someone else does. Also, I recommend you keep the "Airbus" name.
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Old 12-12-2006, 01:46 PM   #18
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thanks for posting the picture realpack…

of course now we want even MORE details…

it would be fun to start with a blank moho and do as needed for camping…

as others have suggested that still isn’t going to be cheap…

many folks misinterpret the issue of ‘only a few’ in any floorplan…

yes it make the its history unique and certainly its interesting to other a/s moho junkies…

also is would be a fun part of the documentation after a makeover..

but I don’t think it adds a single dollar to value or collectible worth…

my only concern for a coach that was used for public transport….

engine, tranny, wheel bearing, axles, suspension and brakes may all be tired…

please post more pics…

did ya buy it yet?
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:05 PM   #19
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Thumbs up 82 Airbus

heh...heh...great responses...aren't we enthusiastic, even more so than my friends over at'm lovin' it!!

Yes made as many arrangements as I can as I am a distance from the beast. I shooting off a deposit cheque this week! A verbal agreement has been made!

He(i'm calling it Carl after an Uncle that just died and always wanted an AS) is a 28 footer. It was used by a couple as mobile showroom/RV as they were in the clothing retail business somehow and used it to travel to shows. They had for about ten years and it's been sitting for about 5 years(shudder!!!). So they used it the most and replaced the motor with a "Jenson" 454 about 7 years ago(has 45k on it). Approx. 125 to 140k on the body.

He says the A/C is under the floor, the roofline is clean as you can see. I'm thinking brakes all the way around(I always do that when I get a resto car so no different here) and perhaps a set of skins(any suggestions) If they're dry rotted I was going look into a 2 hand set just to get me home.

He also said the windshield wipers don't work(which concerns me greatly...those can be a pain on any vehicle) Some thing about the shaft. Any common comments about WW motors? They're trying to start it as it hasn't been started for some time(gulp...oil seals!). Should I ask that they start the generator as well?

I'm even more stoked now that I have y'all for support.

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Old 12-12-2006, 05:31 PM   #20
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Yahoo! Nothing like a new toy. Now the fun starts. If you can get them to run the generator, that can only be a plus. Replacements and repairs can be quite expensive. We kept ours going for a while and finally had to bite the bullet for a new one. But as you know, that's all part of the "owning a classic" game. Good luck, have fun, and post lots of pictures. Ron
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:18 PM   #21
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Well now your in the boat with the rest of us. Welcome to the USS CrazyAirstreamer.

I absolutely recommend you use your resto knowledge and apply it to this beauty. One of the best parts about these old birds is that the parts are cheap and easily found at almost any big box parts store (very handy when you're on the side of a highway in need of an alternator).

Obviously check for the "normal" warning signs that would prevent a purchase or ruin your trip home:

Oil in the air cleaner
Oil in the coolant
Coolant in the oil
Plug condition (rust, oil, damage)
Compression check
Tranny fluid level, color, smell.
Brakes, fluids, pads and shoes.
Hoses, belts, etc.
Tire rot.

Consider doing some maintenance work before your journey home, oil change, transmission fluid, tune up, etc. If it's been sitting that long then you'll be dealing with bringing an "in-storage" drivetrain back to life. No telling what state it was "parked" in. How's the gas, stale, usable?

Once you determine it's in good enough condition to purchase it then it's all about getting it home safely and in one piece.

Beyond that, any additional systems that actually work, generator, plumbing, AC are a bonus. Many times these can be brought back to life after you get it home.

Of course we need pictures. Lots of them. Keep us posted.
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:33 PM   #22
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82' Airbus

I'm going to have his mechanic go over it while it's there and have a look at all the rudimentary stuff. Like you saud Ron, a new generator is not that much of a big deeal and probably alot quieter than 1982 vintage. I do expect some expenses there...but no problem. This will be going on for some time as I expect to take delivery in March.

I think I may post something about the windshield wiper problem, but need more info from them first.

I'll keep in touch

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