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Old 10-28-2005, 03:23 PM   #99
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Hi Juel;

Not knowing too many details - I would venture a guess that the older of the two just might be a Cruiser 1956 - 1950 probably latter as the windows seem to be a little larger than the early 50's - The Cruiser became the Overlander - good thing they were light back then - to be running on a single axle. At that time I believe the tandem axle was an option. 56 was also the last year of the 13 panels.

As for the 69 - I think they are a great year (okay so I am a bit biased!!!!) - newer - 70's look on the outside - but retained the 65-68 look on the inside and the last year before they switched to the tambour doors - but 70 did keep the wood interior as opposed to the new laminate material used throughout the 70's.

Value - well value is like beauty - always in the eye of the beholder. Looks like she might be a Soverign or an Ambassador - so if you are not into the big long ones then it's value may not be as much as the smaller - more easily towed (wieght wise & and easy fit to tight spaces wise).

The work to be done - unknown - but also values placed can be very different. People value their time differently and have different skills inorder to save value on a restore. And lastly value equals demand!

But if you are looking for the "written word" then this is the only document still available - and who knows how old this is now - it has not changed since I first saw it - almost 2.5 years ago. But it sure does give you some good advice on evaluating an Airstream and some pretty good restoration price projections.

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Old 10-28-2005, 06:45 PM   #100
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The 69 is a Soverign, VIN says I (or 1) 31T69JO277. It is somewhere between "as found" and "original". The AC looks to have been hit on something low. The inside is dirty, but original. I have no idea what works or what doesn't. The toilet looks new or strange. It seems to have all the glass windows. I can see it will need a new AC and probably new appliances, which will be a big expense. I don't want to pull it any farther than our lake property and park it. It will take some work to make a week-end retreat, so I guess I would spend $1,000.00 to buy it, but doubt the owner is thinking that low. Left him a note since there was no number on the For Sale sign. We'll see.

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Old 10-28-2005, 09:31 PM   #101
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Originally Posted by juel
I'm interested in two things. Does anyone know how old this trailer might be, and for the newer one (which shows a VIN of 1969) how much it might be worth. Pretty rough inside, but serviceable for the lake property.
The older trailer looks to have 13 panel end caps front and rear (no whale tail), which should make it an Ohio built trailer. It was a sloped rear end. These details identify it as a late '54 to early '57 model. The length appears to be about 26', thus it is a Cruiser/Overlander. I think the window configuration of this trailer was at least used in '55, '56, & '57, so further clarification without the serial number is probably not possible.

If it were closer to Michigan, I'd love to take a look at it. One of these days I hope to get another vintage unit and I really like the mid to late 50's era trailers.
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:17 PM   #102
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I spotted this Airstream for sale on the way back from the Oregon Coast. If you are up for a real project I have the contact info. Email me if you would like it. The shell looks good anyway ! I am not even sure what year it is. I assume it is an 18 "footer".


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Old 11-10-2005, 01:55 PM   #103
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I spotted a 28 ft Argosy this past weekend going north on I-17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff. I also saw an Airstream on the side of the road on Route 64 in Blanco, NM. It might have been a mid 70's maybe an Overlander. It had a phone number on the side, but I could not get the number. I was on a bus to the San Juan River with my fly fishing club and just caught it out of the corner of my eye.


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Old 11-10-2005, 01:59 PM   #104
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I saw one on the Susquehanna Bridge, going southbound on I-95, while I was going north, on my way up to South Jersey RV last Saturday. First one I've seen in months.

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Old 11-10-2005, 05:31 PM   #105
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Spotted another old Airstream in Prague, Oklahoma, sitting beside a little old house. It has the end panels, but not 13 like the one I saw a couple of weeks ago. This one has 5 panels. It looks to be about 25ft., but I'm sorry to say someone is either living in it or using it for fun. The gas bottles are new and the A/C is new. It's a dual axel, so I would love to ask if it's for sale, but I don't know how safe it is to just walk up to an old house in rural Oklahoma, when you're by yourself. Found another little one, pretty trashy looking in Davenport, Oklahoma. This one is sitting out in a field. A client told me some farm hand used to live in it. It's small, but intact. The windows look good too. By the type of windows it has, I'm thinking 67 or 68.
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:08 PM   #106
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OK, it's not an Airstream, what is it?? Found it on a back road in the mountains, think some one is livin in it!
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Old 11-10-2005, 09:22 PM   #107
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Originally Posted by balrgn
OK, it's not an Airstream, what is it?? Found it on a back road in the mountains, think some one is livin in it!
I believe thats mid 50's Vagabond.
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Old 11-10-2005, 09:24 PM   #108
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I spotted this one in Miami, AZ last year. Good luck getting past the garbage and the snarling dogs!
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Old 11-11-2005, 05:12 AM   #109
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East side of I-805, San Diego, in a truck storage lot. It was dark and hard to tell what it was... 'cept it was an Airstream. This was 11/8/2005. Tom
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Old 11-11-2005, 05:36 PM   #110
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While hitching my Minuet after its Winterization at R & R RV in Gilman, IL, I noticed a '76 Argosy 24 on their pre-owned lot. It has been repainted at some point in its life as it is now white above the belt-line and midnight blue below the belt-line. Eric, the Service Manager at R & R, told me that the coach needs some TLC, but it is quite presentable from my brief observation.

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Old 11-14-2005, 11:23 PM   #111
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Airstreams Sighted !

Hi everyone.

I don't know if it's just my wife and I, but we get a little excited when we see an Airstream in our travels.

On our way back from Las Vegas to Long Beach, Ca. (Veterens Day Weekend), we saw a couple of 25'vers going east and one coming back with us. The're such eye catchers!

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Old 11-15-2005, 05:14 AM   #112
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Going to try to get pictures of a 5 panel Airstream I saw in Prague, Oklahoma. Looks like someone is taking care of it, which is good, but means it's probably not for sale. Found a little, much abused one sitting alone in a field. No homes around, so don't know who to ask about it. It's sitting in Davenport, Oklahoma, pop about 200. Neighbors say they think a farm hand used to live there but he's been dead a while. No one seems to know anything else. Try to get pictures today if the wind doesn't blow me away. 60 MPH today. Fall in Oklahoma.

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