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Old 10-30-2006, 06:39 AM   #1
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Unhappy How many AS did you lose?

Am I the only one who keeps losing out on units that are for sale before I can even get a chance to clear my schedule to go see them??

Would you buy them sight unseen? Considering how much difference there has been between the descriptions and the realities on the units I've already looked at, I can't imagine doing so. But, the last two units that I made plans to see have both been sold before I could even get there; and that has been within a couple of days.

I am SO disappointed!! I'm beginning to think I'm never going to get to roam....
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Old 10-30-2006, 06:51 AM   #2
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Butler PA, I'll keep an eye out. If I see something I'll let you know.
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:08 AM   #3
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Bought one... only from pics

Hello... We bought our current Argosy only from pics posted in the classified. Saw it at 11pm and bought it by 8am the next morning.. called the seller and had a few more pics sent and the deal was done.. we bought 8 days after we had sold our other Argosy and we believed we would be without an Airstream for awhile.. well it was a short while... The price was too good to turn it done.. bought in Feb and picked up in April and are in the process of redoing and repainting.. will be done in a couple of years..
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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i bought my a/s based on pics only. even when i went to pick it up, floor was covered with shag carpet and i did not have enough knowledge to know where to look for trouble. don't worry, it soon found me. in the process of my reno. guess buying your second airstream is safer than buying your first.
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:13 AM   #5
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I drove 4 hours one way to look at a trailer that was supposedly in stellar condition, "One of a kind, must see". The outside skin condition was OK, the inside was a mess, they had painted the interior with a 4" brush and it looked like it. The rear was sagging. I was there less than 5 minutes. No sale.

IMO, if you want to buy remotely, you should have many, many photos, and a frank discussion with the owner over the phone regarding expectations.

some of this may be due to honest difference of opinion and perception. I'm convinced that some of it is not.

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Old 10-30-2006, 09:33 AM   #6
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I was raised there and still have some family in the area.
What approx year & length are you looking for?
A couple years ago, when I was picking up a '71 Caravel in Pittsburgh, I spotted an old 50's Safari sitting in a field wasting away. My uncle, who lives in the area, said it had been sitting there for years, so I of course stopped to ask if it might be for sale. I was greeted with an abrupt "No!" from the lady who answered the door.
If it's still there, she may have changed her mind by now. It was on the south side of Rt 68 just east of Evans City.
Have you tried posting a wanted ad in the classifieds here?
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:34 AM   #7
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We 'missed' out on three before we found the 1
So glad we did not end up with the others...
Of course at the time we thought we missed the deal of a lifetime, was not so.
Sometimes you have to wonder what your Guardian Angel is up to...and if he is paying attention.
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:36 AM   #8
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Yes...lots of photos
Ask SPECIFIC questions, ones that cannot be missunderstood.
A few talks on phone is good too.
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:38 AM   #9
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Am I the only one who keeps losing out on units that are for sale before I can even get a chance to clear my schedule to go see them??

Would you buy them sight unseen? Considering how much difference there has been between the descriptions and the realities on the units I've already looked at, I can't imagine doing so. But, the last two units that I made plans to see have both been sold before I could even get there; and that has been within a couple of days.

I am SO disappointed!! I'm beginning to think I'm never going to get to roam....
We looked at a lot of units over an extended period. We had very specific requirements and I did not want to compromise too much. I know many people have had tremendous success buying sight unseen based on pictures and a discussion with the owner - with cars and trucks I've not had the same level of success so chose to only buy what I could feel and touch first. It probably extended our time to purchase but in the end we knew when we hooked up that we had exactly what we wanted. Many folks on the forum are willing to at least take a look at a trailer you are considering and if nothing else, and depending on how much you are paying for the unit, it may pay to have a local RV firm go and take a look and appraise it for you.

Good luck with your search.

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Old 10-30-2006, 11:27 AM   #10
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tbrom - Thanks! I'd appreciate that.

Rog0525 - I actually live about 3 miles from Evans City and right off 68. If there was one still sitting I am sure I would have seen it! There are two sitting within 1/4 mile of me; one just the same as you experienced "NO!"
the other maybe yes, maybe no, not sure, don't know where the key is,. ect ect.....
I am hoping for a late 70's with rear BR 29-31'. Yes, I did post an ad too.
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Old 10-30-2006, 02:40 PM   #11
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Hi Wanna,


I paid for a 78 on photos/phone only.
The owner was real nice and besides the 40 or so photos he also took some custom shots I requested.

2 months latter I drove from WI to FL to pick it up view.
Photos cannot show smell.
Photos don't show wood rot if covered by carpet.
Photos don't show if the fresh water intake is clogged with the remains of a small animal
If the drains are clogged
If the tank vents have a dead bird stuck in them
It's hard to see tire rot or the jury rigged electrical system.

I don't know if the owners were shrewd or stupid.

But when buying anything if the owner fends complete ignorance I run!

I walked away from the unit loosing a very large deposit and am glad for it.

The unit I now own I visited first and than purchased it on the spot.

I'm convinced your Airstream will find you.

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Old 10-30-2006, 04:38 PM   #12
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Thanks Michael. I hope that you're right.

I just spoke to my neighbor today regarding the AS sitting in their back yard. I never saw it close up, so asked if I might and from the numbers it is a 1961 Overlander, International package. It has been sitting up on the hill behind the house for about 15 years.

They have lost the key so I couldn't go inside, but from peeking in the corner of the window where the curtain is pulled back it looks like it may be pretty original inside. Problem is, the brother who lives out of state owns it, and I keep being told he has to check and see what it is worth. I am sure that it will need lots of work though, and since this family never seems to get around to doing anything with anything it will likely still be sitting there in another 15 years.
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:18 PM   #13
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Thanks Michael. I hope that you're right.

I just spoke to my neighbor today regarding the AS sitting in their back yard. I never saw it close up, so asked if I might and from the numbers it is a 1961 Overlander, International package. It has been sitting up on the hill behind the house for about 15 years.

They have lost the key so I couldn't go inside, but from peeking in the corner of the window where the curtain is pulled back it looks like it may be pretty original inside. Problem is, the brother who lives out of state owns it, and I keep being told he has to check and see what it is worth. I am sure that it will need lots of work though, and since this family never seems to get around to doing anything with anything it will likely still be sitting there in another 15 years.
My advice: If you can be satisfied with a ’61 26’ Overlander, go back again and check for worn axles, bad tires, dents, and whatever other flaws you can spot, point those out to them, then offer $1500 cash as is. The International trim doesn’t mean much in $ on 45-year-old trailer.
Sometimes you just have to gamble, but $1500 for a ’61 Overlander in decent shape isn’t really much of a risk. My experience has been that most people who own these old lawn ornaments will part with them if you wave cold hard cash in their face for buy-as-is condition. If they decline your offer, just keep looking.
The general concensus of opinion here seems to be that if you hold out to find the Airstream of your dreams, your dream may never come true.
If you can’t find the Airstream you love, love the one you found.
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:00 PM   #14
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Dont Give Up!!!

Do not give up. Your dream ship is out there. We had more than a few that we could not get to fast enough. There was one in particular, forever known as the "one that got away" I called the seller at 7:00 pm and told him I would buy it, just 4 hour drive from our home, with intentions of driving up the next day. The wife said you better go now, as you probably will not sleep. I took a shower, talked our son into going with me, and prepared to leave. As we got into the car, the phone rang. It was the seller, telling me he had sold it to a guy in GA. Pictures showed immaculate interior. The shower had never been used. It was a 65 Safari. I could not sleep a wink that night. The search continued through several more out-of-state trips. We located one on www.craigslist.com. We have an e-mail that was sent to us with many search engines on it, will be glad to provide to you. This is a better time of the year to buy, as prices seem to go down with cooler weather, as evidenced on e-bay. You need to go look, as it is the only way to know if it is exactly what you would like. If you find one, you can locate someone of the forum to give you insight, as you are a newbie.
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