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Old 10-10-2006, 05:59 PM   #15
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We called about many only to find out they had sold Then we called on one we saw here listed under the classifieds, drove 600 miles and bought it.
So yes we bought the first one we looked at.

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Old 10-10-2006, 06:03 PM   #16
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We also got lucky, been sort of looking around for about a year. I was off on a 2 month job, got back went on line that nite and found what we were looking for 2 hrs. away. Called the dealer the next morning, drove up there and bought it. It was exactly what we were looking for at an unbelievable price. It was if the planets lined up just for us and this AS.

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Old 10-10-2006, 06:36 PM   #17
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We looked for 3 years on line, in news papers, anywhere we could find one advertised. We would drive 2-4 hours just to see the model we were looking for. We finally found the one we wanted 750 miles from home. We drove there on a Fri. night bought it on Sat. and came home Sun.
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:42 PM   #18
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We bought the fifth trailer we looked at the first time around. went all over the place within 5hours of Orange County.
Then for our second trailer, we bought the 3rd one we considered, which was the first one we actually loked at, if that makes sense.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:09 PM   #19
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:14 PM   #20
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Tale of two Trailers

We bought our 1989 29 ft Excella sight unseen. We never even talked to the PO. Just pictures and email. We made a deal with the PO to deliver the Excella from Kansas to Michigan. The first time we saw it was at a year round camp site in Western Michigan.
Our 1976 24 ft Argosy we did see and bought it that day on EBAY. We enjoyed repairing and cleaning up the Argosy but we found having two trailers very confusing; Whatever we needed was in the other trailer. So after 18 months we sold the Argosy on EBAY to a buyer from Maryland who never saw the Argosy until they arrived in Michigan to pick it up. They were happy and we were happy.
Today we use the bigger and more comfortable Excella and I feel it tows just the same as the Argosy.

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Old 10-10-2006, 07:31 PM   #21
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I had been looking over two years on and off. I researched, saw many online, looked at dozens of pics, talked to sellers, etc. This summer I turned my efforts into a hard-hitting daily process, scouring classifieds from nearly anywhere east of the Mississippi, reviewing tons of privately mailed pics, phone calls, discussions, etc. I knew exactly what I wanted, how much I could spend, and I wasn't going to drive any distance unless it met my requirements. After two months of this, and being told by a reseller that I was "unreasonable" and "you'll never find one", I found one 150 miles from home for sale by an individual. I felt it was worth the drive, seeing was believing, and the following weekend I towed my TW home. I looked at A LOT of toad's portfolios, but the first one I kissed was a prince!
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:42 PM   #22
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Ours is a sad tale. Saw a perfect one in '79 but didn't really sink in that I could actually buy it and it sold in a couple of days. That got me looking, and looking, and looking, but could never find just the right vintage unit that was also within reason for price and to repair. Finally, 2004, we found just the right one and snapped it up. How many did we look at in between? We figure close to three dozen over the years and made offers on a couple only to be outbide, fortunately, or we'd of not ended up with the one we have now and we love it. In the meantime we waded through several SOB's, enjoying them all but realizing that we would never be happy until we found our vintage Airstream.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:47 PM   #23
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Dreaming of a Flying Cloud

Bought the first one I looked at. I put a little ad on the work classified and someone called me about a 61 Bambi. It turned out to be a 63 flying cloud and I just picked it up today. Went directly to the car wash and got rid of 20 years of crap and now it's getting its wheel bearings packed ready to make the long drive to Phoenix. It's a mess, but I got a good price and don't regret it.

At least not yet.
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:46 PM   #24
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We found our first (1966 Tradewind) on ebay, sent deposit and brother in law and I drove St. Louis - Detroit - St. Louis (1,100 miles total) in 23 hours, bringing back the "trophy". Didn't really look at it in detail until the following weekend. Lots of things wrong but it was really cool; I mean really cool. We loved the space, the construction, the looks . . . all of it. We gutted it in prep for the full monte when wife found a 1967 Tradewind within 50 miles of home. Bought that one too. Net result is that we "looked" at two Airstreams and bought them both.

Sold the first as a "project trailer" for 1/2 of what we paid for it (not big dollars here), spruced up the '67 and are proud to be Airstreamin'.
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:06 PM   #25
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Look at several new & used. Difficult decision knowing that you really don’t know all that you need to know. Finally bought new to minimize some risks. Still it’s was a compromise that appears to be working out OK.
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Old 10-11-2006, 06:48 AM   #26
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Looked at seven Airstreams and literally fourty of fifty SOB's - A dose of MN cabin fever coupled w/ classic spring fever made me pay far too much for a wounded AS that I am still grieving NOT forfieting my deposit on. About $8500 invested in a trailer worth perhaps $4500. I will have to full-time at least six months to feel I've earned back some of those dollars!!

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Old 10-11-2006, 07:56 AM   #27
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We drove 2500 miles to see 4 toads before we found ours 70 miles away. We bought one of them on ebay & the seller kindly offered us an out, but we lost some money because we had arranged a shipper and had to pay ebay fees. I had seen a few new ones, too.
I'm having some regrets about our purchase, it was much more than we wanted to spend initially and much newer.. annnnnnnnd about 6' shorter... but we were getting so anxious, fall was upon us I NEEDed to get out to camp. This one was almost ready to go, we had to put in laminate but it was fully functional.

Now I have "vintage envy".
But don't get me wrong, I still love my Airstream! Just wish I would've been more patient (easy to say that now, I'm pretty relaxed after spending 10 days down in the woods!). We're hoping to find a vintage unit in the spring & sell this one. We'll see how it goes! It's luck of the draw.
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Old 10-11-2006, 08:14 AM   #28
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Hi there;
From FRANCE, it was'nt easy to find the good model because only one "dealer" sold 3 models from the 70's and when we decided to get one, the guy increased the price... (after having driven 800 km in July 2002).
So we decided to find one in USA, on the classifieds on vintage A/S websites but pictures were limited and , the time to reply, the A/S was sold...
So we have decided to post a announce with what we wanted and Billy ( see details in my blog ) replied us and sent us a lot of pictures on paper;
With what we have seen , we planned to go, from FRANCE, to North Carolina, to check the condition and there, we 've bought it and towed it immediately to Jacksonville, Fl.
It was on November 2002 and we 'weren't disappointed at all. OK, always some surprises when arrived in FRANCE, so not catastrophic.That 's the rule when you buy vintage .


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