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Old 02-14-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Learned something yesterday...

So, my wife and kids and I went out to look at a few older (70's) Airstreams to get an idea a out what we are looking for. What I learned is that my wife learned she does not want an older model to fix up. She doesn't like the smell, the look, or the feel. So, instead of looking for one to work on a bit while we use, I realize I need to find something done OR what I would prefer is one that has been gutted, floor/rot fixed and is an empty shell (tin tent) to camp in while we complete the rest.
So here is the question, what is the best way to go about finding an empty shell that has been repaired and ready to build out? Looking for a 27ish footer.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:15 PM   #2
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I'd say that you are looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Your best bet would be to find a good solid fixer upper in the year and length that you want and then have it gutted and repaired to the level that you want it so you can take over and finish it off.

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Old 02-15-2012, 06:59 AM   #3
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That is what I was afraid of and expected.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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That is what I was afraid of and expected.
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It's not too hard to find gutted units. There are plenty of folks who start a project like this. They tear it all down zealousy then loose steam once the real hard work starts and give up. Usually they have destroyed good parts in the process.
Finding a unit with the floor/frame repaired is much harder. I would want proof positive of the repairs done with photo documentation of it.
Be very wary of units with hardwood floors installed. I've seen plenty of new owners who discover that the beautiful hardwood floors are hiding severe sub floor rot.
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Collin, the Region 3 Airstream Rally is just down the road from you at Ocean Lakes this April 22 - 29. Should be a hundred or more streams there, all years, lengths, models, etc. Usually there are some for sale. Might be a good place to start with some ideas. I will be there, let me know if I can help. John
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I'm with Chris, there are lots of trailers where the owner had fun ripping everything out, but lost interest.

They even show up on our own Classifieds here! Check in from time to time, you will see one. In the meanwhile, read a few of the really long restoration threads, just to make sure that you feel up to the work...
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It's not too hard to find gutted units. There are plenty of folks who start a project like this. They tear it all down zealousy then loose steam once the real hard work starts and give up. Usually they have destroyed good parts in the process.
Finding a unit with the floor/frame repaired is much harder. I would want proof positive of the repairs done with photo documentation of it.
Be very wary of units with hardwood floors installed. I've seen plenty of new owners who discover that the beautiful hardwood floors are hiding severe sub floor rot.
Sad but true!
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Thank you for all the input. And I do hope I can make the rally at Ocean Lakes.
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I don't understand your post. If your wife doesn't like old trailers, why would she feel different about one that has been gutted? Sounds like what she wants is a brand-new trailer.
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If you buy a gutted trailer you may have trouble getting a particular piece of gut that you need for it later.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:06 AM   #12
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That question makes sense Mr. bill. What she has a problem with is going into a trailer and not wanting our kids to sit or touch on anything because it looks so gross. Looking through the current condition is difficult for her. Seeing an empty slate that gets to be finished out is not so difficult. Which leads me to my next question: I have seen several for sale that are "reconditioned", what does that usually include? Most listings say that it is still retro or vintage, but does it mean that the grossness and smell has been taken care of with no real repairs?
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If she doesn't want the kids to touch something in a used trailer, what is she going to do when you are camping. Campgrounds are not the cleanest places in the world. jim
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:22 AM   #14
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In the last year, we have spent about 30 nights in our pop-up (purchased used) at state parks and campgrounds. God's dirt is very different than 25+ years of use and stains on carpet and upholstery, especially when those stains and things are not yours and from unknown origin.
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