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Old 03-20-2018, 01:29 PM   #1
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Valuation recommendation

Can anyone advise the best most cost effective way to go about valuing our Vintage 1964 19ft GlobeTrotter? Polk wants $300 and isn't prepared to show me a sample of what I'm thinking of buying!
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Old 03-20-2018, 01:34 PM   #2
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Go with Jim Polk, he has been doing this for years and knows Airstreams. I'm getting ready to have mine re-evaluated by Jim. You can try to find a local appraiser but in my attempts you only get car or house people who just say we don't do RVs.

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Old 03-21-2018, 09:11 PM   #3
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I suspect you are not going to find anything less expensive. We recently had an appraisal/valuation of our trailer performed by Tim Heintz. We provided information such as exterior and interior pictures, description of upgrades, condition of appliances (with more pictures), copies of receipts for major maintenance and upgrades, etc. The finished appraisal took about two weeks to complete after we submitted the requested information.

Our insurance company was very willing to accept the appraisal and provide an agreed value.

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Old 03-22-2018, 06:10 AM   #4
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meknowhowe,

Just an opinion... We had Jim Polk do an appraisal for us within the last 6 months for a vintage '68 Airstream (custom restoration) and were very pleased with the report he provided. The report is a little over 20 pages long, appeared thorough, includes his credentials, appraisal methodology, comparables/comparisons, and was accepted by FCS (Progressive) without question. We were satisfied that his appraisal was a good value.

Good luck and let us know if we can answer any specific questions,
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Old 03-22-2018, 02:23 PM   #5
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sounds like sage advice. Many thanks
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Old 03-22-2018, 06:52 PM   #6
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I may start another thread on the subject below but thought I'd add it here since FCS (Progressive) was mentioned...

We obtained a quote from FCS not knowing which carrier they used but because they were recommended by several Airstreamers, they advertise in Blue Beret, and they attended one of the large WBCCI rallies and provided seminars on the subject of insurance. We were surprised how high their premium was and I do mean it was high! It was easily 4 times higher than our existing insurance policy.

And yes, we are comparing "apples to apples." Insurance on RVs, particularly vintage Airstreams and the like, can be a challenge to obtain agreed value policies. The FCS (Progressive) premium was approximately $750 and the policy we have with our existing agent, who has been very good with claims in the past, is less than $200. Our existing agent/insurer has replaced an axle due to road hazard damage, was willing to cover an awning that was ripped from the trailer while we were driving and has also been very agreeable to issues that have come up with our homeowner's insurance.

I don't have direct experience with FCS (Progressive) and I know there are many who swear by them. For the price we were quoted, and knowing our existing insurance has been very fair to us for nearly 30 years, I'm sticking with Cincinnati Insurance.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:53 AM   #7
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Jim Polk appraised both of our trailers last year and we were pleased with what we received and surprised by how high the valuations were. He specializes in Airstreams, Aircraft and Antique cars and has a huge database of prior Airstream appraisals to pull comps from. His appraised values have also been tested in court and upheld.

We went with Progressive thru Overland and bit the bullet on the higher rate because Overland knew of and accepted Jim's appraisal values with no questions.

$300 is cheap. If someone runs into and totals your Airstream their insurance will offer you $4000 for your old trailer or NADA book value which is a joke, but, with an appraisal in hand that will stand up in court you could be looking at anywhere from $10k to $60k for the same trailer!

Vintage Airstreams are going up in value faster than the owners realize.
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We went to a airstream dealer and they helped us out
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We have used Mark Koch http://www.automotiveappraisals.com/. And locally we used Dean Fehrman of Lakewood CO. Happy with both on our vintage airstreams and Marathon Coach.
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Thank you for your kind words, Airstreamers. We are happy to help you with all your valuation needs. https://polkassociates-llc.com
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