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corinnedavid 08-07-2011 01:58 PM

Valuation of 1958 Traveler?
Hi all! We just purchased a completely original 1958 traveler. Family-owned from 1960 and it was always garaged. Unfortunately it's painted silver. Body is in excellent condition. Just for my peace of mind, what would you recommend as a current valuation? Should mention there's new tires too and all systems work. We plan to strip and polish it by ourselves. Any advice would be appreciated! Let's call her Buttercup!!!

cruiser54 08-07-2011 02:18 PM

Foto please.....
Greetings from Switzerland

Frank's Trailer Works 08-07-2011 03:04 PM

with the history you tell the fact it is painted sounds very odd to me. Can we see some photos?

corinnedavid 08-09-2011 09:15 PM

1958 Traveller Airstream Value Question = Photo
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corinnedavid 08-09-2011 09:18 PM

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Hello Airstream Experts -
Please let me know your opinion on the trailer that I just bought. Hope I didn't pay too much!
Thanks, Corinne

InsideOut 08-09-2011 09:24 PM


Originally Posted by corinnedavid (Post 1030246)
Hello Airstream Experts -
Please let me know your opinion on the trailer that I just bought. Hope I didn't pay too much!
Thanks, Corinne

This will give you an idea...

Price vs. Condition

Be sure to read all the back-up info when determining your estimate...many people just go straight to the matrix. Without knowing the true condition, the matrix is only half the story. From the pics, your trailer looks to be in pretty good "average" shape...

Shari :flowers:

Frank's Trailer Works 08-10-2011 03:22 AM

Nice one! Wonder why it was painted.

robandzoe 08-10-2011 05:15 AM

Great year!!
Love the 58s!!!

Not many Travelers out there. Painted... ye gods!! Hope it's not hiding some huge dents that have been bondo'd... it is a sweet little trailer. How is the floor? Looks like it is in really, really, great shape. Worth - you want a number... I'd say $7500 in its current condition... for me, the paint brings the value down a bit.


corinnedavid 08-14-2011 10:45 AM

Thanks for the info!
Would the value change significantly if we stripped off the paint?

The trailer has been family-owned and in the barn since 1960, and was previously owned by a mini-celeb.

We're new to the Airstream world and appreciate your advice!

InsideOut 08-14-2011 11:58 AM

Depends on if the paint is hiding something and how the skin was prepped before painting. It could be worse underneath...if it was scratched up before painting or filled with Bondo. I would say leave it - it looks good.

The value wouldn't "double" IMO - well, maybe it would double if it was stripped and polished - but it'd be a heck of a lot of work. Strip and polish is what you'd have to do to make it worthwhile. The worst thing would strip it & find something that would make you want to re-paint it. Then you've taken steps backwards.

Shari :flowers:

summerkid 08-14-2011 02:10 PM

And, while they are darling, the Travelers/18-Footers don't have the cachet of some other models, so won't command quite as high a price all things considered.

Why are you so worried about what it's worth?

corinnedavid 08-14-2011 11:41 PM

Is worrying a bad thing? Well....we're a family of number crunchers, both in business and in athletics. Maybe more time on the road relaxing with an Airstream will help.

So SummerKid, what would you recommend as a fair market value for this trailer?

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