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Old 08-20-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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I have some questions about used prices.

I fully understand that airstreams hold their value, and it's one of the main reasons why I'm looking at getting one. But after doing some looking around in my city I'm finding the prices to be a little bit ridiculous. There's one in particular a 30' 1968 that is going for 9,700, there's so much work that I'm going to have to put in and this is the advertisement for it:

"mostly gutted 1968 airstream was going to redo it but plans have changed. brand new $9,000 heavy duty axles. hot water tank, sink, wood burning stove, and 6'6" cast iron tub are inside. mostly new windows and doesn't leak. Needs more work."

The air stream looks like it's been sitting there for a few years, is not polished, is this what I should expect the prices to be for a gutted airstream coming into fall? And if not what a good starting offer I can make that won't be insulting?

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Old 08-20-2019, 02:10 PM   #2
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Run, don't walk, away from that one. A cast-iron tub in an Airstream? Gutted means a lot of work and money to get it to usable condition.

You will probably find used Airstream prices to be surprisingly high. Check on the prices in classifieds here on Air Forums and, for example, at A to Z Motors (https://www.atozmotors.com/) in order to see if a used Airstream is within your budget.

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Old 08-20-2019, 02:37 PM   #3
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Shoot, next spring I'll sell you my 1986 31' Sovereign with recent axles, brakes, tires and awnings with everything intact and working for $12k.

So keep looking, you can do a LOT better than the unit you described...
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:40 PM   #4
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Yeah I assumed so, I can justify paying 10%-20% for a airstream for them to make profit but these just seem insane this is the posting btw (It's in CAD): https://victoria.craigslist.org/rvs/...930464815.html

IF I was to make an offer what would be fair for both parties? A few other trailers are going around for $13k in my area and I'm still not confident that's what I should be paying.

Thanks for your responses!
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Yeah I assumed so, I can justify paying 10%-20% for a airstream for them to make profit but these just seem insane this is the posting btw (It's in CAD): https://victoria.craigslist.org/rvs/...930464815.html

IF I was to make an offer what would be fair for both parties? A few other trailers are going around for $13k in my area and I'm still not confident that's what I should be paying.

Thanks for your responses!
$13K is way too much money from my perspective, as such I would walk from this one. 70's era 31' SoR's a abundant, and that is more than a "ding" in the curbside rear. As is common, this appears to be a major restoration abandonment sale. An empty shell accompanied by boxes and a truckload load of tears. I would suspect that you could do much better with $13K even in CAD. Just my take, YMMV. Best of luck.

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Old 08-21-2019, 09:34 AM   #7
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in our looking at used AS, the 30s seemed to have the best prices.

I was amazed at the high asking price for 23s and 25s.
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I paid $6k for a fully intact, fully operational 31' Excella. Some Ads need a LOL button.
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in our looking at used AS, the 30s seemed to have the best prices.

I was amazed at the high asking price for 23s and 25s.
I have to agree. The question is - are they actually selling for those prices? We recently saw 2016 Bambi Sport for sale locally at just about the same price I could buy a new one for
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There is a sucker born every minute. I’ve seen Airstreams sell on EBay for twice what they were worth and most of those sales were “sight unseen”.
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How long have those Airstreams been on the market? Its quite possible they have been listed at those prices for the last 5 years.

The overpriced stuff hangs around forever and ever in any market for any sort of item. The gotcha is always that the "right priced" stuff sells quickly. If 5 trailers sit on the market for 5 years that's a lot of "trailer months" of listings. If another two dozen each sell in a month or less, the "trailer months" are still dominated by those 5 overpriced trailers. You will see the same thing shopping for boats or classic cars.

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what I should expect the prices to be for a gutted airstream coming into fall? And if not what a good starting offer I can make that won't be insulting?

Thanks for any help!
Here is a link to a Price vs Condition Price Guide that you may find helpful in looking at vintage (more than 25 years old) Airstreams. If you poke around, you'll see some budgetary numbers that may be helpful for you to know what you'd be getting in addition to the purchase price.

This guide, while not perfect, is kinda the best info out there - both for buyers & sellers.

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There is a sucker born every minute. I’ve seen Airstreams sell on EBay for twice what they were worth and most of those sales were “sight unseen”.
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With any "lump" there can be stories about ownership. One side thinks this price the other side thinks that price. The result is that it lists (and sits) at the higher of the two prices. All the two sides do is yell at each other. The "lump" just sits there and rots.

Indeed that's not *always* the case. There are most certainly listings that are there simply to catch an impulse buy. Apparently there *are* folks out there who spend big piles of cash on impulse.

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