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Old 10-01-2017, 07:39 AM   #1
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New here, help with pricing? 1973

Hey guys, im new here and was wondering if i could get some help pricing my 1973 airsteam sovereign, was my fathers but i inherited it a few years back, it does need a little TLC but its all orginal interior,
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:42 AM   #2
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Probably in the $5k-$10k range depending on what it needs. Most require a complete overall and fixing of rear end separation. Also new appliances and some folks will add a gray water tank since these old models don't have them. The interior is not all that desirable in that era since most of the wood was replaced with plastic or plastic coated wood. Biggest issue with the old ones is rear end rot which causes structural problems especially in the rear bath models.

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Old 10-01-2017, 09:12 AM   #3
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there is one small board in the back with a little rot, was planning on changing that out. mostly cosmetic damage, electrical works, appliances work, good plumbing.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:21 AM   #4
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Replacing the floor is not usually that simple. Spend some time in the floor ans frame repair forum on here.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:35 AM   #5
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The 73 I bought looks to have been in roughly the same condition, I paid 5K for it, and then bought a similar 75 for 3K.

The 73 needed the bath floor replaced and a few patches forward around the windows. It had rear separation, which required a few days work to fix , The 75 was made serviceable with a few patches up front.
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I think that your AS is newer than 1973. A center bath was not available in 1973. Does your AS have a grey water tank? If it does, it is newer than 1973. Also, 1973 AS had wall ovens. Your AS does not.

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Old 10-01-2017, 06:26 PM   #7
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the title says 1973 and i found a floor plan in the owners manual for it aswell, cant remeber the exact model,
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I did not catch that is was a center bath. That makes it easier to fix.

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Old 10-01-2017, 09:39 PM   #9
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the title says 1973 and i found a floor plan in the owners manual for it aswell, cant remeber the exact model,
I went back and looked. There were two center bath models in 1973. There was a 29 ft. Amassador and a 31 ft. Sovereign. I didn't remember them.


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Old 10-02-2017, 10:43 AM   #10
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I inherited a 1969 from my family about 3 years ago - it is great that we are fortunate to have it now. Lots of good memories tied to that Airstream from the 70's! If you don't go through it and replace worn / non-working components I would expect that a potential buyer will want to factor repair / replacement cost into a purchase price. I have no idea what ours would sell for now because there are so many variable factors involved - best bet is to keep an eye on the RV Trader site and the AS Forum marketplace to get an idea for what similar units are listed for without a good way to find out what they actually sold for. In the end it's probably get some good pictures, list it for around what you would like to get and work through the process - it's worth what someone will pay for it.
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I agree with Perry, but think that he's a bit high. The little Airstreams sell for lots more than the big ones. I also agree that the original interior is more of a detriment than a bonus- most folks just want to rip them out and start over.

The center bath is good, though. It means that you probably don't have the dreaded rear bath floor rot, and subsequent floor/frame separation.

Difficult to tell from the pic, but it looks like it needs new axles- most trailers of this vintage do.

These days it's difficult getting an idea of pricing on Craigslist, between all of the scams and price typos. If you have lots of time, you can try to sell for a higher price. You'll get lots of tire kickers that think they're getting a $25K+ trailer for cheap, and then be disappointed at the 70's interior.
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there is one small board in the back with a little rot, was planning on changing that out. mostly cosmetic damage, electrical works, appliances work, good plumbing.
There may be more floor rot than you see. When an Airstream leaks the water often runs down between the outer and inner skins and then soaks through the holes in the C-channel at the bottom of the wall into the floor. The floor is part of the structure that joins the wall to the frame, so even if the outer couple of inches are rotten it should be fixed. If the floor has rotted there may well be rust on the frame as well. On our '74 Sovereign we had to replace or repair about 3/4 of the outriggers and a few cross members, as well as the floor. There were places where the floor looked okay from above, but the outriggers were rusted out below it.

I'm not suggesting you should get into fixing all this before selling as you're unlikely to get your time and money back, but it's good to know what an educated buyer will be looking at. I wouldn't even bother patching the floor.

As mentioned above, the axles and tires will need to be replaced as well. Trailer tires should be replaced every 5-7 years even if they look okay. Again, I wouldn't suggest that you replace the tires and axles before selling. The buyers may have ideas as to what they want, for example upgrading axle capacity or tire size.
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You might want to find a Airstream inspector in your area to come out and look at it. He/She would know how much work really needs to b done on it and what a real world price you could start at. Although pictures are nice, boots on the ground is usually better.
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I expect there is floor rot in the back corners like there are on 99% of east coast trailers. It does not require a total gut to fix it though. My 81 still has most of the original interior. It was on the brink. There is stuff that I would prefer was real wood.

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Thank you all for the help!!
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