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Old 02-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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5 year search, we got it!

Hello all you other metal heads!

I am a farmer rancher in NW Kansas and have been on a search for a good used AS for seems like a life time.. The ones we found were way over priced or gutted.. Or 1500 miles away,,

Been watching the one we got for over 2 years.. The fellow started out at $32,000 and the last listing he was down to real world value of $7700.. Unlike most of them we only had to drive 280 miles too go look it over.. Found he sawed a large hole in the bedroom wall looking for the power inverter.. My GoD!

The shelves under the sink were in a pile but other than one small ding in the rear roof the body shell looks great..

While on our search for a good AS,, I gave up and got a 5th wheel (tooth pick and staple wonder).. It had a small 6 in. gap in a rear corner of the body.. Turned out to have and rebuild the entire wooded frame from the rear of the wheel wells to the roof.. The only thing that held the water heater in place and from falling on the road was the 5 cans of spray foam.. After seeing the construction of the stick and staple wonder,, it forced me another level harder to find a good solid AS to invest in,, not just patch together in a rolling money pit..

Found this group and am impressed with the support and lack of personal body slams a lot of chat rooms seem to draw..

Looking forward to meeting you all and in time be able to forward support from my new wisdom..

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Old 02-28-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

5 years might be a new record, it only took me 8 months to find mine. What did you get and when do we get to she it?
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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Welcome, and now we all want to know what you did get (and how we missed it...grin). No secrets here if the ink is dry on the title.

You will have fun with your AS, I am sure. And yep, it is a good group.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:41 AM   #4
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I feel your pain

I can feel your pain. I've been there it took me 3 years to find the right AS for me. What year and model did you end up with?

Good Luck and Happy Streaming

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Old 02-28-2012, 11:41 AM   #5
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Welcome, and congratulations on both your new purchase and your patience! Pictures, please!
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:56 AM   #6
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What year and model did you get? You are going to love it! And did the PO ever find that inverter?
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:58 AM   #7
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Model/year

Its a 1972 Overlander 27 foot.. Yes I know,, bad year and should have searched for an older one..

I did eye the sides of the trailer real hard to see any sag,, but is as true as it can be..

Yes the fellow found the inverter.. All he had to do was to pull the bed out and lift up the support to have room to wire it all in..

The axles could be a tad better,, but will run a few years like they are.. From the 1000's of photos,, this one rates in the middle of tire swing.. Not new not totaly shot..

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Old 02-29-2012, 09:16 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forums. We looked for about two years before finding our Excella. Let us hear about your adventures. Happy camping!
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:44 AM   #9
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While on our search for a good AS,, I gave up and got a 5th wheel (tooth pick and staple wonder).. It had a small 6 in. gap in a rear corner of the body.. Turned out to have and rebuild the entire wooded frame from the rear of the wheel wells to the roof.. The only thing that held the water heater in place and from falling on the road was the 5 cans of spray foam.. After seeing the construction of the stick and staple wonder,, it forced me another level harder to find a good solid AS to invest in,, not just patch together in a rolling money pit..

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What a hilareous description of most of the SOB trailers. You must have really gotten discouraged. Your patience and persistance was rewarded though. Sounds like you found the right Airstream for you.

Welcome to the group. Looking forward to seeing some photos.

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Old 02-29-2012, 09:51 AM   #10
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Your '72 Overlander can be made into a beautiful, functional trailer with a little re-furbishing. Lots of us here have that year/model! Yeah, I looked for a decent 60's model too, drove quite a ways to look at wrecks.... Have fun with your new toy!
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:15 PM   #11
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Ok,, uploaded AS pictures to my web photo outfit,, copied the links and pasted them in the image pop up box.. Not too smooth on shifting gears in a computer.. Give me a KW semi truck with 18 speed and stand back and watch..

Hope it works or you all are going to get an idea I'm a total fool. Sodbust NW Kansas
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:18 PM   #12
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IF this paste and glue system did not work,, I think this link should take you to my album. ?

Travel the world through Webshots photos!

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Old 02-29-2012, 05:53 PM   #13
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Looks like you got a good shell! Now to lighten up the inside a little, eh?
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:37 PM   #14
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Needs light..

Yes,, the folks at AS,, sure used dark wood in this year/model.. I was shocked when my wife Teri said it was a winner and lets take it home with us..

The new lite oak floor helps a lot,, but I need to think of other options other than to replace all the dark panel and trim..

Hope to have some time later this week to search some other photos of member's AS of this group for some ideas..

Darn,, glad I got some pictures up.. Used way too much of my day to get that much done..

I will study the user data,,, on how to glue photos into the page I'm on now typing. I see it can be done,, so going to figure it all out someday,.

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:15 AM   #15
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Congratulations on your new Silver Pickle (as my husband would say it ). Wow! 5 years huh. I had always wanted one but the hubby was happy with anything old. I couldn't turn him on to spending $5,000.00 on an Airstream that would still need work. That was only because we got our 72 Wigwam for free if we quote "get that piece of crap out of my yard". After a lot of work the Wigwam is great but it is 16 feet of living space for Me, the hubby, a 17 year old aspiring rock star son, a 17 year old wanna be princesses, a 13 year old tomboy, and the 5 year old ruler of the roost. Needless to say we were TIGHT! So my Airstream dreams came true on Valentine's Day this year. Most girls get chocolates and roses. I got an AIRSTREAM. 1966 Ambassador - new converter, new water heater, new refrigerator, new ac and heater combination - bargain price of $3,500.00! Older couple couldn't camp anymore due to health issues. So my dream has come true and now the fun begins.... oh sorry did I say fun, I meant work! Hubby is handling the wiring, gas, and plumbing - making sure all the new additions are properly run. My job is everything else - Isn't he sweet!
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:29 PM   #16
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Good V=day gift!

We have 6 kids,, all grown and out on there own now,, but I can picture your packed camper with everyone in at the same time and with that age bracket... Getting a AS is much better than a big box of candy any day..

All I can say,, unlike most things I buy now days,, I always feel bad a day or two after..

So far that has not happened with the investment into our 40 year old Airstream.. Matter of fact,, the deeper I go while working on it the better it is looking.. Got more work done today than I felt I would see done,, so other than I feel a little worn out tonight it was a great day..

Now to get our 5th wheel tooth pick and staple wonder sold to help pay for the new tires for the Airstream that showed up today UPS..
(don't tell my wife_)

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Its a 1972 Overlander 27 foot.. Yes I know,, bad year and should have searched for an older one..


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Bad year....that's open to discussion! Welcome to the forums and good luck in your restoration!
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:02 PM   #18
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Good year bad year?

When I first started to study up on Airstreams,,it seemed to me the biscuit company years were the worst trailers made. Later as I read more about Airstreams I could see that the newer ones built in the late 90s and early 2000 has a rap sheet a mile long with issues also..

The way I look at the whole picture is there is a Friday and a Monday on every assembly line for every year made.. I have found a few areas on my 72 where the hole cut in the panel was too large and the rivet holes just got hold of the needed metal to stay put..

But the fact is,, my Overlander is turning 40 in April and Still is so much better than any tooth pick and staple trailer made now days..

Out of depression,, I just about got a new trailer in January,, for $25,000 and it was mostly plastic, and I'm sure mostly staples and stick construction.. The fact that stopped me cold was deep inside I knew that in 2 years its value would be cut in 1/2., Even if I never used it... Just sitting in my yard its value would drop like a rock every day..

I have ordered and along with a new set of tires I now have $1000 into my Airstream the first week since I got it.. The main difference is,, its a long term investment and the trailer has gained more than its $1000 investment in parts and repairs.. When the polish job is done it will have gained another $3000 in value from what I have seen watching them sell for the past 5 years..

So I think we as Airstream owners can all count ourselves the folks with insight of seeing the lasting value and where to invest our efforts of love to keep all the Airstreams we can on the road and having fun with them for another 50 years..

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We have 6 kids,, all grown and out on there own now,, but I can picture your packed camper with everyone in at the same time and with that age bracket... Getting a AS is much better than a big box of candy any day..

All I can say,, unlike most things I buy now days,, I always feel bad a day or two after..

So far that has not happened with the investment into our 40 year old Airstream.. Matter of fact,, the deeper I go while working on it the better it is looking.. Got more work done today than I felt I would see done,, so other than I feel a little worn out tonight it was a great day..

Now to get our 5th wheel tooth pick and staple wonder sold to help pay for the new tires for the Airstream that showed up today UPS..
(don't tell my wife_)

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I know exactly what you mean... The shell is not perfect with only a few small dings... but at the price of $3,000.00 which included a brand new AC, brand new refrigerator, a converter used only a few months, a new white tank, and a brand new water heater, i think I came out better by buying the thing....

Our "major work" consists of the husband tracing the water, gas, and electrical to make sure over the years other peoples "improvements" are correct (just discovered yesterday the never completed putting in the water tank... we have the plumbing ran all the way to the bathroom - but then just stops and isn't capped off!) The only other thing is making it "pretty" - you know - the woman's job... To bad I'm not very ladylike, hubby calls me Paul Bunyon...
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When I first started to study up on Airstreams,,it seemed to me the biscuit company years were the worst trailers made. Later as I read more about Airstreams I could see that the newer ones built in the late 90s and early 2000 has a rap sheet a mile long with issues also..

The way I look at the whole picture is there is a Friday and a Monday on every assembly line for every year made.. I have found a few areas on my 72 where the hole cut in the panel was too large and the rivet holes just got hold of the needed metal to stay put..

But the fact is,, my Overlander is turning 40 in April and Still is so much better than any tooth pick and staple trailer made now days..

Out of depression,, I just about got a new trailer in January,, for $25,000 and it was mostly plastic, and I'm sure mostly staples and stick construction.. The fact that stopped me cold was deep inside I knew that in 2 years its value would be cut in 1/2., Even if I never used it... Just sitting in my yard its value would drop like a rock every day..

I have ordered and along with a new set of tires I now have $1000 into my Airstream the first week since I got it.. The main difference is,, its a long term investment and the trailer has gained more than its $1000 investment in parts and repairs.. When the polish job is done it will have gained another $3000 in value from what I have seen watching them sell for the past 5 years..

So I think we as Airstream owners can all count ourselves the folks with insight of seeing the lasting value and where to invest our efforts of love to keep all the Airstreams we can on the road and having fun with them for another 50 years..

Sodbust
Our "other camper" is a 1972 Wigwam - no model, just Wigwam.... there are probably fewer than 25 left and if you include the smaller version - the Tepee - you are still probably well below 100 left. I have never seen another Wigwam. ever. They were only made a few years before the company shut its doors, but even with that, I am so tired of camping trips that wind up being repair trips. Like the trip we had a 2 by 4 wedged ceiling to floor to keep the AC unit from clattering.... or when the AC unit mysteriously seperated from the roof and all the water funneled down into the ceiling... it took days for it to get to the point that we even saw a drip, and by then there was a lot of water to deal with.. We are constantly finding new leaks, repairing rot, and i have heard about moisture in an Airstream - that is nothing compared to an old leaky wooden framed camper... they hold moisture bad....

I agree that this is an investment. When i sunk a few thousand in to the other trailer, I swallowed hard, knowing next month I would be finding something new to repair. The last draw for me was realizing the wall I just rebuilt 3 years ago has signs of a leak and the following day the step fell off while camping... I had to send my husband to the store to by a step stool to use as a step...With the Airstream I can relax on a trip and actually camp....I find myself wanting to sink money into it... wanting to make it a little better each day... That says a lot for Airstreams... I like my money too much... I find i use the proper material to fix this one... not whatever i have on hand... I want it to be all i know it can be and I guess that is what makes us Streamers insane....
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