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Old 12-26-2014, 03:44 PM   #721
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Is it "one of a kind" because of the leopard skin mirror or having been keyed or having a salvage title or the 75k asking price?
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Old 12-26-2014, 04:46 PM   #722
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I dont know much about "salvage titles" being issued but is having been "keyed" enough to be considered salvage? Ive always assumed that a salvage would mean that the repair would cost more than the value of the vehicle. They say its value is "over $200,000", hehehehe , I cant imagine the repair would cost that much. I must be missing something with the meaning of salvage title.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:02 PM   #723
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I keep having this smell of fish in my nostrils...... salvage title, because it was vandalized....... yikes. This I would be extremely cautious in approaching.

While it is absolutely beautiful, the legal issues involved are huge. An attorney familiar with title laws may need to be consulted prior to purchasing anything with a price of $75,000 and "salvage title".
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Old 12-26-2014, 07:38 PM   #724
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I keep having this smell of fish in my nostrils...... salvage title, because it was vandalized....... yikes. This I would be extremely cautious in approaching.

While it is absolutely beautiful, the legal issues involved are huge. An attorney familiar with title laws may need to be consulted prior to purchasing anything with a price of $75,000 and "salvage title".
My take is that the Motorhome was not insured for a stated value. When it got vandalized the damage exceeded the insurance company's perceived value. The owner should have increased the stated value as he did these expensive improvements.
If you are not able to get a policy with a stated value, keep every receipt you have in case of some unfortunate event. It will help you to fight the insurance company. I had 2 major claims on Airstreams and learned a lot.
Salvage/rebuild titles are no disaster unless the vehicle is deemed unsafe to operate.
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:12 AM   #725
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:20 AM   #727
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A salvage title means essentially IMO, based on what car rebuilders have told me, is this could have been reconstructed from any components and an inspection by someone intimately acquainted with this model motorhome would be advisable. Many salvage titles arise from flood damage, and in some cases, the only evidence shows up years later in profound electrical problems, basically not solvable unless a complete rebuild is done.... Most likely this would not be financially feasible.
As I have been told by insurance folks, one must demonstrate a value before an insurance company will insure for anything much above book value.

So, a salvage title would, IMO, place the unit value at book or lower.


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A salvage title means essentially IMO, based on what car rebuilders have told me, is this could have been reconstructed from any components and an inspection by someone intimately acquainted with this model motorhome would be advisable. Many salvage titles arise from flood damage, and in some cases, the only evidence shows up years later in profound electrical problems, basically not solvable unless a complete rebuild is done.... Most likely this would not be financially feasible.
As I have been told by insurance folks, one must demonstrate a value before an insurance company will insure for anything much above book value.

So, a salvage title would, IMO, place the unit value at book or lower.


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Laws do vary from state to State, but generally you are correct.
The difference comes into play with Airstreams that have extensive exterior damage, due to the high cost of panel replacements, if done correctly. The most expensive panels to replace are the long upper and lower side panels, which can cost between 5-10k. If you want original buck rivets, add a few more thousands.
This fact quickly brings the repair to the 75 or 80% of the book or stated value, to be deemed "salvaged" by the insurance company.
Many insurance companies offer you to purchase the Airstream back from them for a dime. If you decide to do that, you will receive a new title called a salvaged/rebuilt title. No work was done to the Airstream at that time and yet its called a salvaged/rebuilt title.
I personally once received a substantial payment and a salvage title for hail damage. On a second occasion a barely avoided the salvage title because of my agreed upon stated value. In both occasions I had to work hard to provide repair cost estimates and/or improvement investments to the insurance company.
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I wouldn't consider a salvage title a show stopper. Labor costs are so high these days that a claim on an older vehicle often leads to a total loss based on book value. I've bought several vehicles at salvage auctions. Most are for repurposing engine swaps and drivetrain upgrades in classic vehicles. I have found a few real gems. Several years ago I found a 98 5.0L Eddy Bauer Ford Explorer. 48,000 miles and like new except for sideswipe damage to the passenger side. I paid $1500 and put another $1000 in a salvage yard front fender, front and rear doors, trim, tires, and a battery. The color even matched. We've been pulling a camper and driving it in the mountains for about 10 years. It's now has 188,000 miles and has been the most reliable and best running vehicle I've ever owned. No payments, no interest, $50a year in registration, and about $300 a year for insurance.

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Old 12-29-2014, 10:29 PM   #730
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:38 AM   #731
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I suspect those who are knowledgable in the purchase of a salvage title vehicle, have the ability to asses the actual condition accurately, and understand the process of repairing things that go wrong, for these folks there may be huge savings.

For the uninitiated, moho's are so very complicated, multiple electrical systems, slides, suspension, and numerous other systems, I would only suggest this to someone who is fully knowledgable.

in my travels I ran into a fellow who purchased a Prevost, about 15 years old which had a small fire, and he obtained it for about $8,000. In good condition it would have been about $200,000. After spending about $25,000, in his own repair shop, he had a moho which appeared new and had all mechanicals fully checked out. This is the way to go if one can, but maybe not for the faint of heart. Of course, maintenance on a moho can get big in a hurry unless one has access to shop facilities....as in owning the shop..
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:05 PM   #732
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I suspect those who are knowledgable in the purchase of a salvage title vehicle, have the ability to asses the actual condition accurately, and understand the process of repairing things that go wrong, for these folks there may be huge savings.



For the uninitiated, moho's are so very complicated, multiple electrical systems, slides, suspension, and numerous other systems, I would only suggest this to someone who is fully knowledgable.



in my travels I ran into a fellow who purchased a Prevost, about 15 years old which had a small fire, and he obtained it for about $8,000. In good condition it would have been about $200,000. After spending about $25,000, in his own repair shop, he had a moho which appeared new and had all mechanicals fully checked out. This is the way to go if one can, but maybe not for the faint of heart. Of course, maintenance on a moho can get big in a hurry unless one has access to shop facilities....as in owning the shop..

That holds true for all used motorhomes. Especially these 20+ year old classics. Salvage or clear title.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:07 PM   #733
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That holds true for all used motorhomes. Especially these 20+ year old classics. Salvage or clear title.
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This is a different kind of classic motorhome

Now here is a unique modified classic motorhome for sale. Of course it has a unique price too!
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How in the world do they put a $40,000 truck and a $44,000 trailer together and get $196,000?
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"This is not your typical motor home and I am aware that one can buy a run of the mill motor home for far less so no need to remind me of that fact. This is for an individual that desire a functioning work of art that will give years of enjoyment."

Must be like putting $20 worth of paint on a $10 piece of canvas and asking $10,000. It's art man!

We were walking through a gallery and saw a metal sculpture of some coil springs and brake drums welded together to look like a cluster of mushrooms growing on a cow flop. I said who on earth would pay $1200 for that pile of scrap. A few hours later some guy with a dejected look was schlepping it out of the gallery with his giddy wife dancing around him!
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Looks like a Sprinter cab chassis was reversing without looking and the poor trailer got in the way.....
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I dont like to be critical of others choices but that rig has been for sale for a looooong time, and to me its just butt ugly. No getting around it. U G L Y he aint got no alibi ...its ugly woot woot its ugly
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