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Old 08-11-2020, 03:30 AM   #1
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Worth It Or Not ?

Hi Guys,
I have the opportunity to purchase a 1987 34.5 Airstream Classic motorhome for $10,500.00 asking. The body is straight , the clear coat is in tact. It's being kept under a tarp.The interior is clean with minimal wear.It'sioned with the garbage compactor and separate ice maker.The fridge is newer and works.Dash air does not...no surprise here. The mileage is 123,000. The tires are shot. The frame is clean however I did find a couple of spots on the lower rockers with some rust through. One of the large storage drawers won't slide fully out.One of the rear corner window has been replace but improperly installed by the DIY owner. They replaced the airbags and the gas tank during there ownership Sounds like a good deal. Here is the catch. The older couple (80s) that have owned it for 23 years have not used it in "several years". Other than an "occasional move up or down the driveway". It will crank but only if the carbs are primed.I am trying to guesstimate what it will take to make it road/travel worthy. The couple are unwilling to allow it to leave the property to be mechanically inspected as it is not registered.Having parted with my 91 35 LE 10 years ago . I am not current on what $$$$ might lie ahead, Advice ?
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Old 08-12-2020, 05:39 AM   #2
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Hi Guys,
I have the opportunity to purchase a 1987 34.5 Airstream Classic motorhome for $10,500.00 asking. The body is straight , the clear coat is in tact. It's being kept under a tarp.The interior is clean with minimal wear.It'sioned with the garbage compactor and separate ice maker.The fridge is newer and works.Dash air does not...no surprise here. The mileage is 123,000. The tires are shot. The frame is clean however I did find a couple of spots on the lower rockers with some rust through. One of the large storage drawers won't slide fully out.One of the rear corner window has been replace but improperly installed by the DIY owner. They replaced the airbags and the gas tank during there ownership Sounds like a good deal. Here is the catch. The older couple (80s) that have owned it for 23 years have not used it in "several years". Other than an "occasional move up or down the driveway". It will crank but only if the carbs are primed.I am trying to guesstimate what it will take to make it road/travel worthy. The couple are unwilling to allow it to leave the property to be mechanically inspected as it is not registered.Having parted with my 91 35 LE 10 years ago . I am not current on what $$$$ might lie ahead, Advice ?
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10500+20000=30500 plus labor. Are you ready for that? Or find one in the 30k-40 range enjoying someones countless hours doing a thorough resto. Anything in between is just that.
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Old 08-12-2020, 02:28 PM   #3
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I agree with others that this is a project 345 you could look more for one that has been cared for .very easy to drop 20k to 30k getting the engine tranny brakes and other major stuff done .i would NOT buy this if you are not a tinkerer .read how many of us did belts ,plus manifold bolts and yes I did a brake job on the side of a mountain .otherwise I love my 345 had it since new in 1985 not an adoption a natural birth
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I love my 345 had it since new in 1985 not an adoption a natural birth
Outstanding!

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Old 08-13-2020, 03:18 AM   #5
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10500+20000=30500 plus labor. Are you ready for that? Or find one in the 30k-40 range enjoying someones countless hours doing a thorough resto. Anything in between is just that.

Thank you. I have come to the same conclusion .
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Good move IMO, thanks for the update.

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