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Old 04-08-2006, 02:53 AM   #1
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1990 Airstream 250 Motorhome Value?

NADA says about $20k, but the ads I've found so far are asking about $30k.
Would I be a sucker to buy at $28k?

First time MOHO buyer,
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:55 AM   #2
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In real estate it's location, location, location. In RVs it's condition, condition, condition. Several years ago, Spencer's Airstream in Portland (now gone!) had a '95 25' Airstream motorhome advertised at $42,000. I looked. It had rear roof damage, needed servicing all around, but was quite nice. They would not budge on the price. There were so few 25' motorhomes made that they demand (and get) just about whatever the asking price is. I'd be careful to inspect everything to be sure there are no major mechanical, cosmetic, appliance, or operating system problems before buying. Also, remember that not everyone has $28K to shell out and if you should decide to sell, financing for the new buyer may be a problem on a motorhome that old. On the other hand, since there are so few of that size out there, and if you want one, you don't have much choice other than an older Argosy.
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Old 04-08-2006, 12:06 PM   #3
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OOC, while it sounds like a bunch of's your money. I'm a bargain hunter and believe that you might find a better bargain, more room, and a wider market if you left open the option to move up to 28'. The 28's are a larger market and the extra 3' won't break the deal from a handling standpoint.
Now a perfect 25'er with no repairs or rework needed might be a good buy at the price but I'd be very sure of the systems and drivetrain before I got that deep into a Classic for that price.
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:47 PM   #4
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As someone who watches the values, $28k is not out of the normal range for 250's (in good condition!!!!!). That's always been a pretty hot unit and the owners seem to know it. Banks will look at NADA for financing so my vote doesn't count. Also, insurance will go by blue book if totaled. Paying too much could leave you short unless you insure it for your loan amount. These units (in good condition!!!) were going for $35-40k two years ago.
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