78 Argosy Value?
Hi everyone. I posted a similar question in the new member forum but figured it might get more traffic here. We are in the market for an airstream and we have come across a '78 30' Argosy a couple of hours away. The seller is asking $5000. It appears to be in good, original condition and everything is working fine and/or is new (ac, tires, axle, etc.). Pics attached. We do, however have a few concerns / questions and would appreciate any input from seasoned owners!
1. Is this a fair price? After doing some research it seems like these stay on the market for a while. I know it's a personal preference thing for the painted vs. silver.
2. Towing vehicle. We currently have an '06 4Runner V8. Owner said the weight of the trailer was 6500 but my research said it should be in the upper 4000s. I know we would need to get an equalizing hitch. We are in the market for a new vehicle within the next year or two (probably an Expedition), but not right now. We will only be traveling in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana for the most part for a while (we have two young sons who can't handle really long distances) so no cross country or anything. Does this sound safe?
3. What are INITIAL ownership costs that I might not be thinking of? The exterior seems fine but would like to touch up in a few places - this is possible without an entirely new paint job, right? And the cushions - I don't really like the idea of sleeping on cushions someone else has slept on for 30 years. Does a professional cleaning get the job done or do most people make new ones?
My apologies for the long post, and thank you all in advance for your help!