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Old 10-22-2016, 06:53 PM   #1
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How much to sell for?

I am planning on selling my 1969 airstream ambassador soon. It is completely gutted and has been used as an extra bedroom for me at the side of my house. Since airstream are extremely likable how much could I ask for as a selling price?
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Old 10-22-2016, 09:25 PM   #2
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What do you mean by completely gutted?

Pics would also help understand the value proposition a little better.
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Old 10-22-2016, 10:53 PM   #3
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By completely gutted, I mean that the bathroom, kitchen, etc. has been taken out. It is one long space that I use as a bedroom.

As far as pics, I don't have any at the moment.
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Old 10-23-2016, 05:26 AM   #4
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It will be hard to estimate value without pics, condition of skins, floor, etc.

Some might want something gutted like that to start their own project, others would view that as a disadvantage for their purposes. Ultimately the value is whatever someone is willing to pay for it. To maximize your proceeds you'll need to find a narrow niche of buyers looking for a setup as you have yours now. Otherwise, I don't know that I'd expect much more that $1000. Take that with a huge grain of salt - I'm no expert on these things - more of an armchair social economist 😀

Good luck!
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Old 10-23-2016, 07:11 AM   #5
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Unless you were smart to keep the original interior parts for the next buyer for patterns or replacement it is going to be a tough sell. You are competing with hundreds of other "already gutted, all the hard work done, ready for your dream project" trailers out there.

If your lucky you'll come across someone that knows nothing about trailers. If not, expect scrap value.

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Old 10-23-2016, 07:28 AM   #6
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Possible food cart?

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Old 10-23-2016, 08:23 AM   #7
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It has been said many times that when you buy a vintage trailer, you are really just buying the shell, as most of the rest of it ends up thrown away in a full rebuild anyway. With that in mind, here are some questions that might help you assign better than scrap value to your trailer:

What condition is your shell in? A shell that is free of any dents and deep scratches is worth more than one that has panels that will need to be replaced.

Are all the windows and hatches in place? Are all the windows made of glass (no kludged in lexan replacements)?

And finally, the big one: is the floor free of rot around the entire perimeter of the trailer? If you stand and bounce on the rear bumper, can you see the bumper and frame rails moving independently of the shell? IF everything is solid, at least the buyer won't have to start their rebuild with a floor replacement and shell-off.

If your answers to the questions above were all "best case," I would guess that the value could be up around $3k. The more problems, the lower the price. I've seen really messed up trailers this size put up for sale at $500, and it still takes just the right buyer to sell.

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Old 10-23-2016, 08:38 AM   #8
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A good shell with intact windows could be worth $2-3,000 or perhaps slightly more, but not much as to become a usable camper again, a lot of work and $ will be involved in restoring it. Any dents, dings and other damage to the shell would reduce the value to possible under $1,000. If it's in really bad shape, then it could have only the value of the scrap aluminum and steel.
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:33 AM   #9
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Might be interested

Please do post some photos. I might know someone who is interested...
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Hi....where is the trailer located?
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