IMHO - I think one factor that is affecting not only the price of Airstreams but all recreational vehicles - is world unrest!
North Americans had a rude awakening call! - Family became important again! The ideals of yesteryear and Family "Camping" were re-born.
Travel abroad has decreased resulting in increased travel in North America - and what a better way to travel and see your own Continent! Airstreaming!!
On another note re: prices the season has a definite impact on prices as with boats, snowmobiles etc. - March, April are big months for sales with summer coming. Prices were up! We bought in Feb when the prices seemed to be lower. During the summer months they were steady with a noticiable decrease in available units.
Now we are looking again and in general the vintage prices are down again (always the exception of some units that seem to be priced high - but then they usually seem to be rare layouts or special years) However there seem to be a lot out there for sale right now!
Another point could be that we are the last of the Baby Boomers - and I think we are also the last of the generation that was to be seen and not heard. We appreciate our elders and were taught to appreciate value in products. Not necessarily buying current when something a little older is just as good and cost a little less (taking into consideration the money required to restore). It was the used bike that was made to look brand new and happened to be faster than any other on the street. The ball glove that was well broken in making you look like a star while everyone else suffered from blisters from their new gloves.
And get ready - there will be another 300+ or so vintage trailers added to the stock as we turn another page to 2005 - calling all 1980's yep you will soon be classified a "Vintage" unit. Happy 25th!
And a final note - prices will be as high as we are willing to pay for what we feel is important to us. I think the "flippers" are very few in comparison to the real deal.
Just reading this forum is enough to give someone the impression that we are towing GOLD on Black Rubber rather than aluminium.