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Old 05-17-2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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Should I buy?


I am new to the forum, and new to the world of airstream restoration. I have done plenty of home remodels and restorations, and have always dreamed of restoring one for extra living space, or for travel.

I have an opportunity to purchase this trailer for $500... I am told it's a 1977 31 ft. and I am having doubts about purchasing. I think that I am going to come across very few airstreams here in the pacific northwest for that price, but after viewing it, I'm a little overwhelmed at the potential of the project and if I have the time and money to get started on the restoration.

At this time, I do not have tons of money to put into it, and want to just clean up the exterior so that it is presentable in my driveway, and clean up the interior so that it can be a dry clean place for storage. Further down the road I would have hopes of restoring completely.

This is missing the rear bumper and I am unable to determine if the back is sagging.

Any thoughts or advice?
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:26 AM   #2
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I bought my 77' 31 foot Sovereign for $800, but it had a newer Carrier AirV AC, a newer Iota DLS-55 Inverter, a newer water heater and water pump. It looked just like yours on the inside. Mostly gutted, but that is the way I wanted it as I am in the process (slowly) of turning it in to MY Airstream. All systems turned out to be in tact. I didn't necessarily know it at the time other than the 120V system, as the previous owner was using it to sleep in at his company and running the AC at night. It's a long and tediou$ proce$$ to get from that condition to roadworthy, but if that is what you want to do... $500 is a small investment. If you get overwhelmed, which happens easily, you can probably get your money back fairly quickly. Or, just use it as a storage shed! You can't buy a shed that cool, that size for $500!

As a person with an aluminum addiction, I say grab it.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:31 AM   #3
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Hello and welcome to the fun world of Airstream's.

The shell looks good for the most part which is in my opinion the most important thing. Everything I else is repairable or replaceable, just takes time,money,patience and lots of research.
I'd go for it as long as you realize it's going to be a ton of work and more than likely take 3-4 times longer than you think.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #4
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The shell looks to be in excellent condition. I assume that if there had been dents on the curb side that you would have posted pics of it....
She's worth $500 as scrap although I hate to use that word in the same sentence as "Airstream."

When I get an opportunity I'm not sure about, I imagine that the time is past. Would I regret not grabbing such a thing later on? Would I think the renovation is not fun or would I really get into it? If the shell/windows are sound and not leaking then you have the time to get to it later when you have more money. Only you can answer those questions....

But I hope you vote in favor!
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