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Old 01-24-2007, 06:00 PM   #41
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I've been a forum member for a while, I usually just read the messages and don't often comment.

I need your help. On January 12, here in Missouri we had a major ice storm. The next morning I went outside and saw that my recently restored 1976 25 foot Caravanner had a large tree limb crash through the rear roof. It damaged three panels and the interior of the rear bath. Estimates for repair are approximately $5000. My insurance company is willing to work with me to have it repaired and not salvage it if I can show the Airstream is worth more than the repair value.

In reading ebay and may want ads and the pricing guide in vintage Airstream I note that the Caravanner may be worth upwards of $7500 in its restored condition.

Any suggestions on where I can get a great appraisal or comparison?

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Old 01-24-2007, 06:45 PM   #42
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Aaarrrghh!

Dale-

So sorry to hear of tree damage to your trailer... If you look at my post above, it lists the three largest online sites for ads for used trailers. That could get you close to a value, which I think would be above $7500, if you could find a similar year and near equal length... There's a '76 Tradewing 25 listed here for $7500, though maybe you've already seen that one.. Several others from mid 1970's at wide range of pricing.

If that fails, I'd try one of the restoration shops (search threads for renovation or restoration shops or restorers or similar phrases..) You might find one of them has a unit or recently sold a restored unit that would serve as a market.

Alternatively, you might try looking here at Forums members for owners of similar trailers and send some of them PM's to see whether any recently bought or sold one, and for what price.. I think you can search in member area based on trailer model or year.

If your insurance agent/adjustor is willing to work with you, that is a good sign... Your worst case might be to agree to take the $$ as if totaled and buy the trailer back from them at a pre-agreed salvage value (low..) and then proceed with the repair.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:41 PM   #43
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Thank you for providing me this link. Along with what I printed out this morning, it is just what I need before going to look at the 1956 Flying Cloud Airstream. I'll report back on what happened to the potential opportunity. When? It all depends on when the owner and I can work out a time. Thanks again!
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:42 AM   #44
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Well, if the 1977 Airstream was in good condition, you are lucky to find it. There are mostly "as is", "fair condition" out there for 70's. I checked around for Values and Current Mkt prices. The smaller Airstreams (Bambi/Land Yacht) seem to be most popular, especially if they are in "restored condition" so, people can just get in and go w/very minor repairs, if any. We have a 1971 restored Sarfari Land Yacht that's polished up and ready to go For Sale at $8,000. That's a good deal for original condition, well maintained. You will always come out money ahead by paying more upfront and getting a well-maintained Airstream in as good as condition as possible.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:08 PM   #45
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What a great link thank you for posting that ROG
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:53 PM   #46
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I used the NADA value as a guide when I traded in my 25' Safari. I was able to get the high retail price. I wouldn't of had a clue on the value without that info. It was very handy. Thanks
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:10 PM   #47
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1992, 34 Foot, Limited, price/value????

Almost original condition, bought last summer, not used much at all, everything works, new brakes, wheels, lots of upgrades.

A very nice airstream but not right for my needs, going to build a small house on airstream/permanent mountain top site.

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Old 01-13-2010, 01:38 PM   #48
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Almost original condition, bought last summer, not used much at all, everything works, new brakes, wheels, lots of upgrades.
I wouldn't think the value would have changed much from last summer...you should be able to sell it for what you paid for it.

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Old 04-04-2010, 10:25 AM   #49
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BTW Rog, the first link isn't functional.
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BTW Rog, the first link isn't functional.
It was functional 2 years ago.
Try this one:

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Thats the link I have been using. It shows most prices being asked to be too high. Some twice as high. A couple of units listed for sale right now are at least $10,000 over the suggested NADA price. I dont know how the nada compiles their data. Does it make sense with what others are paying?

My own view is to compare to the current price of the new model and depreciate from there. 12%/year for the first 4 or 5 years is a a good guide from what I have seen on the web. I have no market information based on actual sales but I presume units Im watching that do sell go for something less than actual price.

The NADA depreciates at a higher rate than that. They do provide the units original list price which is handy information. Many units for sale on this site are priced higher than the original suggested price.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:06 PM   #52
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I looked at a 19 safari SE priced at 25k and the NADA said 15k. is NADA accurate it seems as if all 19' posted on our classifieds are priced in the 25 range.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:49 PM   #53
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I went into NADA to see what an AS I was considering was worth and the guide told me 43,000 was average retail. Went to the bank, they go by wholesale and they say it's only worth 32,000. So I have to come up with a healthy down payment. Boo.

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I'd seriously consider checking another bank or credit union.. Many make vehicle loans more on creditworthiness of the borrower than on the expected recovery value of the asset.. Loan based on borrower can run to full retail value...
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My Credit Union is currently offering 2.9% on new & used "R/V" loans, been trying to work with them on getting pre-approved so I can have a little "offer" $$ to play with. They also are using the NADA as a guide for trailer value, but as it turns out are also a bit flexible. The trailer we're interested in came in with an NADA in the 17K range and the buyer is asking in the neighborhood of 27K. So in trying to bridge the gap I sent the CU a list of all ammenities, plus pictures (it's in GREAT shape) and they've raised the "value" based on that. Not as far as I'd like mind you, but another 3K.
It's all in what YOU feel the trailer is worth. Unfortunately, finding someone that thinks in the same price range as you do is sometimes tough!
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:17 AM   #56
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May be the seller needs to feel a little different about the price. Especially if there are no other buyers.

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Action could be right. Do you see any problemn with making an offer at the total of what the bank sees as its value ($20k)?

The seller can say no, but you do have some evidence to use regarding value.

Oh, and the seller could also say yes!
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:30 AM   #58
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I went into NADA to see what an AS I was considering was worth and the guide told me 43,000 was average retail. Went to the bank, they go by wholesale and they say it's only worth 32,000. So I have to come up with a healthy down payment. Boo.

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Well it got worse. It seems the nada value takes a big dump in the sixth year. What I thought was an'08 turned out to be an '07. The bank lowered what they'd loan me by $11,000. Yikes Fortunately I found that Good Sam finance goes by 130% of nada wholesale, and they took other things into consideration so their offer was $7500 better than B of A.

I could be wrong but I think trailer is worth what he's asking, and there are other buyers. He won't budge on the price.

So I may have to just bite the bullet. It's only money. Right?

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Considering I work for a bank, just not that kind of one, many lending institutions are in the very conserative mode because of the market in the last 5 years. (Hey there aren't as many lending sources as there used to be) Taking a very conserative approach may not garner expansive market share, however it is a long term market strategy.

If you want it and think it is worth it then write the check. Like you stated it's only money.

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Just thought I d let you know that we paid 7900. for our 72 25 foot Airstream Tradewind 2 years ago. Most things worked on it. It was in good condition. All the orginal bins and tambour doors were in it, as well as the over bed drop down bins. It was clean, no leaks and we could camp in it right away. We also fought with about 2 other couples to get it, as it had just been on craigs list for 2 days. Since we have owned it, we put in laminate floors, replaced the axels, and re-did the electrical wiring. We camp in it quite a bit. We have the center twins and rear bath. We are now looking at getting a 2000 excella. What would your parents say is the value of theirs? What length is theirs? If we get a new trailer, ours will be on the market, just saying!
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