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Old 10-04-2016, 03:39 PM   #21
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At 23 years old I think my wife and I just might be one of the youngest! We both have wanted an airstream for about a year and a half now and have BIG dreams and hope to show our son the country. Good luck on finding the perfect one.
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Old 10-04-2016, 03:59 PM   #22
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The NADA guides which he said he'd use to price the trailer put it at an average sales price of ~$2800. The trailer has sat unused and forgotten for almost a decade so they obviously don't care about it or need the money. I feel these days people see one person was able to sell their item for a crazy price and they think theirs is worth that much no matter the condition. I did a search on the all Craigslist page and found similar trailers, the ones as expensive as the seller is asking were beautiful ready to camp in nothing needed. Most were in various stages of neglect or renovation, but the ones in similar condition to the one I'm asking about were all in the $2000-$5000 range.

Sorry for the long post. Again I appreciate all the help so far and any more I will receive in the future.


Now I know the guy was throwing a line of BS. Nada doesnt have any pertinent values for anything this old. The actual value of the trailer is what the market rate is, and that depends on the condition. They may list it as worth a couple hundred dollars. Where this guy got 2800, who knows.

The condition of this one except for the shell is poor. I would stand my my original estimate of around 2 grand max, and that is with the thought that its a full shell off restoration. Doing all the work yourself without a new frame will probably be close to ten grand and maybe a year to two worth of work. If it needs a new frame then that will cost probably 3-4 grand just for that alone on top of everything else. Listen to the people here that have gone through it all, this is not a quick, cheap or easy to do project.
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:08 PM   #23
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Check this Price vs Condition Guideline...31' Sovereign, 70's trailer in "As Found Condition" (as this one appears to be) should be in the $1800-$2400 range. Also check out "Table C" for some estimates what it'll cost to get it usable and roadworthy.

Good luck it you decide to go for it, but I think I'd look for one in better shape.

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Old 10-04-2016, 05:48 PM   #24
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Someone please show me an Airstream located in the southwest for less than $2500. Maybe in your part of the country, but not here. Hen's teeth are more common.

Look at the Los Angeles CL ads. There is someone paying a finders fee for cheap Airstreams.
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Old 10-05-2016, 01:34 PM   #25
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Looks like I'm being forced to start looking for a new trailer, texted the seller today and got this response:

It did/didnt sell per say. My mom told my uncle about it who told a friend and my mom let them tow it to Havasu to see if everything works then she will figure it out. Not too happy about it because I thought we were selling it straight out. I will let you know what happens. Sorry for wasting your time

Thanks again everyone for the help. I'll be sure to post up if/when I find a different trailer.
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Old 10-05-2016, 02:02 PM   #26
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The trailer has sat unused for 8-10 years, it'll need new tires for sure and new axles soon. It looks all original inside, but since it's been sitting so long I don't know if any of the appliances work, if the plumbing/electrical is any good, or if the tanks are clean. It'll definitely need to be cleaned inside and out. I thought that $5000-$6500 will be a reasonable offer considering how long it has been since it was used last and what'll need to be done to get it working safely before I could tow it. When I first talked to the owner's son he said he was thinking of putting it on craigslist for $9000-$10,000, but the ad he put up he has it listed at $12,500! Like I said I looked around on craigslist (using one of those search all of craigslist sites) and the prices for trailers of this size and comparable condition are all over the place, but most comparable trailers are closer to my estimate than what he listed it at.

So what do you all think?

Oh, here's the craigslist ad: http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/rvs/5805044044.html

I've told him about the rust through and water damage, but it feels like he wants to ignore that and is looking to get as much money as possible...
I feel like I looked at this one when I bought mine (two weeks ago) mine is a 73 excella in pretty poor shape. He was asking 3500 which is the high end of what the guide say is the range for that conditionI offered him 2800 plus gas from Maine to CT. He was really fair, and wanted to sell it to someone who would value an AS. He wasn't in it for profit he had received it as payment for some work he did.
Mine is a gigantic project. It's still sinking in, but I've wanted to do it for years and now I'm buying some property so I really have a reason. For that reason it also had to be "cheap"
Anyhow- I'm sure everyone else will tell you to weigh the costs of fixing it, also geography affects what the market will bear. But I think 12k is way too much , my two cents.
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Old 10-05-2016, 02:47 PM   #27
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Give it a name: TOO Too much asking over 3K. Too rough. Too heavy. Too old ( although I'm doing a 22' 1958 Caravanner I paid $4,100 for and have $11K into it to date) Too scary. Too everything......... When road ready - too ugly.
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Old 10-06-2016, 06:22 PM   #28
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AbramJ, for what's uts worth, I'm only four years younger than you; bought my 31' in 2014 and honestly hoped to have it done by now... I am nowhere near close. Life happens. Mine looked to be in wonderful shape but when one thing leads to another it really adds up fast. Just know what you're getting into, it is a lot of fun working on it though!
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Old 10-13-2016, 07:27 AM   #29
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So for those of you who were following along and provided advice,I discovered this on craigslist today and thought you all would find it a little humorous

https://mohave.craigslist.org/rvs/5824460928.html

Yes, it is the same trailer.
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Old 10-13-2016, 07:57 AM   #30
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What would you all value this 31' Sovereign?

Now that is funny.

The second sellers did what the first seller should have done by cleaning and staging, but of course in my mind it still isn't worth near what the first seller was asking...

Who knows if they will hook a buyer or not... it is almost snowbird season in Havisu... in the end, the buyer will set the sale price.




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Old 10-13-2016, 08:12 AM   #31
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What would you all value this 31' Sovereign?

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/g...psb5bzh3fs.jpg

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I paid 3K or 3.5K for this trailer, I cant remember which.....

Some will say that is too much, but, I was able to make it clean and fully functional for the purpose I had in mind in about 14 days and less that 1500 in cash....

My brother in law has been living in it since May of 2014. When he is done with it, I will rebuild it....




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Old 10-14-2016, 05:15 PM   #32
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what he said..

if you are not a full time carpenter, electrician, plumber, and all around handy guy extraordinaire, and with all the kid you have and want to have... find you a newer model to buy and pull that with the old burb.

after a while of 7 MPG or so towing, you will get rid of that burb and get something newer.. that get better gas mileage.


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AbramJ, for what's uts worth, I'm only four years younger than you; bought my 31' in 2014 and honestly hoped to have it done by now... I am nowhere near close. Life happens. Mine looked to be in wonderful shape but when one thing leads to another it really adds up fast. Just know what you're getting into, it is a lot of fun working on it though!
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