Originally Posted by mason71
Hello, my name is Mason, I am 23 years old and I have have just been given a 1959
Airstream trailer from my future in laws. They have told me I can do whatever I want with it. If I sell it they wanted it to help with costs of getting married (ring, wedding, honeymoon...) I enjoy working on cars and most anything mechanical. I helped my dad restore his '72 Corvette growing up. I drove and maintained a '72 Chevelle, and restored a couple older enduro motorcycles. So I am not afraid to restore this beauty to sell it. Only problem is my dads nice huge shop and all the tools are back in Oklahoma while I am currently in Washington with the camper. Decision I have to make is: Work on it here in Washington with few tools, try to sell it
or Take it back home to Oklahoma and finish it completely. That is if I can, pulling it with my girlfriends 2000 Nissan Exterra v6. So with that said I have three questions:
What model is this camper (number on tag 18D-0144159)?
Will it be hard on the exterra to pull this back to Oklahoma?
What is this worth as-is and completely restored?
Thank you for any help!!
I like many others would tell you to not be in a hurry to make a decision. You have a diamond in the rough. With you planning on getting married this could be a godsend as far as a place to stay and camp to save money, but again you wife to be would have to on board with this.
If you restore this trailer and take your time keep as much of it as possible original with the exception of things such as electrical, plumbing, heat, AC, these are things that are dangerous and should be updated. Then over a few years you could very well get your money back but that is based on a ever changing wants. You will have a time when no one is interested then there will be times you cant stop people wanting to buy it and somewhere in all that you will find 1 person that will give you what you have tied up in materials maybe enough to cover some of your labor, but then again may never get your money out of it unless you keep it for several years and have enjoyed using it.
If money is tight, dump it to someone who will apreciate it, I am sure you will find many on here.
As far as where you are or send it home, if you cant work on it there and towing is an issue then load it on a semi flatbed or someone that has a 1 ton and a flatbed and take/send it to your dads. You will be over taxing that V-6 & tranny, to tow it.