money money money / time time time
Ditto above post. I know a lot of people in commercial real estate and there are lots of big BIG storage/industrial places sitting 3/4 empty. My favorite has almost 100 empty 50 ft garages with 14' high and 12' wide garage doors. They rent them for $25 "for the duration of the storm" every time we have hurricane or Noreaster come in. Normally these would probably be $600 per month, but if I wanted one on a month to month I could almost certainly get it down to $150 + electric as long as I agreed to vacate quickly if they got a regular tenant willing to pay full price. This particular one has a welding service, an auto body repair shop, an air conditioning and refrigeration business, and a shop that makes custom wood trim all within their complex. Talk about a good location!
It all comes down to money doesn't it? Most of us have to work and it seems that working on an Airstream is a second full time job. And right now, what bank would lend you $30-50K to take it to one of the well regarded restorers? (If you've saved $100K for your kid's college education and he/she's getting C's and D's - send her to welding school or him to beauty school for $5K and blow the rest on the Airstream!)
If you look at P & S or any of the commercial shops that do rehabs or restores, the key thing is planning and getting the right stuff done in the right order. Also on a do it yourself you'd have to decide which purchases you could put off - and which would be essential to having an "aluminum tent" that you could store outside.
Let us know Which FLAVOR of koolaid you choose!
Best wishes, Paula
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