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Old 03-28-2015, 11:32 AM   #1
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Near total redo cost?

I am new and looking at various models and years. I like the modern look of the new AS. If I got a model that is 10 years old, how much would that roughly be to update everything except appliances. Is there an average square foot price, like in construction that I an ball park off? I am looking for a 30ft AS.
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:43 AM   #2
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Not enough information

It would depend on condition of trailer, your taste, and wish list.

But ball park amount for tires, bearings, brakes, cushions and curtains, batteries would be about 3 or 4 thousand.

Polish and clear coat would be about $3 K
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:55 AM   #3
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It would depend on condition of trailer, your taste, and wish list.

But ball park amount for tires, bearings, brakes, cushions and curtains, batteries would be about 3 or 4 thousand.

Polish and clear coat would be about $3 K
I would try and get something with good bones. Hopefully primarily an interior remodel to make it look like a 2014 or 2015. Contemporary/modern
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:29 PM   #4
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People with deep pockets easily spend over $50k for rebuilds. Depends totally on your pocket book and ability to do the work yourself.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:40 PM   #5
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I am new and looking at various models and years. I like the modern look of the new AS. If I got a model that is 10 years old, how much would that roughly be to update everything except appliances. Is there an average square foot price, like in construction that I an ball park off? I am looking for a 30ft AS.
That's an impossible question to answer because there are too many variables. The right answer is between $500 and $60,000, depending on the scope of work...

Sorry.

If you have experience in estimating residential construction costs, you can use that experience as a common sense start, but remember that there are way more corners and "nooks & crannies" in an Airstream that will add to the cost.
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:36 PM   #6
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My 1969 Safari investment is 35,000.00 and it was in great original condition. Three upper panels replacement 3,300.00 +, +, +!!Polish clear coat 5,500.00..original front wing windows 2,500.00. The cost adds up..however, you/we/I own a piece of art
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:43 PM   #7
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I am third owner of a 2006, the POs did not really maintain. I am over 20K just to get it up and even. That does not include anything major, except an A frame.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:00 AM   #8
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Total Redo

Buddy, I have be there done that, and I continue to put money into my 1995 Land Yacht 33 Motor Home. Unless you can perform your own repairs, if you are buying from a life long friend , from an Angie's List or a Better Business approved dealership. RUN, RUN, RUN. These beast are true Money Pits.


1. Make sure the bus has a STEEL roof. All the manufacturers of these
Motor homes these $100,000 dollar plus machines have rubber roofs. Rubber
roofs require bi-annual maintenance and it is very costly. They cost
thousands to replace which is an every 5 to ten year outlay.

2. I paid $7,500.00 for my bus.

3 I took the bus to an RV dealership to have it inspected (read con-artist).
That dealership charged me $250.00 for a "quote unquote" certified
inspection. The dealership said I needed a rebuilt engine. They directed me
to Eric's 'Discount Engine Exchange' in Mesa, Arizona

4. Eric owner and operator of 'Discount Engine Exchange
' in Mesa, Arizona claimed the RV's engine was bad. (When
people rip me off I feel like an old fool.) Eric quoted me a $6,000.00 price
for a rebuilt engine. I paid him $3,000.00 up front. He held my bus hostage
until coughed up an additional $6,000.00 for a grand total of held the bus
hostage for a total of $10,000.

5. When I saw the bus, I was mad, very mad. Eric and his people broke more
then they fixed.

A. The engine overheats 1/2 mile from his business. He refuses to fix
same.

B. Both the driver's side and the passenger exterior mirrors were hanging
by their remote/heater wires. I had to travel from Phoenix to Texas to
buy mirrors of a bus, that had a rubber roof had rotted to the ground.
I paid $500.00 for the pair.

C. The gas gauge or the (Sending Unit) that Eric swore he replaced,
worked fine before he touched same. Nether instrument work went I
drove the bus away and they continue to not work.
D. Eric's people broke the interior personnel door handle (Airstream =
$250.)
E. The Captain's chairs required attention, but they were a the
backburner concern. Eric's people succeeded in destroying the
Cloth inserts, the batting and the foam rubber on the driver's chair.
Thank God, I located a small upholstery shop. The did a great job
Repairing the driver's seat. The man replaced the center Foam
Rubber, batting, and seat material (I had him use a carbon fiber
material. The stuff will outlast me and the bus.)

F. Six months later I started my classic 1960 Impala; it had been stored
for two years. I felt so stupid. The tappets began to rattle. I
immediately realized the Bus's engine noise was its tappets knocking.
not one of the rod wrist pins.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:50 PM   #9
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Please tell me where I can get a 30' AS polished and recoated for $3,000.....

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It would depend on condition of trailer, your taste, and wish list.

But ball park amount for tires, bearings, brakes, cushions and curtains, batteries would be about 3 or 4 thousand.

Polish and clear coat would be about $3 K
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Old 04-10-2015, 08:06 PM   #10
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I would say $5-10,000 minimum depending on condition. The sky's the limit from there...
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:56 AM   #11
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I would say $5-10,000 minimum depending on condition. The sky's the limit from there...

I've just finished the interior of the '96 34' Excella 1000 that I've worked on most of the winter. I called P&S Sales about stripping, and recoating, they haven't seen the trailer yet, but a "ball park" number was at least $8,000.

They are one of the best in that business, so I suppose that would be an accurate number.

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Old 04-15-2015, 10:38 PM   #12
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I am shocked to say that I spent many hours and right at $7K to remodel ours. That included stainless outside add ons, cushions, ultra-leather, wood, finish materials and a new recliner.

I've posted pictures of the remodel here.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:51 PM   #13
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I'll have probably $3500 in the new interior- upholstery, cabinets, counter tops and floor. Thatís doing almost everything myself, but not counting the emergency room.
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Old 04-17-2015, 04:31 PM   #14
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Maybe to look at it another way....

For our total remodel we are at 1200 hours labor (multiplied by whatever the labor rate is, which ranges from 'free' if you do it yourself, to $120/hr in an Airstream shop) plus parts.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:19 PM   #15
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we're doing a complete redo of our '53 flying cloud.
inside gutted, shell off, interior panels out, new floor, frame repair, new belly pan and rebuilding everything that goes inside. We plan on spending about 30k. 7k of that is paying someone to do work (new floor, new belly pan), everything else is cost of materials and doing it ourselves.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:32 PM   #16
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Depending on how long you'd plan to keep it you'd probably be better off buying a new trailer if that's what you like the look of. Things can get expensive very fast especially if you're having someone else do the work. There is nothing easy about refurbishing an AS, the fact that EVERYTHING is curved makes even the simple things difficult = more $$$. You'd probably come out ahead if you bought new, took very good care of it and sold it in 10 years.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:16 PM   #17
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I just bought an '66 Tradewind for a project. If what I have spent so far on 1/8" drill bits is any indication, I'm going to have a bundle in this baby before I'm through. But who cares about the money? The fun outweighs the worries. What can beat the grin brought on by pulling down the ceiling and being showered with old mouse turds?
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:24 PM   #18
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I redid our 78 31' Sovereign in 2007. It was fun but I wouldn't want to do it again.

The big item was the refrigerator during rehab. I did all the work myself and spent about $2000... Which includes the refrigertor and plywood for the floor.

The other stuff, rivets I had ... I also had an air operated rivet gun which made the going easy and a good battery operated screwdriver/drill combo.

Slats..... check out double headed drill bits, I get mine at HKW supply in SGF MO. They are short and you can really lean on them. Plus they go through aluminum like a hot knife through butter.

I replaced both axles last spring, bought from Inland RV, a good investment. I got about maybe $9,000 in our trailer, including purchase cost. Plus a lot of sweat equity.

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Old 05-04-2015, 08:27 PM   #19
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My 10 year old airstream is at the "Mother Ship" for some updates and repairs. I am having the floor replaced. At Jackson Center, that includes gutting the interior, removing the old floor and installing a new one. In my case I had some leaks that I could not find. As a result, I had some floor rot. The factory is replacing the the rotted sections while the interior is empty. I am also having all leaks repaired.

Airstream charges approximately $4,000 for a floor redo. If I did not have floor rot, I would have replaced it myself. I was concerned about replacing the rotted floor on my own so I am having them do the rot repair work along with the floor replacement.

Airstream is also doing a Seal Tech test and repairing all leaks.

The cost for that work is about $8,000.

Making your new purchase water tight and rot free is among the first things you will have to do, assuming your axles and running gear are ok. If you are moderately handy, you can replace the fans, skylights and vents. I have done that myself. With a 10 year old trailer most of the interior should be in decent shape with the exception of upholstery. You may need new batteries and a good multi stage charger. Again, if you know which end of screw driver to hold, you can do that yourself.

If you are careful with your purchase, and reasonably handy, you should be able to do 90% of what needs to be done for $15,000. That does not include adding solar and related work. Of course it all depends on the condition of the trailer you buy.

When considering the cost keep in mind the sky high cost of a new trailer. You can wind up with a nice, enjoyable trailer for half the cost of a new one.
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Slats--- google double headed drill bits. http://www.amazon.com/inch-Double-En.../dp/B000JM4M1M
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