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John 02-16-2003 06:46 PM

What did you pay for your A/S?
Since we can't tell/see how we polled, I thought this would be a great way to see what the avg A/S goes for.

Please feel free to openly discuss, as this will only help us all with future purchases.


Tinsel Loaf 02-16-2003 06:57 PM

2002 31' Classic New $ 45 Geeeze US. :confused:

j54mark 02-16-2003 07:37 PM

Of course, for those of us with vintage, or near vintage, units the purchase price must be understood as something in the nature of a down payment!


John 02-16-2003 08:09 PM


Good point! Maybe that would be a good poll for the future.

Poll: After purchasing your A/S, how much did you put into it to get it to your satisfaction?

John:D :D :D

InsideOut 02-16-2003 10:21 PM

Here's a "how much have you spent" poll, that floated around for awhile:

How much will you spend this year on restoration, maintenance & upgrades?

Shari :)

John 02-17-2003 04:22 AM


Thanks for the link! Some good infor already available.


bhsl8 02-17-2003 07:08 AM

cost AS/upgrades
I only paid $3900 for my trailer. I don't have a real good idea of how much more I'm willing to put into it. It's fun to see some of the things that the rest of you have done and allow my creativity to be stimulated. I have noticed that some of you spare no expense; and some of you take pride in doing things as economically as possible. When I initially brought the trailer home and found all the problems I had I was convinced that I had been hosed. In retrospect, perhaps it wasn't so bad. My son and I have had a good time with the repairs that we have done so far. And my wife is enjoying planning the decorating. Thanks again to all of you for your great ideas and you're sharing.

InsideOut 02-17-2003 10:12 AM

We paid $3500, however as j54mark stated, that was only the price of entry.

We have put about that much or more into our renovation/facelift so far. So when it comes to vintage, you either pay alot more up front for an already restored one or you start off with a small "investment" and have more "payments" along the way at your own pace...

All in all, if I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing! :D


john hd 02-17-2003 05:29 PM


i'd bet you would get the sewer cap next time!

john:D :eek: :D

InsideOut 02-17-2003 06:28 PM

Well, yeah...but I haven't given up yet! I refuse to ~

Shari :D

john hd 02-17-2003 06:32 PM


ever look into having a foundry cast a repro?

if you could borrow an original.


PeterH-350LE 02-17-2003 07:05 PM


Originally posted by InsideOut
Here's a "how much have you spent" poll, that floated around for awhile:

How much will you spend this year on restoration, maintenance & upgrades?

Shari :)

I guess your own labor gets booked under 'charitable contributions' ;)
If I put in an average of 5 hours/week for the last two years, times a low shop labor rate of $60.-/hr, the total would be 31,200.-

John 02-17-2003 07:08 PM


Speaking of charitable contributions, don't forget your rivets on the 8th:D !


PeterH-350LE 02-17-2003 07:24 PM

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John, thanx for reminding me. I wrote myself a note.

striker 02-17-2003 07:58 PM

feeling guilty
hi all sorry to say but i only paid $450.00 for my 1966 overlader that i bought in jan. of this year. there is not much wrong with it.
as far as cost of putting things into it i have only put $100.00 and about 8 hrs of labor.
my next step is to put a new furnice and air conditioner into it and clean up the outside skin . take a look on the members photo page if you whant to see my a/s

APB 02-17-2003 08:30 PM

Airstream initial cost
I just paid $5k for my '78 31' soverign.

I will need to replace the water tank if I can't weld it up, and the awning needs reseaming. I also had to update the propane tanks.

I have a replacement water tank, $112, which I bought at the same time.

Trailer came with new batteries, converter/charger and Reese cam lock hitch. The upholstry is pristine and original airstream as I belive is the carpet. I suspect the drapes are also original but they show some spots and wear. Outside is very straight and pretty clean.

Boy does this thing have a LOT of green in it. It also has the yellow (oh well ) formica in the galley.

So far so good.

pjtaia 02-17-2003 10:13 PM

I clicked the poll at 10,000 - 15,000, but the purchase price was $3,500. After a complete interior "refreshing" - floors, appliances, upholstery, shades, curtains, countertops - plus some miscellaneous repairs we had added about 9,000 more. Then dishes, linens, supplies, toys, etc. and we are pushing 14,000.

No do-it-yourself here. It's a lot of money for a 28 year old Airstream, but it's good as new and exactly what we want!

Steve McCarter 02-18-2003 08:48 AM

Bought our 25 footer back in 1993 from a friend. Took two years and $4500 to get him to part with it. We are still friends!

So far have only had to replace univolt, freshwaters tank, brakes, curtains, LP switch over valve, and carpet. All work spread out over the years and done by myself. Not bad for ten years. Oh yes it does need tires. ( any suggestions)


InsideOut 02-18-2003 11:28 AM

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striker ~

A friend of mine bought the '73 Sovereign below for $1. He has affectionately named it "Buck". We used it for the "hospitality suite" at the RMC VAC Rally last's in great shape and came with the ZipDee awning! :eek:


striker 02-18-2003 06:07 PM

that is great news i bet he is happy of the great buy that he made.
how did he pull that one off?:eek:

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