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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Selling Vintage Thunder?

It's been a while since I posted, and I have been hearing from faithful followers of this blog about it. Sorry, but we've had two things preventing regular updates: (1) we haven't gone anywhere! (2) I've had to get serious about catching up on work.

I know, how dull ... as they say, "life is what happens to you while you are making other plans," and so we've been experiencing a typical week of the house-bound rather than the excitement of the road. For one thing, I've been trying to get the Fall issue of Airstream Life ready to go to layout. Anyone who thinks that publishing a magazine is easy ought to try it for a while. But it will be a good issue and it is coming together rapidly now.

I have had a couple of inquiries from readers about buying Vintage Thunder. I am often asked how we will sell the trailer, and when. For a while, some friends were advocating a raffle, but I didn't have the time to organize that and sell tickets. eBay is another popular suggestion. But ultimately, I would like the trailer to go to someone who will appreciate it, further its restoration (they are never 100% done), and keep it on the road. So word-of-mouth might be the best way to go.

The other obvious question is price. I have not fully updated the spreadsheet in the past couple of months, but at this point, I figure the value of all the parts, labor, and donations to be about $22,000. We may have set a record for the most expensive Argosy restoration ever.

Realistically, I don't know what price this trailer can fetch. Market value may or may not reach the true value of the component parts. But I am already entertaining offers in the upper teens, so it looks like at least a few people recognize that Vintage Thunder may be a bargain compared to a new trailer.

Vintage has its advantages, and we've tried to preserve those during the restoration. The weight of the trailer is about equivalent to a new 19' Bambi -- but Vintage Thunder is 24', a significant advantage. Even with the huge 10 cu ft Dometic refrigerator we fitted, the trailer is much lighter than the modern-day equivalent.

It has the much nicer windows of a new International CCD or Classic, without the price tag or weight. And being a 70s model, it has a gray tank. Of course, we updated virtually every system in the trailer, also. So I think it's a nice mix of old and new. We shall see to what extent the market agrees.