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|'68 overlander, I just bought, many problems||lise||10-13-02|
I just paid for this, $1000. I thought I was getting a great deal. The seller told me of several problems: crack in potable water tank, repairable with a patch kit (he said?); no water to the shower in bathroom, he's not sure what the problem is, didn't use it, always used campgrounds; bathroom floor needs replacement (it will hold for now); one awning arm is broken completely off. But then, when I went to buy it, there were more problems: needs a new hot water tank; door lock is broken, and there is a gash a few inches beside it, he locks door with a hasp and lock. So I'm just wondering if I did get a good deal? Maybe I don't want to know.....? I really need an Airstream, as I have a lot of allergies and such, and wanted an old trailer without a lot of plastic in it. Oh, and the fridge only works on electric, not gas, he thinks a switch? AND the air conditioner only works sometimes...? What am I getting into here? I'd like to restore it somewhat. I'm moving to Arizona, buying a truck, hopefully a F250 460 (if I can sell my car before someone else buys that truck! Anyway, I will stay in it until I rent a place (unless I really like living in it, you never know), and I'd like to have it to live in in the future while building a house. Oh, and he said he had the original manual, but now it suddenly disappeared in the last two weeks, while he was camping!!! Darn it all. I don't even know how much it weighs. I'm really scared of towing it. I towed a 16 footer to Arizona a few years ago with a crappy standard 6 cyl Blazer. And I did that with no passenger side mirror, believe it or not. Insane, I know, but I had my son, he was the "lookout." this time, I may be traveling alone. Or maybe I will get someone to go with me. I hope with a month of practice, I will feel confident driving the set-up. Any comments, advice, or encouragement is appreciated.
thanks a lot,
|Re: '68 overlander, I just bought, many problems||Charles||10-23-03|
You should be able to recoup your money invested. Your trailer is vintage and like the other gentlemen said are highly collectible. A number of these units have recently sold on Ebay in the $3000 range median, and as high as $5000-$6000 in very good condition. I just bought a 65 Overlander paid $1200, it was in my opinion worth easily $3000-$5000. Good luck !!!
|Re: '68 overlander, I just bought, many problems||Rodney Boyette||12-3-02|
|The 68 overlander has a dry weight of 4170 lbs. Good luck and drive carefull.|
|Re: '68 overlander, I just bought, many problems||bob barker||6-4-03|
|A '68 Airstream for $1000 is a great deal! No matter what the condition is like. Vintage units have become collectors items and resale values are continually escalating. In fact you could completely gut the inside of the trailer and still get your money back. So no worries. I just recently purchased a '73 landyacht (31 ft) and have plans to sell my house and become a fulltimer during relocation to another area of Canada. I payed $5400 can. ($3300 us) for it and I think I got a good deal. Maybe my opinion about Airstreams will change after this journey, but I don't think so. Besides, it was a case of love at first sight. Good Luck! :-)|
|Re: '68 overlander, I just bought, many problems||al||6-11-03|
|I have one of those '68's also. Was sitting a while. Got it started after 10 cranks. Very good engine from what I see. Only 57,000 miles on it. Impressed some mechanics.|