No, we haven’t bought a trailer. We’re holding true to our game plan. But I continue to learn more and more about trailers, their prices and the best places to hunt for them. The last week has found me on eBay, which is turning out to be a good hunting spot. The site seems to get a steady stream of trailers, especially on Saturday and Sunday.
Other good sites include Tin Can Tourists, which has a decent classified section, that features a few new trailers every week or so. For Airstreams, the best site is Airstream Classifieds.
The problem with Airstreams are two-fold. One, they are way too expensive. There was a damaged one on eBay that was a steal at $12,000 which, given the means, I would have rolled the dice on. Otherwise though you’re spending $10K minimum for anything in our 16′ range. The longer ones are actually less expensive. Which leads us to the second problem with Airstreams, they weigh too much. We could only pull a 16′ with our RAV4, and even so it’d have to be a vintage one. The newer ones are outfitted like Cadillacs with all sorts of heavy furniture and gear. This doesn’t keep me from looking, but you know how it goes. Wishful thinking.
Here are just of few of this week’s crop of new and used trailers I’ve been spying.
Ok, this is my current favorite, I love the shape and finish of this 1952 Viking. It’s ridiculously small inside but I’d make it work for it’s outside sex appeal. 1 day left, and it’s auction price is $2,800. I’ll be sad to pass on this one.
The back end of the ’52 Viking. Easily the best looking trailer we’ve seen, besides maybe a Santa Fe I saw elsewhere.
A 1957 ALGO 12′
What an awful color on a great ’61 Airflyte. $7K buy it now price.
The “totaled” Airstream that went for $12K
Inside of the “totaled” Airstream 16′ Bambi
This great ’74 Serro Scotty is great but at $10K we could get a new one for a few grand more.
I call this the “bear feeder” because it has two drop down beds, but it would easily sleep our family plus a couple grandparents, friends or family. It’s a 2015 Jayco 17Z
A Riverside Retro 155 on eBay. Amish built. This one doesn’t have a bathroom though.
This is a creepy one in Reno that would fit the bill. It’s $600 as of today’s auction price on eBay. Would be a complete gut job inside though.
A 1967 Field & Stream. Once again, very small inside but great shape outside. A little short for my stature though.