How Much Does an Airstream Trailer Cost?
Dating back to as far back as 1930, Airstream is most notably known for its rounded aluminum shaped bodies. These were actually designed for people to live in, but some people now use them as a camper instead. One of the models of the Airstream trailer is even known as a “land yacht,” showing just how well-made and luxurious they can be. Some of the other types of Airstream trailers are the International Sterling, the International Signature, the International Serenity, the Eddie Bauer, the Sport, the Flying Cloud, and the Classic.
How much is it?
- Like any other motorhome, the cost of an Airstream will depend on the model, size, features being added, the condition and retailer. On average, the costs of an Airstream trailer will range from as little as $10,000 to as much as $100,000. Used trailers can be less than $30,000 on average, while your newer models will cost more than $50,000. Used Airstreams less than $5,000 tend to be in pretty rough shape.
- For example, RVTrader.com has a variety of Airstreams that range from as little as $9,500 to as much as $105,000.
- According to livingstingy.blogspot.com, the costs can anywhere from as little as $4,000 for 1988 model to as much as $67,000 23-footer from five years ago. They stated that the pricing for used trailers has a lot to do with the condition rather than the year and model. With a normal amount of wear and tear, you should plan on seeing your Airstream decrease more than half in value every five years.
|22′ Liner (1940s)||$3,000 to $8,000|
|16′ Pacer (1950s)||$4,500 to $17,000|
|24′ Tradewind (1960s)||$2,500 to $15,000|
|16′ Bambi (1960s)||$2,500 to $14,000|
|28′ Ambassador (1960s)||$3,500 to $15,000|
|18′ Caravel (1970s)||$3,500 to $15,000|
|25′ Tradewind (1970s)||$4,000 to $16,000|
|31′ Sovereign (1970s)||$4,000 to $15,000|
NOTE: The price range will be dependent upon the condition
What is going to be included?
- Created from a heavy aluminum, most Airstream trailers are going to be within 22 to 31 feet long. Depending on the model, the average weights can be between 4,500 and 8,800 pounds.
- In addition to the newer models listed above, there are original models. These vintage models include the cruisette, bubble, pacer, safari, tradewind, ambassador, bambi, overlander, sovereign, globetrotter, and excella.
- Because the Airstream is made from aluminum, 99% of the trailers on the road will be silver.
- Most Airstream trailers sleep four to six people comfortably.
- Standard features in most basic units will include aluminum wheels, white aluminum finish on the roof, solar gray windows, front and rear access door, dinette area, bedroom and/or twin beds, living room, and bathroom.
- With every new Airstream trailer purchase, you will get some type of manufacturer’s warranty. While there is a basic warranty that comes automatically, you can also purchase
What are the extra costs?
- Due to the heavy weight, a truck with a higher tow rating is going to be recommended.
- While there is a basic warranty that comes automatically, you can also purchase warranties that last longer or that cover more things.
- You will need to add your Airstream trailer to your insurance either as a separate policy or as an add-on to your vehicle coverage.
- Over time, repairs will be required. One common repair is when the clear coat that is painted over the aluminum starts to peel. If this happens, the entire Airstream will have to be buffed, polished and recoated. Another common repair are dents. This aluminum frame is prone to denting very easily. Lastly, leaks are notorious in most Airstreams. If the seams are not sealed every few months, the sealant will dry out and the cracks will start to build up with water, causing the leaks. Common repairs can range from $50 to as much as $900 depending on the job.
- Admission and memberships to Airstream parks can be an additional expense to think about. If you take your Airstream trailer to a regular campground, there will be a campsite fee as well.
Tips to know:
- Be careful when purchasing an older Airstream. Many owners have claimed that it has been hard to replacement parts, especially on the older models.
- If purchasing used, make sure you are getting your money’s worth. The best place to check for a price valuation is through the N.A.D.A guides.
How can I save money?
- Highly consider purchasing a used Airstream trailer. However, if going this route, try your best to inspect the airstream in person. If you do not know much about them, it does not hurt to bring a qualified mechanic along to see if anything potentially looks wrong. Check out RVTrader.com, eBay or Craigslist to find a seller in your area.
- If you have your eyes on a new Airstream, be sure to talk with a handful of dealers. That same Airstream is going to be different in pricing across the board. Do not be afraid to haggle.