Here are all the pics I have as of right now.. https://flic.kr/s/aHskk5EKLb
Just our pics (GF took) from going to look at it..
Yeah it's pretty rough but it's a rambler so it's structurally sound, all aluminum construction, and the price is right.. Probably pretty close to it's value in scrap metal.. I guess you could call it a restoration project but I really like it..
I realize that pretty much any vintage MH is going to need tires, and roof work, and paint within our initial purchase budget and this one is awesome IMO and about half our easy initial purchase budget..
Am I crazy to get myself into such a project? IDK..
But it's a Rambler so it isn't rotted out, no delamination (because it's impossible) and it's in the category where everything can actually be fixed reasonably as opposed to fiberglass and wood rigs that kinda can't be fixed reasonably..
It has a lot of things going for it, dash is great, runs great, windows are good, everything is there, 2 25' power cords, wheel blocks, walls are super solid, door is straight and closes nicely, most things work (I think), and maybe most importantly it is really appealing to me therefore I'll have the ambition to do a lot of work on it.
And these things kinda hold there value a bit, there worth something in decent shape so dumping a bunch of money into it isn't just a money pit with no possibility of returns..
I see these things going from 6-10 $k in OK shape and were getting this one for $1300 so at the low end that leaves us $4700 to put into it to stay above water on it and I'm thinking that with new tires, fresh roof, fresh paint, fix lots of stuff, that it will actually be worth what we put into it.
Not that I'm planning to sell it but this is a bit of money for us so I kinda have to look at it from an investment standpoint and it seems pretty solid in that respect especially compared to most other coaches in our initial purchase budget range.. Actually we could likely go up to $5k for an initial purchase, which isn't that much in the RV world, but that leaves a lot on the table for replacement parts and repairs getting one at $1300..
Oh and BTW I live to DIY, it's what I do, I'm a mechanic with tons of tools and can fix anything given enough research, and often help from awesome forums such as this makes almost anything possible..