1987 Apache

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  1. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    My daughter is going to look at this.
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/544022666069014/?ref=messenger_share
    The pictures look good, it's nice and light.
    Current owners say they are selling it because they bought a bigger camper and don't need it anymore.

    Does the price look good? Anything she should look out for?

    She was also looking at an 08 Coleman that looked a little dirty outside, but inside was clean and a good bath would help it a LOT.
    It was the same price.
    Any advice appreciated.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    I like the old apaches. I would pay that for it, if it seems solid when you check it out.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    Her and my son are going. I'm at work.
    Told them to look for the obvious. Soft floor, any seam separation, signs of leak.

    If they saw any of the above, just walk away.
     
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    It is sure a plus that you can't see any water stains in any of the pictures.
     
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    That looks clean for it's vintage. Price looks good too, I see soft sides in lesser shape selling higher out this way.

    That was no doubt stored well prior to their purchase two years ago. It'll be a tad heavy being hardsided no? Daughter have the rig to pull it?
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    She's shopping for one. My son will bring it home with his Cherokee.
     
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    The main sides aren't original. If they were replaced nicely, it's okay, but it's not as good as the original which had lots more windows.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    I was going to point that out as well. Definitely not original, but looks to be done nicely, so shouldn't be a deal breaker.

    The only reason I sold my '77 Apache hard side is that there was no way to put in a/c without cutting into it.

    The living hinges are the most important part of Apaches, other than the regular stuff that's the same with any camper. However, they have become readily available now, so that wouldn't be a deal breaker for me either. I would have them hose it down and make sure there are no leaks on the bunk ends. If they don't meet properly, there could be problems.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    This is why I ask the questions here.

    I would have never known those sides were not original.
     
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    That trailer has a different roof and vent from any other Apache I have seen.

    Apaches aren't heavy. My Roamer had a stated EW of 1800 lbs.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    Dry weight on this is 1300lbs.
    She bought it, so I guess we'll see how she did this weekend when I get home.
     
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    Looks amazing! Just be forewarned... she's probably going to have to join an Apache owners group lol!
     
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    It always interests me what gets a semi cult like following like:

    Coleman Columbia's
    Coleman lanterns
    Apache trailers in general
    Scamps
    Bolers
    Four Wheel Campers
    Aluminum car top boats

    Looks like a nice unit. I hope she finds her community and takes lots of trips.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    She's liked to camp since she was a child. Since we bought our pop up she's wanted one.
    I told her to just bide her time and save her money and something would come along.
    Hopefully this is a good one. Said the folks that owned it seemed really sad to see it go, and that they were only the third owners.
    They also said something about it being SUPER rare, one of five left or something.
    I don't put any stock in that, the fact is you just don't see them around here that often.

    Now she's on the hunt for a TV, but she has until Spring really as many of the local campgrounds are closing here for the season.
     
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    Good for her! Those old Apaches are cool I think.
     
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    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

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    Why doesn't someone make something similar today. With the materials now available it could be lighter, insulated and stronger. I would buy one in a heartbeat.
     
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    They were expensive. I think they'd be less expensive to manufacture now.

    I had a '74. Shag carpet was an option, according to the brochure. I don't know why I felt that was important to mention but it makes me giggle to think about it. I had a '74 Mercury with shag carpet too. Hmmm.
     
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    Yes, there were expensive because they were basically hand-built. Alot the metal, including the cabinets were hand bent.

    About 12 years ago, I got access to a closed down camper dealership that had sold Apaches and still had a few parts. The owner said she sold them until the end. She said they were too expensive and felt that is what killed then. She recalled a new Apache in 1986 was $12k. She said she sold nice new TT's for that kind of money.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    I just paid $12K for a new pop up, in 2018. So in 86 that would have been a lot of money for a pop up.
    The average income was only $30K then.
     

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