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« on: March 28, 2012, 10:53:08 PM »

My parents have a Montgomery Wards Western Field 1971 pop-up trailer that they need to sell and we have no idea what price to put on it.  It is plain trailer with no kitchen or extras.  The box is sheet metal with a plywood floor (covered with linoleum).  My Dad repainted the tongue and some of the frame. My parents have had it since about 1978.  It is in good condition.  I think there are no holes in the canvas.  New tires in 2005.  The last trip it was on was Sept. 2007 (just before Dad was diagnosed with cancer).  My parents are non-smokers so no smoke smell (other than camp fire).  It has been garaged except when on trips. 

The only 2 problems I know of are:
1. The rubber top cover became separated at the center seam.  I think my Dad fixed it by gluing it with "shoe goo".
2. The bottom of the entrance canvas zipper is really difficult to close.  I think the canvas has shrank some.

We're in Waterloo Iowa... If that makes any difference. 
Here are a few pictures of it I uploaded to Flickr (I can't figure out how to upload pics in the post). Sorry, no pictures of the inside. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68014359@N06/7026019637/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68014359@N06/7026019531/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68014359@N06/7026019437/

So, if you have any estimate of it's value please post a reply or send me a personal message.
Thank you

PS. We also have this 1987 Real-Lite 18' trailer for sale.  http://waterloo.craigslist.org/rvs/2918524964.html
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 12:15:51 AM »

My parents have a Montgomery Wards Western Field 1971 pop-up trailer that they need to sell and we have no idea what price to put on it.

No offense intended but I'd say it's not really worth anything.  Why not just look around your local area for someone deserving, say a single parent struggling to make ends meet, and offer it to them for free so they can offer their kids the opportunity to do a little popup camping. Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 04:35:34 AM »

It's worth at least a few hundred dollars - to the right person. I'm shocked to see a popup from this era in such good condition. Garage storage makes a difference!

One thought: It might be light enough for the motorcycle camping crowd.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 04:48:41 AM »

Hard to judge but it could be in a range between $500 and $1,500.  Once an RV or any vehicle reaches the bottom of its depreciation it will hold its value and possibly increase in value.  Your trailer's value is totally dependent on condition rather than age.  If the canvas is in excellent condition, there is no evidence of rot anywhere, and the overall appearance is good it could be worth $1,500.  There really is a good market for small lightweight pups.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 05:17:44 AM »

It's worth a few hundred dollars - to the right person.

This is a 1971 popup likely manufactured sometime in 1970 so it's 42 years old, probably originally sold for under $1000 brand new, if that, and long ago became an orphan brand ... I can't imagine why anyone would pay anything for it, let alone $1500 for a 42 yr old camper like this, regardless of the condition.  It can't hurt to try I suppose but it sure would be a nice gesture to just give it to someone down on their luck so they too an enjoy a bit of fun. Smile
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 09:14:13 AM »

Here is one for $200 that needs canvas;
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/eat/rvs/2836321098.html

Here is one for $750;
http://huntsville.craigslist.org/rvs/2844587032.html

Here is a late 2009 ad for one asking $850;
http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/35512-1973-Montgomery-Ward-Western-Field-Edition-Pop-Up-Camper#post517872

Again, condition is more important than age.  Yours looks pretty good but only a personal inspection would really tell.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2012, 11:20:14 AM »

It's worth a few hundred dollars - to the right person.

This is a 1971 popup likely manufactured sometime in 1970 so it's 42 years old, probably originally sold for under $1000 brand new, if that, and long ago became an orphan brand ... I can't imagine why anyone would pay anything for it, let alone $1500 for a 42 yr old camper like this, regardless of the condition.  It can't hurt to try I suppose but it sure would be a nice gesture to just give it to someone down on their luck so they too an enjoy a bit of fun. Smile

So something that is 42 years old and made by a company that no longer exists is not really worth anything? Clown

This camper if in good condition could be worth alot to someone looking for one. Condition is a big factor but I see threads for popup restorations on here all the time, some are pretty bad to start with and become gems. There are people out there that love vintage trailers or are looking for something light weight to use off roading. This pop with a few mods would be great for that. Just because you would not may anything for it does not make it worthless. Would it be a nice gesture to give it away to someone looking for one? Sure, but so would giving away a 1970 Pontiac GTO. After all its 42 years old and an orphaned brand.

To the OP check out craigslist for other tent trailers for sale or check out this forum http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/22027-Vintage-Trailers you may find someone looking for one. Good luck Smile

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2012, 05:09:51 PM »

So something that is 42 years old and made by a company that no longer exists is not really worth anything? Clown

Well, we're all different but yes, a 42 yr old popup like this isn't worth anything to me and I wouldn't pay a plugged nickel for it, which is why I suggested just gifting it to someone who would otherwise never have the chance to camp in a popup.  Then again, I have no interest in mind numbing shows like Storage Wars either and can't imagine why anyone would waste their time watching it. Dead  I guess "old stuff" just doesn't interest me ... and if it doesn't interest me then I certainly wouldn't pay for it. Clown
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2012, 06:05:43 PM »

About five years ago, I sold our very well preserved 1986 Combi-Camp for $1,700 to a couple that was thrilled to find a camper that they could pull with their Pontiac Vibe (aka. Toyota Matrix).  If your camper is under 500 pounds, it's a possibility for motorcycle campers.  Over 500 pounds, it's good for small cars.

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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2012, 08:27:49 PM »

I have always dreamed of finding and restoring a vintage tow vehicle, like a 1968 International Travelall.  To an owner of such a restored vehicle, paring it with a similar-year camper would be priceless.  If I was selling such a camper I would make sure to offer it for sale to the local antique/street rodding group members.

There are collectors of almost everything..including off-brands such as the David Bradley (Sears) line of lawn & garden tractors and farm equipement. 

Good luck in finding the right buyer.
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2012, 09:11:53 PM »

The OP asked what it might be worth, not what it is worth to any of us.  There is a considerable difference.

Like anything else, start high and allow yourself room for negotiation.  Check around the web for comparable trailers and use that as a gauge (as it looks like Beemerphile1 did this for you).

Sorry Oz, but you lost a point with your it's an old trailer and an orphaned brand "line."  My dad's '68 Road Runner is three years older than this trailer and is conservatively valued at $65,000.00.  BTW, is Plymouth even stamping their name on cars anymore?  I would mention that I own two "G's" that were sold under Montgomery Wards and are stamped "Western Field"   They were made in the early 1900's.  They are extremely valuable weapons... never underestimate what something is worth until you go snooping around.  I'll give things away when I hit the Mega Millions later today.  Until then, everything is for sale... for the right price.   Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2012, 10:12:35 PM »

Will need to remember to check this out in the morning at home.  Only 60 miles for me and have friends looking for something simple.  I could make a trip out to see DD at UNI and make a day of it this weekend.
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2012, 12:31:54 AM »

I would like to thank everyone for the replies.  Before posting here I had done several google searches without finding any quite like it.  I did find some similar via http://www.camperfinds.com/.  The similar ones that I found didn't appear to be in good condition and some were selling in the $700-$1000 range. 

I've thought of one more item that may be a problem.  The old foam mattresses are probably getting bad.  They may need to be replaced by any future owner. 

My parents and I have never considered it to be a camper to use for camping.... They mainly used it when they were taking long trips and didn't want to pay $60 - $100 / night for a motel.  They were:
1. set it up before dark (takes 2 people less than 15 min.)
2. if they hadn't ate - go find a restaurant.
3. sleep
4. get up and have cereal or bacon, eggs, pancakes cooked in an electric frying pan
5. if your doing something in that town then go do it or
6. wait for the sun to dry the dew off the canvas. (an hour or two after sun rise)
7. fold it up (another 10-15 min)
8. hit the road.

They used a small electric (1400 W) heater that had a thermostat when it was cool.  (Dad alway thought that if he's paying $4 or $6 extra for electric then he was going to use it.) They either used an ice chest or more recently one of those small coolers you plug into the cigarette lighter for cold items. 

I'm not really trying to sell it this week... (the space in the back yard is being taken up by the other trailer (the Real-Lite mention at the end of the original post) we're trying to sell... and the big tree in the front yard is about to dump a bunch of seeds.) 

pcfeld:  If you really want to look at it this weekend send me a Personal Message.  I can probably get it out of the garage with a bit of work. 

Again.  Thank you everyone for your replies.  I think I've been rambling a bit... and wonder how many typos there are. 
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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2012, 06:03:25 AM »

So something that is 42 years old and made by a company that no longer exists is not really worth anything? Clown
  I guess "old stuff" just doesn't interest me ... and if it doesn't interest me then I certainly wouldn't pay for it. Clown
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Well let's hope your DW doesn't feel that way.  Smile
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2012, 10:04:22 AM »

I know they are still in business but anyone priced 42 year airsteams lately. Age doesn't dictate value. Hell, I hope not I'm 57!
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