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Old 06-03-2014, 06:55 AM   #1
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1960-ish? Tradewind

I am looking into purchasing an all original tradewind. The owner says all he has is a bill of sale (no title) and can't locate the VIN number. I have not seen it in person yet, just trying to do some homework before dragging my husband 2 hours to go look at it. The seller wants $2500 for it so I offered $1500. As a (possible) first time Airstream owner, I am posting to get opinions from the veterans. And yes I know that it is rough but it is older than I am! What year, I know pre1964 because of the door? By the pictures, price-range? And any other info that you can tell by the pictures. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums!

Have a look at Vintageairstream.com. There is a vintage Airstream pricing guide which will help you to see if you are in the right ballpark. There is also a set model pictures, so you can compare pics to your prospective trailer and narrow down the year.

As to price, $1500 is cheap, $2500 still isn't bad. If y'all can agree on something in between, it is a fair price, in my opinion. The purchase price is just the down payment, as the time and money to bring back any of these ancient trailers back to functionality will dwarf whatever you pay for it in the long run. And yes, this trailer is in very rough shape. I would guess most of the interior is bound for the landfill, just due to the water and critter damage, so the "originality" of it contributes little to its value.

Get educated on your state's procedures regarding a trailer with a lost title. Some states you can register it with a bill of sale, others it can be quite the hassle.

Good luck!
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This Trade Wind has the early sixties wheel well shape. I'm guessing a 1961. I don't recognize the big box on the roof.

Trade Winds at 24 feet are a nice size. $2500 is not too much for a good shell and frame. EVERYTHING ELSE is likely not worth much. What you are looking at is a huge project in terms of cost and time. Fun, but huge. Take a look at "restored" and "renovated" sixties Trade Winds that are travel worthy and you will find prices in the $15,000 range all the way up to $60,000. If you want a travel ready camper, this ain't it.

There are so many good threads in these forums about the trials and tribulations of fixing up old Airstreams. People do it as a hobby, and the results are rewording. I guess the project will take over 2000 man hours for a shell off renovation.

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Even 2500 is a very fair price. A good price. I'd be thrilled paying 2000. I think it's a late 59/or 60 bc of pink bath and wheel well. Is floor solid? A solid floor is a HUGE plus. Look in cabinets against back wall and stick a sharp utensil in there - like a screw driver - is it mushy or is it firm? If there's a back hatch, check there. Don't offer a low bid til you go there and haggle in person. If floor is soft you'll need a new floor and $1500 is fair. If solid , get the lowest you can but I wouldn't walk away at 2500.
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