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Old 09-29-2006, 10:22 PM   #15
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...was this painted before?

...most of the trailer is bare aluminum. But along some window edges, a few corners, and most evident here on the back, is peeling white paint !?!
You can see on the last panel on the right a shiny 3 from where the original old red number was painted. On top of the white paint are still remnants of the red numbers re-painted.. but I swear they are backwards. It's clear that "3" above the "S" is backwards. Why would they write the numbers backwards? You can also see the statement "We Jes' Airstreamin' Along" just above the nameplate. That statement was clearly painted on the aluminum, under the white paint. So it appears that some POs were getting creative. I'll be happy to email anyone the big JPEG image for a closer look.

I was told this was a '61. Pic 2 is the end of the galvanized water tank which was under the front pull-out. Does anyone think, or know, that if "4-62" is the date of manufacture for the tank...making my trailer a '62 ?!?

I've included the other plates for further interpretation.....

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M-4 S-0822 2512
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:07 PM   #16
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flyfshr... you've done this before!

I just searched thru the threads and found that flyfshr interpreted someone elses VIN in 2003 that was almost identical to mine.
His was 0829 instead of 0822, but the rest was the same.
So, just waiting for confirmation...
That 6206 is June 1962 and that galvanized tank most probably was made in 4-62 (April 1962).

...Do I have to change the name of my thread now??
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:09 PM   #17
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What appears to be a backwards 3 is, in my opinion, the number 8. If you notice the circle on the top is smaller then the lower one. That would be consistant with the number 8, a 3 would have the same size circles top and bottom. Also the clear coat is missing in the area that would make the 8 complete. As to the year of the trailer, the serial number would make it a 62 California Tradewind with double bed. http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...2TW/index.html
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:16 PM   #18
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I bet you're right...

What would make sense is that the original owner was WBCCI member 2333, then a future owner got a new WBCCI number and that's what's painted on the white.
Sorry, that just dawned on me
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:55 AM   #19
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What a great looking trailer, as far as the bathroom we bought our trailer almost 1 year ago and found water line leaks so we have not used the water or indoor plumbing yet, we wanted to get it rolling and get some camping in as we fix items. We only have one son but I will tell you from a pop-up to an Airstream was the best move we ever made and my son just loves all camping adventures we experience. Good luck with all the re-do's.
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Old 09-30-2006, 08:07 AM   #20
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Yep, its a '62 alright. Rolled off the assembly line in June. In fact it's toward the end of the production run for June because by the end of July, they became '63 model years. Either way, still a beautiful trailer with lots of mysteries to be pondered and tons of wonderful excursions to be taken. While renovating, please don't throw anything that was original in the dumpster. There are plenty of folks looking for original parts such as hardware, lighting fixtures, etc. Best of luck on your renovation.

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Old 09-30-2006, 09:14 AM   #21
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white paint.....

I've read that Wally was contemplating the Argosy line back in the '60's. What you have is one of his orginal prototypes for the line. Very valuable. I would restore the orginal white/creme paint for all Argosy owners to admire.



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Old 09-30-2006, 03:21 PM   #22
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Lol

Marc..I actually had that thought of fear cross my mind for a brief second, that this was an Argosy someone wanted to make into an airstream!
So your comment made me crack up.

I put all the appliances and fixtures that I don't need in the classified section. I am a bit farther along than the thread implies at this point. Will update with more pics this weekend.

My feet in this pic are at least 12 feet above trailer. We made it up though without hitting the hitch, but I did drag one of the skid things for about 2 feet as the trailer turned up into the drive.
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:33 PM   #23
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Moderator Help

Ok, so this is a bit embarrassing, but since there are 2 moderators on this thread who now know I have a 1962 Tradewind instead of a 1961.....
Can either of you..and would you, please change the name of my thread to correctly reflect this?


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Old 09-30-2006, 04:17 PM   #24
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Not embarassing at all now that it reads correctly.

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Old 09-30-2006, 07:45 PM   #25
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Nice!

Craig, love the pictures, and your TW. 1961 or 1962, either way its all good, and now you know for sure and your thread title is fixed. I love the storage cabinets you have above the gaucho. And you have the original sink covers. The white paint is a curious thing. I noticed your Humprhey lamp streetside forward of the galley. That was an International option but I don't see an I in front of your S/N indicating an International. The original owner must have custom optioned it. And your galley counter isn't angled like the examples at the vintageairstream.com site. Might be because yours is a CA, not an OH model. One more example of how we've seen so many differences in comparing trailers. It just amazes me how distinctive each of these old Airstreams are. So cool.

Keep us posted and let us know of any other unique things you find.
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:56 PM   #26
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Hey Brad, I just noticed. Craig's forum title is correct at his beginning post of this thread, but still says "1961" on the portal. Any fixes?
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Old 09-30-2006, 08:20 PM   #27
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Craig's forum title is correct at his beginning post of this thread, but still says "1961" on the portal. Any fixes?
All better now ~

Congrats on your cool '62! Enjoy ~

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Old 10-01-2006, 09:26 PM   #28
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Demolition Day one...

To actually start with, I ordered a new axle and electric brakes a few days after purchasing the trailer. I took it down to the trailer place, they looked at what I had, which is a type of "flex" axle (my ignorance is showing, but there were no leaf springs or shocks), and I could either go with 3500lb axle or 6000lb as a replacement. Well, I went with the 6000. I know this is overkill. The weight of the trailer is 3130 dry. Once we pack all the kids stuff in and after renovations, It will exceed 3500. I also went with a greater start angle to give me about 3-4 more inches of lift.
So, this may have been my first rookie mistake. Now that I am better educated, I'm doubting whether this was the original axle to begin with. Well, it hasn't been installed yet, so please critique.

While waiting for it on order, I started to demo the back.
  • Deciding where to start.
  • What's under here?
  • Still gotta remove the plumbing.
  • Good enough for day one.
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