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Old 02-24-2002, 10:42 PM   #1
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1959 was the first year for the Trade Wind model name. It continued through 1974, changing in length from 24' to 25' in 1969. Several different floor plans were available, i.e.: front couch vs. booth, two twin beds vs. a double, etc. The early years had a single axle with either hydraulic or electric brakes.

My wife and I have a '59 and it is currently going through a renovation. Would like to hear from other early Trade Wind owners.
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When you say the early years do you mean 1959 - 1969 when they changed lengths? Or was it at some other point when they switched to double axle?

I would like to merge the forums like this:
1959-69 Tradewind
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Does that sound logical? If there is a lot of variation between the years, that is probably not a good idea.

What do you think?
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Old 02-25-2002, 09:11 AM   #3
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The Trade Wind model went to 25' in 1969, the same year that all of the Airstreams went to 7' wide. I'm not sure when the model went to a tandem axle. Your division of model years looks like a logical separation.
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Hi all! 1969 was also the first year for the newer body style "more rounded sides". I feel this that a logical break point would 59-68 and 69-74. Just my 2 cents worth ! Tom
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1965 was the 1st year that the TradeWind became standard with a tandem axle. This was also the year the "door within a door" was dropped in favour of a separate screen door. I have heard of one pre 65 TradeWind with tandem axle, probably a custom order.
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Hello flyfshr,

I have a 1960 Tradewind which is mostly original except for a new furnace, curtains, and floor covering.

The refrigerator is not working though and is next for either repair or replacement.

The water heater is electric and since we do not spend much time in campgrounds we want to change it out for propane at some point.

With respect to the division of the forumn into 59 thru 69 and 71 thru 74; I agree with Tom that it makes more sense to divide it at the point where the body shape and length changed. Is there some other reason for including 69 in the first catagory?

Thanks... John
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Division of the Trade Wind Year Classification

Hi 'thisisjohn',
We went through the same thing with the water heater. We put a 10 gallon Suburban under the sink. Tight fit but it worked out well. Would like to hear more about your Trade Wind. Any photos available?

I agree with you about the division of model years ending with the '68 Trade Wind. '69 brought about some significant changes in design.
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I'm new to this forum and noticed the post. I'm thinking about aquiring a '59 Trade Wind that is probably 98% orginal and everything is working. It has a later model AC unit, that is working, on top. It is in need of alot of elbow grease and TLC and I don't think it has any major problems. Is is a double bed model and still has the original airstream couch in the front. I've been checking out all the Airstream sites that I can find to learn more about them. Will try to keep you updated you if I get it.

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Hi Rod. Finding a vintage Airstream in that condition is rare. I hope you are able to get it. Keep us posted. I would be interested in the serial number of the trailer and place of manufacture even if you don't get it. Any chance of seeing photos? What state are you located in? Only reason I ask is because I don't think there are many of the '59 Trade Winds around and I kind of like to keep track of them. Email me off list if you prefer: stream2699@cox.net. Thanks.

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This Trade Wind was built in California. It's been owned for about 30 years by my father in law and is in Idaho. I asked him to look at the ID tag on it and he said that it has a date of 10/58 on it. It also had 24D 0129 on it. I'm not sure if that is the serial number or not. I'm hoping to be visiting them in the next few weeks and maybe I'll know more about what I'm looking for by then. It used to have the large red numbers on it but I think that any trace of them is long gone. He's thinking about letting it go and I'm hoping to have an inside track on it. Is there a Airstream registry
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Serial Number Breakdown for a '59

Rod...that number is the serial number. Let me break it down for you: 24 = length (Trade Wind), D = double bed, 0129 = the 129th Trade Wind made for that model year or in this case because 1959 is the first year of the Trade Wind, it is the 129th one made in CA. 10/58 is the month and year of manufacture, after the sixth month, trailers were listed as next model year. There is not an Airstream Registry, but a couple of us have been trying to put one together through a Vintage Airstream Survey. The large red letters that you say are long gone were the member numbers of the Wally Byam Caravan Club Inc. Wally invented the Airstream with his first one out in 1936. My number is 2599. Do your best to get this trailer. Good luck.

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Thanks for the info, it sounds like this is one of the earlier Trade Winds built and that is pretty exciting. I think my dad in law is the second owner and he told me that the prevoius owner was an active member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club Inc. and traveled quite a bit with it. I'll look and see it there is any trace of the numbers on it the next time I see it.

I'm trying to get hold of a copy of the book on the history of the Airstreams and I think I've found one and hope to have it today. Hopefully I can learn enough about these trailers so that I know what is original and don't mess it up in my zeal to restore it.

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1959 was the first year for the Trade Wind model and re-introduced a length (24 feet) that hadn't been around in a while. Do you have any means of sending interior photographs? I could help you determine what is original. Look up my photos for a few samples of my Trade Wind. I'll post some new ones in the next few days.

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Enjoyed the photos. I will see if I can line up a digital camera before my road trip to the in-laws. Read the book "Airstream" by Landau and Phillippi last night. Some good info but I felt I was reading a sales pamplet on sterods. Are there was books out there more about the nuts and bolts side of the Airstreams?

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