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Old 07-25-2006, 09:51 PM   #1
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And yet, another 1960 Tradewind!

Hi folks, Iíve been lurking out here for weeks as guest, then a member, both before and after my acquisition. This forum has been a FABULOUS resource. Its time for me to get in the water now.

I had been looking on and off for an AS just over 2 years, and a few weeks into my most recent search, yes, a 1960 Tradewind ďspokeĒ to me. Itís in very good condition, even camping-ready. All original except the paint, carpet, soft goods, toilet, showerhead, faucet taps, astro-skylight vent, and a groaning old Carrier A/C that had been installed many years ago in the front window. Everything works! Even the original International furnace, Bowen HW heater, Dometic refer, and the Princess Robertshaw stove and oven. The LPG system had been upgraded to standard and the skin was polished to boot! It even has every last one of the original drawer pulls and hex phenolic latches. I really knew got lucky when the PO handed me a stack of original manuals then shared a bit about the trailerís ownership history.

As beautiful as my AS is to me, itís not totally pristine and perfect. There are a few things to be done, some Iím sure I donít even know about yet, and I expect this will be never-ending with a vintage AS. For me, this will occur in baby steps. I have so much to learn. First, Iím trying to photo document everything, I mean EVERY nook and cranny before I start messing with stuff. Yíall seem to be a pretty good bunch and Iím impressed on how willing everyone is to share information and experiences. So far, Iíve found many of my questions answered by searching old threads. But I will have more questions and will be picking everyoneís brain. Hopefully someday in the future Iíll have a few answers to share!
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:07 PM   #2
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Hi folks, Iíve been lurking out here for weeks as guest, then a member, both before and after my acquisition. This forum has been a FABULOUS resource. Its time for me to get in the water now.

I had been looking on and off for an AS just over 2 years, and a few weeks into my most recent search, yes, a 1960 Tradewind ďspokeĒ to me. Itís in very good condition, even camping-ready. All original except the paint, carpet, soft goods, toilet, showerhead, faucet taps, astro-skylight vent, and a groaning old Carrier A/C that had been installed many years ago in the front window. Everything works! Even the original International furnace, Bowen HW heater, Dometic refer, and the Princess Robertshaw stove and oven. The LPG system had been upgraded to standard and the skin was polished to boot! It even has every last one of the original drawer pulls and hex phenolic latches. I really knew got lucky when the PO handed me a stack of original manuals then shared a bit about the trailerís ownership history.

As beautiful as my AS is to me, itís not totally pristine and perfect. There are a few things to be done, some Iím sure I donít even know about yet, and I expect this will be never-ending with a vintage AS. For me, this will occur in baby steps. I have so much to learn. First, Iím trying to photo document everything, I mean EVERY nook and cranny before I start messing with stuff. Yíall seem to be a pretty good bunch and Iím impressed on how willing everyone is to share information and experiences. So far, Iíve found many of my questions answered by searching old threads. But I will have more questions and will be picking everyoneís brain. Hopefully someday in the future Iíll have a few answers to share!
Welcome. Yes, I share your excitment over your new find. I too am a fairly new member having recently aquired our '66 TW. As each day passes I discover new 'things' about it. So far mmmmmostly good things and then there are some down-the-road re-dos. The most troubling is the PO's poor winterizing. For now I am just patching the plumbing 'cause I WANNA GO CAMPING. But as you will find as you 'discover' your new TW that this is an awsome forum. I have found much help and information that any worse case senarios will be taken care of with excitement. Talk to you later.
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Welcome, There is just something about a vintage Airstream that gets under your skin. Post pictures. Everyone loves to see pictures.
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:40 PM   #4
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I know what you mean about the WANNA GO CAMPING thing, Neil. I wish you the best with the plumbing and hope youíll get out soon. My maiden voyage will probably be the 3rd weekend in August but with state park hook-ups and close to home. I canít swear that I know what will happen when I fill the freshwater tank since the PO never boondocked., but he had reworked the blackwater tank. That's another issue for another post. The tank outlet hangs, well, uh . . . .a leeetle looow!

Greg, I promise I'll get some pictures up probably with a Yahoo photos. I'll post a link as soon as I can. I sure have done enough gawking at everyone elses pics, and its time to share!
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Old 07-26-2006, 12:53 AM   #5
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Hello SUGARFOOT ,

Welcome to the 1960 tradewind club .We have a 60 ,also original phenolic
knobs ,princess stove ,furnace ,works real well .some things are new also
the floor and the wood cabinets are very nice .If you want a look,and WE
want the pictures of yours as soon as possible ,including the interior so
I can see if its has the floorplan like mine .Ours is a double bed ,gaucho
in the front .I have some photos in the tradewind forum under (new member)
60 tradewind you might like to see .Anyway happy to have you aboard.

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Old 07-26-2006, 07:16 AM   #6
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Alright, another early TradeWind owner! Sounds like you've got a great start with a unit ready to roll. Pix, we want to see lots of pix and I'll want your serial number and a description of your floorplan to add another to my registry. Yours will be number 46. Congrats and welcome to the Forums. You'll soon feel right at home here.

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Old 07-26-2006, 09:05 PM   #7
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Got pics? Yes, lots of them . . .

Hi ya'll, I'm sorry I didn't have pics ready to post when I first started this thread, but now you can check this Picasa Photos link. There are 95 pics of all the ins and outs of this Tradewind, so be patient with upload and some may be redundant. I haven't had a chance to label them yet, but will get to it ASAP. When posting these I also remembered that the side marker lights are replacements by the PO but the Bargman brake lights were not. They look in too good a shape to me, so I wonder if they were replaced by an earlier PO. Anyway, check it out. If the link doesn't work, let me know (I have no doubt that you will!)
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rapunzel6666/album?.dir=/2d9ere2&.src=ph&.tok=phjwsPFBiJ3cavFD.

Scott, I had viewed yours and Lily's photos with envy even before I found my AS. You have a beautiful trailer and furnished so nicely! I noticed the vintage kitchen right off. Mine is a twin floor plan with shower pan, no tub. And a front gaucho, but I'm not sure it pulls out. Did all the Tradewinds convert to a double in front? I tried, but didn't want to force anything since the left side moved but the right side was stuck.

Brad, I've read many of your posts as well. My SN is 240310T, not with International options however. Wet bath in rear with closet on right, twins in the middle, galley streetside, and gaucho in front. Number 46 on the registry, how appropriate for a 46 year old trailer!

It's nice to meet ya'll, and by the way, my name is Dacia.
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Hi Dacia ~

Welcome. From the serial number, it looks like you bought Jason's off of Ebay, right? This number is already in my registry but I didn't know who the new owner was or where it ended up. Jason had listed it as an International but in reviewing your Picasa Photos, it is not but is a Land Yacht version so it has some of the features of the International model. These include 12 volt battery, lighter style 12 volt plugs, air compressor, etc. Yours is an Ohio built unit, in case you didn't know. Congrats on a great looking trailer.

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Old 07-26-2006, 09:51 PM   #9
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Yes, Brad, you're right. I went to see the Tradewind before I planned to bid. He reserved to option to sell locally, so we closed the deal and he pulled it off eBay. The International confusion came from the way Georgia assigned the VIN on the registration. For some reason it was preceded by '1D'. The '1' was misread as an 'I'. You must be the person he mentioned to me, something about serial numbers and registry. He was going to give me your contact info, but we never got around to it. So what number am I now?
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Yes, Dacia, you're right too. Jason and I chatted online a few times and he said he would pass along my contact info to the new owner. I still found you anyway.

Of the 17 Ohio built '59 and '60 TradeWind's, yours is number 13 on the list. Funny, I just found the Ebay purchaser of #301 on here tonight too.

I didn't see an 'I' or '1' in front of the serial number on the ID tag on your photos. Can you verify its there? I know CA built trailers had an Int'l globe on three places on the outer skin of their International models but am unsure if OH did this. I didn't notice any on yours. If you need a pic of this globe, let me know.

TradeWind's ROCK!!

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Old 07-26-2006, 10:22 PM   #11
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Thirteen is a good number too, as far as I'm concerned. I know what the globes look like, and no, there are no globes or anything else to suggest this is an International. The SN on the trailer does NOT have an ' I ' in front of it. Regarding options, I'm still trying to figure out what really constitutes an International. As far as I've gathered, some trim options (but what exactly I'm not clear), a water filter, and maybe two HW heaters and a Humprhey lamp? I have none of these. Hmmm, I didn't realize only 17 of these were built in Ohio during the early years. Cool! YES, they ROCK!
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By the way Brad, did you know Jason and his dad saved this Tradewind from being a hunting trailer destined for certain death in the woods? I can't imagine . . . what a waste that would be.
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Somewhere here on the forums, in a couple of different posts, I've listed the differences between Standard, Land Yacht and International trim packages. I'll look the info up.

Just so I'm clear, the 17 is the number I have listed in my registry. Not the total number of trailers made in OH for the year. I only wish it was that complete.
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Here's the info from an earlier post, This is the most complete info regarding model offerings I have found. Only applies to our era of trailer ~

"LAND YACHTING...the better way to travel"
In reviewing some early '60s Airstream promotional material I have, I found a two page info sheet entitled "LAND YACHTING...the better way to travel." I'll post some of the information:

"A 'Land Yacht' is a personal highway cruiser manufactured by Airstream, and specifically designed and outfitted, down to the last luxurious detail, for unlimited road voyaging. A Land Yacht is no mere house trailer, or so-called mobile home, pressed into service for weekend or vacation use. Indeed a conventional trailer no more resembles a Land Yacht than a canal barge compares to travel-cruise luxury liner." Wally at his best

On the second page of this flyer, is the best designation I have found to explain the distinctions between the model lines:

"The Airstream Fleet
Every Airstream is built to the same rigid construction standards and must satisfy the travel specifications of the world's most adventurous roamers – the Wally Byam Caravanners. Chassis, running gear, body design and basic equipment have proved their ability to take the punishment of Etheopian roads as successfully as they cruise the turnpikes of Pennsylvania. The same essential comforts are found in any Airstream—airfoam beds, efficient space heater, well-planned galley and attractive interior decoration.

The STANDARD Airstream features the famous road-worthy qualities of all Airstreams. It has the best in convenient equipment and appliances such as an ice-electric refrigerator, electric hot water heater, 110V wiring, copper water lines with easily accessible input connections and regulation drainage outlet.

The LAND YACHT Series If you plan to spend time away from the beaten path where commercial facilites are not available, you'll probably want one of the Land Yacht series. All Airstream Land Yachts, from 18 foot to 30 foot models, are completely outfitted for extended stays away from the standard light, water and sewer connections. The equipment that makes this self-containment possible includes a pressure water system with tank and air compressor, 12V electrical system (in addition to the regular 110V wiring) with battery and 12V light fixtures—this also operates the air compressor that keeps water running to all faucets...a gas refrigerator and gas hot water heater...a marine-type toilet equipped with hand spray flushing device to conserve water and the Airstream sanitator, to provide toilet convenience away from a sewer hookup.

The INTERNATIONAL LAND YACHT Series is the last word in travel luxury, combining every Airstream engineering achievement with elegant interior furnishings. Beautiful materials are used for the upholstery; draperies are tastefully lined; matching bed spreads are included as well as wall pads to give the appearance of a couch. All fabrics are chosen for carefree maintenance and resistance to wear under the most exacting conditions. Cabinets are exquisitely finished. Self containment is developed to the highest degree in these models. Any new equipment available here or abroad is tested for possible inclusion to make the International the most independant and luxurious. The basic additional features include a water purifier, 12V electrical system throughout including a 12V ceiling ventilator fan and 12V outlet for a shaver and other appliances. Two oversize gas tanks with automatic switch-over regulator, space heater, police-type radio antenna and deluxe hub caps. The features of the International Land Yacht models are not "frozen," they are subject to constant improvement to give their owners the very best.

There is an Airstream model to suit your dreams. Whichever one you choose will take you on the happiest travel-adventures anywhere in the world.


*If it isn't an AIRSTREAM, it isn't a LAND YACHT"

This use of the term Land Yacht is probably not the first use of it in Airstream literature or promotional materials. Wally sure had a way with words. This is, no doubt, a reflection on his days as an advertising exec.

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