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Old 06-22-2006, 02:53 AM   #1
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Rivet Are 1961 Tradewinds rare???

I've been lumbering thru this great website and find that info on the `61 Tradewind is quite rare - as are user manuals (I sure could use one), airstream brochures, pictures (I'll get some of mine posted shortly), as are members of this forum who own one (5), and Flyfisher is by default "King" of the older Tradewinds (where in AZ does one flyfish anyway??? ). I've gotta say that for my needs and TV this light single-axle is PERFECT! I want to make it even perfecter - a mellow place that when we go inside we go AAhhhhhhhhh. So it would be great to find other `61ers out there. I think I've got a real gem on my hands I 241 D 649 (with bunk beds & the top one is coming out and painted over fine grain wood interior ).

So Howa Bout It out there - Where are you??????

Henry
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Old 06-22-2006, 05:28 AM   #2
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Hi. First, there are no owner's manuals for your coach, that didn't start until 1964. As far as 1961 Tradewinds being rare, there aren't all that many out there, and attrition will cause that number to drop. The Tradewind is about the largest singler axle coach out there at 24'. You will need to pay special attention to your running gear and tires, as there is only one set to carry all the weight of the coach. Bearings should be packed regularly, brakes should be checked more frequently, and tires should be inspected and the air pressure checked because of this. There is nothing wrong with only having one axle set, it just requires a little more monitoring.
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Old 06-22-2006, 07:19 AM   #3
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Henry ~

Thanks for the moniker of "King" of the older TradeWind's. I like it. Yep, they are special trailers to me for thier features and size. Terry is right on with his comments about the maintenance of the axle and its components. I have some literature on the older units, what specifically are you looking for. I can photocopy and send your way if I have it.

BTW - northern AZ has more trout than you'd think. Besides I can fish all winter in the southern part of the state in my short sleeves.

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Old 06-22-2006, 08:24 AM   #4
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TW Lovers-

I am crazy about mine too-

I hope you think well of your choice- especially when you consider the money you saved, and that yours will go up and not down in value. The quality of that generation is incredible- nice wood, real homey feeling and a lot of genuine warmth. Some system upgrades and you're better than new!

The weight is the thing that I love and think is the real winner in your choice- its a lot of room for that 3200# and its even better if you can handle it with your existing vehicle.

I love the double bed- I have never seen the bunk that came in that generation, maybe post a pic?

Thanks and enjoy the TW life!
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I've been lumbering thru this great website and find that info on the `61 Tradewind is quite rare - as are user manuals (I sure could use one), airstream brochures, pictures (I'll get some of mine posted shortly), as are members of this forum who own one (5), and Flyfisher is by default "King" of the older Tradewinds (where in AZ does one flyfish anyway??? ). I've gotta say that for my needs and TV this light single-axle is PERFECT! I want to make it even perfecter - a mellow place that when we go inside we go AAhhhhhhhhh. So it would be great to find other `61ers out there. I think I've got a real gem on my hands I 241 D 649 (with bunk beds & the top one is coming out and painted over fine grain wood interior ).

So Howa Bout It out there - Where are you??????

Henry
Am I reading you right? The top bunk is coming out? I would love to get my hands on the top bunk original hardware to retrofit into my '64 Overlander. PM me if you want to get rid of it.
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Old 06-23-2006, 06:40 AM   #6
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more bunk

I was talking with my spousal unit about removing the bunk "Oh no!, the bunk bed is really cool!", "I really like it!" So I guess the hardware isn't going anywhere and neither is the bunk

Good tips on axle/bearing maint. I recon I'll have to learn to do that myself now....couldnt be too, too hard. Gotta shrink my file size for the pictures to meet forum specs before I get them up.

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Old 06-23-2006, 07:12 AM   #7
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Saw a really nice 59 TW the other day. It was parked in a driveway about 3 blocks from my house. Just had to stop by and say hello.
Got the grand tour. It sure was a beauty. Really made me want to "upgrade"
from my 75 to a vintage.
I wrote down this website for him and told him what a great resource it is. He said he'd check it out.
He had just bought it from a relative here in MN and was bringing it home to TX.
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Old 06-23-2006, 07:20 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info. I sure hope he signs up. We need another '59 TradeWind owner aboard. I'll keep my eyes peeled.

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Old 06-26-2006, 03:09 PM   #9
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pictures - I hope

Lets try this......it didn't work....I'm about to give up on the pictures thing
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Henry ~

I sent you an email. Send me the pix and I'll be glad to resize them and post them for you. We all want to see your unique '61 TradeWind.

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Old 06-27-2006, 06:52 AM   #11
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I think Ive got it!!!

lets try this
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Nice rig there Henry! Got any interior shots?
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:54 AM   #13
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If I say so myself..

Now THAT is a beautiful thing

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Old 06-27-2006, 07:10 AM   #14
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pictures finally

pix of in and out sides of our refuge. This is the "as is" condition. Obviously it has been well cared for over the years and after all the rain we have had over the last three days I havn't found a leak anywhere!!!!!

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