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Old 07-21-2017, 08:52 PM   #71
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Here are a few recent pics. It felt good to pull the AS out of the garage, even though it still has quite a way to go before it is travel-ready.
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:44 PM   #72
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Your photos look great. Beautiful work! You are going to have an outstanding Tradewind when you are finished.

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Old 07-23-2017, 06:11 AM   #73
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I agree. Now you and Terry know what it's like to run an Airstream factory. Your trailer is built by you from the ground up. It is a very strong Trade Wind.

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Old 07-23-2017, 08:09 PM   #74
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Thanks for the kind comments. I think it looks pretty good, as well, or at least good enough. I'm thinking we will leave the exterior the way it is, blemishes and all. There is to me a sort of reverse coolness about having an Airstream that looks its age but is structurally sound. At least that's what the leave-it-alone angel on my right shoulder is telling me, although the little anal retentive devil on my left shoulder has yet to throw in the towel.

While the better-than-average condition of the shell (no dents) was the tipping point for shelling out $5,500 for the Tradewind, the subfloor (below) was the tipping point for pulling the shell off and doing a ground-up rehab.

It is amazing how overwhelming a project like this can seem at times. But it has only taken a little over two years of just working on Saturday afternoons to get to this point. Eating an elephant one bite at a time is the perfect metaphor.
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Old 07-24-2017, 05:03 PM   #75
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Slats: You are right, there is a big following of Airstream enthusiasts who enjoy the look of a 50 year old trailer, dents and all. Patina is attractive. Leaving it looking a bit used but so strong underneath will be very cool. And you can always "polish" or improve the exterior some day later. It might take a year of Saturday afternoons, but doable.

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Old 07-31-2017, 10:46 AM   #76
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Anyway, ahead of polishing come a million other things, like replacing the weatherstripping for the door and windows. What's best and where do I get it? VTS has a lot of good replacement materials and so far I'm happy with most of what I have ordered from them. What do you think about their stuff in this category?
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:36 AM   #77
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Slats, during the renovation on our 66 Safari, we installed all weatherstripping, gaskets and the glazing seals on the fixed panes from VTS. All sealed well and has held up for the last couple of years without leaks. With our mid 60s frameless windows, we treat the weatherstripping with silicone spray so it doesn't stick to the glass. You have a great project going. Good luck. Bubba
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:16 PM   #78
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I too used VTS "ribbed" weatherstripping around the Corning frameless windows. I too treat the rubber with silicone so it won't stick. I learned the hard way what happens without the silicone.

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Old 08-02-2017, 11:41 PM   #79
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Thanks for the comment about using silicone on the rubber.

Where did you get your Tradewind tail lights? Are they LED? They look great.

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Hi TouringDan: I believe I got the tail light at Inland RV. They are bright LEDs. The single filament 12v light brake light was just not bright enough for me, especially in the Colorado sunshine. I want drivers to see my brake lights during the day when I slow for a fuel stop or something.

The silicone works on the window seals, but kinda messy. I wonder of sticking was one of the reasons Airstream but a frame around the windows in 68 and all subsequent years. I think breakage and head smacks from the nearly invisible edge were reasons too. I put a little piece of red electrical tape in the corner of the windows so I have less of an excuse for running into them.

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Old 08-03-2017, 08:13 PM   #81
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David -

I'm curious about the difference between our different styles of tail lights. If you go to the first page of my postings and look at the picture of the rear end of my '66 Tradewind, you will see what I mean. Could my tail light housings have been add-ons, maybe?

Anyway, I replaced my tail light bulbs with LEDs, as well, and they really make a difference. My running lights are also LEDs, but the rear ones don't look as red as I would like. When they are on, they aren't that much different in color from the front amber ones. Could this be because LEDs are brighter or perhaps because the VTS Chinese copies of the original lenses are just poor quality?
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Hi Slats: I've been sleeping on the job. I didn't log in yesterday. I looked at your trailer "as found" in post 4. Yep, your tail lights are different than mine. Your trailer is the top of the line International version. You also have the flags on the sides of the exterior, and you might have ripped out better cabinetry than my basic Trade Wind. My trailer came with "wedding cake" tail lights which are just big round ones. My trailer does have the optional back up lights that were probably standard on your trailer.

Maybe your tail light lenses are sun faded and the red is gone from the plastic?

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Old 08-05-2017, 07:24 PM   #83
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Yeah, I picked up on that when I saw Mtmanor's '66 Tradewind pics. But then I got running light envy when I saw that his has three red ones on top of the back section. What's up with that? Think they were add-ons? Or maybe they just ran short of them the day mine was built?
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The trailer is looking great, Dale. I can't believe what good condition your shell is in. What a find at a great price!

My Overlander, who is on deck, is in similar shape, but the old Tradewind I'm working on now has seen better days. For its intended use, that's ok.

I'll second (third, actually) the VTS gaskets for the windows and access panel doors. Regrettably, I didn't know about the window gasket sticking issue so I'll have to give silicone a try.

I'm just a few steps ahead of you (my interior end caps are in) so if you want to meet and visit about waterproofing, insulation, electrical, etc let me know.

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