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Old 04-05-2011, 05:50 PM   #29
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I just purchased a 59'! 24D0213

Located in Seattle and planning a complete remodel.
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:29 PM   #30
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actually you bought a 1960
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:56 PM   #31
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In all actuality, that is a 1959 model made in California somewhere around March of 1959. The ID tag should have a 3 digit stamp on the lower right corner indicating this date. The zero is the first of the four digits for the sequential number off the assembly line. It is the 203rd TradeWind made in the CA plant. Congrats and post some pictures when you can. This is a new number for my registry so am anxious to see it. How kool!!

Sorry Frank. You were close.

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Old 04-06-2011, 02:53 AM   #32
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you better correct RJ Dial's site then. "O" is "O" for Ohio on that page not "zero" for Oh, ho ho"...
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Sorry to correct you but the wording is right. The breakdown of the serial number shows the 'D' in the third position of the number designating the bed layout as Double. This is the CA serial number configuration as shown below in the lower section of the graphic, specifically the last line as it is an early TradeWind. Ohio used a different configuration as demonstrated by the upper series of numbers.

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Old 04-06-2011, 02:52 PM   #34
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:37 PM   #35
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Looks like I missed the club by a month.
I have a Tradewind with a 24DS S 0574 and 1 61 under the serial number.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:45 AM   #36
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New #?...

Guessing you might not have this # yet, 240194D. I just picked her up from the original owner's son. This a real time capsule, not an expert but it appears completely unmolested.

Thanks to everyone for all the information you provide.

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Welcome Sal. Congrats on your early TradeWind and thanks for posting your number. I have added it to the registry and I also want to tell you yours is the first one listed for a mfg. date of 1960. The number before yours is 173 and is listed as a 1959. Somewhere between yours and number 173 was the new model year. Every little bit of info helps us understand. Does yours have the goucho /couch up front?

Now how about some pictures? I'm sure we'd all love to see your new-to-you TradeWind. I know I would. Let us know if you have any questions.

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There must have been a Minnesota Airstream dealer that was very good at selling his wares in the late 50's / early 60's because I have 11 TradeWind's that are still in Minnesota listed on my registry. And that's just TradeWind's. I wonder who this dealership was. Anyone have any dealership markings on their trailers?

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:49 PM   #39
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I'm looking at the original key fob from the dealer- Hart Trailer Sales, Long Prairie and Twin Cities MN... "Airstream - Mallard - Shasta". These guys are your culprits I believe.

The original owners bought it from the Long Prairie location (lived 30 minutes away in Alexandria, MN).

Funny backstory- we have a small summer cabin in Alexandria and I had a '73 TradeWind we used as overflow space, weekend office, bunkhouse, ect... so I went up to the cabin last weekend to sell the '73 so I could start looking for something smaller to use for some "real" road camping and found the '60 parked in the woods about 200 yards away from our cabin. Long story short, I chased down the owner and made him an offer- perfect timing because they were clearing the property and needed to move it along because they wouldn't have any covered storage any more. It had been stored in it's own garage until the last couple years.

I'll gather up some pics and some questions and return but not till we open the cabin for the summer... it's suppose to snow tonight though so who knows when summer will return to the Frozen Tundra.

It came with the original large manila envelope from Airstream, OH addressed to the owners with the appliance and electric brake manuals and warranties. The trailer warranty is actually still on the wardrobe door.

Oh- and yes, it's got a goucho.

Thanks for the warm welcome!
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Brad, I actually have some history on Hart Trailer Sales. This is transcribed from my wife's uncle Mark Doane's Journal.

I use Mark Doane as my Airforums ID, in his memory.

To set the stage, he and Aunt Gracie are sitting on the shore of Lake Mille Lacs, in their 1952 Silver Streak Clipper. Enter Don Hart.

"The Airstream Tradewind"
from the Journal of Mark Doane

In July ’58 at Shore Acres, where Clipper I was parked, came a salesman, Don Hart, of Long Prairie, Minn. to describe the new Airstream for ’59.

It has self containment features such as septic tank, pressurized water system, double sink, separate lavatory, shower, double lighting system, forced air heat, water heater and so on.

After that day we spent our spare time often describing to each other the virtues of the trailer home as compared to an automobile. We could not decide on a trailer or a new auto.

Finally we just quit talking about it.

At Christmas time, day after, we went for a ride to Long Prairie just to see what a 24’ Airstream was really like. We came, we saw, and we liked.

We bought it. Got $1800 for Clipper I on the $5100 new dream.

Al came down and got the Clipper I, after we had feverishly unloaded about 16 ton of stuff. We hated to see our faithful friend leave the family and we hoped she would get a nice home.

We now had to wait until April 4, or 3, 1959 for our new “Clipper”.

But on Gracie’s birthday, Feb 24, ’59 we were in Long Prairie and stopped “just to see” if it was there. It was, and Gracie said “This is ours, I just know it”.

It was, and we spent an hour in it trying to comprehend what it would be like on the road and at the lake. We were really excited, like two 5 year old kids.

Soon as we got home the Exec starts planning on what she will need in the new trailer. I begin to wonder if 24 ft. was going to be big enough.

Later we met the L. Williams family on West River Rd (116 Ave. N), and there was the Clipper I, showing its new occupants the same friendly comfort we have had from spring, 1953 to Dec. 1958. We were in her and nothing had changed.

Now we were really anxious to get our own Clipper, but we decided to follow our plan of April 3 delivery.

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Shore Acres is a campground on the shore of Lake Mille Lacs, near Onamia Minnesota.
Clipper I is the name of Mark and Gracie’s 1952 Silver Streak Clipper.
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Oh my, that's a great story. Thanks for posting it. I think we've found the inspirational Airstream Minnesota dealer. Thanks Don Hart for all of your efforts and I hope you realize there's still alot of Airstreams that left your sales lot still hanging around the upper midwest.


BTW Don - did you ever get that serial number from your friend Tucker?

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Old 04-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #42
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Although Hart Trailer Sales is no longer an Airstream dealer, they are still in business as an RV dealer.

When I checked a few years ago, they still had a few 'old-timers' on staff who could repair just about anything on an Airstream.

They've been in business since at least 1928. Maybe since 1888 as a trailer maker.
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