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Old 10-09-2005, 06:44 AM   #1
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My "new" '59 tradewind!

I have not "officialy" taken it home yet, but here are some pics. Got to put on new wheels and tires and go through bearings first.

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Old 10-09-2005, 06:48 AM   #2
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What is the pressure gauge thing at the bottom left? To pressurize the water system??
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Old 10-09-2005, 06:51 AM   #3
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Interior views. Used as storage right now...






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Old 10-09-2005, 08:40 AM   #4
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What is the pressure gauge thing at the bottom left? To pressurize the water system??
Most likely you do not have a water pump. When you are not connected to city water, the water system is presured by pumping air into the water tank. These units were refered to as park models.
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Old 10-09-2005, 09:11 AM   #5
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Broncman,

Congratulations on a fine fifty-nine. It look like you even have the original folding table (under the minnow bucket). Be sure you lay the table down before you move the trailer, otherwise it will fall over.

If you need any help, let me know. I have all of the original documentation.

The pressure thing is for pressurizing the aluminum water tank. You may also have a small air compressor behind the gaucho.
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Old 10-09-2005, 09:18 AM   #6
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Wow! That's nice. I know you have more pictures than just these few. Come on, share some more. If the rest is as nice as what's showing in these pic's, you've got a great trailer.

That's a Shraeder valve on the side of the water fill inlet, but that's the first I've seen with an acttual pressure gauge. 'azflycaster' is right about pumping up the system with air either at the gas station or with a hand pump. I had the same thing but without the gauge. Crude but effective.

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Old 10-09-2005, 10:10 AM   #7
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That's a Shraeder valve on the side of the water fill inlet, but that's the first I've seen with an acttual pressure gauge. 'azflycaster' is right about pumping up the system with air either at the gas station or with a hand pump. I had the same thing but without the gauge. Crude but effective.

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The water system should have a small electric air pump under the sink, controlled by a switch on the side of the counter. This will help pressurize the water system when you are away from high pressure air. I will have our coach home later today, and will try to remember to take a photo of it, and post here. Then you can see if you have something like it in your trailer.
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:11 AM   #8
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If you use a gas station air pump, make sure its an oil-less compressor - otherwise you can get oil in the system.

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Old 10-09-2005, 10:16 AM   #9
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I know this is stupid, but what are the big numbers you see above the window?? Some kind of club association?? This one has 400? Can't wait till my uncle gets all his junk out so I can go through it to see what kinda shape the floors are in etc.
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:20 AM   #10
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Rear shot. Still has the warranty on the closet door.
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:33 AM   #11
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Rear shot. Still has the warranty on the closet door.
Is your uncle the original owner of this trailer? If so, he can get a lot of repairs done to it under the lifetime warranty. Just make sure you get it done before you tranfer title, as the warranty is non-transferrable.
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:34 AM   #12
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Skin and zolotone look really good from the pictures - I'm a little concerned about the frame - but it sounds like you are already on it. Interior looks good - original mattress, and I don't see any water damage to the wood. Also may want to get rid of the spare tire - too much weight for the rear of these trailers. What I'm going to do is put a lite weight "fake" spare on the back of mine with a black cover.

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I know this is stupid, but what are the big numbers you see above the window?? Some kind of club association?? This one has 400? Can't wait till my uncle gets all his junk out so I can go through it to see what kinda shape the floors are in etc.
It may be WBCCI numbers. I haven't seen numbers like that for the club, but as old as the trailer is, thay may have been "something in the drawer" when he was assigned the number.
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Broncman,
You have a nice looking 59. If you look at my photo album you can see other pictures
of my 59 Ambassador. It looks very close to mine on the inside . and your looks all org. Is yours Ohio built or Cal. built ? We can tell if you post the serial number this group is good about identifing things like this. The numbers you have are from the WBCCI airstream Club identifing who owned the airstream . Let me know if you need any more infor or help on your new 59. Please post more pictures we all love lots of them.
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:58 AM   #15
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It is Ohio built....249021 ! I will check on the original owner. I know he has the title but has not been transfered from the older gentleman that had it. He is still good friend with my uncle. That would be just awesome. Sure he would like to see it restored as well.
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Broncman, You have a nice 59 there. You are lucky to have all the original pieces ! Even better if you take advantage of the liftime warranty ! The 400 could be the WBCCI number. Wally Byam Caravan Club Int. it is an Airstream Club.

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Old 10-09-2005, 01:09 PM   #17
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Broncman -
There is an aluminum trim piece on the curbside (door side) just ahead of the rear window. That's something different. Any ideas what its for?

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Old 10-09-2005, 01:26 PM   #18
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I do not have any curbside pics. I will go by this evening and take a few and see what it is.
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any word on that lifetime warranty?

what a score if you can pull that one off!!!!!
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