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Old 01-08-2010, 02:54 PM   #15
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Lovely trailer, you done good! Many of us have started (are still starting? ;-) on much skankier vessels!
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:16 PM   #16
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I've got a 71 Tradewind. Contact me whenever.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:37 PM   #17
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Ooh, seeflash, that could be a lifesaver. It's the streetside one we need. I'm not sure about transporting it, but then, I'm not sure how to bend lexan either, which appears to be our other option.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:39 PM   #18
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Thanks so much, Lumatic. I'm sure we'll have lots of questions. We have no idea yet just how much we don't know about Airstreams in general and Trade Winds in particular.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:44 PM   #19
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I am also new to airstream, I have a 1964 tradewind, Don't know much, but glad to help in anyway! Hope you love yours as much as I do!
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:56 PM   #20
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Sorry. It's the street side window that I have. Good luck with your search.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:12 PM   #21
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Doing Airstream dentistry this afternoon, picking out old sealer from around the window frames with a dental pick. Open wide and say "Ah," Tin Pickle. When the gaps are clean, I'll fill the wider ones with vulkem and the tiny seams with that other stuff Bart gave me - silver, viscous, less flexible.

Meanwhile, Bart (Mr. Tin Pickle, aka barts), has been working steadily fixing wiring, plumbing, window hardware, etc. Boy, is he handy at just about everything. He installed a new switch inside the door with one switch for the outside light and another that will control a small LED light at the bottom edge of our dinette-to-be to illuminate the floor when you first walk in. It will serve as a night light and a stumble preventer while people get to the switch on the overhead light.

I'm almost done with my first curtain. We'll know if my design and pleats are going to work or not this afternoon. If everything works out, I'll post my technique. It's a bit futzy, but I like how the results look so far.

We've got the floor as done as it's going to be for now - rug removed, the one rotten place patched, Epoxy over all and Aluthane (sp?) over all, giving it a nice, silvery sheen in bright light and a dull aluminum gray in less light. I love it. Easy to clean, light and durable.

We've just about finalized plans for a dinette to replace the front gaucho (which is already out and stored in the garage). We've adapted ours from several we've seen on this forum. If it works well, we'll post pictures.

I'll post pictures tonight or tomorrow. For right now - off to pick out more rotten stuff with the dental pick.
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:58 PM   #22
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Congrats on your Tradewind!!

Congrats on your Tradewind!!We bought our 74 25'Tradewind last fall! Just joined the site today!! Ours was in very good shape when we got it..Paid a fair price for it ( my wife still thinks that we paid too much!!). We have just had little issues to fix. So far I have put in new countertops (faux marble), Fantastic fan, new stabilizer jacks. new fixtures, thermostats, Installed a microwave. Also istalled a ton of aluminum sheeting and rivets over the fake wood pannelling. about to do new flooring, build a front dinette and replace the rear gaucho with a leather futon that will fit nicely on top of the existing set up. Also installing a touch screen pioneer dvd player and speakers. We were lucky we have a new power converter, hot water heater and furnace. Need to polish and paint some exterior parts and purchased all new blue striping to fill the empty stripes. I have to take some photos this week. It pulls like a dream and I catch myself constantly looking dreamily at it in the driveway! It's been a lot of fun so far! I'm sure you will enjoy your purchase!! Let me know how things progress!!
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:06 AM   #23
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chefmardigan - Where did you get new blue striping?

We didn't even realize that there had been blue striping until my husband found a piece of original trim being used to shim something on the old water heater he replaced yesterday.

We only got this rig in January and have been working on essentials like the dead water heater, dead fridge, dead brake lights, moldy rug, rotted bit of floor and batteries open to the living space. The battery box is now complete and sealed. It vents directly to the outside. If the electrical system glitches and the batteries boil, the hydrogen sulfide gas will vent to the outside instead of under our son's head.

We are very much looking forward to making changes in the living space. Do you have pictures of your dinette? That's one of our next projects.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:16 PM   #24
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Hi Webspinner,
I got the striping from Inland RV in California. Expensive and a long way from Saskatoon canada! But will be worth it.Check out their web site and give their parts department a call.They are super helpful. The dinette I am kind of winging it. There are some forums on here where people have posted photos of their step( Pizzachop). I do have a rough plan and will keep you posted on info and progress. I am painting the interior In a very cool aluminum paint...Yeah Sorry purists! And repairing a section of floor first but i will be starting this weekend.Remember find a few great places to get parts and service. Remember you get what you pay for! Photos will follow.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:45 PM   #25
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Here are some photos of our tradewind when we just picked it up last fall I will post some construction photos soon.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:46 AM   #27
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I'm reviving this thread as a log of what we've done on the trailer in the past year. I'll try to include pictures wherever possible.

The trailer was basically functional, except for the fridge and water heater. We could have camped in it "as is" once the axles and wiring issues were cleared up.

But the 70s interior was much the worse for wear and the place had a persistent musty odor that made long stays inside it unpleasant. Each step we do seems to open up new possibilities for future projects. We've had a lot of fun so far.

Alterations include:

Already done:
Remove both gauchos - they had been poorly redone and weren't in great shape.
Sew new curtains for front room.
Remove of carpet and internal cleaning - went a long way to improving the smell.
Install new axles, disc brakes, and actuator.
Repair rear end separation
Rewire exterior lights and replace with LEDs.
Clean up front tongue and remove extraneous additions.
Weld repair of folding steps.
Removal of old, broken toilet and black tank.
Installation of composting toilet.
Removal of bathroom closet with plans to replace it in spring of '11 with a separate shower. No more wet bath.
Repair soft floor areas and paint floor with epoxy and Aluthane.
Build dinette in front with lots of storage and double bed capability.
Replace dead fridge with rebuilt (larger) unit. Removal of cabinet next to fridge.
Remove broken TV antenna.
Replace water heater.
Rebuild cabinet next to fridge - introduce birch wood color and start on slippery slope of birch interior.
Repair non functional window hinges and seal windows and other leaks.
Replace Univolt, install new fuse panel, add inverter and battery monitor.
Construct new exterior door for battery compartment.
Build (and then remove) temporary bunk beds for back room.
Remove and replace bathroom walls with epoxied birch plywood.
Replace upper cabinet tambour with sliding birch doors.
Build birch replacement for plastic kitchen window frame.
Panel back room wall with birch.
Replace curved front streetside window that broke on our way home from buying her.

Currently in progress:
Install LED interior lights - strips above upper cabinets, downlights over work areas.
Build dinette for back room that will convert to single bed.
Install blinds over kitchen window (on order).

Coming soon (this spring/summer):
Design and install overhead LED lighting to replace incandescent 4 bulb fixtures.
Build shower pan and install shower head with usage gauge.
Paint bathroom walls (except for epoxied birch ones).
Build removable bunk to go over back dinette bed.
Add solar panels to roof.
Build and install solid door to bathroom.

Later projects:
Install new bathroom sink and counter/cabinet using metal and birch.
Replace accordion kitchen door with new one to match curtains/upholstery.
Make curtains for back room.
Gradually (or not) replace beat up fake wood particle board interior with real birch.
Install propane heater, probably marine wall mounted one on side of sink cabinet.
Add better exterior lighting, especially around the fold down steps. Maybe we'll do something fun here.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:48 AM   #28
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Aaack. Looking at this list, I have to say I'm really glad that Bart and I enjoy working on this thing together. It's fun camping in it, too.
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