Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-30-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
Buffysairst's Avatar
 
1973 31' Sovereign
Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 15
Looking to buy Tradewind '74

Hi!
My husband and I have been looking for a used airstream for our future family adventures. We have come across a lovely 1974 25' Tradewind.

Current owner says all is in working order. It has most of its original gear and systems. It has a new water pump, new wheels, new flooring, and foam.

It smells clean inside, no musty smells.

Any advice or things to look for before purchasing?

We are also in need of a towing vehicle. Any favourites?

Thanks
Buffy
__________________

Buffysairst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
3 Rivet Member
 
1973 25' Tradewind
1962 22' Safari
Augusta , Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 156
Determine the condition of the frame. There are several threads about rear end separation for this era and frame rot around rear end, vents, and stairs. I recently picked up a '73 that was advertised as clean, new floor, ready to camp, etc. I was prepared for frame issues and used to negotiate price. Right now I'm in middle of shell off frame replacement. Sounds bad - but it's not that hard for somebody with a little mechanical aptitude.

Dennis
Augusta, Ga
__________________

DGJackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 04:46 PM   #3
3 Rivet Member
 
Flynavy's Avatar
 
1974 25' Tradewind
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Col. Station , Ohio
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 143
Hello Buffy and welcome.

We bought our first AS this past spring. It is also a 74 25' TradeWind. It was in origional condition, never been modified, even had all the origional paper work and manuals. The young man we bought from recieved it in an uncles' estate so he knew little about the coach. Our plan was to clean it upa bit, new cushions, floor coverings and such, and go camping. Hasn't worked out that way.

I'm retired so I have lot's of time, and thats a good thing because I have been working on it pretty much full time since June.

What I would look closely at:

Condition of the floor in particular under all the glass, around the furnace, under the frige and in the bath at the rear of the coach. Some of these places are hard to see. Take a metal awl and poke around as best as you can.

Do the holding tanks leak?

Do all the appliances function as they should?

Does the AC work as it should?

The furnace on these units were recalled sometime during the 80's. The recall was never performed on mine so it is unsafe to operate and will have to be replaced.

The list goes on, and I don't type well, but you get the idea.

I am not trying to discourge you. Just be aware that you are buying a nearly 40 year old coach, and it will need work.

All that said, I have no regrets with our purchase. When we are done it will be way cool!

Good luck and feel to PM if you have any questions. Hope this helps.

Paul.
Flynavy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
68 TWind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,549
Buffy,

Flynavy covered most everything you need to look for. Make a check list when you look at it and verify that everything is indeed working. Check for soft floor around the door, the rear hatch, and under all vents stacks ( all these places very prone leaks).
Check the axles, you can go to Inland.com and read about what to look for. Best thing would be to have someone go with you who "knows" Airstreams.
I looked at a trailer this week that a young lady had purchased it and thought it was in great shape. She did not know Airstreams and although the exterior condition was great the trailer had many serious problems. All of the issues will take lots of time and or money to fix. If you can not do the work yourself due to skill or time be aware that shop rates for RV work are approaching $100/hr in many places.
Hope it works out, Trade Winds are the "best".
__________________
__________________
Bruce & Rachel
__________________
68 Trade Wind
2001 Toyota Tundra
68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 06:53 PM   #5
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 7,282
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
There is an excellent used-Airstream evaluation checklist here on the forum site.

I used it when I was searching, to first eliminate one bad choice and to validate the Argosy we're very happy with. It's just one of the many great pieces of information on this site.
__________________
David

Zero Gravitas 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 07:26 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
cameront120's Avatar
 
1972 25' Tradewind
North Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,422
Images: 23
Make sure to ask the current owner to have all systems up and running for you when you visit next so that you can be assured that everything is operational. The only way to know that the water heater, stove & oven, furnace and fridge are working is to see them running.
__________________
Cameron & the Labradors, Kai & Samm
North Vancouver, BC
Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! - Mame Dennis
cameront120 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2011, 08:16 PM   #7
1 Rivet Member
 
Buffysairst's Avatar
 
1973 31' Sovereign
Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 15
Thanks for all the great advice! We are taking a second look tomorrow with an inspector. Hopefully we will be newbie Airstreamers tomorrow!
Buffysairst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2011, 09:31 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
kevin242's Avatar
 
1977 25' Tradewind
Waskesiu Lake , Saskatchewan
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 393
Images: 15
We really like our Tradewind. If you buy that one, and it needs a few things, don't be afraid to just USE it as-is. It seems many people buy the vintage models and then gut them for a complete reno and then lose steam.

As for tow vehicles, these units come in a 4000-4500 lbs. with a fair bit of tongue weight. We have a Ford F-150 rated at 6600 lbs. towing with the 4.6 V-8 and it's marginal in headwinds or up steep grades. On level ground it's fine, it's just under extreme conditions it lacks the power.

Look at where you want to tow (mountains?) and judge accordingly.

Good luck & safe travels!
__________________
Every home needs a dog, and every dog needs a home.

1977 25' Tradewind (with two ... three... FOUR dogs)
2011 Ram 1500 Quad cab, 5.7 Hemi, tow pkg.
kevin242 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2011, 11:46 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Yhottys's Avatar
 
1959 26' Overlander
1960 24' Tradewind
1961 16' Bambi
Oakland , California
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 758
Images: 28
Airstream Inspector?

Welcome to the forums Buffy.

Our gateway Airstream was our 1974 Tradewind. We bought it sight unseen from a very honest couple. That being said, we had no idea how to operate any of the systems. All we knew was that the air conditioner was blowing cold and it was clean. It took us four years to figure out why water wasn't being pumped from the fresh water tank even though the pump was functioning. (Open water valve - at the rear of the trailer - aha!)

We also bought the trailer before we had a tow vehicle. Our first truck was a Dodge Ram 2500 and it pulled the trailer well. We made it up Grant's Pass on the way home from Seattle. We've since gotten a new truck, a Ford F350 XLT Power Stroke Diesel and it will pull a house.

You mentioned that the seller doesn't know much about the Tradewind - so it's great that you've found an inspector to help you check out the systems.

Good luck, welcome to the Airstream life and hopefully, the 1974 Tradwind Club!
__________________
Gemma and Murray
Yhottys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 07:19 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
1977 Argosy 24
Currently Looking...
Milltown , Wisconsin
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,079
Whenever you buy a 30+ year old trailer you should automatically figure in the replacement of the furnace and the water heater in the final price. I have owned 2 older Airstreams and my current 1964 Avion, and I had to replace both items in all 3 trailers. The way I look at it, you would never have a 30+ year old water heater or furnace in your house for safety and fuel usage reasons, so why do it in your camper? The new water heaters with electronic ignition are so much easier to use then the old ones that you have to light from outside the trailer. Since you can turn them off and on from inside, you save fuel by only having the water heater on 15 minutes before you need to use hot water. The new furnaces are the same deal with electronic ignition, and much quieter when running. I sleep much better knowing I am not going to be over come by carbon monoxide due to a cracked heat exchanger in my original furnace also.
ventport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 09:27 AM   #11
3 Rivet Member
 
pgr32e's Avatar
 
1974 27' Overlander
Sault ste Marie , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 166
Images: 6
Inside of 37 yr old furnace. Was good for 50+ ppm co on detector after 15 minutes use. Knife stuck in split joint and corrosion lower center. New furnace now installed. Good luck in your quest......Phil.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	_DSC1181.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	51.9 KB
ID:	141432  
pgr32e is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 09:44 AM   #12
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,498
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buffysairst View Post
Hi!
My husband and I have been looking for a used airstream for our future family adventures. We have come across a lovely 1974 25' Tradewind.

Current owner says all is in working order. It has most of its original gear and systems. It has a new water pump, new wheels, new flooring, and foam.

It smells clean inside, no musty smells.

Any advice or things to look for before purchasing?

We are also in need of a towing vehicle. Any favourites?

Thanks
Buffy

Please be advised that "everything in working order", is an opinion, not fact.

How well the working order is the real answer.

When was the last time the furnace was removed and cleaned, last time the reefer burner oriface was removed and cleaned, when was the window, entrance door, access door gaskets replaced, and when was the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets replaced since those only last 2 to 3 years?

Whats the condition of the clearcoat, since the original only lasts 5 to 6 years or so?

When were the axles checked out to see what the condition of the rubber rods may be, since torsion axle rubber rods, if used often can only last 30 t0 35 years or so, and much less if parked for a long period like a couple of years or more?

Ask to see "service records".

Or, be prepared to negotiate a much cheaper price, in the absence of good information.

Andy
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 06:09 PM   #13
1 Rivet Member
 
Buffysairst's Avatar
 
1973 31' Sovereign
Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 15
As it turns out the furnace and water heater connections were both issues for the inspector. The fridge, toilet will need replacing. The flooring has a limited life. We walked away from this sale. It just is too much of a project. So sad.
All this advice has been very educational tho! Thank you!
Buffysairst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 07:24 PM   #14
4 Rivet Member
 
kevin242's Avatar
 
1977 25' Tradewind
Waskesiu Lake , Saskatchewan
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 393
Images: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buffysairst View Post
We walked away from this sale. It just is too much of a project. So sad. All this advice has been very educational tho! Thank you!
We looked at a few before we found the right one. If it's meant to be, you will likely find the right one for you if you are patient.

I've posted this before - Put "Airstream Wanted" ads on www.buysell.com , www.kijiji.ca , and anywhere else you can think of (bulletin boards, etc.) and see what comes to you! Sometimes people thinking of selling don't like the hassle of advertising and might just call you directly... and then you are not competing with others for the same trailer.
__________________
Every home needs a dog, and every dog needs a home.

1977 25' Tradewind (with two ... three... FOUR dogs)
2011 Ram 1500 Quad cab, 5.7 Hemi, tow pkg.
kevin242 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 04:15 PM   #15
3 Rivet Member
 
1973 25' Tradewind
1962 22' Safari
Augusta , Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 156
To follow up on Kevin's thought, I use jaded mash. While it was far better before they got in squabble with craigslist. It hits several online buyer/seller venues.

As with others - keep looking. I spent 12 months looking for what I wanted, factoring cost, distance, condition, etc.
DGJackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 04:17 PM   #16
3 Rivet Member
 
1973 25' Tradewind
1962 22' Safari
Augusta , Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 156
Sorry the web set is jaxed mash. Apple spell check corrected me.

Dennis
DGJackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 09:58 AM   #17
Rivet Master
 
cameront120's Avatar
 
1972 25' Tradewind
North Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,422
Images: 23
Was this the trailer out in White Rock? The price was high if it had the problems that you mentioned. But don't let the appliances, etc. deter you as they can all be replaced fairly easily. You just want to adjust the price to allow for their replacement.
__________________
Cameron & the Labradors, Kai & Samm
North Vancouver, BC
Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! - Mame Dennis
cameront120 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 08:08 AM   #18
1 Rivet Member
 
Buffysairst's Avatar
 
1973 31' Sovereign
Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 15
Yes! It is the one from White Rock! Really nice folks. He put some effort into it, so I imagine he wants a little return on his investment. Did you go out to look at it?
Buffysairst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 07:44 PM   #19
Rivet Master
 
cameront120's Avatar
 
1972 25' Tradewind
North Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,422
Images: 23
No, I saw it on Craigslist. Despite having one, I'm always looking to see what comes up for sale. There's a 20 foot Argosy that just came up a few days ago. That one might be worth looking at.
__________________
Cameron & the Labradors, Kai & Samm
North Vancouver, BC
Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! - Mame Dennis
cameront120 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 08:57 PM   #20
4 Rivet Member
 
kevin242's Avatar
 
1977 25' Tradewind
Waskesiu Lake , Saskatchewan
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 393
Images: 15
1978 23' Airsteam land yacht - Alberta Travel Trailers, Campers For Sale - Kijiji Alberta Canada.

One province over...
__________________

__________________
Every home needs a dog, and every dog needs a home.

1977 25' Tradewind (with two ... three... FOUR dogs)
2011 Ram 1500 Quad cab, 5.7 Hemi, tow pkg.
kevin242 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brake Shoes - Where to buy? ckbailey97 Brakes & Brake Controllers 23 09-21-2011 01:43 PM
"Firefly" 1960 Tradewind :: 1960 Airstream Tradewind 2vets Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 08:30 AM
HENSLEY CUB w/73 Tradewind my3sonsdad Hitches, Couplers & Balls 5 08-02-2011 07:31 PM
1965 Airstream Tradewind Vintage Camper No Reserve!!! eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 04-23-2011 09:50 AM
Airstream Classic 1964 Tradewind 24' great condition eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 04-04-2011 08:30 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
×