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Old 07-24-2006, 01:02 AM   #799
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And make sure it comes from a dry environment if at all possible! i.e. don't buy a trailer from Washington state!
Are you serious? I would think if it could hold up to the rain in Washington, and not leak, it would be a keeper. So, basically I should look in California, Arizona, Southern Nevada, New Mexico, West Texas and possibly Utah.
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Old 07-24-2006, 06:42 AM   #800
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You will have a head start with a trailer from a dry climate, but chances of floor rot due to water leaks are still pretty good. ( or bad...)
My 1971 had severe floor rot under the bath, due to shower water leaks. I have seen some trailers with rot under the water heater, and under the galley due to plumbing leaks.
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Old 07-24-2006, 06:45 AM   #801
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What would you think is the most expensive thing on an Airstream to replace?
Axles, a/c and refrigerator, as far as replacement parts. Frame and flooring as structural parts.
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:20 PM   #802
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You will have a head start with a trailer from a dry climate, but chances of floor rot due to water leaks are still pretty good. ( or bad...)
My 1971 had severe floor rot under the bath, due to shower water leaks. I have seen some trailers with rot under the water heater, and under the galley due to plumbing leaks.
Knowing this and you still went to Washington to purchase your '63? Was it sight unseen? By the way, I am busy reading your posts on your recon on the '63. I appreciate al of your helpful information. Someday I would like to see it in person.
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:41 PM   #803
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Knowing this and you still went to Washington to purchase your '63? Was it sight unseen? By the way, I am busy reading your posts on your recon on the '63. I appreciate al of your helpful information. Someday I would like to see it in person.
David
Yes, I did buy it off pictures the seller sent to me,a nd I knoew it was a mess. I was looking for the 63 for it's clean body panel transfers. The front segments are perfectly lined up with the window sheets, which give it an especially clean look on the outside.
My plans for the trailer did not require it to be complete, nor original.
Feel free to swing by for a look anytime you'd like.
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Axles, a/c and refrigerator, as far as replacement parts. Frame and flooring as structural parts.
Uwe, thank you for that information. I was told about an Airstream sighting in French Valley, CA. I drove to were it was, only to find a nice shiny horse trailer. So much for that sighting. I did find two others though. I spoke to the owner of a '71, but he wasn't interested in selling. He has owned it for 10 years. The other one I still have to wait until the owners get home. It looks like they may be away on vacation as there were a number of newspapres on their driveway. I tried to get the vin, but it was very hard to read.
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Uwe, thank you for that information. I was told about an Airstream sighting in French Valley, CA. I drove to were it was, only to find a nice shiny horse trailer. So much for that sighting. I did find two others though. I spoke to the owner of a '71, but he wasn't interested in selling. He has owned it for 10 years. The other one I still have to wait until the owners get home. It looks like they may be away on vacation as there were a number of newspapres on their driveway. I tried to get the vin, but it was very hard to read.
there's a guy on the way from 79S to Tucalota Springs, sort of on the north side of the street that deals in trailers and aparently does restorations. Follow the road from the casino turnoff towards Tucalota Springs, and you can't miss it.
It is a little ways out of town, but might be worth investigating. Sorry I do not have a better address for you.
btw. We love camping at Tucalota Springs. A nice relaxing place close to wine country
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there's a guy on the way from 79S to Tucalota Springs, sort of on the north side of the street that deals in trailers and aparently does restorations. Follow the road from the casino turnoff towards Tucalota Springs, and you can't miss it.
It is a little ways out of town, but might be worth investigating. Sorry I do not have a better address for you.
btw. We love camping at Tucalota Springs. A nice relaxing place close to wine country
Are you talking about Dayton Taylor? This guy: http://www.vintagetrailercrazy.com/ ? He's pretty nice, I've been out to his place before. He does some good restorations. He had a couple of Airstreams last time I was out there and a few Spartans and a bunch of canned hams.
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Are you talking about Dayton Taylor? This guy: http://www.vintagetrailercrazy.com/ ? He's pretty nice, I've been out to his place before. He does some good restorations. He had a couple of Airstreams last time I was out there and a few Spartans and a bunch of canned hams.
I think that's it.
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I'm finally finished reading all of the post on the '63. I am both scared and at the same time excited about finding and restoring my first Airstream. With all of the information on this forum, one could write many books on restoration. I'm sure I will be asking for a lot of help. Uwe, thank you for all of your pics and information. David
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Old 08-14-2006, 04:37 PM   #810
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Zip Dee-lemma

Got my awning a few weeks back, and finished installing it this morning. Unfortunately, it was not as slam dunk as I had hoped. As it was shipped from ZipDee, it did not fit to the upper contour of my trailer AT ALL.
A call to ZipDee's customer service ( very nice, btw.) made it clear that these awnings are not really fitted for older Airstreams any more, but pretty much Universal for contoured trailers. I was advised that the upper steel awning arms need to be bent to fit. Sort of crude, don't you think? Besides, it's not an easy thing to do. I wedged the edge of the bar under the trailer tire, slipped the lower support tube into it, and then bent the short piece back at the existing "knee". This allowed the awning tube bracket to hug the trailer a little more,a nd the stud on teh upper reteiner bracket to reach the recess in the awning tube bracket. Before, there was no way this would have worked.
i don't mind a little extra work, but someone should have put this in teh instructions, I think. There was lots of head scratching and self doubting going on at Area 63 this weekend.
But, that's not all folks....
Now, with the awning properly installed, and everything double and triple checked, the front of the awning is too low. I am about 5ft10in, and I hit my head on the roller tube, plus the upper door edge scrapes severly when opening and closing the door.
The remedy would be to drill extra holes to allow the awning to go up another 6in or so. I hope that there will be enough meat left inside the awning rail to support the upper awning arm.
Anyways, pictures of the finished product are attached. The first picture shows teh door as it rubs on the inside of the awning fabric.
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Old 08-14-2006, 04:46 PM   #811
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A few more pictures of the finished ( almost) installation. btw. the awning has a removeable spine, which allows connecting the awning to the trailer by bracing the assembly up, then sliding the spine with the first metal segment attached into the awning rail and awning metal cover simultaneously. This prevents having to handle the heavy awning tube during feeding of the spine into the awning rail.
I will definitely have to get used to the new look of my trailer now. The awning adds a lot of visual clutter when stowed, and sticks out like a sore thumb. But I am sure that the shade and comfort it provides will soon make me forget about the look factor. If not, it goes on ebay....
The pictures show the awning arm the needed to be bent, both the front and rear one. Also the upper brackets and the awning in travel position.
I love the fabric, though. Sitting underneath after the installation makes me want to head to Baja soon.......
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That came out great. Glad it finally worked for you and you'll get use to the busy look of the awning when in its travel position. It took me awhile too. I would not have thought the black and white stripes would look as good as they do. You'll certainly enjoy the shade it provides on a sunny day. Now you'll need to get window covering made from the same striped material. Enjoy!!!

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