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Old 10-22-2012, 10:42 PM   #1
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Ok, long story short, I have inherited a VERY near original 1949 22' liner / Globetrotter in great condition. 28 years ago I helped out an uncle who inherited it and needed my help (yes i'm a truck guy) hauling back to Socal from Colorado. Fast forward 28 years, It has been sitting as I unhitched it 28 years ago. In fact, it's in the exact same spot! I'm very interested in making it "useable" as a weekender. Ideas????
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Wow! More pics please. You gotta go wit an all original restoration, don't ya?
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Hey, congratulations! So how did the interior fare? Hopefully you or your uncle kept an eye on any potential leaks and stopped them in time.

More photos, please!?
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:49 PM   #4
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Wow, very cool! First thing I'd do is get the running gear up to snuff. If you can't move it, you can't camp in it. Fix what's broken, not sure if it will need a full resto or what. But that's what we've done with our Shasta Compact and will with our recent purchase. Make it safe to tow, buy new upholstery, test the systems, make it watertight, then fix/restore as you go. If the floor is soft or it needs major restoration then you might need to do more up front.

Definitely want more pics!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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more pics of the 49 or possible 48

Here are a couple more pics of the liner. I'm putting it on a car trailer next week and bringing it home. From there, it's decision time. Sell it to a collector/enthusiast, restore to original or restore and modernize to functionality. It's in good shape considering it's been sitting outdoors for 28 years. Exterior straight! no dents. Interior...original.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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And one more thing

The title says its a 49. The serial/production plate say #1282. Is there a way to confirm manufacture date? model?
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:01 PM   #7
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According to this site: 1949 Liner 22' - Vintage Airstream serial number 1282 would put it at the beginning of the model year. Probably the closest information you will find.

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The title says its a 49. The serial/production plate say #1282. Is there a way to confirm manufacture date? model?
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:37 PM   #8
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I love that story. Talk about things coming full circle!

Whatever you do, DON'T SELL IT FOR SHORT MONEY. That trailer could well be one of the finest examples of its kind, and is the kind of trailer that might be almost too nice to use. It is definitely a candidate for a full restoration to original specs. The skin looks almost perfect. Good luck with it!

Also, this thread should probably be moved to the Airstream section, rather than "Vintage Kin". This trailer comes straight from the root of the family tree.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:47 PM   #9
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We spent our time at Jackson a couple of weeks ago next to a beautiful 49, smaller than yours. They're amazing and if it's all original, would be a wonderful restoration. Systems can be updated to make it easier to use, and can be done without messing up the originality. When the multiple panel ends and aluminum cabinets are polished, they make for amazing interiors.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:37 PM   #10
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Thanks, I will ask webmaster to move the posts to the Airstream section.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:21 PM   #11
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Question...Anyone know the actual width of the axle w/wheels & tires for my 49 Liner? I'm planning to put it on a car trailer to bring it home and want to make sue it will fit. Spec shows the Liner to be 84" width O.A. I'm guessing the width of the axle assembly to be at about 80"????
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #12
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There's quite a bit of information here:

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I see the width of trailer, but not width at the wheels, though.
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84 inches will get you home. That is a standard flatbed trailed width. You can drop it off with me anytime.
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It's not just the width of the axles that's critical. When I moved my '48 Liner (granted it had one flat tire) the biggest problem I had was a conflict between the wider bodywork of the Liner, and the fenders of the trailer that I used to transport it. Fortunately I was able to remove the fenders. Hate to see you put a dent in that beautiful aluminum shell.
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