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Old 01-05-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Have a chance to buy a neighbors airstream. 1958, no plate???? Double axle. Looks like a trade wind....
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Have a chance to buy a neighbors airstream. 1958, no plate???? Double axle. Looks like a trade wind....
A couple of photo's would help.

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Greetings Russ G!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstreams!

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Have a chance to buy a neighbors airstream. 1958, no plate???? Double axle. Looks like a trade wind....
Should the Airstream acftually be a 1958, it would be either an Ambassador (28') or a Sovereign of the Road (30') Prior to 1964, the Tradewind would have been a single axle unless special ordered with tandems by the original owner. Prior to 1960, even the Overlanders (26') were single axle unless special ordered with tandmes (the tandem axle special order on Overlanders became common after about 1957). If the coach happen to be a 1968 or 1978, then it could be a Tradewind or Overlander.



1958 Overlander -- see this link.




1968 Tradewind -- see this link.




1978 Tradewind -- see this link.

or, you can try the site below and see Airstream photos by year and model:

Vintage Airstream Photo Archives - Vintage Airstream

Good luck with your investigation!

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It looks the most like the overlander.... What are your thoughts?
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:21 PM   #8
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I would think California made overlander. Should be 26 ft bumper to coupler if you measure it, Ed
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Help with identifying

The window style and placement threw me initially. I haven't seen very many 1958 Overlanders, but quite a few 1957. Checked the photo archives on Vintageairstream.com, and found one with the same window style and placement.

Good luck with your investigation!

Kevin

P.S.: Just thought of another difference . . . the 1958 is likely to have a Marvel 2" coupler rather than the 2 5/16" coupler found on your 1973.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:29 PM   #11
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So think it's the 1958? California. Does that make any difference? It sure traveled a long way if so....
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No just that wheel well style is usually from the california factory. Mine is the same style on a double axle 58 overlander. Ed
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:41 PM   #13
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Ed, you have a 58' overland? If so, could you post some pics?
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Mine is actually on vintage airstream.com. it's #26-7137 26 ft overlander. It was a custom double door model so may not be of help in your identification. It looks very different now as it has undergone a shell off restoration. Ed
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