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Old 06-02-2008, 02:46 PM   #1
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mahogany woodwork and age of airstream

I`m going to look at a Land Yacht this weekend. They think the age is in the late `70`s. It also has the mahogany woodwork, wood grain fridge. All the pictures I have viewed online with the mahogany seem to be in the `60`s. Also, it has been sitting for a few years, if anyone has some tips on what I should watch out for it would be greatly appreciated. I`m new at this. Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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If you want to know what year the unit is, post the website where the pictures are and I am sure someone can help you figure it out. Best of luck
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums.

As stated by Air2D2, if you could post a picture or two that would help the many experts on this site identify this trailer's year and model. Alternatively, if you have the VIN, that can generally be used to decode the year and model as well.

I know that some of the International models in the mid/late 60s used Honduran mahogany which looked very nice IMO, but my understanding is that in the mid/late 70s, there was not much real wood used, instead they used a lot of laminate veneers or "simulated wood grain."

But I'm no expert-- if you have any pictures, those will help, and good luck with your purchase!

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Old 06-02-2008, 02:59 PM   #4
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They think the age is in the late `70's.
Your best bet is to find out what the serial number is... from that, you will be able to identify the exact year. If you have any picts post them and you will get some close guesses as to the correct year.

As far as what to look for... are you looking for a renovation projest or an immediately usable trailer?
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:05 PM   #5
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I actually don`t have pictures of it but will take some when I see it(and try to figure out how to post them!) I will call and try to get VIN. I don`t know how much luck I will have it`s sitting on a farm at the moment. I am looking to use it immediately but it will be parked at our cottage. I do however have to get it there.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:31 PM   #6
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Shari 'InsideOut' has a spreadsheet on this. Can't find the link right off. But I've PM'ed asking her to look in here.

Yeah, and ditto on Steve. Get us the VIN and we'll have it for you in under 5 minutes.
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:22 PM   #7
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Shari 'InsideOut' has a spreadsheet on this. Can't find the link right off.
look here --->
http://www.insideout-design.net/VintageAS-models.html
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:59 PM   #8
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IIRC, the actual "wood" ended circa 1972. We have a '74, and the only real wood in the trailer is the plywood in the floor, and under the formica countertops.
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:55 PM   #9
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I think it was 70 wasn't it Terry. Our 71 has laminate - a 69 and 70 we looked at had wood, which we really wanted, but they both needed floor repairs.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:23 PM   #10
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I think it was 70 wasn't it Terry. Our 71 has laminate - a 69 and 70 we looked at had wood, which we really wanted, but they both needed floor repairs.
It may have been, but I saw a '72 Sovereign with wood cabinetry. Not all of them, just the small bulkhead in the living area, and a couple of minor shelves. Our '72 Argosy was all laminate, so the age of wood was fading fast by that time.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:35 PM   #11
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We have a 1970 Sovereign, and as I understand it, 70 was the last year for wood.
You should look for peeling veneer, but if the veneer is there, it can ne reglued easily. The real wood looks very nice. Ours is walnut. If you get pics I can help ID the age.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:09 AM   #12
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It is "real wood" under the plastic, just little chips of it held together with glue...
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:54 PM   #13
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Hi all :Ok I`m realizing now that I`m in the motorhome general questions. (Told you I`m new at this) I have a serial number S-128410137. It is an "ambassador land yacht. I did buy it and hope I don`t live to regret it, they are really hard to get a hold of around here, so I thought I would take my chances. I did find an old keychain (maybe from servicing?) that has 1964 on it. It needs a bit of work to get it functioning so I`m very grateful to have this forum for reference!
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Hi Jane,

That VIN looks pretty close to what is found here. Do the photos on the link at all resemble your Airstream? By the way, congrats on your purchase, whatever it turns out to be!
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