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Old 10-06-2004, 09:40 PM   #1
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Question Model 4811 Serial 1116 Just Bought, ....what is it.

I was driving around this afternoon and saw an old airstream in someones backyard, I stopped a couple of hours later and asked at the door...

Wife said go out and look, husband will be out in a minute.....all the stories told...he bought the coach to use as a storage shed 10 years ago...paid $200.

outside is in great condition, no rust except on tires.....all rivits tight none missing...2 windows broke.....will need new tires and new hitch point.....

inside will have to be gutted...

tag near door says Airstream Trailers Model 4811 Serial 1116.

What did i just buy...?
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Old 10-06-2004, 11:04 PM   #2
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A project? Or if everything gets overwhelming a very unique storage shed.
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What size is the trailer? How many axles?Can you post a picture or two?
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Old 10-06-2004, 11:42 PM   #4
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My inital guess (based on the Serial Number) is it's a '58 18-footer. Many of these had unique layouts and weren't identified with name placques like most Airstreams. Post pictures when you get a chance...then maybe it can be confirmed ~

Look familiar?

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Old 10-07-2004, 12:58 AM   #5
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My inital guess (based on the Serial Number) is it's a '58 18-footer. Many of these had unique layouts and weren't identified with name placques like most Airstreams. Post pictures when you get a chance...then maybe it can be confirmed ~

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No but it does look something like this:
http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...r/48Liner.html
name plate looks exact

i will have pics tomorrow.....
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Cool Ooops! Guess I was off...

Very cool!!!

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Nice trailer, congratulations and welcome to the family of Airstreamers. This is the place to look for answers.
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Old 10-08-2004, 07:33 PM   #8
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Nice trailer, congratulations and welcome to the family of Airstreamers. This is the place to look for answers.
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spent 2 hours cleaning christmas items out of coach this afternoon. hooked up and pulled it about 30 feet before losing a tire....more air then another 30 feet to the driveway....gentleman had been storing christmas tree items for the past 10 years....

tomorrow we will weld a new hitch assembly and put on some quick moving tail lights...then we will come back home.

plan on pulling everything down to supports....and give it all a good clean...measures out at 20 feet plus hitch....
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Very cool!!!

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the id plate on the coach looks exactly like this except the number are

model 4811 serial 1116

the exterior is perfect but the inside is completely gutted to the floor.

i wonder what the original layout on this was...i wonder who bought first....i wonder how much ( i just traded a computer hard drive (80gig) for it) was the sale price....i wonder
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If that's the "Pipe" frame I would be very hesitant to trying to tow it till it has been fully inspected. I would recommend putting it on a flat trailer to move it to where you plan to work on it. Then drop the belly pan and inspect the frame.

Florida's sandy soil and large amounts of rain are brutal on trailers parked on the bare ground. It rots them out. There have been several post of old FL trailers that looked great but the frames were totally rotten. One was a Nice looking coach and hitch was literally rotted off the front. Another was a 50's Flying cloud with a nearly perfect body but the frame was coming apart. I recommended to the person to disassemble the body from the frame and save the body and make a new frame....thats what he did. They literally had to shovel the frame up.

Please be careful. Those Pipe frame coaches are very bad about the pipe pulling out from rust.

Even with a bad frame that is still a great deal. There is so few of those coaches that saving them is worth the effort.
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it does seem to have a single pipe about 4-5 inches running front to back....pulled it about 10 miles yesterday and the tow was very smooth...no lights or brakes but i was pulling with my f350 supercrew and that seemed to handle the trailer fine....

i would consider selling this trailer in a couple of weeks after i practice polishing on it...

i plan on buying another one just down the road a 1958 22 foot something or other that is in much better condition on the inside...the guy wants 900.00 and my wife just said it was ok....it i really wanted it....now she will want shoes, clothes, hair appointments, shoes, more clothes...and of course i will have to say yes.......

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If that's the "Pipe" frame I would be very hesitant to trying to tow it till it has been fully inspected. I would recommend putting it on a flat trailer to move it to where you plan to work on it. Then drop the belly pan and inspect the frame.

Florida's sandy soil and large amounts of rain are brutal on trailers parked on the bare ground. It rots them out. There have been several post of old FL trailers that looked great but the frames were totally rotten. One was a Nice looking coach and hitch was literally rotted off the front. Another was a 50's Flying cloud with a nearly perfect body but the frame was coming apart. I recommended to the person to disassemble the body from the frame and save the body and make a new frame....thats what he did. They literally had to shovel the frame up.

Please be careful. Those Pipe frame coaches are very bad about the pipe pulling out from rust.

Even with a bad frame that is still a great deal. There is so few of those coaches that saving them is worth the effort.
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