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Old 07-25-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
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Okay, I know I'm in a safe place because I am officially in the 'Off Topic' forum!
I have an Airstream and wouldn't sell it for the world (okay, maybe), but I would love to be able for my kids and grandkids to camp with my DW and me. If I can't afford a nice 16-18 Airstream for the kids nor could I get a good one for $2000-- my budget, what would you suggest? I want a 'vintage' trailer, you know, one that has a little personality. I was thinking a 60's or '70's model Shasta or PlayMor. We will be passing our Airstream on to them, but in the meantime, what SOB would you recommend? Thanks
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:36 PM   #2
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Greetings Ag'71!

If I were looking for a Vintage non-Airstream/Argosy coach, I would be considering the following:
  • Holiday Rambler or Alum-A-Lite due to their original construction quality.
  • Bee Line -- my neighbors always owned Bee Lines and they seemed to be unusually well-built for a mid-priced travel trailer.
  • Trillium -- a mid to late 1970s fiberglass travel trailer that in the 18' length offered features very similar to Airstream.
  • Cameo -- a mid to late 1970s light weight coach that had intresting floorplans with a rather good build-quality.
  • Burro -- another 1970s/1980s fiberglass coach that offered interesting features along with light weight.
  • Serro Scotty -- always a favorite of mine for some reason -- well thought-out floorplans and the comparatively rare tandem axle Scotty always intrigued me.
  • Red Dale -- they always seemed to have unusually nice wood interiors.
  • Yellowstone -- always seemed to have very nice interiors, but the coaches were often very heavy for their size.
  • Boles Aero -- classic canned ham coaches that were sought out in their day for build quality.
  • Fan -- noted for good build quality and a variety of floorplans
  • Shasta -- popular canned ham with a variety of floorplans.
  • Smokey -- a number of interesting floorplans in canned ham style.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:13 AM   #3
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Holiday Rambler (a fav of mine)
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Keep looking on craigslist, type in your price limit, and give it some time.
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:29 PM   #4
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Thank you for your replies, especially Overlander64. What an awesome list. Who knows, maybe I can get a great deal on a small Airstream. The list you supplied is something certainly I'll keep close and watch Craigslist and the classifieds. It'll be fun!
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:21 PM   #5
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I'd look for a Boler or Trillium.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:42 PM   #6
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I restored this 72 Holiday Rambler and it was very easy to work on. The original construction was very good so updating was a breeze. I used it for my hunting trailer but it would sleep 6. Sold it a couple of months ago and got all my investment back.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:48 PM   #7
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+1 on Holiday Ramblers, aluminum frames are everything IMO. Most all of the wood frame models (I've had many) have had such serious hidden structural rot that they were not worth repairing. I'm talking vintage all the way up to my 2002 Fleetwood.
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