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Old 05-20-2005, 04:59 PM   #15
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I don't think most folks mind--there are many vintage trailer folk who own other brands as well as their airstreams. I dream of someday getting a 1940s Westcraft! Plus, more of our friends have vintage canned hams...

While the orientation here is Airstreams, you'll find that pretty much all trailer construction is similar. So, lots of the general advice will apply, while the particulars (nuts & bolt issues) won't. One thing to watch out for--many of the other brands had wood cores and frames. For airstreams, the only wood is the flooring, so you may have more to watch out for in terms of rot.

After going through our own trailer issues--and witnessing others, I'd suggest that it may be healthy to do a bit of preemptive probing--into your floor. Sit out in the trailer with a good book the next time it rains to see if there are leaks, and mark them with a sharpie pen (so you can check--possibly under skin--where it falls from and what it falls onto).

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Old 05-21-2005, 03:55 PM   #16
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Ok. Pics posted. I guess if you click on my member name you can go to member pics.
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Old 05-21-2005, 04:15 PM   #17
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Looks like you have a project ahead of you! Nice
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Old 05-21-2005, 04:33 PM   #18
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Check this out - you will find tons of information......

http://groups.msn.com/VintageVacatio...sageboard.msnw

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Neat little trailer! That's going to look very vintage all fixed up. I love the two tone exterior.
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Old 05-21-2005, 04:37 PM   #20
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I think you have a great find there. You may have to a little rebuilding if you find rot - all trailers either have or will have rot - but the original paint scheme is there and will be beautiful when its done. From what I can tell of the interior it looks like its in great shape. In the vintage world we call those trailers canned ham. They are not all that difficult to rebuild if you have some basic woodworking tools/skills

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Old 05-21-2005, 05:29 PM   #21
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I would have bought that trailer for the stove alone. Love it!
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Old 05-21-2005, 05:36 PM   #22
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Would everyone believe that we got the trailer for free? It was just sitting in someones yard under a tree. It makes me wonder how many others are just sitting out in the boonies somewhere not loved. My husband and I went in and took the stove out today. I need to get it insured. The full size home versions of that stove go for 4K to 13K$$. I do have another question. Who does everyone recommend for insurance. I have called a few of the big companies, and they pretty much laughed at me. I am not discouraged by any of it though, and from everyones comments on this site, I am even more happy and excited. For us, since we don't know that much about trailers...it looks pretty bad. My husband and i are big do it yourselfers though. We have done alot of work on all our homes, and we rebuilt a bayliner boat...that we also found. Thank you so much to all of you.
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Thanks for all the info Ken J. It helps a ton to find all these sites.
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Old 05-21-2005, 06:45 PM   #24
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Don't let anyone laugh at you - you have a great find there - its rare to find one with a decent interior - and a good stove and its rare to find one with the original paint scheme on the outside. Check out the pictures of my restoration and what I started out with at http://www.airforums.com/forum...er+restoration
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Old 05-21-2005, 10:06 PM   #25
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I love the "quilted" trim! The stove is also really sweet. You actually seem to have a an ok paint job (though it definitely needs cleaning) and it does seem to have a really solid hitch. It appears that the bottom has a covering (belly pan), so probably the rest of the frame is ok. Judging from what you wrote on vintage trailer club, you may have a bit of work fighting rot, but bear in mind, you will come out ok. If you attack it preemptively, you will end up spending a bit of money, but you'll end up with an RV that works as well as a new one, but costs less and has a whole lot more style.

Probably the best way to see what's up is to start disassembling, starting from the insides. Most things in these kinds of trailers are usually screwed down (although you may find rivets as well). It's a good thing to disassemble, if only to discover what lies underneath and to replace any rusting screws. The main thing is to carefully bag (we use those snack sized ziplock bags) and label all the itty bitty little parts. Then you have a basis for reassembly. The other good thing--when you pull apart the walls and floors (you'll do what you need to do in an exploratory way), you can remove any rodent remnants (unfortunately, almost inevitable) and replace bad insulation. The result will be a cleaner, better smelling trailer.

Canned hams are cool little trailers! Many of them have amazing (often birch) wood interiors. We've found getting involved with other vintage trailer owners is very motivating. Two groups you may want to look into are Tin Can Tourists (for any kind of vintage trailer) and (if you don't mind leaving your hubby behind) Sisters on the Fly . Craig Dorsey (Vintage Vacations ) is in the process of moving to your area--every year (except this one, because of the move) he sponsors a vintage rally--so it is something you can work towards next year!

I hope all of the stuff folks round here write leaves you psyched to get working on the trailer (we love our airstreams, but we're not chauvanists!). It's a true pearl in the rough, but it is a great gem!

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What a cutie!

You definately have a find of a lifetime there......

Our story is the reverse of yours, we started out looking for trailers like yours, but specificly Shastas and got sidetracked into the Airstream world.

Congrats and Happy camping!

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Old 05-22-2005, 11:15 AM   #27
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Everyone is so wonderful. It seems like trailering is a word all of its own. I put a new pic of somesort of fixture in my photo album here....can someone tell me what it is? Heater of somesort?
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Old 05-22-2005, 01:14 PM   #28
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Its a propane gas lamp. Do you have the glass shade ?
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