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Old 05-28-2006, 06:04 PM   #1
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Tortured tin - ugly Airstreams

I figured we might as well start another list of Airstreams abused, neglected and most horribly mutilated. Here are the first 2 offerings - both currently on e-bay, a stenciled Argosy and a homemade 5th wheel. So sad.
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Old 05-28-2006, 06:45 PM   #2
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The view from the front window of that "5th wheel " must be spectacular. Sad, indeed. On another note, a member of our unit sustained some hail damage and covered each dent with a silver metallic star. It actualy looked quite unique. Kind of like making the best of a bad situation.
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Taste is a very personal thing.

I find the gooseneck contraption horrible; real beauty mismatched with terrible ugliness.

But the American Star Argosy is very cool. It would be even neater with a denim interior.


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Old 05-28-2006, 08:33 PM   #4
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Taste is a very personal thing.

I find the gooseneck contraption horrible; real beauty mismatched with terrible ugliness.

But the American Star Argosy is very cool. It would be even neater with a denim interior.


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At least the Argosy could be fixed with a coat of paint, if you aren't a screamin' Evil Knievel fan, but that Tradewind could only be helped if it was pushed off a cliff.
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Old 05-28-2006, 08:38 PM   #5
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I'll second that motion. If you want a wild read - check out the sales pitch that goes with the 5th wheel ebay posting. The guy wants $42,000 for this beauty.. hurry hurry.

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If you are seeing this then God brought you here because this is One of a Kind.... A 1974 25' Airstream Tradewind Land Yacht with a custom built 5th wheel hitch with a steel under carriage that runs the length of the trailer. I had the 5th wheel carriage custom made because 1st; Airstream trailers are second to none, and 2nd; there is no substitute for 5th wheel towing. Towing ball hitch is nowhere near as smooth as towing with a 5th wheel. Those who tow know this. Look around. You won't find a 5th wheel Airstream anywhere on planet earth except right here. It has Air Conditioning, Self leveling electric jacks, a DirecTV Sat. dish with Tivo box, 20" Polaroid LCD Swivel Television. It has an open kitchen for either a love seat sofa, or kitchenette table. This isn't for just anyone. People who know will understand the reason why this thing is amazing and worth the price. IT IS A 5th WHEEL AIRSTREAM !!! Case Closed. God brought you here....have Faith..call me if you want more details about the trailer or to hear about the bigger picture. James @ 978.807.9106 It’s funny how many angry emails I am getting because I referenced God in my description of the trailer. As unbelievable as it is to some of you…Yes, I have faith in God, and Yes, I believe that this trailer is worth the money, and Yes, I believe that God is going to bring this across the path of someone who loves God, Airstreams, and 5th Wheel Towing. I unashamedly Love God and I hope and pray that you will too. PS In one of the angry emails that I received, it was brought to my attention that Airstream did, in fact, make a 5th wheel Trailer. I don’t know this for sure, but it very well may be. I have never heard of or seen one before.
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Old 05-28-2006, 09:11 PM   #6
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I tell you what! If anybody is really interested I can cut you a helluva deal on a make your own Airstream 5th wheel kit I have in my possesion a 1975 Sovereign Airstream and a 1998 27' Drop deck gooseneck triaxle equipment hauler. For a the miserly sum of $25,000 I will be more than happy to deliver to you your own Airstream ugly 5th wheel. And you won't have to wait on God to send you here and you get 6 more feet of trailer!

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How about this one?



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And here's the other infamous 5th wheel:



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Actually, Shari, it doesn't look to bad! Someone put a lot of thought and skill into that one.
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Shari, I like your auto-Airstream hybrid. Somebody in Forums posted a similar pic of a minivan-Airstream hybrid here 2-3 years ago. It was a Canadian licensed "unit" they saw in a parking lot in Florida.

The pictures above make the Camo Argosy seem tame.
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Another painted Argosy and an Airstream boat

Here are a couple for the collection. The first one is a early 48(I think) turned into a pontoon boat. Floats are a little difficult to see.
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Dwight -- That 2nd trailer doesn't have front pano windows, thus can't be an Argosy (the line that prototyped this feature in the decade before Airstream added it to the 'silver' lineup). It's an Airstream! I glanced quickly at Vintage Airstream Photo Archives and can only get close with the limited time I have this AM.
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The painted one has me scratching my head - seems like the square window on the front (like my 68 has) doesn't go with the rounded window on the side (like argosys have). What is it?
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The painted one has me scratching my head - seems like the square window on the front (like my 68 has) doesn't go with the rounded window on the side (like argosys have). What is it?
A late '68 or early '69 Caravel (or GT)? Or a '68 Caravel (or GT) with a later window transplant?

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