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Old 03-04-2007, 10:57 AM   #15
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start a new topic and post some pictures, then you'll get a really good idea of its worth. there is also a classified section here that you can list it in. this really is a great place.

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Old 03-04-2007, 11:00 AM   #16
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Here's a couple thoughts....

Hmmmm....Okay....I guess i can throw in my two cents worth now, and the advice is worth exactly what you paid for it!!!!

I would agree with the majority that it is kind of a "crap shoot" in regards to the various different systems on board this trailer. But something that has sat for all these years does have it's advantages too.... If you "play old car/truck" know what a find it is to see that one vehicle sitting in that barn for the last 30 yrs..... it's a rush when you take notice that it is mostly all still original, and that nobody has really ever gotten to it to mess it up with mods n stuff. You are most correct in your comparison to a classic car or buy the straight body...all else is incidental, in the larger picture!!

I may also appear a bit biased too, cuz i own a 69 23' Safari.... I too have done a bit of investigating about this most unique year....and yes, it is most certainly a transition year trailer. IMHO, it is kind of a "best of both worlds" thing.... From the inside, looking out, you would almost swear you were in a 67 or 68 trailer with all the real wood trim, etc.... but you have the advantage of the all new "wide body" shell on the exterior, which is basically identical to the body shell of the new 07 Airstream. The mid to later 70s trailers all had formica trim, all dark walnut, (somehow all seem so much smaller inside with the dark trim) and with those "@*&$%?!" tambour cabinet drawer fronts that stress people out so much. What exactly was Airstream thinking back in those days???? I remember folx back in the day, when these trailers were almost new, that cursed these tambours, always binding up, and catching on everything.

I have restored many many old cars that have "been in the barn" for waaay too long, and it is indeed not all peaches and cream....hardly ever will you find something that just needs a "wash and buff job", and start camping!! But if you could get this trailer for a reasonable price, and have some patience, and don't let the magnitude of all those strange systems in the trailer intimidate you, then it sounds like you'll be in for quite a fun time...the rewards are endless.... And the 29' Ambassador is indeed a rare bird..... Just tackle one particular system at a time....and you will become a pro in very short order!!! By default, if by any other way !!! haha

If you need any tech info, or copies or scans of any manual related stuff, i do have all the manuals for the 69, plus the 1969 Showroom brochures, and all that good schtuff... let me know, i can send you a scan of whatever you need to know....

Me myself, I'd say, look the trailer over as best you can, see if the guy will let you plug the trailer in to 110v, and see what lights up...... if u r feeling adventurous, try hooking up a garden hose to the city water outlet, and crank er up....but beware of little "Old Faithful Geysers" inside and out!!!

Remember, Custer took a Chance...... Once.....

let us know what you decide to do......

take care....


Scott Anderson
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(formerly #22425 1968-76)

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And in my sleep.....Just like my Grandfather....
Not screaming, kicking and in a state of panic,
like the other passengers in his car were......
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:50 PM   #17
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with all due respect, the original post is from a year and a half ago .

i was simply responding to johns recent request about his overlander.

it's funny how these old threads pop up now and again. i'm sure my post won't be the last one under this topic.


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