Originally Posted by Hodag
I appreciate the offer, but I'm leaning toward a smaller trailer (20'-24' or so).
Don’t know if you have had a chance to meet with Ed yet about looking for a good vintage Airstream. I believe he’s on the road at the moment. (Airstreamers are often hard to find!) Ed is a great source of advice—at last count he’s restored four of them.
I’m with you—for camping (as opposed to full-timing), trailers in the 20 -25 foot range are the way to go. Airstream made a lot of models in that size range, but they are also the most popular with vintage Airstreamers—smaller trailers often sell for more than larger ones in equivalent condition. (My apologies in advance if I am telling you things you already know.) A good source of information on the various Airstream models is R J Dial’s Vintage Airstream Photo Archives, Vintage Airstream Photo Archives
Before we lucked into our present 1980 22 foot International Caravelle we were looking for a 1970’s 25 foot Tradewind. Airstream made quite a few of them and we like the floor plan—sort of the dividing line between “small” trailers and “big” trailers. As a strictly camping proposition—as opposed to a collectors item—70’s trailers are essentially “modern” trailers, with both black- and graywater tanks, full bathrooms, and modern amenities. Most have air conditioners. (If you’re interested, I know some folks who may still have a 70’s Tradewind for sale.)
From your first post I am assuming that you are planning to visit us at the Wisconsin Unit rally at Seymour, Wisconsin—right around the corner from Appleton—September 12-14. There should be a good sample of vintage Airstreams there.
I also wanted to mention that the Region 5-7 Vintage Airstream Club rally will be at Osceola, Wisconsin the previous weekend, Sept 5 – 7. You are more than welcome to attend that with your present trailer without being a WBCCI member as it’s a buddy rally, meaning that anybody can come if invited by a member. You are hereby invited! If you would like to attend, please send me a private message with your name and email address and I will notify the host that I am sponsoring you. Sign-up form is in the July Badger Bulletin available at the Wisconsin Unit web site. WBCCI Wisconsin - Region 7, Unit 116 » Badger Bulletin Newsletter
The only drawback is that we will be essentially boondocking at the airport location so I don’t know what will be available in the way of bathroom facilities.
Looking forward to meeting you at Seymour, Osceola, or both!
See you down the road,