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Old 09-26-2014, 07:54 AM   #1
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Buying 3 or 4 Airstreams to ship to the UK

Hi There,

I wonder if any of you kind people can help me.

I have recently finished restoring a 1967 safari which I bought here in the Uk. I had a new axel and hitch fitted and then completed all the interior work myself and then polished it. I got a lot of things shipped from Vintage Trailer Supplies to complete the works.

I have now been asked by my friends if I can restore one for them as they liked it so much. I also have a relative who has enquired about one as well.

Therefore I'm looking to see the best way to buy 3 or maybe 4 airstreams in the USA and get them shipped to the UK. Are there agents who can source these for me or is it a case of searching ebay, etc. and getting a Rivet Master to have a look at them for me.

I'm looking for 60's trailers and really no bigger than a safari if possible.

Any advice would be most welcome

Many Thanks

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Old 09-26-2014, 09:55 AM   #2
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This Forum has a classified section. If you look there you will be dealing directly with owners and should get more accurate information that trusting a broker to act for you.
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Old 09-26-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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There is a dealer in Sheridan Arkansas that sells a lot of Airstreams to international buyers.

Look on the Little Rock Craigslist and he usually always has listings.

It is not a dealership with a building and a sign, but the father and son team move a lot of Airstreams.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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I think there is someone in Kansas as well. www.airstreamguy.com

Morgan: have you seen that '60 on LR Craigslist? Really wish I could take on that project. It would be a shame to see that end up as a deer camp trailer.


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Old 09-26-2014, 11:58 AM   #5
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Hi There,

I wonder if any of you kind people can help me.

I have recently finished restoring a 1967 safari which I bought here in the Uk. I had a new axel and hitch fitted and then completed all the interior work myself and then polished it. I got a lot of things shipped from Vintage Trailer Supplies to complete the works.

I have now been asked by my friends if I can restore one for them as they liked it so much. I also have a relative who has enquired about one as well.

Therefore I'm looking to see the best way to buy 3 or maybe 4 airstreams in the USA and get them shipped to the UK. Are there agents who can source these for me or is it a case of searching ebay, etc. and getting a Rivet Master to have a look at them for me.

I'm looking for 60's trailers and really no bigger than a safari if possible.

Any advice would be most welcome

Many Thanks

Mark
Mark

I suspect that your setting youself up to be stuck with several "JUNKERS".

After you pick out what you think is a good, have someone check them out for you. There are many people on this Forums that would help you.

Pictures can be taken, that don't show problems, even when the coach has bad axles.

That inspection would give you a huge advantage, instead of buying sight unseen.

At least then you would have a ball park, as to how much your going to spend for parts and repairs.

A few owners, having a fairly well detail of each trailer, can then purchase parts, and have them shipped in the trailer.

That would save you with shipping costs and duties.

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Old 09-26-2014, 12:55 PM   #6
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Why Import?

Retro Rocket Caravans

Been to Worchestershire lately?



But seriously, I'm curious (nosey busybody)... Wondering if it wouldn't be less expensive and a lot faster to buy a UK build shell and add an interior. Or even keep it as an "aluminum tent." You'd start with new everything AND have the surge brakes, 220 volt electric, etc. Plus the door wouldn't be on the Yank side!

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That is a nice looking 60. I wish I had some extra cash floating around I would negotiate.

http://littlerock.craigslist.org/rvs/4621135215.html
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This 60 looks nice too.

http://littlerock.craigslist.org/rvs/4663047142.html
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Yeah I've seen that one too. And I'm in the same boat wished I had a little extra cash. I think the one for 4000 started at 5000. I bet he would negotiate.


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But seriously, I'm curious (nosey busybody)... Wondering if it wouldn't be less expensive and a lot faster to buy a UK build shell and add an interior. Or even keep it as an "aluminum tent." You'd start with new everything AND have the surge brakes, 220 volt electric, etc. Plus the door wouldn't be on the Yank side!

Paula
Hi Paula,

Thanks for the reply

Retro Rocket are just down the road from me, but and it's a big but, I prefer the originals. I have always been into the old VW's which are huge over here ( just sold my 1967 split screen camper ) so it has to be an original airstream. Yes there is more work involved but there's nothing like an original airstream. The look, the smell, everything. Since finishing my 67 safari I haven't stopped smiling.

Thanks for all the replies and advice, please keep it coming.

Has anybody had any dealings with airstreamguy, he seems a genuine guy.
I've sent him an email to see what he can do.

Cheers
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