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Old 01-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #15
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Hi all,

We are a good way into renovations, but before I show you the results so far, I wanted to talk about how we designed a floor plan.

I've put up a new post on the blog.

Australian Airstream Trailer: Design: Floorplans

Let me know what you think.
Matt.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:30 AM   #16
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Hi Matt,

Great to see a fellow Aussie loving the tin car trailers.

Just purchased a 72 Silver Streak. See pics.

We recieve in a couple of weeks. Will post more when I take delivery.

Very funky.

Cheers Matt
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:52 PM   #17
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Hi all,

I know there are a couple of other Australia threads but I wanted to get this one up in the open.

I have just bought an airstream - a '74 Tradewind and I'm importing it from Idaho in the USA to the port of Brisbane.

The best part is that I'm blogging about it every step of the way. Including all the parts that people are usually coy about, like costs. I've exposed exactly what it is costing on the blog. In short it is costing me less that $8,000 for overland and shipping transport.

I have contacts for the cheapest and best shipper I could find. There are lots of tips on how to do it all. Little things that you would never think about like having copies of documents and keys sent to you in the mail in advance of having the trailer shipped. Or hiding a set of keys on the outside of your locked trailer while it is shipped so that customs don't have to smash a window to do an inspection on the US side if they need to.

Australian Airstream Trailer

In Australia you also need to become an importer to bring one in. This allows you to save a lot of money. It isn't hard, you just need to fill out a form and submit it to DOTARS. It takes about 4 weeks to be approved. Your trailer will take about 6 weeks to ship.

Anyway, go take a look at the blog. It is shaping up really nicely.

Let me know if you have any questions (or want any topics covered) and I'll try to answer them on the blog as well as here so that everybody can benefit.

Good luck finding your dream trailer - I'm having an awesome time!

Matt.
Hi Matt, I love the blog! Thanks for sharing. Just a few questions, if I may. Are Kiawah Lines still in business? Can you share some more detail about what conversions you needed to have done to ship it, if any? I notice the door is still on the right, how did you get around compliance on that?
Thanks so much for whatever help you can offer.
Cheers, CC
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:17 AM   #18
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Stage 1 Renovations Complete

Hi All,

We just completed the majority of the interior renovations to our 1974 Airstream Tradewind (I'm the original poster to this thread so look back to see before pictures).

Here are some of the highlights...
Completely updated layout
240v throughout for power - including uninterruptible power supply (we get a lot of trees falling over power lines up here in the hills).
12v lighting including LED strip lights recessed behind a panel in the ceiling.
Bamboo floor
Bar fridge
All new upholstery
2-pak high gloss desk
(Replica) Eames soft cushion executive chair.
Dinette that converts into a kids bed
Couch that converts into a double bed (retained and modified from original)

And, pictures because I know how much you guys love pictures...
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:28 PM   #19
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Hi Matt
This is awesome! I am now going to carefully read your blog. I am planning to import a trailer into NZ so i'll be interested to see how you made your selection without physically viewing it. i am no mechanic so i'll be relying on specialist restoring/refit help here in NZ so trying to figure out what sort of condition to buy in. Thanks for yr contribution !!
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:01 PM   #20
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Hey Red,

Mine is permanently sited so I haven't had to deal with any compliance issues. Having said that, I have seen many, many, vintage Airstreams over here (registered and on the road) with doors on the right hand side.

Just as you can get a special allowance for vintage left hand drive cars, I'm quite sure there is a way around it. You'll need to do your own research.

Eric Wegeman is doing something along these lines. Try tracking him down.

I suggest you buy something from the states in good, running order. Ideally currently registered (i.e. it must be good enough to have passed rego over there) and move forward from that point.

Google "Mark the Airstream Guy". He can act as an agent for you in the US. He can inspect, tow, arrange purchasing and shipping if you like. He was a great help to us. Otherwise, just make sure you do all the obvious over-the-phone checks you can. Most of it is about integrity - ask people questions about things you can see in the photos to determine if they are prepared to lie.

If I can help any further, jump across to my blog and ask some questions over there.

Good luck.

Matt.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:06 PM   #21
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Hi, thanks for all the info, I'm based in Melbourne and have started looking at importing one from Canada so this info will be very useful

Cheers, George
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