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Old 06-10-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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I'm importing one to Australia and blogging about it including costs

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.

http://australianairstream.blogspot.com/

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.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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Hi,

Just checked out your blog. Nice that you gave credit to Mark Evans.

I did a double take at his photo, though. It's one of mine from the first Branson Rally. (http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...tml#post464637 {the middle left photo}) He gave a nice demonstration on polishing. Interesting how stuff pops up when you put it on the internet.

Keep us posted on your progress here on the forums too.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:23 AM   #3
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Hey Vaughan,

Thanks for the encouragement on the blog.

I grabbed that shot from this page at Flickr...
Polish-3 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I sent an email to the page owner there "Soldier Medic". Is that you?

I left it for a few days and didn't hear back so I just went ahead and posted. : )

If you would like me to take it down and use another just let me know. Otherwise, I'd love to give full attribution. Just let me know which handle you'd prefer I use.

Thanks Vaughan.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:26 AM   #4
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...sorry, and crucially Vaughan; nice shot of Mark!

It was the best one I could find in my quick search.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:30 PM   #5
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Hi Matt,

Soldiermedic, Steve, is a good friend. I met Steve and his family in person for the first time at that rally in Branson. We've stayed in touch since then off and on. He made a few trips to Arkansas when there was a Airstream dealer in Searcy, AR and some of us would get together for some time and a meal with Steve and his family while they were here.

You're certainly welcome to use the photo. Like I said, I did put it up on the Internet, so that's kind of like letting go. They are really out of your control when you do that. A photo credit would be nice, though. I'd appreciate that. You could credit it to Vaughan Wingfield.

Speaking of photos, be sure to post some photos of your trailer and the site. Sounds like a good project. You mention you plan to refit it as a studio. What kind of work do you do?

I will be following your progress.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:37 PM   #6
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Hey Vaughan,

Attribution is in.

And a new post is up! "STAGE 1: Deciding which Airstream you want".

Also, here are a couple of photos (there are more at the blog on the photos page in the top navigation)...
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:26 PM   #7
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Hi Matt,

I appreciate the attribution.

I agree with you that the 70s vintage trailers are good looking units. I also think that the 80s ones share more with them than either do with the earlier vintages. You can see photos of my 83 Excella here View From the Sofa to the Rear - Photo Gallery.

Your Trade Wind is certainly in better shape on the outside than my Excella. It's a beautiful trailer. My Excella has large hail damage on the front cap. Word was when I bought it that it had been towed through a hailstorm. The price reflected this, though. Perhaps someday I'll replace the three panels up there.

Thanks again,
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:34 PM   #8
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Wow! Matt, I am impressed with your very thorough documentation...this is a great "how to" blog you have going! Looking forward to seeing more, especially once you get her home...
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:01 AM   #9
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I look forward to reading your blog. You are going through quite the process to get your airstream. Much easier for us here to just drive a few hours and pick one up, I hope the Tradewind makes the trip well for you after all of that hard work!
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:04 AM   #10
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Vaughan, the Excella looks be-yoo-tee-ful. That is a nice piece of trailer you have right there!

I love the comfy-chair in the optimal viewing position. I'd be locking the door from the inside and putting my feet up and "disappearing" all sunday afternoon.

Bah, dents. What are you gonna do. I've always had spotless cars. I have one right now that I've kept dent-free for almost 8 years and my nerves are shot any time I take it anywhere. Last year we bought my missus a 2nd hand late model Subaru Forester with 2 dents on it and while I still wash and polish that thing too, I don't walk around it checking for dents every time we return to it in the parking lot. I hope this isn't too smutty for the forum but, y'know, somebody already busted it's hymen and you think differently about it after that point. : ) I enjoy her car more than mine because I worry about it less. I hope it is the same for you with the Excella.

Thanks for the well wishes Doug and mnmhays. I hope it arrives OK after all this effort too. Actually, that reminds me; I'd better double check that the shipper has organised insurance to the full value of the trailer.

More updates soon.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:10 PM   #11
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Hi all,

I have put up a new post on the blog: "Stage 2: Finding The Right Airstream"
Australian Airstream Trailer: STAGE 2: Finding The Right Airstream

It compares the various approaches that Aussies (or folks from other places outside the US) might take when tracking down and evaluating purchase candidates.

- eBay
- Online Austream classifieds
- Employing an agent
- Craigslist

Let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions / corrections.

Thanks.

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:02 PM   #12
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Hey All,

I've been going with the blog for a few months now. There are lots of posts on there. I've just put one up about an approach for designing your Airstream renovation.

Australian Airstream Trailer

and specifically...

Australian Airstream Trailer: The Airstream Renovation as a Designed Experience

There are a bunch of photos up there.

Here is a taste of a few...





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Old 09-11-2011, 11:08 PM   #13
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Blog update

*** NEW AND IMPROVED POST. NOW WITH MORE PICTURES IN EVERY SPOONFUL***

Hey All,

I've been going with the blog for a few months now. There are lots of posts
on there. I've just put one up about an approach for designing your Airstream renovation.

Australian Airstream Trailer

and specifically...

Australian Airstream Trailer: The Airstream Renovation as a Designed Experience

There are a bunch of photos up there.

Here is a taste of a few...

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The trailer looks happy there! Beautiful countryside. Looking forward to your design improvements.
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