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Old 08-18-2010, 07:34 PM   #15
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Just a quick note - you might want to consider an Argosy 28' or 30' with a rear bedroom. They're cool - they have dual panaromic windows, front and rear - and the center bath arrangement means that most of the hard points will already be close to where you'd want them. They're painted, but if you want shiny aluminum, that is a bunch of paint stripper away (except for painting the steel end caps silver to match.)

Also, having read Frank's great post, I actually pull an underlying message out of it - if you buy an early-60s (or earlier) trailer, a lot of stuff is less Airstream-specific. As long as some of it is there, you can more readily fabricate the rest. I have parts in my 77 Argosy that make me shudder at the thought of having to replace them. (I almost wish I had a parts trailer...not that I want a parts trailer laying around...)

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Old 08-18-2010, 09:33 PM   #16
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I don't want to dismiss your post, but I have my heart set on an Airstream that says "AIRSTREAM" on it. The things being in certain places doesn't really matter to me, because I intend to re-do everything.

Like I said, I plan to own this A/S until I die, so... it's going to be different. That's why I don't want a pre-69 A/S - I would not want to tear up a classic and discard all that history, but a 70s is fair game
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:48 PM   #17
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Don't dismiss pre 69

We bought a 68 Ambassador that had a trashed interior......the skin and windows, and door were good....we knew the trailer needed axles, new sub floor and since the inside was trashed, we didn't feel guilty about gutting it.....we kept the rear bath and the floor plan almost the same. I wanted a curb side kitchen sink and street side refrig....ours had that.....(that is because if you are in a campsite and your neighbors are out side smoking you don't have your kitchen window there taking it all in)......we have 28' (actually 25 interior feet) which is large but not as wide as newer and perfect for us......and yes, the sub floor was rotten...not totally but we replaced it all.....we are thrilled with our results and we do not feel guilty about having a new interior....pj
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:41 AM   #18
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Dave and I have been talking a little about is master plan. He is looking at the perfect era of trailer for what he wants to do. Now, he and the right trailer just need to find each other.
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:43 PM   #19
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Dave,

Sounds like a great plan; build it exactly the way you want it.

Will you be doing a primary weight distribution study to make sure that you don't either overload the hitch, or un-balance the overall frame?

I'm guessing that you will need a couple of years to finish what you are planning. Does that jive with your thoughts?
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:12 AM   #20
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*nods* weight distribution is close to my heart - vital to the safe towing of the A/S, and to the life and even wear of the running gear. I'm good on front<->rear loadings, but I have a 300lb difference CS<->SS I need to resolve. I anticipate needing to go for lighter rated axles due to the weight reduction and reduced storage space.

Yes, it'll take a couple of years, but that's a budget restriction rather than time
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:32 AM   #21
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Hey Dave, I'll keep an eye out for you as well, though I suspect you'd beat me to any local listings anyway.

You can use craigslist helper or crazedlist to search multiple craigslist listings at once. I found them both useful during my own Search.

I look forward to following your project once you get the right coach, I love the radical reconstructions.

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Old 08-20-2010, 01:10 PM   #22
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Hehe, you say radical, but in some respects it'll be very conservative.

My emphasis will be for a quality, light, open and spacious look, with most of the central area being open, and most of the plumbing/wiring/waste also being concealed central, and a front kitchen. The depth of all counters/cabinets will be reduced, and so will the height just a little.

I tried hard for a rear bedroom, but the weight distribution doesn't work out on paper - the nose weight goes over 15% with empty tanks. To manage a rear queen I would need to construct an entirely new frame, or move some things back under the bed - and I'm firm that heavy items need to be over the axle.

I'll post plans in a few weeks.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:37 AM   #23
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There is one here in Abilene that might meet your requirements. I haven't seen it in person so I'm not sure what overall condition it is in.

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Old 08-27-2010, 10:22 AM   #24
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That does look ideal. I will just have to wait until I have the funds - I sold my Tradewind but haven't been paid for it - and I have the funny feeling I might never... :/
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Any interest in a 1969 Overlander International? Last year for real wood cabinets, first for the triptych front window. Butt sag fixed, new floors, upholstery, hw tank, Cd player, Intellivolt. In Kansas City
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:58 AM   #26
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I intend to completely replace the interior, and I would be ashamed to do that to a real-wood interior A/S.

Also, with the loss of my Tradewind, I don't really have the funds to put into a trailer right now - it's going to be a few months.

Thank you for thinking of me
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Ooooh, I emailed him - hopefully he still has it!
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