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Old 11-08-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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West Africa Move - Selling Airstream

This is a tough post.

The family and I are moving to West Africa where I will serve as a Peace Corps Medical Officer. This is a great opportunity that we couldn't pass up.
I would love to do an Airstream Caravan there, but they won't ship vehicles or trailers.

So, I am selling my 1962 Tradewind. I am only 1/2 way finished with the shell-off project, but my loss could be your gain.

I wanted to post it here before alerting the general public. There's nothing hidden and no surprises since everything I have done it posted here....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f116...pic-26575.html

Basically, it is a frame off renovation.
  1. Frame repaired and 2 coats of POR-15
  2. New Duraflex axle and electronic brakes.
  3. New insulation under floor.
  4. New plywood floor, sealed.
  5. New wheel wells and C-channel (straight sections).
  6. Insulated door, new door seal, and re-riveted hinges.
  7. Shell back on and re-riveted in place.
  8. New rear lights and running lights.
  9. 2 new Maxxfans installed.
The trailer is gutted with interior walls off right now.
  • I have a roll of 700 sq.ft. of Prodex.
  • I have the original stove and kitchen cabinetry.
  • The rest of the interior was not salvageable.
  • The trailer needs electrical done, insulation, interior walls, and then whatever interior design you'd like. Then you go camping.
So take a look at the thread and PM me if interested. I haven't set a price but will probably go with cost of the trailer and then all the new materials. Of course, I will leave labor out, because that was the fun part!!!

This is a sad day for me.
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:06 AM   #2
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Hi Craig. It sounds like this was a tough part of your decision.

This thread will have a limited life in public view. To put it before many more members of our community, I would suggest that you place a classified ad. Re-size a few exterior shots - see this. Put a link to your resto thread in your ad. Anything.

Best wishes on finding someone to become a step-parent for your Tradewind.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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Wow dude, happy/sad for you!

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Old 11-08-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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Are you sure you could not find some farmer that would rent you a corner of his barn for the time you are gone. You will never be able to replace it when you come home. Even jacked up and covered would be better than selling it.
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:55 PM   #5
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I appreciate the support, especially Airstream folks know how hard it is to give up on the dream.

I do have storage options if it doesn't sell, and I did set my price high. You see, if you price it too high, no one will buy it !!! My subconscious made me do it.

So the ad is here...

1962 Tradewind frame-off renovation 1/2-way done - Airstream Trailer & Airstream Motorhome Classifieds

Thanks guys.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:42 PM   #6
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What are your plans for the Travelall I see in those photos?
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:01 PM   #7
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Tim,

It's clear that you have an illness just like mine. You see a glimpse of something that might be vintage and immediate think... "mmmmm.. I wonder what that is?"

hahahaha. I bet you and I can get into a lot of trouble.

I have a 2WD 1966 all original Travelall, with an original tow package. I was getting that ready to tow the airstream with. I tuned it up as best I could and put in a NOS fuel pump with the glass bowl (beautiful) and rebuilt the carburetor. The brake booster was next on the list. I am probably going to list that as well. Breaks my heart because the body is almost perfect and I looked for years for it.

I also have a 1969 VW Convertable Karmann Ghia and a 1977 VW Westfalia. Both are daily drivers.

I am considering selling the whole lot and just going into a major depression.

Just for kicks, here's the pics. That's my wife, she's not for sale.
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:13 PM   #8
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I'm with the contingent who say 'store the trailer and come back to it.' I don't feel as strongly about the Travelall personally. Just think how you will feel when you finish the worthy project some years from now. On the other hand, West Africa may change you so that you will not really be interested when you come back. I spent some time working in a hospital in Eku, Nigeria in 1976, and it changed me.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:28 PM   #9
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That's true. Part of the reason for going is to "get grounded" and realize what is important in life and what is not. So that's a great question. I guess that's part of the reason I like vintage cars and trailers, maybe we all feel the same way. You don't throw away something of value.
I feel ya!
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:35 PM   #10
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Rancher Found

After much debate, I decided to keep the Tradewind. I found someone with 40 acres and room to spare who will let me park it for free for the 30 months. I know most people with a new airstream or a shiny one won't cover it for fear of scratches, oxidation, etc. But, mine has yet to be polished and has more character (scratches/dents) than imaginable. So, I plan on covering it, probably with a product from Covercraft. It should actually weather well since it's only a shell and there's nothing to freeze or winterize. I am covering it to try and keep animals and water out.

I received a lot of compliments and a handful of offers for the asking price. It made me feel good about the work I did and that other airstreamers appreciated that value.

Thanks again for the support! The dream lives on!
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:41 PM   #11
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love the travelall, had not seen one of those, classic lines!
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Congratulations on the decision to head to West Africa. Im sure your going to change many lives with your gifts and talents. This move will really put perspective on your life. Im far to selfish to give up the rat race and hand it all over to a greater purpose. Glad to hear you found a place to store the airstream. Who knows.. you might be back earlier..

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Old 12-03-2009, 05:59 AM   #13
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Glad you are able to store your trailer, Craig---you will love having its' familiar and comforting environment there when you come home.

What a worthy way to spend 30 months of your time and energy.

Be safe.
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Craig,
Congrats on your new move, and the decisions to keep the unit.~!
Once you're settled in, Please..keep in contact with a report of your experiences there in West Africa. (Namibia? just curious.)
My wife and son both have been to Namibia each summer for the last 5 yrs working with kids in the orphanage school system.
Good Luck~!
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