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Old 12-03-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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1965 Tradewind deal or no deal

Well,

I have seen a deal that I may not be able to pass up, even after I already have another AS going through a full monty.

Close to me is a 1965 Tradewind that is in good condition. The owner has installed a new VCT floor, had nice new hardwood furniture installed throughout. He also had nice heavy foam matresses custom made with nice heavy fabric. All appliances work, but gas and water lines need to be rerun. The only thing it doesn't have is a bathroom. The old bath was decimated when he got it, and eventually planned to make a new one. The hot water heater is busted, but has a new in box atwood heater with it.

I wonder if my 1968 Safari's bath will fit since I am remodeling the floorplan on the safari. I have been out to see it, and it is in great shape. He even sealed the seams on the outside except the rear where the new belly pan hasn't been put back after the new subfloor.

Particularly odd to me is a rear window AC unit that changes out with a clear window.

For $2000 I can't go wrong I suppose. Here are a few pics.

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Old 12-04-2006, 09:41 AM   #2
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The insides look nice... $2000 huh? It's an even better tent than the Basecamp if you want to look at it that way.

If you have the room....
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Old 12-04-2006, 09:53 AM   #3
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Looks to me like a "most excellent" deal $1500-2000 is my price point for a towable Airstream. So I would say go for it, you could always sell it on Ebay and with the right hype get at least $5k for it

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Old 12-04-2006, 10:09 AM   #4
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If I lived in TX, I was already offered $6500 for my safari because it was a small trailer with single axel, and a forward dinette. This was before the problem with frame/floor was figured in. I just got a new floor/frame for it at the cost of $2700.
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Old 12-04-2006, 10:28 AM   #5
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Looks to me like a "most excellent" deal $1500-2000 is my price point for a towable Airstream. So I would say go for it, you could always sell it on Ebay and with the right hype get at least $5k for it

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Old 12-04-2006, 10:40 AM   #6
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Well,

I have seen a deal that I may not be able to pass up, even after I already have another AS going through a full monty.



For $2000 I can't go wrong I suppose.

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I think....no, I KNOW you have made up your mind already. You obviously know vintage Airstreams well enough to see a 'steal' when you see it,
GO FOR IT! Some one else will.
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hi soldiermedic

posting questions?...i thought you were hangin' in the chat room 24/7

i've got a different take on the issue of buying another old trailer,
that still isn't ready for camping...

i'll phrase it in a way that alec trebek would like....

why own airstreams?

some wanna camp, some want a repair hobby, some want a little side business buying/selling....

some just like lots of pretty junk in the yard

we have a least one member here who owned 4 a/s before ever taking even one for a over night camping trip...

now she actually likes camping too....

there is another chap here who does excellent rehabs on units with solid frames/floors...
polishes 'em re-fits the cabinetry/systems and takes 'em camping....
while selling these beauties too...

so regardless of this being a 'good deal' why are YOU in it?

answering that question may be harder than finding frame rust or floor rot...
but if you can, the 'deals' become much clearer...

don't forget to take the family camping sometime!

the price on this one looks fine....

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Old 12-04-2006, 10:59 AM   #8
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I think....no, I KNOW you have made up your mind already. You obviously know vintage Airstreams well enough to see a 'steal' when you see it,
GO FOR IT! Some one else will.
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Thanks Neil, your response was quite confusing. You say NO, but go for it. I went for it. $2000 has to be a great deal considering how much work the PO did to it. The new water heater, and cushions with fabric alone were more than $2000. Add all the hardwood furniture, new subflooring in front and rear, new tile floor, and a sealed exterterior and belly pan and you have a great deal.

Kinda makes me wish that I didn't buy the Safari.
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well, the diagnosis is now confirmed. you have a full-blown case of chronic aluminitis.
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Old 12-04-2006, 04:24 PM   #10
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Made it a deal

Now to figure out where to store the second one
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Congratulations! That '65 looks just beautiful. Good luck finding a place to store it.
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:15 PM   #12
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Two more pics. One of that rear AC unit and the other of the second pull out. I have still never seen a rear AC unit, but that may be due to my young age in the stream of things .
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2 airishuman...I am with you. Why do you want two Airstreams? The photos reflect $2,000 value. Now how much MORE time an money needed?
And what will you do with the 68 Safari. These are your questions and your
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Old 12-04-2006, 07:28 PM   #14
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For camping...what else

With the amound of work currently needed to make my safari road worthy, it was a no brainer to get a vintage coach that is only a week or two of hard work until it is ready for camping.

I can take my time with the Safari, and make it into my perfect modern trailer while I have a vintage unit that is completely useable.

Besides....nice to have a modernized and vintage unit.
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