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Old 09-11-2010, 07:24 PM   #15
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Berry, that's a really nice original Tradewind. My daughter lives in AG!
HippieChick, nice V-dub!
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:36 PM   #16
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Thanks SilverHoot!

Look me up when in town. We are on a nice wide culdesac with lots of parking and sewer/dump access if you ever need it.

I want to see more photos of the VW Deluxe!
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:46 PM   #17
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We will tow with one of two Dodge pick up trucks we have. They are not pretty but are in good mechanical shape. Love your a/s. Sharp and clean. The one we are considering is not nearly in as good a shape as yours. We are waiting on the seller to get back in town to see if he is going to accept our offer. We have been pricing axles (which everyone on this forum has recommended) and all the other odds and ends it needs. It really runs into some additional cash but we enjoy a good project and it seems as if we will be able to recoup the money if we decide we aren't going to use it as much as we plan. This all started with the NASCAR races in Bristol TN. We have season tickets and our friends have a large motor home and always invite us. We have a great time with them but their children are grown and now have kids of their own so it's a large group. They continue to graciously invite us but we don't want to crowd them so we decided to try to find a "cheap" camper just to take to the races. Then I saw an a/s and of course "cheap" went down the drain. We aren't in a huge hurry but it seems there aren't a lot of '66/'67 available. Is that true or am I not looking in the right places?

Our bus is a '66. We purchased it a couple years ago from a friend in TN. We have several restored cars but this is absolutely my favorite. It is a blast to drive and it makes everybody smile. We have a 49 split window beetle awaiting restoration, a 71 Karman Ghia convertible, and an original '56 oval window from CA.
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:05 PM   #18
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Hippie chick- nice bus!! my wife is looking for one like that to run around in with her red hat friends. good luck on your quest
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:10 PM   #19
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Methinks this is a nice year Airstream. To me the price seems a bit steep, But I havn't been price checking. Mucho work but a lotta fun. Ours is a work in progress,we use it and work on it. You can feel some of my pain at this thread...... http://www.airforums.com/forums/f116...ils-45180.html
Good luck,oh very kool bus!! Adios, John
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:54 PM   #20
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living artfully

you know how to pick the good ones!
Something tells me that whatever you purchase will be much nicer once you have spent some time with it.
I understand, totally, how your interest began/evolved & can't wait to see photos of a prized AS amongst a sea of white boxes and toy haulers at a NASCAR event. Way to represent, hippiechick!
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:40 PM   #21
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patch photo

I'm a newby to the Airstream world, but something about the photo you have posted showing the patch doesn't resonate "Trade Wind". The window placement and air conditioner look different than my '67.
Am I totally off-base?
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:52 AM   #22
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Berry Bunch, REALLY?? You think it's misrepresented?? It has the Tradewind nameplate riveted next to the front door. It is a '66. We also saw the owners manuals. I guess anything can be 'fixed' but that was not my impression at all after inspecting it. We are having some "tech" issues with our camera (left it somewhere) or I would post some additional pics. The floor plan certainly looks like the tradewind drawings I have reviewed on the net. Will have to do a little more research.

John, I read the post, whew, reality check! It's not too late for me to back out yet. But, knowing you have it on the road is encouraging. Did you get any pics posted?
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:23 AM   #23
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:28 PM   #24
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the light just went on

now that i see your photos I am reminded that the stove is to the right of the sink on a '66, and the window is positioned in-line with the sink.

just the opposite on my '67 (stove to the left of the sink)
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:05 PM   #25
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John, I read the post, whew, reality check! It's not too late for me to back out yet. But, knowing you have it on the road is encouraging. Did you get any pics posted?
Certainly don't mean to scare you off the trailer,I love mine,just pointing out that it is a fair amount of work. If you go through my whole thread I post a bunch of pics. Adios,John
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:43 PM   #26
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Hippiechick

Love you VW Bus.

I have a 66 24ft Tradewind and I love it. It was in very good shape when I bought it last year. I like the size, the layout and all the wood cabinetry. I recommend the TW up to about 1970 when I think they started to cheapen the interiors.

As you may know the glass on 66-68 TW are curved. I am told that replacement glass is availbale from Vintage Airstream. Do all the windows work and do they have screens?

My TW tows fine. It may need axles. I really don'y know. I will probably go ahead and put axles in sometime because I am keeping this
AS for the long haul and I plan to take it out west and up to
Alaska some time.

I can tell you that your water tank is plastic and is behind the front goucho. I replaced mine because the patch the PO put on it did not hold. I know carry the old water tank in the back of my truck to refill the TW tank when we are boondocking.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, since I have a 66 TW.

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Old 09-13-2010, 05:53 AM   #27
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Hi Hippiechick,
Welcome to the group and we wish you good luck in your search. We bought ours for Bristol after renting SOB's for about 5 years. We go to both the Spring and Fall race. There are now 3 Airstreams on our campground level. We park between two huge 5th wheels and get swallowed up.
A lot of lookers come by who wish they were us. Even Elvis stopped by last March, took the tour and ate a rib with us.
Maybe you can look us up next March!
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:37 AM   #28
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That patch can be redone, not too hard based on where it is.. ugly yes, but the rest appears intact... which is good! The inside is clean, and if it's usuable as is, then jump and fix as you go.

Be prepared... they ALL leak, and they all have some sort of floor rot... you just haven't seen it yet! But as I said, there's many out there much worse than yours for cheaper that you can't use as is. Based on the wheels, it hasn't moved much.. test the plumbing first to make sure there's no leaks. I would also buy new tires pronto.

Enjoy, and read up on the forums as you go along.
Nice find!
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PS.. LOVE the bus!
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