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Old 04-13-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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So once again, I'm back seeking advice from all the pros out there. There is a local (within 2hrs) 1969 Tradewind that I'm going to take a look at. The right rear segment will need replacement, I'm sure the axles will need replacement as well.

Owner claims all appliances work but is not sure if the lights/brakes work. From the pictuers it looks ok minus the dent and the interior needing some help.

$3500 seem reasonalbe? Trailers seem to go so fast here that I'm not sure if I can deal with the gentleman. Another person is coming to look at the trailer at the same time.
I'm assuming that this trailer requires a 2 5/16" ball.

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Old 04-14-2010, 06:20 AM   #2
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I found my 68 TW and it was in similar shape, paid a good deal less. Be aware, you will have a lot of work to do. The "right rear segment" will not be easy and most likely all the rear floor will need to be replaced. To do that you have to remove all the interior. There are may threads on floor replacement, I won't go into all the details here, but look at them and understand it is a MAJOR time consuming job. Check out TomW's web site on the restoration of his 67, 1967 Airstream Overlander. He has lots of pics and you can get a good idea of what you are dealing with. It isn't rocket science, but it is dirty and take hours and hours. Axles will need to be replaced. Even if you do it yourself, and it is an all day 2 man dirty job, you are looking at 12-15 hundred bucks. The systems are all over 40 years old, don't expect them to work or if they do not for long. If you have lots of time and/ a big budget go for it. If you want to go camping this summer, find a newer trailer. I have spent over 7K on parts and stuff for my 68 already and have done the work myself ( I have no idea the number of hours but it is huge). Double or triple that about if you hire someone. But be aware that restoring an A/S is really a labor of love, it must be done right and most RV shops what a quick turn for the money. It may be "fixed" but is it done correctly.
Finally, there are lots of folks on the forums who will happy to go with you to check the trailer. If a all possible, get someone to go with you. There are lots of things to check and experience is the best teacher. Good luck with your quest for an A/S.


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Old 04-14-2010, 08:49 AM   #3
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$3,500 would be reasonable IF the shell were in very good shape, the interior was near original, and there was no reason to suspect structural issues. Bruce is right about the amount of work and budget that goes along with a unit of this vintage.

I dont know if you can even get an appropriate panel for the camper, but I am sure replacing it is a major job. Without seeing the thing, I would think that you are much closer to a $1,000 trailer than $3,500.

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Old 04-14-2010, 10:21 AM   #4
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Don't assume the hitch is a 2 5/16 inch ball, could be a 2 inch.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:11 PM   #5
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:08 PM   #6
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Well, I like the layout in the front but I'm not sure about the time issue. I'm confident I can fix it but with summer coming up, I'd like a trailer that I can use! Guess I'll keep looking. Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:04 AM   #7
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Well, not that I was going to buy this particular trailer but the owner emailed me and let me know that it sold sight unseen.

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