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Old 05-07-2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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Smile New buyer wants to take the plunge!

I am happy to finally have joined Airforums!

Like many, I have dreamed of owning an Airstream. I am planning on doing a solo cross-country road trip this summer (Indiana to Washington, then California and back), and am looking around at these lovely trailers. I don't have a tow vehicle yet.

I am pretty hand with things like refinishing, flooring, cleaning, building, but don't know much (anything) about electrical and plumbing. I have trailer-camped, but not done the hitching on my own (luckily, I pick things up quickly).

My questions.

I am looking at this trailer on Craigslist. I know it has sat for 2 years. I know it needs batteries and AC (I know not original, but I will be traveling with a kitty who will need it). I don't know the condition of the water pump, heater, black water tank, inverter (is that the right word?), or propane tanks. From looking at various sites, I think this is a 1963 Tradewind International (it is listed as a '64).

1) I think the price is a bit high based on the fact it has been sitting for two years (winterized at least). Looking at the price list linked on other forum posts, it may not be as high as I think it is. Thoughts?

2) I know I will have to fix things up before a 4000 mile trip. Which are the ones I must check/replace definitely, versus could wait (for example, if I use rest stops, I can wait on upgrading the black water tank, right?)?

3) It is a 2.5 hour drive to check it out (near Muncie, IN). What should I look for especially? I am planning on bringing my camera and flashlight and looking in all the panels and under the belly, as well as looking for soft spots. Any suggestions on what to keep an eye out in the panels? I am willing (and looking forward) to fix it up, but I can't afford a total rebuild.

4) As a new driver to trailer hauling, is the single-axle thing a negative? I am planning on buying a Tundra or similar long wheel bed vehicle.

5) Any recommendations of someone in Munice who could look at it for these things?

Thank you for any responses! I am looking forward to finally fulfilling my dream of Airstreams and cross-country adventures!

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Old 05-07-2009, 11:31 AM   #2
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one more pic

Here is the only view of the kitchen he sent me.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
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Hi Kirsten.

Welcome to Airstreaming.

The photo's look good, but for sure, the axle is shot.

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Old 05-07-2009, 12:00 PM   #4
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Thanks, Andy! You could tell that just from the picture? Wow...
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:02 PM   #5
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No Gray water tank

Unless one has been added, there is no gray water tank....which is okay if you always have hookups...or you get a blue boy...and it does look like it will need a new axle....but it sure has the potential of being a sweet trailer.......good luck with your Airstream Adventure and welcome to the forums.....I like those 60's trailers......pj
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:08 PM   #6
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Thanks, Andy! You could tell that just from the picture? Wow...
Kirsten.

You can tell yourself.

First if a torsion axle equipped trailer, sits for a long time, the rubber rods will fail. Rubber must be exercised to stay alive.

Second, all the axles prior to 74, will fail because the composition of the rubber rods was incorrect.

Third, which you can see in the photo, you must be able to see the tires above the top of the wheels about 2 to 3 inches.

In this case, the top of the wheel is hidden.

There is also an article that you can read about axles, that's in Airstream Central.

A replacement axle is not a big deal.

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Old 05-07-2009, 12:10 PM   #7
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Will the trailer be towable to Muncie or Indianapolis (20 miles or 85 miles) to get the axle replaced? Recommendations for who to have do it in those locations?
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:22 PM   #8
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Looks like a nice trailer. I believe you may be correct on it being a 63. It looks like my 63. The bath layout is different, i have the double beds. I agree the axels do look bad. I had mine replaced and what a difference, no more popped rivets. On the interior look for any signs of water leaks/damage from the windows, vents, door, and overall. Check plumbing fittings and connections for signs of leaks. Even a small stain can indicate damage to the floor. Also if it is origional, the black tank is about 6 gallons, no gray tank, the origional fresh water tank is aprox 20 gallons (?). Look under the beds, pull the drawers out, look in the hard to see places.
The price doesn't seam to bad. you can neg. a better price due to the cost for the new axel replacement.
Good Luck!!
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:28 PM   #9
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There is a much nicer 75 Intl Overlander, near Mooresville, IN. We took a look at it a few days ago, you might want to check it out as well. PM me for more details.

1975 AIR STREAM

Note it's listed at a 'Air Stream' so you have to search with the space.

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Old 05-07-2009, 12:38 PM   #10
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Thanks Inland RV! I will be heading to that area this summer, so I may have to stop by!
Thanks Sixty3! Good to hear from someone who has the same model! Do you think if it has the original back tank, it is possible to be in usable condition? How did '60s RVers use these trailers off-grid without a gray water tank??
If there are any signs of water, should I give up on it, or is there such a thing and minor, livable water damage (as in, the floor could be patched and not replaced)?
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Man, it does look sweet.

You ask about the single axle issue ... I've only towed a much smaller single axle trailer a couple times and it was a bear. I bought my double axle trailer and was immediately surprised at how easy it was to maneuver. But, I suppose that, like everything, practice makes perfect (or close). I wouldn't let that item stop me from taking a look at it though!!!

Oh - about the gray tank issue. I had the same question - found that they used to just let the gray-water (rinse water) run out onto the land. Back then, it wasn't so unacceptable or monitored!!!

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Laura,
Thanks for the insight!
I am planning on going to see it this Saturday. I just can't decide if I should bring a fist full of cash just in case. I don't want me first trailer to turn into an expensive disaster. A somewhat-expensive-but-well-worth-it-adventure is what I am hoping for!
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They dug gopher holes for the gray water....

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How did '60s RVers use these trailers off-grid without a gray water tank??
If there are any signs of water, should I give up on it, or is there such a thing and minor, livable water damage (as in, the floor could be patched and not replaced)?
It was common in those days to let the gray water just go into the ground.....not anymore.....but if you have a hookup, it is not an issue....

How about trying to find an inspector on the forums to help you assess the trailer?.....a soft floor can be a problem....because stuff has to come out to replace the floor...just a thought. pj
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Thanks PJ!
I sent an email to the closest inspector I could find. I will look at the floor carefully.
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