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Old 02-11-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Should I pull trigger? - 1960 22' Tailwind

found a 1960 22' tailwind. can get it for $3K or so. needs some serious work, including new windows and electric (friend is an electrician - will be buying him a few beers). rest of exterior looks ok. inside is a total gut job, which is what we're looking for. wife is an architect and wants to dial out the inside with a modern vibe (have 3 kids so we need more space and function than looks). i knows its a lot of work, but i haven't seen too many of these 22' single axle. does the price sound right?
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:22 PM   #2
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I don't believe there was a tailwind model in 1960. There was a Tradewind, but that was 24'. The 22' trailer in 1960 was a Safari. The trailwind name was used very early after the war, around the late 40s.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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What Richard said. I think that's a lot of money for a gutted trailer needing windows. What condition is the frame and floor in? Hopefully the dry climate has been kind to them.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:27 PM   #4
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Post a pcture if you can. If it is from the 40s, it could be a real find and a lot of work. Pipe frames were the standard then, but not for long.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:25 PM   #5
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The standard way to measure the length of an Airstream is from hitch to bumper. If you measure only the coach, you will get a shorter length. That might be some of the confusion. Like Azflycaster said, post pictures. We love pictures!

By needing new windows, do you mean window frames and glass, or just glass?

I agree that $3k sounds high for a gutted project trailer. However, I do like a 1960 Airstream. I think that was a great period for Airstream. Late 50s early 60s are sweet.

I always factor in travel cost to pick it up. If it is a local find that you can inspect, that is a good thing because ebay sellers do not always reveal the flaws, and you have to tow a trailer that may have sat for decades.

It sounds like you have some talented people available to you to help bring this trailer back to life.

Post pics if you can. Its hard to get a price vs value number without seeing the trailer. There are some master craftsmen on this forum that love to help.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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you guys are right - its a tradewind 24'. looking at too many airstreams! its about 5 hours from my house. pics attached.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:29 PM   #8
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It looks like the window frames are there from that view. I consider 5 hours to be a short drive in the western US. Check tires etc. I'm guessing that you have seen the trailer in person to inspect the skin for dents. etc. That 1960 is a very cool vintage. $3k might be his asking price. When I bought my 55 Safari, he asked for $3k, I offered him $2k and he couldn't say yes fast enough. Easiest thousand bucks I ever made. Point out the flaws, to him, and test the waters. Calibrate to his reaction.

Truth be said, a trailer rebuild is spendy. I know you are in the desert, but that doesn't guarantee that the subfloor is solid. etc. My point is that you will have to spend some bucks to do the resto, even if you do all the work yourself. Haggling over $500 might be your smallest problem.

That said, I like the size and vintage.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for the response. He's asking more, actually, but I think I can get it for $3K. I do expect to put several thousand into this (obviously).

Unfortunately, I'd have to do it sight unseen. I could walk away when I get there, but once I drive 5 hours... you know the deal.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:20 PM   #10
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Wow - you are just up the road from us - go get it and learn everything you need to know about fixing it up at Vintagetraileracademy.com - held in Albuquerque in May

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Dont do it at 3K, thats a lot for what you are in for trust me. Never buy site unseen!
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:24 PM   #12
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Wow y'all are finding them cheaper than I have - assume the skin is in decent shape and the window frames are in tact - I would not let it go for less than three if I owned it - most trailers in that range need to be gutted and floor replaced anyway - so part of the job has already been done by gutting it
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:25 AM   #13
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I think Ken J is correct on the price. 3k for a 1960 traidwind single with a decent shell does not seem to out of the ball park.
However teleguy, be prepared to dump 30k more for re-engineering, re-fabricating and rebuilding the entire rig. Read some of the blogs and figure your expenses. Start with the safety issues first like tires. Even if the ones on it have tread and hold air, they may be old and rotten. Check the date bar on each tire. Do the lights work and do you have the correct pin receptacle for its umbilical plug? weight distribution hitch with sway control? Then the work starts. Axles (they all need them), brakes electric or hydraulic disc? Frame probably rusted and needs repair and bracing, sub-floor probably is moldy or rotten in places and needs replacing, but before you can do that you must first drill out hundreds of 1/8' rivets on the interior skin remove the lower skins to get to the side channel bolts. Then you can lift the shell from the plywood and frame to remove the ply and fix the frame and replace the axle, Replace the freshwater with a larger capacity tank add a grey water tank and new black tank, etc. Then set the shell back down re-blot it in place and on to drilling out hundreds more interior rivets and removing the rest of the skins and take out the end caps now clean and inspect the inside for leaks and re-buck loose exterior rivets and seal the seams from inside. now its time to start all new everything, electrical, insulation, plumbing, LPG lines, Paint, flooring, purchase and install new AC, Heater, water heater, stove, refrigerator, lighting, 12v power supply, solar charge controller, inverter, Batteries, Sound system, design build and install new cabinets, beds and dinette, cushions, covers and curtains. I am sure I have forgotten many things along the way.
I think 3k is a deal
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With 3 kids you might want to consider a larger trailer. We started with a 26' Overlander which was a bit tight with our 4 kids, however we did manage a two month trip to Alaska in it and lots of other shorter trips. Our kids ranged from 8-13 at the time. Not long after Alaska we bought a 31' Sovereign. As the kids became teenagers there just wasn't enough room in the Overlander.
Just something to think about. You're going to put a lot of time and money into fixing up a trailer, and you want to make sure it suits your needs for as long as possible. I felt just as comfortable towing the Sovereign as the Overlander.
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