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Old 12-20-2008, 07:59 PM   #1
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1961 0r 1964 Tradewind ????

I just purchased this neat Tradewind, however interestingly enough the prior owner had two old titles. The one from the person he acquired the trailer from shows it to be a 1961 on the title. The most recent identifies it as a 1964. I have attached a couple of photos for you experts to take a look, and the serial number is:
241545D
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:09 PM   #2
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I just purchased this neat Tradewind, however interestingly enough the prior owner had two old titles. The one from the person he acquired the trailer from shows it to be a 1961 on the title. The most recent identifies it as a 1964. I have attached a couple of photos for you experts to take a look, and the serial number is:
241545D
RJ Dial's site Vintage Airstream Home indicates that you have a 1961 Tradewind.

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Old 12-20-2008, 09:26 PM   #3
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It is indeed a '61 as the third digit indicates. Good find. Let's see some more pictures.

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Old 12-21-2008, 10:04 AM   #4
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Yep, I concur. It's a '61. Love those vintage Tradewinds. Not too big, not too small.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:51 PM   #5
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I guessed 61 too by those sexy drip caps that disappeared in 63. The serial number backs it up too.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:14 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback guys...what an awesome resource this forum and this group is!
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:47 PM   #7
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OH yeah! Another 1961, I just got one two and am almosted finished with the inside. Am dying to see yours. Mine is the "blonde finish." I am noticing that most of the units are not original and most have "newer" features. Like furnaces, fridges, ect. Does yours have the original fridge. I am DESPERATE
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:49 PM   #8
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DIDN'T FINISH, SORRY. stupid computer! I am DESPERATE for someone to sell me or at the very least send me a picture or two of their heating element for the Norcal fridge that was in this unit. Mine fired up after at least 45 years sitting! and works great on propane, but I am completely missing the 110 heating element and would love to have one for summer months when I am working. Please help me if you can
You can see some of my pics at www.picasaweb.google.com/arreche1 and click on the airstream album. thanks
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:56 PM   #9
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Hard for me to tell from the pics... does the '61 have trapisodal fender cutouts vs. the "flattop" cutouts like on my '63?

I know that if it's a torsen axle, that axle is shot... but man, that lowrider look is sexy!
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:41 PM   #10
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Arreche1 Not sure if you're still interested as your post was in Dec. but if you are, We have a 61' or 62' Tradewind with the Norcold fridge on its way to the dump, I'm guessing the element is still in it (it does have a plug) Not sure exactly what I'm looking for but I think my husband could find it. Anyway let me know, and I'll have him check on it for you. Also wouldn't know for sure if it's good or bad as we've never used it just ripped the fridge out because the interior was cracked bad and stunk. So if there's anything else you need i.e. shelves, brackets etc. just let me know.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:15 PM   #11
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The first 5 panel end cap was in 1964. Why does this look like a 5 panel, and not a 7 panel from era 1961?
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:58 PM   #12
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Looks like a 5 panel to me also.. a 61 is 7 panels.
The serial number on my California tradewind is 24DS0579.
Also 61 was the first year for the torsion axle and on mine it is welded on, not bolted although that may have been a california thing also.
The calif. version had the toilet on the road side , Ohio was curb side.
None of this is conclusive, but based on the panels I don't think it is a 61.

We are still running on the original axles with no problems so don't be to quick to change it. May not be necessary.

I have a 64 but am not home to look to see if it has the drip thing over the door
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:40 PM   #13
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Nah, it's a 7-panel...3 on each side & one in the middle. The segments are too narrow to have only 2 on each side...the center panel doesn't go from awning rail-to-awning rail...that's too wide.

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Old 02-17-2011, 03:48 AM   #14
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What Shari said and the serial number tells it all!!! I have heard of unscrupulous sellers switching serial number plate when a title is needed, but there is just no reason to not see it is 61 and not a 64. Another clear indicator; the door with in the door... it is an overlay door. 1964 had an inset door within a door.
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