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Old 10-01-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hello there.. this is my first post on the forum.. im not an official owner of a lovely airstream yet, but am persuing a 31' land yacht. ive looked thru alot of websites and forums (especially this one) and have gotten alot of great information on what to look for.. It seems that axles, floor rot, and some rear bumper/frame issue are the main concerns...... I've been told, by the owner, that everything works except for the hot water tank. everything in it is original! (tires included) it was last registered here in ny in 1982, and hasn't moved untill this guy purchased it a month ago from a friend. it was used as an "extra room" at someones house.. the skin is in really great (dirty) shape but there is only one good sized dent.. any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have always been an Airstream fan and am in the position to finally own one. Thank you!!!

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From my experience, all I'm buying when I get a 40 year old Airstream is an aluminum body. I want that clean, no dents, and no missing doors or windows. All the rest is conceptual value only.

I count all the appliances and fixtures as zero. I won't trust a 40 year old furnace (or anything else gas and old) in a confined space with my grandchildren inside.

I've found old Airstreams to be expensive . . . bigger Airstreams = more expensive.
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Welcome to Airfourms.com, Carl! We're glad you are here.

I think Splitrock is right, you can count on one thing, all those appliances have to be replaced.

And don't even think about moving it until you replace those tires, grease (or replace) the wheel bearings, and you will probably also have to replace the brake assemblies. That last sentence may sound like a lot, but it's not too bad cost or work-wise.

Good luck!~

Oh, and let's see lots of photos if you want lots of comments!
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Hello there.. this is my first post on the forum.. im not an official owner of a lovely airstream yet, but am persuing a 31' land yacht. ive looked thru alot of websites and forums (especially this one) and have gotten alot of great information on what to look for.. It seems that axles, floor rot, and some rear bumper/frame issue are the main concerns...... I've been told, by the owner, that everything works except for the hot water tank. everything in it is original! (tires included) it was last registered here in ny in 1982, and hasn't moved untill this guy purchased it a month ago from a friend. it was used as an "extra room" at someones house.. the skin is in really great (dirty) shape but there is only one good sized dent.. any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have always been an Airstream fan and am in the position to finally own one. Thank you!!!

Carl
If the trailer has not moved basically in almost 30 years, then the rubber rods in the axles may have solidified.

The following article will help you check them out.

The Dura-Torque Axle

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Old 10-04-2011, 09:40 AM   #5
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Thank you for all the great info!!!! I lost out on this one, but im going to keep on looking.. I should have done the research and asked questions BEFORE i started looking..
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Carl, sorry you missed this one but yours will come along in time.......
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