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Old 12-04-2008, 10:08 PM   #15
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We have a 69 tradewind (25') that we have with my wife and I and our 2 year old son. It seems the ideal size for a small family, plenty of storage, a roomie bathroom, but still an easy side to tow and to park at campgrounds.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:40 PM   #16
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My family of four found the 71 31 footer to be very comfortable and easy to pull. We upgraded to our current 34 footer but I sure do miss that easy towing Sovereign. We found the 31 to be very roomy and user friendly with the rear bath and twin beds.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:12 AM   #17
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Best 70's Airstream for a small family

A slightly different take on the idea was available in the late 1970s from Argosy. The coach that I have in mind is the Argosy 24 Rear Door model -- it has a floorplan that wasn't available in Airstreams until very recently. My thought was that while children are young and have earlier bed times that the front twins would make an ideal area for the children -- the privacy drape could be drawn and the adults could play cards, board games, or just talk at the dinette table with ready access to the bathroom and kitchen. This particular coach isn't very common as it was produced for only two years, but the floorplan is quite unique. I have attached a scan of the floorplan below:




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Old 12-05-2008, 01:29 AM   #18
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Ditto on the Tradewind. I also had a 31' Sovereign but really did not find much difference in sleeping, storage, or livibility space. The Sovereign was more spread out, but the Tradewind uses space more effectively. The Tradewind is also easier to manuever. The Tradewind has aptly been described as the biggest little Airstream or the littlest big Airstream. I regularly have myself, wife, 2 dogs and 3 grandkids in my Tradewind. I also put in 2 removable bunks.

Longer 70s Airstreams are also more prone to rear end separation or sag. Also if a 70s AS still has the original axles it's a good bet they're shot.
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:08 AM   #19
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Mid Twins

The best trailer we found for traveling with the kids was our 24' Trade Wind with mid twins. Each girl had her own bed and the mid area was theirs to rule ( an mess up!)

We upgraded to a 30' with a mid double that they had to share but as they got older it worked ok. Also we needed the room to haul all the stuff that goes with traveling with teens.

Just remember that you and the wife will be up front on that couch or whatever you get up there, give the kids the mid area for their area and you will be just fine.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:31 AM   #20
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Welcome...our first AS is a '71 31'...the price was right, we like the twin beds in the middle (also have 2 kids, 5 and 3) . We recently picked upa '67 Safari...the price was right and Im looking forward to gutting and restoring it! Good luck with what ever you find!
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I know that buying an AS that's been sitting will entail a lot more work but I don't want to spend a ton on the trailer innitialy. I have a friend who is an RV tech and he said he could get me any parts I need for wholesale and will help me do all the work for no cost. I will probably be changing small things in the trailer too so I don't want to tear up a nice one. I've thought about building a nice bunk bed set up midship, we'll have see what I end up buying.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:33 AM   #22
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I know that buying an AS that's been sitting will entail a lot more work but I don't want to spend a ton on the trailer innitialy. I have a friend who is an RV tech and he said he could get me any parts I need for wholesale and will help me do all the work for no cost. I will probably be changing small things in the trailer too so I don't want to tear up a nice one. I've thought about building a nice bunk bed set up midship, we'll have see what I end up buying.

We have a 2 and 5 year old and were in your shoes.. We bought our '68 with twin beds in the middle... We put up portable bed rails and put both kids in the same bed..


The front couch folds into a twin but is small...

We used it like this all summer but i am now redoing the inside... You can do a bit at a time or all at once.

I put bunks in place of one of the twin beds but only 25" wide. and a dinette that folds into a bed where the other twin was to eat at, and a place for the kids to hang out if it is raining or cold.. Making the front couch into a wrap around and bigger to sleep on.

You can see some pics here. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...dor-44644.html but it is not finished yet.. Good luck.

They just don't make really family friendly Airstreams.. Go figure..
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:52 AM   #23
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We have a 1975 Argosy24 in which the PO installed bunk beds above each of the middle twins. Ours also has the dinette up front that makes a "double" bed. The twin beds are easily large enough for two kids each and the top bunks are big enough for two smaller kids each, however it's best just to have one kid in each top bunk. If their cousins or friends stay with us for a short weekend there is plenty of sleeping room for the kids and the wife and I. Normally it is my wife, my three kids and myself and it works just fine. Our philosophy though is that we are basically only in it to sleep or if the weather is bad. I should mention that my children are 9,6 and 3. I might change my mind and need a larger one when the kids are considerably larger.

Also I believe the Argosy is lighter and thus easier to tow with a smaller vehicle. The longer Argosy minuet would probably be the lightest and still give you the needed sleeping room.

Oops, I just re-read the OP and realized your not worried so much about weight so disregard that last bit. Unless of course you too would like to tow with a sweet little Yugo.
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:29 AM   #24
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I found a thread that was asking about a fold away bunk bed that turns into a couch back for the center bed. He had a picture from the owners manuel and looking at it I could probably build a simmilar set up from aluminum pretty easily myself. That would be a perfect setup for a family, especialy if I got a double twin and did it on both sides. I think setting it up with "feet" that go from the bunk to the lower bed to support the upper bunk would be more feisable then the strap setup too as long as you fabricated a way to secure the "feet".
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:30 AM   #25
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If you want bunks, they were an option available. I think Inland RV has the wall and ceiling brackets. Then you need to track down the aluminum frames. Mine was set up for the bunks over the centre singles and has the wall and ceiling brackets. I just don't have the bunks.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:58 AM   #27
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25-27 feet sounds about the right size to start with.

When shopping for a vintage Airstream, a big concern seems to be water leaks.
Over the years this can have caused floor rot. The big areas to look out for are: rear bath models, also around the door and under the windows.

Good luck in your search and Welcome aboard!!
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