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Old 02-08-2008, 02:49 PM   #15
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Good to see someone else from the greater Metroplex area posting on here ... I live in Fort Worth, and bought a vintage trailer that had been restored from the frame up. As some have pointed out, however, it's not very common, since people usually find their trailer first, then send it off to have it worked on.

My trailer isn't perfect, by any means -- it is after all, 43 years old -- but, in my mind, it gives you the best of both worlds: the look and feel of a vintage Airstream, with updated systems and interior elements. (Plus, since it already has a few dings here and there, it's not nearly as devastating as finding your first dent on a new trailer!)

If you ever find yourself on the west end of town, I'd be happy to show you our trailer, and go over some of the pros and cons involved in its upkeep vs. a new unit.

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Old 02-08-2008, 03:07 PM   #16
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Hey Bo,

I'm in Dallas and have just started my restoration after over 2 years of thinking and researching. I visited with Randy at North Dallas RV in Carrollton and they have a great shop there for repair/restoration. They also have some in-process trailers there if you want to stop by and take a look. But I agree with everyone else, this is not a cost saving process.
If you want turn-key - find a good deal or a new or newer unit. There are lots of classifieds out there. Also, if you haven't made plans for tomorrow, you might want to drive south to Montgomery to the Vintage Rally - there will be a public open house on Saturday afternoon with plenty of brains to pick. Good luck. paula

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Old 02-08-2008, 03:26 PM   #17
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check the classifieds here

Bo - I just clicked over to the classifieds on this site and there are some good choices - the 1975 25' really stood out as one to look closer at.
enjoy the hunt!
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:11 PM   #18
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Remanufactured units, corrosion, newbie

Started looking at Airstreams after seeing the way-cool vintage unit that sold recently on eBay in Michigan. Really love that mirror finish. Drove to Spokane and then to Fife from our home north of Seattle to see new ones. Love the 23 SeaBreeze model. Then found a thread on corrosion problems with new units, and then saw that new units can't be polished because the type of aluminum changed sometime. In what year did that happen? Because we are looking 1 to 2 years out, and really like the shiny finish, perhaps the remanufactured units would be our best bet. Sorry to breath new life into an old thread, but my question seemed to fit here. BTW, one of the reasons we are interested in the Airstream is the user community. We own a Miata and know how much fun it is to travel with bunch of similar vehicles and their owners!
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:18 PM   #19
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Welcome!! Good luck in your search. We made an error in judgement when we bought our first Airstream. We did not take into account how large I am and the fact that our son would grow too. Which is why we have two. If you have no children to camp with I would not rule out a smaller unit. My wife an I love our little one and would keep it if it wouldn't just waste away in our yard. We just want someone to love it.
Our newer unit fits us just right. I sleep on the front gaucho alone and Wife and son each get their own twin.

Have fun and again, good luck!
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:28 PM   #20
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I think the aluminium changed in the late 1990s - too bad I didn't pay more attention when they mentioned it during the factory tour I took a few weeks ago. There were also issues of peeling clearcoat.

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BTW, one of the reasons we are interested in the Airstream is the user community. We own a Miata and know how much fun it is to travel with bunch of similar vehicles and their owners!
LOL! My "Miata fund" is likely going to buy and fix up an Argosy. The wife and I have more fun camping than I'd have driving a Miata, even though it tops my favorites. (Don't really want to swing the coin for a third-gen yet either....)

The thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot of different trailers out there, in all different states of condition. Go to some rallies and see a bunch of different trailers. I was certain I wanted an old Caravel - until I went into a slightly larger Argosy and Globetrotter...

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Old 07-23-2009, 03:23 PM   #21
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If BO or anyone else is looking for a beautifully “contemporized” classic trailer, I might offer my whole unit – the completely remade ARGOSY, the Mercedes SPRINTER and the MINI Cooper.

As others are pointing out here, the cost to achieve such craftsmanship and originality exceeds new but I don’t expect to recover everything that’s been poured into this.

Check it out here:

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Old 07-24-2009, 06:38 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by biggoofball View Post
We made an error in judgement when we bought our first Airstream. We did not take into account how large I am and the fact that our son would grow too. Which is why we have two.
Same thing happened to us. We have 4 kids, and while it was crowded in the Overlander, we were all able to fit when the kids were younger. Now that 2 are in their teens we've bought a Sovereign. We're still using the Overlander while we fix up the Sovereign, but with the Sovereign we'll each have our own bed without converting the dinette to a bed.

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Old 07-24-2009, 06:20 PM   #23
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One of the reasons we wanted a vintage AS was because of weight. If you have tow vehicle limitations then that might be a consideration. Also consider what you want to do with the trailer. Are you going to be boondocking or will you always have hook-ups. Our fresh water tank needs attention but I haven't bothered because we always have water hook-up. The shower needs attention but we always camp where there are showers. Will you be winter camping? If not a furnace that needs work isn't a big deal. What I'm getting at is a sound vintage trailer can be had relatively cheaply if you don't need everything restored to new right out of the blocks and you can spread out the expense over time and get things done just the way you want them. A sound vintage trailer will hold it's value too so if a couple of years down the road you want something else you're not out a pile of money.

Sergei, Say it Ain't So Joe !!!
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:47 PM   #24
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A few other points that no one has covered:

Make certain that all of the work done on any trailer you find is up to current codes! This will ensure that you are getting the value you for which you are paying. If you find a trailer already restored or customized ask for progress pictures so you can see the work behind the skin and cabinetry.

Make sure that the people doing the work on your trailer have appropriate training for working on Airstream products. Preferably this training is from the factory and not OJT on your project.

Watch your weight! Any given Airstream has a maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Your rebuild could make the weight of the finished trailer weigh more than it is rated. If this is the case, a licensed Professional Engineer should design modifications to the existing chassis or design a new chassis for your trailer. The axles should be replaced for lower maintenance and greater reliabilithy but they should also be upgraded to adequately carry the finished weight of your trailer. Proper weight distribution is also very important.

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