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Old 07-25-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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Vintage?

I'm new to the forum and airstreams. Please tell me at what year the Vintage models start, and if I were gonna purchase my first used 25ish foot trailer, do you have any suggestions for year models?
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:40 PM   #2
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If your new at this....stay away from a seventies time frame.....unless it is checked out by a KNOWLEDGABLE person. Do research on what to expect with a vintage and really be aware of the expenses to get it done right.
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If your new at this....stay away from a seventies time frame.....unless it is checked out by a KNOWLEDGABLE person. Do research on what to expect with a vintage and really be aware of the expenses to get it done right.
What do you have against us folks that are renovating something from the 70's maybe that's the style we like ? I personally prefer them to the older style what should we do just trash and junk out every thing made in the 1970s ? Each to his own Brother
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I have no idea what year "vintage" starts ...

For me, year was not so important. The condition of the trailer, no matter how old was extremely important - and how much of it would require replacement. As well as how large the co-pilot is comfortable with towing.

Axles, tires, appliances, plumbing (gas and water), electrical (12vdc interior and running, 110vac, charge converter system), replace or repair furniture, repair leaks, replace a rotten floor, etc. It can add up.

Happy to say that even after all of the above except rotten floor as I haven't found any (yet), we'll still have less in our 75 Overlander (27') than a new white box.
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Welcome to the forum. Vintage or not, it comes down to the style you like (40's, 50's, 60's...), the floor plan and the actual condition of the individual trailer.

There are a few of us 'Streamers here in central MS!
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Vintage, by the Vintage Airstream Club (part of WBCCI) definition, is any Airstream or Argosy at least 25 years old. So, it is a moving target, with each year changing. By this definition pre 1990 is "vintage".
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I'm curious...why the recommendations to stay away from a 70s unit?
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I'm curious...why the recommendations to stay away from a 70s unit?
That was the years that Beatrice owned Airstream , Bad axels , frame tail droop in the longer models kinda like when AMF bought Harley Davidson they cheapened them or mass produced them but I still love em an own both I like the looks of a 70's overlander and 70's Harley's I have a few of them also
So buy what you like because your gonna spend lots of money renovating any year of airstream you buy but look what you will have in the out come
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OK ...I guess I am blistered

Notice I said checked out by someone KNOWLEDGABLE. The seventies are the famous rear end separation candidates. The seventies saw the beginnings of the Grey water systems. The seventies saw the converter problems. The seventies saw the beginnings of pressed wood flooring. The seventies saw the use of a "new" cabinetry instead of wood. The seventies saw the infamous roll up cabinet doors. The seventies air conditioners, fridges and water heaters are all now needing replacement....and they did not have drain lines...most of them. The seventies all need axle replacement now(unless already changed.) A properly maintained and restored 70's Airstream is a gem to be sure. Again...watch yourself if your a beginner.
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Notice I said checked out by someone KNOWLEDGABLE. ... Again...watch yourself if your a beginner.
That is a good point - it's maybe not a case of the '70's being any worse but they are new enough that it's easy to slop some flooring over a rotten floor 'check the brakes' and 'pack the wheel bearings'...
The appliances might look just like a late 90's but they are 20 years older...likewise with the axles, window seals...

I personally think the disdain for the 70's are due to the 'modern' styling that was in demand at that time - fake wood tones, wild upholstery and carpet, sliding doors, bell bottom pants, big hair (oops, flash backs - going back to my big recliner now)

Search for the 'new buyers guide' somewhere here on the forums - I gotta go, A&E has a Jimmy Hendricks concert coming on now.
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Oh my I just bought a original 73...
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