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Old 10-06-2009, 11:04 AM   #15
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Thank you for all your kind advice! Im finding that I have narrowed my search down to the 1960's. No matter how many times I check out the late models I always wind up back at the vintage ones. I have found 2 on Craigslist in MO (one is actually on airforums classifieds too) that I really like, $8994 and $16500 respectively. Saving now for purchase in springtime. I check them everyday in hopes they are still there! Dreaming to one day make one mine! I find myself day dreaming about making curtains, bedding, pillows, sanding cabinets, staining, poly'ing, etc etc etc. Is this a sign Ive been bit by the bug?

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Old 10-06-2009, 12:13 PM   #16
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The 60s Airstream trailers are a fine vintage. Good luck on your search!


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Old 10-06-2009, 01:10 PM   #17
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While I don't have the knowledge or experience to weigh in on the vintage vs new (I bought new), I will caution you to think long and hard about floor plan, and how long of a trailer you're going to want. You're 4 sleeping in the trailer, right?

I have a family of 4 and we bought an '05 25' International CCD. For me, the vintage vs new never entered into the equation because it was the style of the CCD that most interested me.

However.... at the time of purchase, the 28' was out of our budget, though I really really would have preferred it. The bedroom layout is vastly different. It's taken 3 years, and I'm finally going to trade up to a 28'.

Bottom line - make sure you're OK with the size. Some folks can live quite comfortably almost squashed in together (cozy), whereas others need a bit more elbow room.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:37 PM   #18
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My dad told me a long time ago..

you can make payments or repairs. Never be in a position where you have to do both. and try to never have to pay someone to make repairs.

It's not in everyones makeup to "make repairs", but some people actually enjoy it...

I am lucky enough to be married to woman that enjoys the working on stuff nearly as much as I do, so we went vintage.. needs work.. a lot of work.. But we payed little, and when done will not have near your budget in Toto. But we WILL have lots of hours in it, and we will know how everything works.. everything.
See our blog here on how two RV/AS rookies tackle a 1979 Sovereign resto!!

Just the photos.. (sometimes you don't need the blog, just a picture worth a thousand words..)

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Old 10-06-2009, 01:59 PM   #19
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Go Vintage... listen to the Welcome to the Frontpage - The Vintage Airstream Podcast ... there is not - sorry..

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Old 09-03-2013, 03:22 PM   #20
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*UPDATE* 4 years later....

*UPDATE* 4 years later....

I just stumbled on this thread I created in 2009 and never updated the outcome!

We purchased a beautiful 1966 Tradewind and have had her now for 4 years! I have polished her twice and we have repaired a few items since.

Lovin it all! Best purchase we ever made! Thank you everyone for your input many years ago!
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