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Old 11-02-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
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New frame needed

Looking for a frame for a 1960 Tradewind. Location - Minneapolis.

It was worse than expected. Any help, please reply.
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Old 11-02-2005, 08:31 PM   #2
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Southwest Wheel has frame kits, don't know if they're heavy duty enough though, but if you're at the point you need a new frame and obviously skilled enough to have tackled an Airstream renovation, why not build your own? 2 x 4 or 2 x 5 box tube for the frame and 2 x 3 or 2 x 2 angle for the center floor, almost done. The outriggers are available from Airstream as are the axle mounting plates if you're planning on changing from leaf springs to torsion. What a time to design your under floor areas for waste tanks and maybe even a water tank.

I find that owners of these older coaches tend to over build, if Airstream had taken as much care and expense as todays vintage owners there wouldn't be any repair work to do.

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Old 11-02-2005, 08:42 PM   #3
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I will a frame from a 1967 Overlander available mid summer of '06. IF it is of any use let me know we can work something out......
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Old 11-02-2005, 08:53 PM   #4
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Thanks, but we want to stick with a single axle.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:08 PM   #5
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I find that owners of these older coaches tend to over build, if Airstream had taken as much care and expense as todays vintage owners there wouldn't be any repair work to do.
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How many other vintage travel trailers are still around compared to Airstream?
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They are not too dificult to make new.
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:48 AM   #7
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I'm in the process of making new frame for my 54 Cruiser. I removed the shell and floor and welded some tabs on the outside of the frame so I could use the existing frame as the template for the new one. I went with 2x4x3/16 rectangular tubing which weighs 6.87#/ft and is not much more than the original channel that weighed 5.4#/ft. I used light gauge metal cross members (12ga.) as they did on the original. I'm converting over to a torsion axle and ordered factory style axle brackets and a 5,000 lb axle from Inland. It's been a fairly easy process and it has enabled me to customize the frame for the new style axle and the addition of grey and black water tanks.
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Tedd,

Thanks, but we want to stick with a single axle.
It may be possible to use Tedd's frame, if the front axle is the same distance from the tongue that your tradewind's axle is. You can lop off the back couple of feet of frame, and be ready to re-install. Just an idea, if no one else steps forward with a frame.
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Old 11-03-2005, 02:15 PM   #9
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Is this another trailer? I thought you redid yours..... I would not mess with an old frame - easy to build a new one...

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Old 11-03-2005, 04:36 PM   #10
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All,

Thanks for the ideas and comments. I think the best choice is to make a new one, but I wanted to be sure there wasn't a pristine frame just laying about in someone's garage.

Ken,

This is a rescue mission for another Airstreamer that lurks but doesn't post. They have a very cute '60 Tradewind and two kids. As always, cost is an issue. Ultradog has volunteered to help with the welding, and I have volunteered to watch and offer moral support.
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Old 11-03-2005, 05:01 PM   #11
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If you decide to make your own, do you plan to use a mig welder or tig welder?

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Old 11-03-2005, 05:02 PM   #12
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If I remember right Bud Cooper made a new frame for his 48? weewind, replacing the pipe frame - may want to contact him.......

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See this thread:
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for the saga of my frame replacement.The smaller trailer would be easier as channel comes in 20 foot length.
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I've been pre-occupied with our newer-ish 2004 ccd.

It's been a while since I've sat down to read a renovation thread.

You guys just amaze me!!! Unbelievable work....

I suppose the real satisfaction comes in knowing that when the project wraps up (if ever) you will have something that you built with your own hands and it will probably last forever.....

Best.

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