Welcome to the Forums and the world of 1964
Originally Posted by tstrasters
Very excited to be join the Airstream community. Just purchased a 1964
TradeWind trailer in less than pristine shape. But it contains all the original equipment and appliance (tho not in working order) and the shell only has a few BB holes. The belly pan is mostly missing, and I think the floor needs replacement, but the window frames are all intact and the operators function (will need to replace some glass). It will be labor of love, but I am so looking forward to taking my family camping in this. I plan on renovating it a bit at a time, starting with the structural elements. I am already so grateful for all work done by other owners and their effort to chronicle and share their work on the forums.
The 1964 Airstreams were essentially the end of a model cycle for Airstream. It was the last year for the door-within-a-door, jalousie windows beside the entry door, and the last year of the option of either single or tandem axles on the Tradewind. It was also something of a transition year as it was the first year for a standard Univolt (power converter), and I believe that it was also the first year that all Airstreams came with a demand rather than pressure water system.
I am rather partial to the 1964 Airstreams, but didn't really understand why until my Overlander found me in 1995. I had looked for an Airstream for well over six months when I decided to expand the scan of my search to an Airstream more than 15 years old, and the Overlander was the fourth older Airstream that I examined . . . walked in the door and put a deposit on the coach 15-minutes later. As it turned out the attraction to the coach was not only its features and floorplan . . . a few months later, I learned that the Overlander was the same Airstream that friends of my family had purchased new in 1964 and in which they invited me on my first camping trip in 1964 when I was five years old.
I am sure that you will find that the 1964 Airstream is a truely enjoyable coach to own!
Good luck with your Tradewind!