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Old 03-14-2007, 10:09 PM   #15
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Welcome and sympathy

Welcome in you guys. You can learn a lot and have a lot of fun on these forums.

You have my sympathy because you have clearly contracted an aluminum disorder. You will gladly spend money and once you go camping you'll just keep going and going. Other projects will be forgotten and worst of all you will be drawn to groups of others in shiny trailers where you will laugh, eat and drink. On your way home from these odd cult gatherings you'll be planning your next trip.
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:35 PM   #16
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More, more, more pics... We NEED pictures!!


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Old 03-15-2007, 12:02 AM   #17
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Welcome from Canada I still consider myself a newcomer to the group here.
Great reading , informative , questions answered before they are asked ,
some one has been there/done that . I also have a Tradewind and a just aquired Hemi, hope it pulls stronger than the F 150 with a 4.6. Water tank replacement is in progress, still snowing here. Take care Fred
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:12 AM   #18
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Oh boy!! A couple more early TradeWind owners. Welcome and I can tell you both, you're gonna love that TradeWind of yours. They, in my opinion, are the perfect size; great to tow and roomy enough to be comfortable when its raining. I can tell you're going to fit right in here. And by all means, post more pictures.

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Old 03-17-2007, 11:01 PM   #19
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"Before" photos

It's so great to find some Tradewinds! Sometimes I get on a thread posted by folks with "newer" trailers and the issues just aren't the same.

So far, we're dealing largely with cosmetic stuff, which we think will keep us motivated to finish other things, like tanks.

Here is a view looking back, the first week we got the trailer (February). Since then, my husband has removed most of the damaged wood and cabinetry, put in a laminate floor, removed the nonworking refrigerator, built a dinette and cabinet for new fridge and microwave. He also just found fabric for the front gaucho on ebay and will take it to an upholsterer in East LA, so that should be pretty cheap.

I want to wait with the "after" photos when we're done staining & painting. But I am taking pictures of the dinette as we go - he built a cantilevered bench so we don't bump our feet against the wheel. The fun touch is we have a good condition old formica & chrome kitchen table that he's using for the dinette. The whole set up will make a longer bed - he's convinced our son will grow to be too tall for the gauchos!
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:57 AM   #20
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Just down the road from you

In Tujunga, we have a 34 foot motorhome (our keeper) and are getting its twin ready for sale. When you get ready for your first camping trip Malibu RV park is close and an easy drive, great views for your shake down cruise. Let us know when you are going and we can probably get a few forum friends to show up. If you are really ambitious there is a rally at the end of April up north of San Francisco. A few folks from down here are caravaning up on that Friday. Have fun and take lots of pics we also have a guy who does great upholstery work in Sun Valley, and C&G trailers in Bellflower are very knowledgable airstream dealers.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:53 PM   #21
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Hey Neighbor!

Thanks for the camping and upholstery tips. I was actually thinking our first campout will be in the driveway!

While my husband is moving quickly on repairs, I don't think we'll be ready by April. I'm hoping for a summer trip, ideally at El Capitan, north of Goleta. Unfortunately it is already booked, but I think they have some spaces for early arrivals. Malibu would be nice, too.

Let's keep each other posted. It appears previous owners attended a couple of rallies. We found this on the inside of the door:
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:45 AM   #22
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Ocean mesa

There is also a new campground near refugio that has great views from the Ocean Premium sites. They have great facilities and it will mature nicely, right now the trees are pretty small. Also if you need more fabric Michael Levine in downtown LA has some great retro prints
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Old 03-19-2007, 09:11 AM   #23
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Natalie,
Judging from you interior photos, your trailer looks much like a 1964, rather than a 1961. The molded fiberglass bath fixtures were introduced in 1964, so was the quilted bedroom ceiling.
If you can post your serial number, then we should be able to decipher what it is you actually have.
It is a nice trailer nonetheless, a perfect size for travel and also for "staying a while".
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Old 03-19-2007, 09:46 AM   #24
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There is also a new campground near refugio that has great views from the Ocean Premium sites. They have great facilities and it will mature nicely, right now the trees are pretty small. Also if you need more fabric Michael Levine in downtown LA has some great retro prints
So Str8stream, We gonna throw a Rally at this place near Refugio?
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:06 PM   #25
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Natalie,
Judging from you interior photos, your trailer looks much like a 1964, rather than a 1961. The molded fiberglass bath fixtures were introduced in 1964, so was the quilted bedroom ceiling.
If you can post your serial number, then we should be able to decipher what it is you actually have.
It is a nice trailer nonetheless, a perfect size for travel and also for "staying a while".
Welcome to the forums!
Hmmmm, the vehicle registration documents that say 1961. ID# 142S4073. The framed plate by the door is pretty hard to read, I could make out "Santa Fe Springs". I tried to take a picture, but guess what? Total glare! Maybe daylight would work better.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:17 PM   #26
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Hmmmm, the vehicle registration documents that say 1961. ID# 142S4073. The framed plate by the door is pretty hard to read, I could make out "Santa Fe Springs". I tried to take a picture, but guess what? Total glare! Maybe daylight would work better.
Not that it matters that much, your trailer is as lovely as a 61 as it would be as a 64.
One way to tell for sure would be to see if it has leaf spring axles or torsion axles. Torsion axles were used from 62 on, leaf spring axles until 62.
So, if you have leaf spring axles, then my theory of your trailer being a 64 is all shot to pieces....now we need a historian to pick up the serial number and make sense of it all.
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:11 AM   #27
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Thanks, Uwe. We went back out to check and found 6404 stamped under the vin. I was looking on another website and it seems that this may mean April 1964, so you may well be right.

Which now means that I am older than our airstream.

As for whether we have leaf spring or torsion axles, we don't even know how to open the doors to the water tanks!

Guess I'll go change the profile now...
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:57 AM   #28
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Natalie, Judging from you interior photos, your trailer looks much like a 1964, rather than a 1961. The molded fiberglass bath fixtures were introduced in 1964, so was the quilted bedroom ceiling.If you can post your serial number, then we should be able to decipher what it is you actually have. It is a nice trailer nonetheless, a perfect size for travel and also for staying a while. Welcome to the forums!
Hi Natalie: Uwe is correct, your 24' Trade Wind is a 1964 model as shown by the 5 end cap panels, the fiberglass airliner bathroom ('64 is the first year for it) and the door-within-a-door ('64 is the last year for that feature). As you have now discovered, the build date is April 1964, further confirming it is a 1964 model, one of my favorite years. I'm also older than any of my trailers, so don't sweat that issue. Finding one to be younger than would really stress Mr. Peabody's "Way Back Machine". Welcome aboard!
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