Bought a '73 Tradewind 25ft.
Hey all I've lurked and read the forum for about a month, pulled the pin and bought a 73' yesterday. The trailer originally came from Dons travel Trailers in St. Albans, W. VA.(cool name tag still on) went to Florida for most it's life, up to the East Coast of Canada, spent a year there and now I have it in Calgary, Alberta on the west side of Canada.
The outer shell is in great shape, belly pan a bit of a disaster (fresh water tank is out), interior is good for the age. Floor actually looks pretty good from first investigations, minor rot in rear. My tentative plan so far is to remove remaining belly pan, check it all out from below and access from that point. Order new axles and brakes, black, grey and fresh water tanks. Redo all that stuff from below replacing the rusty metal coating and sealing all. New toilet, fix floor and mini bathroom make over (cleaning!), replace roof vents. Fix/redo/clean all appliances, most everything works now supposedly just in need of TLC.
Hopefully at that point use it for a bit and work up a floor plan deciding what I really want to do with the interior. Which most likely will be refinishing most surfaces (modernizing), building bunks mid ship (kids 5 and 7), front goucho area.
As I say, that's the tentative plan, I'll see what it all looks like soon enough. I switch from excitement to anxiety regularly right now at this stage of the project. I'm very capable at fixing, building and renovating things. Never worked with aluminium and rivets much. A bit scared of seeing I'll need the full monty once I dig deeper and thats why my plan is tentative...
( I gave a halfass effort at posting some pics, I'll try again later)
Any local Calgary AS reno experts out there?