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Old 07-02-2006, 05:20 AM   #1
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Don't have an Airstream yet but I'm working on it.

My parents are moving overseas and my dad said that I can have his Airstream. I don't know anything about it, but he says it's roadworthy. It was one of his "Projects" that he never got around to, so it's not in tip top shape. This is the only picture I have of it:


I'm a regular at the teardrop forums using the same name. I recently completed my teardrop so after finishing up some small projects, I'm ready to to take on another one. This is my tiny camper:
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Old 07-02-2006, 05:58 AM   #2
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Well welcome to the Airstream forums!! Good luck with your project. Looks like another project sitting right next to it. Those I'm familiar with too. You've got no end of toys to play with... keep us informed.
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:32 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. From what I can see in the picture the Airstream looks like it is in pretty good shape. Definitely what I saw with your tear drop you have the talents to bring the Airstream back to life. Glad you are with us and I look forward to more pictures.
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Looks like a nice unit from this distance. No doubt there will be multiple issues and folks here who can help. You might want a long-term plan to store it where grass can't grow up around the belly -- that can contribute to increased frame rust.

Ditto on the 'welcome' Asianflava. I lived in Temple in the mid '70s and co-worker's from Georgetown were still a lo-o-ong way from Austin. Nice looking tear drop! Except the Airstream will eventually require a beefier tow vehicle -- dang! Knew there was a catch! Hope you catch the fever.
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome, I've been lurking for a little while. I will probably pick up the trailer in a few months. I got lucky, I found a place in town that allows you to tow with their vehicles. Kinda weird, a 3/4 ton F-250 regular cab was only $25 less than a F-350 1 ton crew cab dually, the dually was 15 cents/mile whereas the 3/4 ton is 25 cents. I have to pick up the trailer in Central Florida so the bigger truck will end up being cheaper.

I plan on getting a used diesel 3/4 ton truck since I can't afford a new one. I was going to post a thread looking for comments or experiences on used diesels but I'm still searching the past threads.
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I talked to my dad today. He was trying to sell it but got no offers. Then after he promised it to me, everybody came out of the woodwork.

Got some info on the TT, it is a 31ft 1978 model. It also has a 13.5K BTU a/c unit. I asked him this because I'm looking to buy a genset.
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Old 07-10-2006, 05:12 AM   #7
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Asianflava,
Sweet teardrop, which set of plans did you use? The Airstream looks good from here

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I talked to my dad today. He was trying to sell it but got no offers. Then after he promised it to me, everybody came out of the woodwork.

Got some info on the TT, it is a 31ft 1978 model. It also has a 13.5K BTU a/c unit. I asked him this because I'm looking to buy a genset.
Since she is a 78 you will want to go with a vintage tow vehicle too! Buying a super powerful Duramax truck is great if you can afford it, but having a really cool old truck to match the trailer is even better.

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Asianflava,
Sweet teardrop, which set of plans did you use? The Airstream looks good from here

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Thanks, I bought a full sized profile from Tiny Tears but I kinda made it up as I went along. That's probably why it took me so long. It is fully insulated and built with homemade SIPs (3/4in rigid foam sandwiched between 1/8in luan)

If you are interested in my build, my build log is here
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Since she is a 78 you will want to go with a vintage tow vehicle too! Buying a super powerful Duramax truck is great if you can afford it, but having a really cool old truck to match the trailer is even better.

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A vintage TV would be cool. It would look really cool with the teardrop too. I need a TV that I can use as a daily driver. I'd prefer a truck because you have to have a truck in Texas. Actually I have a truck now (a small one) and I don't see how I'd live without one.
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