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Old 07-05-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
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Wink Hello, & here comes another newbie!


Have been dreaming & searching for a while now, & think I've finally found my airstream! A 74' tradewind, and if all goes well should be picking it up this weekend! I am Very excited and overwhelmed! where to start? ; lots of projects to go, and am so glad to have this site as a resource, I have been reading through many of the restoration threads already, and appreciate the tons of great info & helpful members. I'm sure once I get into these projects, I'll need all the help I can get, and look forward to learning as I go.
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:24 PM   #2
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Good luck on the restoration. This is the best place I know of to find out about Airstreams. Please keep us posted and post plenty of pictures.
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:25 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the forums. Congrats on your new purchase. consider coming to the trout lake mini rally not too far from your town. We have an active northwest forums group - and most of us are in various stages of repair. here's a link to the rally discussion
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:32 PM   #4
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Welcome from a '72 Tradewind owner to the North of you!
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Old 07-07-2006, 02:32 PM   #5
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Smile Thanks for the warm welcome

Thanks all for the welcome, we are leaving tomorrow morning to go pick it up! And then, the fun begins.. ;-) will take lots of pics to document the whole process, from it's current humble beginnings (needs some work.. ;-)) and I'm sure will be posting many requests for help .
Janet- Thanks for the invite for the rally, since we will just be getting in tomorrow night, will have to miss this one, but will definetly be looking for upcoming NW rallies, would be great to meet up with some airstreamers in the area.
whohoo, here we go!
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Old 07-07-2006, 02:40 PM   #6
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Nola -
Welcome to the forums. I almost bought a 74 Trade Wind when I was looking. I went for a newer one .......
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Old 07-07-2006, 03:51 PM   #7
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Lol!

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Welcome to the forums. I almost bought a 74 Trade Wind when I was looking. I went for a newer one .......
Too funny.. ok "youngster" I'm sure I have a lot too learn from you, have read a lot of your previous posts and learned a lot already, and appreciate the humor too..

A quick one to start with, on your tradewind are you running 1 or 2 batteries (saw a lot of post's around running 2 12's & was wondering there room for 2?) One of the first things I need to do is replace the battery or with 2 batteries, and haven't got it here yet don't know what will fit & am searching prices.. was wondering what you did since I think ours are similar, appreciate any input.

By the way, we are one digit different on something else, my b-day is oct 25th
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:17 PM   #8
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Too funny.. ok "youngster" I'm sure I have a lot too learn from you, have read a lot of your previous posts and learned a lot already, and appreciate the humor too..

A quick one to start with, on your tradewind are you running 1 or 2 batteries (saw a lot of post's around running 2 12's & was wondering there room for 2?) One of the first things I need to do is replace the battery or with 2 batteries, and haven't got it here yet don't know what will fit & am searching prices.. was wondering what you did since I think ours are similar, appreciate any input.

By the way, we are one digit different on something else, my b-day is oct 25th
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I have only one battery. The compartment for the battery is in the rear under the bathroom closet. You would have to redo the box to get 2 in that area and then, would you want that weight that far to the rear. We do not use alot of power when we camp. We can go 3 days with no problem. For extended boondocking I have a Honda eu1000i generator.
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:48 PM   #9
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no rush on the batteries unless you plan on boondocking soon. You can get started on other resto stuff in the meantime. Good luck and welcome.
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Old 07-09-2006, 04:41 PM   #10
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Red face whohoo, it's home!

Thanks for the replies & info on the battery, I just bought one optima blue top for now, to get things going (old one was toast) figured I can look at whether I want\need more later & you're right, two won't fit without redo'ing the box.
but, the great new is, it's home! we picked it up yesterday afternoon, and got it home last night!! am so excited! It's pretty dirty, but was happy to find more of the interior items worked than I had expected. And the parts for items being worked all are pretty much all stowed away in the cupboards. Has a known issue with the gray water tank being cracked & needing to be replaced, as well as the gas tanks (older ones have gas in them but said they can't be refilled), but the stove, fans, lights, control panel, furnace all work, and seems to be in better general condition aside from some dirt than I remembered it being when we first looked at it. Washing it abit & checking out the rest of the appliances today. A bit overwhelmed but really exicted! Been thinking about this for a long time & here it is sitting in my driveway..wow! ;-) Some first pics.. the people in second is the previous owner Jerry on left and me on right.
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Old 07-09-2006, 04:51 PM   #11
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Nice looking trailer. Now you are hooked. It will consume you and you will never have more fun, unless it's when you actually go camping. Congratulations.
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:05 PM   #12
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Talking nice looking trailer....

could we see some interior pics....
i have a 75 Tradewind and have spent all afternoon removing the bathroom to the first split wall....

rear 8 inches of floor rotted out....i have no idea what i am doing but have learned sooooooo much on the forums that i actually felt safe in giving it a go....i have some rot under the front goucho but not really bad just a few inches each corner....

good luck and keep us posted on things...
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:07 PM   #13
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Nice looking trailer. When I bought mine last year I had the same condition with the propane tanks. I just used them untill one ran out. I then bought new aluminum tanks from VTS. You could get the tanks upgraded if you want to keep them. I think it costs around $30 each to get them upgraded. The aluminum ones cost me $300 which includes shipping. I also spent a few hours polishing them up. Best of luck with your "new" trailer and just ask if you have any questions.....
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:33 PM   #14
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Nice looking unit Nola,,I had a 1971 Trade Wind.. Have a 30 ft Limited now.. Love them..My daughter had a 23 ft safari 1972 that very nice...You will Love it!!! Ralph 4201KW8G
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