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Old 05-03-2014, 06:42 AM   #1
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Hello from a newbie Aussie!

Hi there AS fans ... Thank you very much for all the info available on the forums ... I've been reading for days ...we're a couple from Melbourne learning all we can online ... Have fallen in love with these vintage airstreams and would like to buy one to live in whilst we renovate our home ... Will have access to water/power etc ... Then have option to travel as desired ..

We are going to work with a US buying agent and then we'll import it over to Australia. From past people's experiences I can see we need 1968 or earlier ... I have therefore limited my research to the 60's... I have a few questions if that's ok

1) needing to know which 60's option would have the smallest width (due to our driveway approx 8'20" - 2.5m). Lots of the info I have refers to length & heights ...

2) is it possible to push/pull an AS up and down a ... Say 65' driveway

3) if you were going to take your AS outside of the US what sort of spare things would you like? Tyres etc when we ship it, we'd like to include anything we may need that we can't buy online & post to Australia etc

4) is there a particular 60's option with more windows?

Thanks so much. Look forward to sharing more as we progress.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:59 AM   #2
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Have you looked here: http://vintageairstream.com

It's a good archive of vintage models including photos of many. That might help you narrow your search.

What types of things would be difficult or expensive to order and ship from the U.S.? Anything?
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:00 AM   #3
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This one is good as well.

http://www.viewrvs.com/airstream-index.php
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:06 AM   #4
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Thank you Landrum ... Have seen the first, but not second .. From what I can read they are mostly 7'4"..

Will check our 2nd link now .. Cheers
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:08 AM   #5
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I guess I was just keen to hear tips for things that commonly need replacing ... Or may be heavy & expensive to post ..so I can try and be prepared for its arrival etc ...
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:47 AM   #6
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Hi dirtsajane,
I've just purchased a 1960 Tradewind from Seattle for export to Melbourne. I'm not expecting for a few months, due to title replacement and import approval etc, but would love to stay in touch and talk Airstreams
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:49 AM   #7
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:43 AM   #8
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I suppose the best advise I can give based upon my experience with 70s trailers is to be prepared to do some work on arrival.

What follows is purely based on my experience with two trailers, a 72 and a 75, both previously unrestored.

Weather seals around doors and windows

Count on the fresh water plumbing as having frozen and busted pipes.. The freeze probably got the hot water heater too.

Count on at least some floor rot around the front windows and maybe the entry door. Count on more extensive floor rot and resulting shell separation damage from settling in rear bath models.

Expect the axles to be shot.

Expect the remainder of appliances and even the air conditioning to work.

Expect the cabinetry and fixtures to be mainly functional and presentable with some straightening up and replacement of missing rivets and screws.

The 75 was done as a quick patch up to sit mostly stationary for the next couple of years, today will be day 11 or 12 of work it will be mostly done today or tomorrow, but some issues have been "overlooked" knowing that the trailer is slated for a full gutting in a couple or a few years. This trailer went back stock with all fixtures etc.

The 72 was a full gut and refit, nothing was left stock. All RV fixtures and appliances were scrapped in favor of residential style appliances and fixtures.
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Thanks for the advice For the reasons you've listed, we bought this trailer as it is an empty shell. Which saves us ripping out the old, and makes it very easy to work on the underneath. My husband is a welder so he is able to do all the repairs, and has already done some work on an Airstream over here, so he has an idea what he's in for
Expecting it to be lots of work, but also lots of fun
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G'day M8.

Your driveway sounds like a bear. You might consider a powered trailer dolly to make the trip up and down your driveway less stressful. There are several companies in the US that manufacture this type of equipment. If you are unable to locate something similar you might consider having one of them shipped to you along with the trailer.

Here is a link to the place I bought mine from:

Powermovers | MOVING MADE EASY

There are many threads here on AF about this topic. Here is a link to a current one:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...er-119972.html

Good luck to you.
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Working on the two Airstreama has been the most fun I have ever had working on projects.

I was just addressing some the questions that I was qualified to answer, and making sure you didn't expect a used Airstream to be ready to use upon arrival.
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Appreciate your input, and look forward to sharing our progress! Thanks
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