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Old 01-26-2011, 01:47 PM   #57
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When I first got our trailer, Todd came over to look at it for me as I didn't know what to check. He gave it a clean bill of health, so I never used his services as far as any repairs. He came across as very nice though, I can report that much.
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:24 PM   #58
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We've even talked about trying to change it to a rear twin, mid bath since we wouldn't risk waking our girls up to use the bathroom.
Bigger rear bed/side bath 70s Airstreams aren't super hard to find. Might be easier to find a nice one of those than to remodel this.

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Plus, my heart is a little broken..I've been trying to find a nice Turbo Diesel Excursion and can't find one that's not trashed, plus the new Ford Raptor pickup only pulls 8000lbs... and I think the 2500 Suburban can pull 9600 or 9100, but that's not that much more.
These 70s trailers should max out around 7500 lbs loaded. (Later-year Airstreams are considerably heavier.) Given that tow capacity numbers are heavily based on powertrain cooling requirements pulling up a mountain grade in the desert at over 100 degrees at full max a/c and at highway speeds, I'd keep an eye more on payload than max tow capacity (unless you really want the oil burner.) I'd get a Sierra Denali or F-150 Ecoboost myself; I'm not sure the kinda-squidgy off-road Raptor suspension (I've briefly driven one) would be my first pick for towing.

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Old 01-26-2011, 06:45 PM   #59
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I towed 2 different 31 foot Airstreams for awhile, and now I have an older 26'. I use an Excursion V10. The mileage is as good as a diesel and the fuel is cheaper.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:30 PM   #60
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We had a Nissan Armada when we purchased our 28' CCD. Pulled it home just fine but we didn't want to haul around a generator in the back so we bought a GMC 2500. The truck worked better for all of our bikes too. We sold the 28' CCD but my husband loves his truck. He put a Bully Dog chip in it and runs it on a setting that improves his mileage.
The Armada was getting long in the teeth but it was by far our favorite family hauler.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:03 PM   #61
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At 7,500-lbs loaded you have a world of choices. Be sure to look at vans, also, the rear overhang plus internal capacity make them superior in quite a few ways. If stuck on the Excursion, then do the homework on suspension modifications -- steering wander --reported as necessary by many owners.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:11 AM   #62
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Hello and welcome to Airforums.com, Rutroe!

In your title, you mention that your new trailer is a 1973, and in your profile, it's listed as a 1971. Which is it?

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It's a 1973 Ambassador 29ft with twin beds and a rear bath.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:52 AM   #63
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Rutroe,
Welcome from another Peachtree City dweller and big fan of TG. I just picked up a 77 Argosy and know what you are going through. I have no expertise to offer but good luck with the resto!
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:37 PM   #64
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Hello and welcome to Airforums.com, Rutroe!

In your title, you mention that your new trailer is a 1973, and in your profile, it's listed as a 1971. Which is it?

Ha! 73...before he handed me the title on the 2nd day, he thought he remembered it being a 71 Good catch!
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:41 PM   #65
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So, we've been talking with some restoration specialist and that's been really cool. Lots of super nice people out there with some great ideas on how to make this a really fun, unique to us build.

Of course, like in anything, I've run into some people that aren't quite as helpful, but you can't let a few bad apples spoil the bunch.


It's cool to see some of the things that people with the right time and tools can accomplish with these. If anyone has any recommendations on resto specialists that I should talk to, I'm all ears. The one that someone PM'd me about...well let's just say that aren't a fan of the forum.

Also leaning towards a Suburban or Denali...I went a test drove some new ones last week and man...the dollar just doesn't go as far as it used to.
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:05 PM   #66
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Welcome Rutroe!

You will find amazing help from some pretty nice people here. I know I have.

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Old 01-31-2011, 09:12 AM   #67
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Ha! 73...before he handed me the title on the 2nd day, he thought he remembered it being a 71 Good catch!
It sure has a nice shell. I hope you make a project out of it and do it over from the ground up, it looks like a good candidate, from what I can see in the photos.

Here's one of the clips that are online for the DIY show, when they did something similar. It gave me hope as I started doing my own trailer.

There's always a lot to do with a vintage Airstream, but try to remember that that none of it is "rocket surgery".

YouTube - Airstream Restore DIY 08-3 Sofa Table
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:58 PM   #68
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So Rut. How about an update. We care about them all. Is she back on the road to recovery?
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:07 PM   #69
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Rut is doing go RVing ads on TV! I think he has a nice cushy motor-home now and the Airstream is a distant memory.

GoRVing - Rutledge Wood on Vimeo

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Old 10-16-2012, 04:36 PM   #70
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I was lucky enough to find a pristine 85 Limited and thankfully have had no rehab or restoration of any kind to worry about. Although the challenge of such a project would be interesting and educational to say the least. I do like to follow fellow AS member restore their tubes...get some great ideas...wish you the best of luck, this forum is chock full of awesome people who have forgotten more about Airstreams than I'll ever learn! Welcome and love your show!!!
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