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Old 01-05-2013, 02:47 AM   #1
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Hi from New Zealand

Hi Everyone and Happy New Year from NZL!
My name is Sarah and I'm looking to import my first Sirstream into New Zealand. I've been a long time admirer of Airstreams ever since I sat in one back in 1996 at a Mountain Biking event in California. It belonged to MTB pioneer Jacqui Phelan and I was invited in for a cup of tea!

Back in the late 80s my parents bought a huge RV in the USA and we toured around the country for 4 amazing months.

Anyway, I'm looking foward to discoverng your fascinating forum and learning alot more about Airstreams in my quest to bring one to NZL.

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:41 AM   #2
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Welcome Sarah,
Hope you're able to find your dream Airstream! Sure there are several people here on the Forum who would be a great help to you getting an Airstream imported for you.
Believe there is a thread where someone in Australia did just that in 2011 or 2012.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:52 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums!

You'll find lots of great information all through the forums. I am always impressed with how willing the members are to share their knowledge. It's even better when you get a chance to meet in person at a rally.

We love New Zealand. We rented a motor home and toured North and South Island for 2 weeks over a decade ago and have been promising ourselves a return trip ever since.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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Congradulations on discovering this amazing site! I started on my complete make over on a 1965 about 2 1/2 yrs ago. Couldnt have done it without airfourms, best of luck!!
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Welcome Sarah,

Youíll find a lot of technical, logistical and helpful social information here. Iím sure you will enjoy touring your country in an Airstream. But importing one from North America poses a number of challenges. Question: Are you looking for new or used?

Buying a used one here is relatively easy, and there are a number of Airstream owners who will help you inspect it prior to purchase. But shipping it home requires a bit more planning. I think they are just a little too wide to fit into those shipboard containers. The standard American and Canadian towing hitch, electrics, plumbing fixtures, holding tanks, curbside door and mandated safety standards are different here from RVs sold in the rest of the world. Therefore a used one would need to be reconfigured to meet NZs codes. I suggest you become familiar with your countryís import requirements and fees, plus the RV codes prior to proceeding.

Buying a new one that already meets the European (and maybe NZ too?) codes and standards would solve many problems, but new Airstreams are very expensive.

We were on the ICA-WBCCI caravan through the North and South Islands for five weeks in February and March of 2012, and we love your beautiful country. The only Airstream we saw was at the Auckland Airport that is used as a fast food stand. You might be able to contact the owner and get as much detailed information as you can.

Good luck and keep us informed on your progress and feel free to ask questions.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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Thanks Everyone for the kind replies. Really appreciate the positive feedback! I am looking to bring a used Airstream to NZ so that I can convert into an icecream vending trailer. My parents have operated a Berry farm for 45 years and icecreams and sundaes etc are a big part of it in the summer months, i want to take the concept on the road in an Airstream.

I am looking for a small (up to22ft), ideally gutted and in good condition. I have just started the research process. I would get it fitted out here in NZ.

As far as shipping and receiving in NZ, i certainly onow it has to arrive clean or be steamcleaned on arrival, the electrics do need to be changed, it needs to be warranted and registered or otherwised towed to site if not roadworthy. Again I need to do a lot more research on this. It would prob travel RORO on the ship so not in a container.

I guess the main thing I need to understand is what condition i need to ensure it is in from the vendor. I think (and any further advice appreciated!) , i need ro ensure trailer is free of rust in body and underneath and exterior in good condition. I gather the shining up process is not too difficult ? Interior is not an issue as it wil be gutted.

If i am successful in this, i will have to import a second one because i want to go touring in one myself, they are such fabulous trailers!

Thanks again For the comments!

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Ice cream 'Stream sounds yummy!!! Lots of luck to you and keep us posted!
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Hi Sarah,

I have just imported a '69 Caravel 18ft into NZ from Baltimore to Lyttelton, and am just about to get another one here, give me a shout if I can help with any info.

Best of luck
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Hi Sarah and Elle.

Great to see other Kiwi's on here. Tony and I are looking to import a Airstream to NZ too.

Sarah how have you got on find a Airstream? What models do you like?

We are looking for a 19-24 ft Tradewind, Safari, Globetrotter.

Elle how do you use yours??

They are just so beautiful and stream lined and I love the rivets.

Lynda and Tony.
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Aotearoa. Hello Sarah,best of luck on your project,there is lots of good info on this site.
We will be in south island for 22 days,March -April next year and plan on renting an rv .Will use KEA or Maui for rental. With 22 days its not going to be enough time.Will use Top 10 Campsites mostly. Best of luck !
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Hi Linda and Tony !

I have just picked up my new baby, a 1961 24ft beautiful Tradewind, so will be fixing it up a few things and finishing the NZ conversion over the winter ready for summer, my lovely 1969 Caravel will have to go though. I had been looking for this exact model/layout Tradewind for a while. I have had grey water tanks installed so can go freedom camping - a must in the SI, and we also have 2 dogs so it makes trips away a lot easier !

I am a big fan of the early Airstreams due to their style and weight, can't go wrong with a Classic.
Don't forget to check out the hitchweights - Airstreams are really nose heavy and a standard NZ tow hitch ball/arm will not be able to take the downforce as they are only rated at 150kg - a tow hitch equaliser may be needed. And Airstreams mostly have electric brakes, you will need an electrical brake controller fitted to your towing vehicle before you pick it up or tow it anywhere, you will have to get this in the USA as I havent found then in NZ yet - easy to install though.

If you need any help etc just give me a shout, am just about to import a '65 Safari, so I have been through the process a few times now.

Best of luck, they are sooooo lovely !

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Howdy!!!

Good luck on your search! Might be good idea to come back to USA, find, travel, then return to NZ!!?????
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Hi Linda and Tony !

I have just picked up my new baby, a 1961 24ft beautiful Tradewind, so will be fixing it up a few things and finishing the NZ conversion over the winter ready for summer, my lovely 1969 Caravel will have to go though. I had been looking for this exact model/layout Tradewind for a while. I have had grey water tanks installed so can go freedom camping - a must in the SI, and we also have 2 dogs so it makes trips away a lot easier !

I am a big fan of the early Airstreams due to their style and weight, can't go wrong with a Classic.
Don't forget to check out the hitchweights - Airstreams are really nose heavy and a standard NZ tow hitch ball/arm will not be able to take the downforce as they are only rated at 150kg - a tow hitch equaliser may be needed. And Airstreams mostly have electric brakes, you will need an electrical brake controller fitted to your towing vehicle before you pick it up or tow it anywhere, you will have to get this in the USA as I havent found then in NZ yet - easy to install though.

If you need any help etc just give me a shout, am just about to import a '65 Safari, so I have been through the process a few times now.

Best of luck, they are sooooo lovely !

Cheers
Elle

Hi Elle,

Thanks for replying. How exciting a new Tradewind. We like the Tradewinds too. Are you selling your Caravel? If you are we maybe interested. We would love to have a chat with you either way. So much to learn. Would you mind messaging your phone to us?
Thanks.
Lynda and Tony.
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Hi Sarah,
Could you please let me know the shipping company you used?
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