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Old 06-19-2012, 12:32 PM   #15
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Hello Spike, I'm a vintage kin owner splitting my time between Portland and Silverton, just a few months into my aluminum love affair.

If you are thinking about older models, you might want to check out Sunset RV in Forest Grove. I don't know anything about the business practices of the owner, good or bad, but he does tend to have a few older models available, whether they are posted on his website or not. That might help you get a feel for the different options with size and layout.

It is true that an older model, even in the best of condition, is probably going to need more TLC than it first seems... but as long as you are ok with that, you will love having a vintage trailer!

Best of luck to you in your search--

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Old 06-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #16
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Wow, thank you for all of the responses. This is Mrs C. I would just like to take exception to Mr C's statement that we are of advanced age. Speak for yourself old man! We are barely of retirement age.
Truthfully, it is me that is obsessed with a vintage travel trailer (as usual I get these ideas and drag Mr C on board) and I have been shopping hard online, but I know now that it is time to get out there and start kicking the tires. I have long wanted a beach house of our own but can't afford the ocean view that I want...or perhaps a mountain house... or a desert home...or... The answer is to just take our house with us and park it in any and all of these places. I also have a fascination with the beauty of industrial metal and "shiny tings" design so a silver trailer is a natural.

Stylistically, I am most fond of Flyte Camp restoration work. Especially the old summer camp/lodge styles. What wonderful work. Affording it is another thing, but it is the stuff that dreams are made of.
We press onward in the initial stages of our search. Nice to know that we aren't alone here, thank you for your encouragement and references and... the depth and content of this site is utterly amazing.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #17
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Thanks to everyone for the good info, esp. Splitrock! That is a real cautionary tale for sure!
And Bob, your 2 dogs equal about 6 of ours! We will be doing some walkabouts in different units to get a better feel for what is what.
Thanks for the offer, Meredith, If we get going in that direction we will give you a buzz.
Mary will want to use the unit for a portable office when she photographs at horse shows so that will impact the space needs as well.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:40 PM   #18
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Welcome

Welcome to the community Spike.

We celebrate our first anniversary with our Airstream in August. Despite a few issues we've greatly enjoyed our trailer and the Airstream community on the forums and WBCCI.

Many will tell you your Airstream will find you. It was that way for us. We discovered our lightly used trailer on eBay about the time we had given up on used and were about to buy new. Keep looking and educating yourself and the unit meant for you will appear.

Hope to see you on the road one day.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:46 PM   #19
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Spike and Mary, Take your time and remember that once you purchase you are hooked for life... A suggestion, check out the bottom of the forums for rallys in your area. Go to it. The people are generally more than willing to show off their trailers and tell you all the good and bad... We were looking and saw a rally nearby. Decided to just ride over and check it out. Before we left, a gentleman had provided us with a handwritten list of all the trailers he knew of in his unit, and surrounding units that were for sale. Not only that, he weeded thru the ones that were too big for my tow vehicle or just had not been taken care of. 2 months later we bought one off that list.
The best thing about going to a rally is you will see new ones, middle aged and older ones all in one spot.
Good luck! (ours is a 27 ft 1984 Sovereign, twin beds in the middle, rear bath)
Works really well for us and our two small dogs.
ps, may as well buy that flamingo now so you will have it ready...It's kind of a rule! Notice ours in guard position...
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:23 AM   #20
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Great idea about the rallys. Thanks so much.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:44 AM   #21
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I would just like to take exception to Mr C's statement that we are of advanced age. Speak for yourself old man! We are barely of retirement age.
awwwwww, man! And here I thought "advanced" meant foremost and advantaged!


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I have long wanted a beach house of our own but can't afford the ocean view that I want...or perhaps a mountain house... or a desert home...or... The answer is to just take our house with us and park it in any and all of these places.
This the best part. We have found our rear view pano window hanging over the beach, lakes and some gorgeous mountain views. Even when the views not so great - the place and people are new, and, no matter where it be, we get to open our own wine, brew our own coffee, and sleep in our own bed.


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I also have a fascination with the beauty of industrial metal and "shiny tings" design so a silver trailer is a natural
UhOh! You appear to be afflicted with a serious genetic configuration shared by many who hang out here. You are clearly at early onset. Fortunately there is a strong support network. Or, maybe we are enabling the addiction. Oh well. Who cares? It's grand!
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:26 AM   #22
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Just a lead here but in my views of floor plans and space, look at the 1988, 89 29 foot Center Bath Excella. It seems to have an open lounge area that appears larger for lying dogs.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:04 PM   #23
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As a closure to this introduction thread, we are now the proud owners of a 1958 Overlander Int'l. We pick it up in Tucson the end of this month. Some of you may recall that Mello Mike had this trailer and did a great deal of the restoration which he chronicled on the Air Forums. Which, I might add, really helped us with information to make our choice on this trailer.
When we get our new prize up to Portland, we will begin the remodeling of the interior to our tastes.

As a trailer noob, this is going to be quite an adventure on many level$ but one that I am looking forward to. I am sure that we will have lots of questions as we move forward. I already spend a lot of time searching the forums and gleaning gems of info.

Any further updates on our progress will be in (hopefully) appropriate areas of the forum.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:06 PM   #24
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As a closure to this introduction thread, we are now the proud owners of a 1958 Overlander Int'l. We pick it up in Tucson the end of this month. .
I am pretty sure it is in the rules somewhere that you do not get to close out a thread without pictures! If not, it should be..... Seriously, congrats! (but we still want pics)
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:29 AM   #25
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Well I would hate to break "the rules". Here is a pic of our "new" beauty from the ad.
thanks for the congrats. We tipped a few glasses of celebratory wine at my friend's vineyard while sitting in her Silver Streak which serves as a home base during the most intense part of the vineyard work.
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Oh my goodness. That is gorgeous! Sorry I asked for pics, now I am all jealous and stuff!
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:52 AM   #27
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It's beautiful. Congratulations.
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