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Old 12-20-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Just purchased a 1961 Overlander

Hello everyone,
I've never owned any sort of travel trailer before and have enjoyed tent camping for years. Been looking to purchase a trailer for a few months now and I stumbled upon this Overlander in the local paper. My wife and I are really looking forward to fixing her up and getting road worthy for the summer! After meeting with a local airstream owner here I have decided to replace the axels/shocks first and replace all of the window/vent seals. From there I need to prioritize my projects. I was looking at purchasing axles from Inland, but I found a local trailer shop who can get 3,500lb torsion axles with electric brakes for $500/piece and install for $65/hr since they are welded on and I don't know how to weld. Sounds fair to me? I've already been reading a lot of info on here and am excited to join the group!

Also, does anyone know if my trailer is the "international" model based off of the pics?

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Old 12-20-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Thats a nice '61 and welcome to the forum. There are a bunch of us with late '50's - early '60's Overlanders so ask questions and post photos.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Looks like a nice Overlander. Cant tell for sure whether it's an International without a look at the VIN tag. Back then, the International model's usually had an I at the start of the VIN. I think the '61s also said International on the VIN tag next to the door. The water filter and battery box are options that came with the International. But they also came with the Land Yacht model.

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Old 12-20-2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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Welded?

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since they are welded on and I don't know how to weld.

Axles welded on?

I've never heard of any axles that weren't bolted to the trailer frame. Can someone with more experience help me with this?
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:28 PM   #5
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since they are welded on and I don't know how to weld.

Axles welded on?

I've never heard of any axles that weren't bolted to the trailer frame. Can someone with more experience help me with this?
The early '60's were a transition period, switching from leaf springs to torsion. For example, the 1963 Caravan required all participating trailers to have torsion so if you wanted to go in your 1961 trailer, it was a trip to the factory to have torsion's installed. Apparently quite a few retrofits were just welded on.

Even now 'days, some trailer places will take the easy way out and just weld them on.
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:04 PM   #6
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only some, 1961 trailers had welded axles. It was the first year and they were learning.

You got a great trailer there. I know from first hand experience that 1958- 1963 are the best years built.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:06 AM   #7
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since they are welded on and I don't know how to weld.

Axles welded on?

I've never heard of any axles that weren't bolted to the trailer frame. Can someone with more experience help me with this?
In 1961 the axles were welded on, at least on the California models. Also the shocks were vertical. I think 61 was alxo the first year with "rubber" axles.
Mine are original and still working fine. ( I will now put on my protective clothing)
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:36 AM   #8
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Congratulations! You made a great decision on buying that one, I absolutely love my 63 ambassador...
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:06 AM   #9
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Congratulations on a great find!! It looks like from the photos that most items are original, including the mirror on the kitchen wall.
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I like it looks like you have some work to do but it is awesome! How does the floor look under the fridge and bathroom sink?
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Mine's a 62 and the axles were welded on. Nice looking trailer!
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #12
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KCN, I am fairly sure yours is a California built unit, made very early in the production sequence. The new model year generally rolls out in the Fall of the year before… My 62 was built in Nov of 1961...
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:54 PM   #13
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I will say that some guys out there weld the axles on today...
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:53 PM   #14
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[QUOTE=awetsch;1394169]Hello everyone,
I've never owned any sort of travel trailer before and have enjoyed tent camping for years. Been looking to purchase a trailer for a few months now and I stumbled upon this Overlander in the local paper. My wife and I are really looking forward to fixing her up and getting road worthy for the summer! After meeting with a local airstream owner here I have decided to replace the axels/shocks first and replace all of the window/vent seals. From there I need to prioritize my projects. I was looking at purchasing axles from Inland, but I found a local trailer shop who can get 3,500lb torsion axles with electric brakes for $500/piece and install for $65/hr since they are welded on and I don't know how to weld. Sounds fair to me? I've already been reading a lot of info on here and am excited to join the group!

Also, does anyone know if my trailer is the "international" model based off of the pics?

Nice trailer and welcome to the forums. Did you purchase that trailer from the guy at Tractor Service? If so, I know that gentleman and that is a nice trailer.

I also have a 61, but it does need more work than yours.
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