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Old 04-28-2008, 07:20 AM   #15
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Keep looking. The persistence WILL pay off. I am the type of person who wants everything yesterday. It took us almost two years to locate our #2 AS. We ended up traveling from southeast PA to Columbus, OH for it. So keep looking, because it is half the fun. You get to see lots of trialers and you will learn what you do an do not like.

As for your trailer age bracket, it all depends on what you are willing to spend. I could not afford a second trailer in the 3-10 year bracket so I ended up with a 20 year old trailer that is in great condition. Some say the late 80's early 90's trialers are the war-horses (for lack of a better word). They were built tough and have survived quie nicely and usually take little to get into traveling trim.

So keep look and look at lots of them. As soon as you step into the one that is meant for you, you will know it. Please keep us posted on your progress.

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Old 04-28-2008, 10:34 AM   #16
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Hi Tom and welcome!

We started out with a 25 ft 1974 tradewind and it is still my favourite. I loved how usable and sturdy everything was even though it was 30+ years old. Good luck in your hunting

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Old 04-28-2008, 10:44 AM   #17
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Hi Tom,

I'm not sure whether or not you're checking Craigslist, but there always seem to be several Airstreams for sale in Tennessee. I don't know if any of the current listings match your criteria, but you should definitely check them every couple of days, because you never know what will turn up.

Good luck!

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Old 04-28-2008, 08:02 PM   #18
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Sometimes you just have to get crazy and take off across country to get "your" trailer. Traveled 1600+ miles to El Paso for the Argosy, and about that far to Michigan to get the Sovereign. When you see what you want and you fall in love with it, distance doesn't count. Someone on here can usually go look at it for you. Good luck, I hope you find the trailer you're looking for.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:33 AM   #19
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Frist, good luck on the toilet repair job when you get around to it. Sounds like you have had quite experience with your Tundra pulling an airstream so you should be a good one to ask. We are looking at a 28 ft. Excella 2000 and would like your opinion about how a V8 Tundra will preform pulling it. It will certainlyu be an experience for me and to be truefull -- a bit nerveous. We plan to go look it over on Monday. Thanks for your help. Tom

Originally Posted by fotochop
I was lucky that my Tundra came with a '69 Safari attached!

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after dragging it back from VA to LA it became apparent that the really nasty bathroom floor (rotten) would require my renovating the bath...but I think the 23' Safari (which the Tundra tows brilliantly..Reese Hitch w/sway bars) has a fairly spacious bath given the trailer size...oh, and the toilet hasn't been re-installed DOES have a toilet (not just a hole in the floor!)

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Keep your eyes out for one...although I'd wait for a tandem axle if I was doing it again...there's some wonderful early 60's (beautiful interiors) and the late 70's to mid 80's are often in great shape and not used hard...good luck!

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