Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-17-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
68tradewind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
2005 25' International CCD
Corvallis , Oregon
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 26
New member -68 Trade Wind Questions

My wife and I just purchased a 68 Trade Wind after wanting an airstream for 20+ years. It towed well on the 200+ mile trip home. Exterior skin is good, but we need to update all systems and do a thorough interior restoration. We have already found some great restoration resources on the web and ordered our first big pile of stuff from Vintage Trailer Supply. Our top questions now are:

1) Ours was originally a twin layout, but converted to a front couch/side booth at some point. We want to return to original configuration and need help with detailed pictures (and perhaps measurements) of the side couch and front dinette construction.

2) We live in Oregon where A/C is not really necessary. Is it possible to replace the roof A/C with a vent or skylight?

3) Does anyone with a similar trailer live near Corvallis, OR? We would love to meet fellow enthusiasts in the area.

Thanks in advance.

Rob and Diane
__________________

__________________
68tradewind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 11:05 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
silverleeper's Avatar
 
1967 22' Safari
1960 Caravel
Edmonds , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,499
Images: 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by 68tradewind View Post
My wife and I just purchased a 68 Trade Wind after wanting an airstream for 20+ years. It towed well on the 200+ mile trip home. Exterior skin is good, but we need to update all systems and do a thorough interior restoration. We have already found some great restoration resources on the web and ordered our first big pile of stuff from Vintage Trailer Supply. Our top questions now are:

1) Ours was originally a twin layout, but converted to a front couch/side booth at some point. We want to return to original configuration and need help with detailed pictures (and perhaps measurements) of the side couch and front dinette construction.

2) We live in Oregon where A/C is not really necessary. Is it possible to replace the roof A/C with a vent or skylight?

3) Does anyone with a similar trailer live near Corvallis, OR? We would love to meet fellow enthusiasts in the area.

Thanks in advance.

Rob and Diane
Welcome to the forums Rob and Diane, Congratulations on your new (vintage) Airstream. Take a look here Airstream Forums - Calendar for any rallies that might be coming up in the area. Good place to see other units.

Unless the AC installer chopped up the Airstream you should be able to put a vent back in that spot.

If no one with a 68 pops up I can send you picks and dimensions from my 67 (twin). This will get you very close.
__________________

__________________
Lee

1973 F-250 4X4 390
1965 Chevy Suburban 454
AIR 6030
WBCCI 4258
TCT

silverleeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 11:42 AM   #3
4 Rivet Member
 
1963 24' Tradewind
San Diego , California
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 360
not to detail but look here... 68TW
__________________
Sixty3TW4US is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 12:03 PM   #4
Aluminum in 3-D
 
Blue Pearl's Avatar
 
1968 28' Ambassador
Seaside , Oregon
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 571
Images: 1
Welcome to the forums. We have a 68 Ambassador and it came with the original catalog. I will try to scan and post the pictures of the layout and anything else that may help. Our Oregon unit WBCCI is having an rally at Tumalo State Park May 14-16th, we always welcome guests, and have years of experience to learn from, also a rally in Cannon Beach in June. Just PM me and I will get you the information. Welcome again to the 68 club great year but they all leak.
__________________
Teresa

Membership chair
Wally Byam Airstream Club
Past President Oregon Unit 090

Campfires, the original social media!
wbcci#29827

Check out the [URL="https://airstreamclub.org/"and Wally Byam Airstream Club on facebook
Blue Pearl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 02:10 PM   #5
Naysayer
 
Boondocker's Avatar

 
1968 24' Tradewind
Louisville , earth
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,635
Images: 7
Send a message via Yahoo to Boondocker
Welcome to the forums Rob and Diane. First, you should know that airstream products hit their peak in the 68 Tradewind, so take care of that baby.

I am not sure what you are saying in point 1. The original configuration is a couch (gaucho) that slides into a bed with a collapsing table on the curbside. There is no dinette as I understand it.
__________________
Rodney

Visit my photography page
and the
Favorite camp grounds project map
My Blog

(The artist formerly known as General Disarray)

Boondocker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 04:31 PM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
68tradewind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
2005 25' International CCD
Corvallis , Oregon
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 26
Teresa,

We purchased an owners manual, and it shows general layout, but no specifics. We'd love to camp with some fellow airstreamers, but it might take more than a couple months before we are ready. If you want to e-mail us direct, it's robnicol@comcast.net.

Thanks,

Rob
__________________
68tradewind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 07:58 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Silverfoxrae's Avatar
 
1957 26' Overlander
Currently Looking...
Saint Augustine , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 703
Images: 45
Blog Entries: 3
The Vintage Airstream Photo Archives may have details also. I haven't checked yet, but that is a great source for layouts, photos of other tarilers, deifferences between them, etc. etc. Rae

**PS CONGRATS!!!
__________________
Metallicised.

AIR # 42703
TCT Member
TAC # FL~6
WBCCI # 1464

'57 Overlander thread:"the end of the rainbow is silver"
Silverfoxrae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 08:07 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
68 TWind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,420
First welcome to the forums. My 68 had a front dinette and side gaucho, the galley is on the street side. Some PO had removed both the side gauche and the dinette. After many hours of searching pics and looking at new A/S's I decided to go back to a front gaucho with a side dinette. I actually bought an used gaucho from a buddy on the forums. Point is, you can make it whatever you want and if you decide to change in a few years, you can do that. For me a lot of the fun of an Airstream is working on in and planning changes or projects.
Check the rear floor very carefully. Most folks with 68's will tell you that they found rot and lots of it around the toilet and inside the rear hatch. Also check the floor under all the vent stacks as they are notorious for "stealth" leaks. Now is the time to fix it if you find it. If you take out the bath fixtures be aware that the molding that covers the rivets all around the bath area is NOT available anywhere. Take your time and be careful with it.
As far as the AC, it may be nice in Oregon but will you always camp only there. I'd leave it alone, put in a new Fantastic fan in the rear vent location, right behind the AC.
Finally, if you have questions you can send me a PM anytime.

Bruce
__________________
68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 08:26 PM   #9
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by 68tradewind View Post
My wife and I just purchased a 68 Trade Wind after wanting an airstream for 20+ years. It towed well on the 200+ mile trip home. Exterior skin is good, but we need to update all systems and do a thorough interior restoration. We have already found some great restoration resources on the web and ordered our first big pile of stuff from Vintage Trailer Supply. Our top questions now are:

1) Ours was originally a twin layout, but converted to a front couch/side booth at some point. We want to return to original configuration and need help with detailed pictures (and perhaps measurements) of the side couch and front dinette construction.

2) We live in Oregon where A/C is not really necessary. Is it possible to replace the roof A/C with a vent or skylight?

3) Does anyone with a similar trailer live near Corvallis, OR? We would love to meet fellow enthusiasts in the area.

Thanks in advance.

Rob and Diane
Welcome to the world of Airstream and it's gazillion questions, and a million answers.

The real beginning of restoring any Airstream, is to determine what all you wish to do with it, it's costs and your time availability.

However, that could take a considerable amount of time.

Therefore, the very first thing you must do, is "weatherproof" the trailer.

Then and only then, is time on your side.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2010, 02:03 AM   #10
Aluminum in 3-D
 
Blue Pearl's Avatar
 
1968 28' Ambassador
Seaside , Oregon
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 571
Images: 1
68 Tradewind layout

Found the pictures from the sales catalog of the 68 Tradewind, hope it will help with your redo. Have fun and see you at a rally when you get it done, or at least livable.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	scan0001.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	317.8 KB
ID:	100837   Click image for larger version

Name:	scan0002.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	349.9 KB
ID:	100838  

__________________
Teresa

Membership chair
Wally Byam Airstream Club
Past President Oregon Unit 090

Campfires, the original social media!
wbcci#29827

Check out the [URL="https://airstreamclub.org/"and Wally Byam Airstream Club on facebook
Blue Pearl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2010, 02:07 AM   #11
Aluminum in 3-D
 
Blue Pearl's Avatar
 
1968 28' Ambassador
Seaside , Oregon
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 571
Images: 1
Sorry, Can't figure out how to turn 2nd picture right side up. Help!!
__________________

__________________
Teresa

Membership chair
Wally Byam Airstream Club
Past President Oregon Unit 090

Campfires, the original social media!
wbcci#29827

Check out the [URL="https://airstreamclub.org/"and Wally Byam Airstream Club on facebook
Blue Pearl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
corvallis or, 1968 tradewind, air conditioning


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
'59 Trade Wind flyfshr 1959-69 Tradewind 196 03-10-2013 10:42 PM
Trade Wind A/C Help mikesplace Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 20 07-17-2009 09:48 AM
1972 Trade Wind - Storage Tank Questions camdwilson 1970-79 Tradewind 10 07-09-2009 07:54 PM
Need help on trade wind mercury7 1959-69 Tradewind 57 10-27-2006 07:38 PM
'61 Trade Wind DiMi Member Introductions 7 08-01-2006 04:00 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.