To start off - I don't "own" an airstream. My father and step-mother just purchased one. It is a 1967
Overlander. Neither of them are much on internet forums, and since I frequent a handful and for other reasons I will explain below, I am the one joining here.
The situation - my Step-Mother had been fawning for a travel trailer for some time. One of her customers where she works let her know he had an Airstream (but didn't give a lot of details at the time). In the month since, she made the purchase after finding that it had had a bit of window leak, but was otherwise in pretty good condition.
I haven't laid eyes on it yet, but after being sent the VIN #, I determined that it is an Overlander (first digit of VIN is an "O"), the second 2 digits are "30" which means the trailer is 30ft. overall (skin is 27', yes?). I believe the last 3 digits being under 500 would indicate that it was originally set up with twin beds. But having not seen this trailer yet, I cannot verify.
Here is where my tie-in comes:
My Step-mother over Christmas visit, said she wants "us" (that would be her and my Dad, my wife and daughters) to load up in my truck ('09 Nissan Titan 4X2 Crew Cab) and pull the Airstream to the Grand Canyon. I have pulled a few trailers (not travel trailers) in my life, so the skill set are not an issue. But when she told me last week that the trailer was 30', I about choked. My only experience with a 30 ft. trailer was a VERY heavy one a friend use to have. It required a 3/4 ton + truck to tow safely. So that was my first thought. It concerned her and she mentioned she might just have to sell it. I did tell her I would do a little research.
So - among my searching, I stumbled onto airforums.com and have already learned quite a bit. I hope that over the course of the next few weeks and months of this new family adventure, I not only will learn a great deal more, but might actually find an opportunity to positively contribute.
Stay tuned to the forums for my novice airstream and towing set-up questions! Thank you all in advance.