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Old 09-02-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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New to AS and the list with a 1961 Tradewind

Very new to the whole Airstream world but we have been searching for just a little under a year for one. We will use ours to start as the centerpiece of a tradeshow booth (no tradeshow-esque modification will be made) and then use it for bicycling events and then family camping.

This particular Tradewind was misidentified by the owner and a previous owner as a 1964 so I guess even though the purchase price was not cheap I got a better trailer than I was supposed to get.

The forum wouldn't let me post photos the other day but I'll try in the next few days. Before we tow this trailer from Albuquerque to Las Vegas I will be making sure the brakes and bearings are good (tires are good) and hoping to get all the window gaskets and window operator guides replaced. Also making sure all the electrical is working as best as possible.

I'm very open to suggestions.

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Old 09-03-2010, 12:17 AM   #2
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First and foremost, congrats on your '61 TradeWind. They are the bomb!! Second, welcome to the forums. Third, that AC should not be mounted through the rear vent. Puts too much weight after the axle and will cause the trailer to tow worse than designed. It should be in or near the center vent opening, over the axle. The nice thing about these RV AC's is that they fit through the 14 x 14 inch opening without any permanent modifications to the trailer. You should be able to move that AC up to the center vent and take the vent cap from the center and put it over the back vent. You'd need to run 110 volt power to the center vent if there isn't any already wired by the factory. I forget when they started doing that and just leaving it capped in between the skins.

She looks like a real beauty. Congratulations again!! How about some interior pictures?


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Old 09-03-2010, 08:09 AM   #3
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flyfshr -

good observation (A/C location) - even your avitar appears to support your advice!!
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:40 AM   #4
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Makes me miss mine. Nice purchase!
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:55 PM   #5
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Nice pickup. You should have nothing but fun in your future.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:40 PM   #6
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Airforums & '61 Airstreams. I can't wait to see all your great photos!
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:41 PM   #7
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Thanks for the welcome

Thank you for the responses to my hello, new member post. The comments are really appreciated. I hate the look of the A/C on the trailer. It looks pretty horribly out of place. It actually works though and I do not relish the idea of trying to fish 120V wires inside the skin. Maybe someday a lower profile unit (in the middle position) will be on the agenda. Once again, any suggestions would be appreciated.

The current A/C unit is a Coleman and the cover is about to evaporate. It cracked in a few places where the top and bottom covers join when I was removing them to clean the crud out before I tested it to see if it worked. A place called Icon Direct has what they say is sort of a universal cover for these ancient units that doesn't quite fit over the entire mechanism. It leaves about 1/2-3/4" space between the bottom of their replacement cover and the roof. They claim it's done all the time without trouble. I know Inland has their covers but I would hate to drop $200+ on this (the Icon is $150 including shipping) when I want to replace the unit anyway. Ideas anyone?

I will get to work on interior photos once I get things pieced back together. It is on jackstands right now and I'm checking through the bearings, brakes and electrical to see if it'll be safe to tow the 1,000 mile roundtrip in a couple weeks. I also don't want to have a pool of molten aluminum inside a trade show hall. Not the kind of recognition our business needs.

I know this isn't the proper place to ask these questions but can you point me to the areas that are proper anyone?

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Old 09-06-2010, 12:45 PM   #8
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Hi again,

One more thing if anyone will still see this new member post.

I have a 1999 K2500 Suburban with the 7.4L engine (the biggest gas engine they had) and the factory towing package. Do you think I can make the Albuquerque-Vegas-Albuquerque trip without a load balancing hitch and/or sway control?

Opinions and suggestions would be very welcome.



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