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Old 05-11-2008, 09:21 PM   #15
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Wow, thanks for the fabulous replies. You guys sure know your stuff.

Andy, yes I have a load leveling hitch, found it inside the unit when I got home. I will check the axles tomorrow for the positive/negative angle but curious how you can tell from pictures that the axles are bad?

Will also check date on tires and am curious where one would find a rock guard for the front as recommended?

We spent the day cleaning the inside of the unit thoroughly!! No signs of rodent anything. I still have to learn how to use the the thing, lol. Thanks again.
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:36 PM   #16
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am curious whereonewoudl find a rock guard for the front as recemended?.
You can get one from Inland RV

http://www.inlandrv.com/parts/34943-rockguard.jpg
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:09 AM   #17
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Wow, thanks for the fabulous replies. You guys sure know your stuff.

Andy, yes I have a load leveling hitch, found it inside the unit when I got home. I will check the axles tomorrow for the positive/negative angle but curious how you can tell from pictures that the axles are bad?

Will also check date on tires and am curious where one would find a rock guard for the front as recommended?

We spent the day cleaning the inside of the unit thoroughly!! No signs of rodent anything. I still have to learn how to use the the thing, lol. Thanks again.
A good axle will allow you to see 2 to 3 inches of tires, "above" the top of the wheels.

Also, prior to 74, the rubber rods, because of the wrong composition of rubber, simply gave out.

We have the correct rockguard for your Airstream.

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Old 05-12-2008, 11:00 AM   #18
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The restored '68 GMC 3/4 ton family tow vehicle with a 305E v6 motor boasting a late model 700R4 pulled nicely at low rpms at highway speed.
A very interesting tow vehicle. Those 305 V6 truck engines seem to be rare, and matching a high-torque engine with a 4 speed automatic sounds like a great approach.
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:59 AM   #19
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Al. The GMC Pickup with the V6 is quite the rig. The V6s were known for their very high low end torque while being economical. I have done a few upgrades, i.e HEI Dist etc. Heritage is very key for me as this was a family truck. Restoration story & pics can been seen here **Past Project----1968 GMC 2500 305EV6 4x4. | jakesgeneralstore.com

Take a look at some of the other muscle car restorations I have done. The nice thing about the switch to the Airsream is I can include the entire family. Looking forward to many years of enjoyment.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:24 AM   #20
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Looks like my old trailer

Thejake,

Does your new trailer have blue checkered cushions? Does it have the Univolt relaced with an Intellipower Converter? This looks exactly like the 1972 Tradewind I sold about five years ago! I sold it because it didn't have a gray water tank, but loved the trailer. I live near St. Cloud and did a fair amount of work on your trailer or one just like it. Let me know if you have questions.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:55 AM   #21
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Al. The GMC Pickup with the V6 is quite the rig. The V6s were known for their very high low end torque while being economical. I have done a few upgrades, i.e HEI Dist etc. Heritage is very key for me as this was a family truck. Restoration story & pics can been seen here **Past Project----1968 GMC 2500 305EV6 4x4. | jakesgeneralstore.com

Take a look at some of the other muscle car restorations I have done. The nice thing about the switch to the Airsream is I can include the entire family. Looking forward to many years of enjoyment.
thejake,

That is a really excellent point. My wife is almost as eager as I am to find and restore a vintage Airstream. She already has all kinds of plans for the decorations and details she'd like to implement. And we're both excited to raise our newborn daughter camping in it. I was raised as a tent camper and that's what my wife and I have always done as well, but I'm really loving the idea of trailer camping as our family grows.

Good luck and have fun!
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:48 AM   #22
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Nice truck and trailer there, 'Jake! Probably a '73 judging by the clearance light placement on the front and back corners. Always possible changes toward the beginning/end of the model years.

I like the Jimmy! Great resto.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:20 PM   #23
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Congratulations on the Tradewind,, from one Newbie to another, you are in the right spot to help troubleshoot any problems and get answers to questions that come up... Good Luck
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