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Old 05-29-2015, 05:12 PM   #1
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After reading the discussions here on this very cool forum for months, I decided to join. It has taken me a couple of weeks to work up the nerve to post.

I'm new to the Forums but I've actually owned my Airstream for about 8 years after about 2 years of research and looking. Mine is a 1965 Tradewind that I purchased from a fellow who did repairs and restorations on Airstreams as a hobby. He had already replaced the plumbing, fresh water tank, black water tank, stove, furnace and done some electrical repairs when we purchased it. It has been a great trailer and is the perfect size for my wife and I (our kids are long since grown and gone). When we camp we only bring books for entertainment, the rest of the time we are hiking, biking or whatever.

We have towed it as far as the east end of South Dakota and many trips to National Parks in between. Only once did it break down and that occurred when I was persuaded one year to take Forest Road 23 from Trout Lake to Randall, WA. If any of you know that road you're probably shaking your head (as the mechanic did) in disbelief! I'm still amazed when I think about it.

So now, after replacing brakes, wheel bearings, refrigerator, and some other assorted items over the years, I think we have a trailer that is in very good shape and look forward to many more years of travel and fun!

Hope I did this right! Always open to any helpful thoughts!
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Old 05-29-2015, 08:06 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. Sounds like you've done better than OK. Airstream are just awesome machines; design and engineering, raised to perfection.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:41 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard the forum! You will probably be able to contribute a lot!

Oh... Excellent handle!
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:48 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums! We're glad you're here and told us about your magic carpet ride. Born to be wild, eh?
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:28 PM   #5
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Stpnwlf welcome from a fellow 65 Tradewind owner. Good year and model. The Tradewind has it own sub forum here so feel free to post some pics.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:36 PM   #6
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.
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Old 05-30-2015, 12:04 PM   #7
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Hi, glad you decided to start a thread and tell us about your 65 Trade Wind. That was a very good year indeed! It looked like yours has tandem axles. That feature is one of the reasons I picked my 66 Trade Wind. I looked at a 59 Overlander with a single axle. That trailer looked out of balance with just one axle under it. I think the windows in your 65 were better than the new fangled windows in my 66.

It is very nice to see your folks using your vintage Airstream. I'll bet you get curious inquires at every stop. What is that, how old is it, how much is it worth.

Nice you joined the Air Forums.

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