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Old 10-01-2009, 06:23 PM   #15
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Here are some more photos-the refrigerator is an electric Frigidaire with an old looking handle. Did they outfit them with electric refrigerators in 1960? Amazingly it seems to work great! What is up with the pink toilet, sink and shower- was that a common color?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:02 PM   #16
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Thank you all for your great suggestions! I will contact Colin Hyde in Plattsburgh! This weekend I will do a thorough cleaning and try to discover any deep dark secrets! Her serial number is 240309D if that is helpful to anyone. I deciphered it as a 24 foot 1960 trailer that was 309th off the factory floor but I do not know if it is from California or Ohio! I will check the window and door gaskets ASAP! Thanks again! Susan
Looks like you found a nice 1960 Tradewind Ohio. Take a look here 60Tradewind. Really! It is in very nice shape.


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Old 10-01-2009, 08:47 PM   #17
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Pictures are great- welcome to the Airstream life....enjoy your new found hobby !
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:53 PM   #18
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Hello there! I have been dreaming about owning an airstream for years but only seriously looking for the past 4 months. I have looked at numerous 70's models (all 31 feet which looked absolutely huge), and a tempting 1975 tradewind that I found out was gutted and deplorable. Then 2 days ago I looked a 1960 24 foot Tradewind in the pouring rain and was completely smitten! Gone were the well designed checklists and all rational thought..... THIS was the trailer for me! $3000 later ( I have NO idea what it is worth!) it is sitting in my driveway and guess what... I am still in love with it. Enclosed are photos. I am so glad I am typing this because my hands are still shaking. My husband and two teen kids are being very supportive but then they asked the obvious question of "Now what?" I would love to know what the next 10 things I need to do with this airstream and the order I need to do them in! Wheels are new, axle was lubed but I have no idea if it is the original, electrical seems to work, stove works, refrigerator works, plumbing supposedly works but it was winterized, furnace looks ancient but supposedly works, floor does not feel punky at all.... I know I need an inspection but I live northern Vermont and I have no idea where I should go. A friend of ours had a truck and he willingly towed it to our house (he said it was a piece of cake) but right now I have a honda odyssey and a CRV so no good towing vehicle. Winter is just around the corner (42 degrees today). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

DO NOT under any circumstances attempt to fire up your "International" Oil burner, LPG furnace.

Almost 40 years ago, there were some dozen or so modifications that had to be made to that furnace.

IT IS FAMOUS for exploding.

Take it out, and trash it. Install a new style Suburban furnace to resolve the issue.

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Old 10-02-2009, 04:47 AM   #19
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Oh my gosh Andy! Thank you so much for telling me this! I promise I will take it out and trash it! Susan
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:07 PM   #20
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It's my brother Tradewind's sister!

Wow, Susan. Our trailers really are siblings! It is so cool to know mine rolled out of the factory right behind yours. Your Tradewinds looks to have a very original interior. We have the same oak with the lovely aged patina, coral pink bath fixtures, countertops, etc.

I have been under the impression that Ohio used Dometic gas fridges at that time, but your fridge does appear to be of that era. I see no battery box under your front window either. Do you have 12 volt lights as well as 110s? Do you have a gas water heater or electric?Possibly it is was a park model and the customer asked for electric appliances.

By the hole pattern on the end, the gally overhead locker looks like it once had a gas Humphrey lamp. They were found primarily in self-contained International models. But these '60 Tradewinds seem to have all kinds of factory custom combinations. It's interesting to me that neither of us have the shelf over the front window. Maybe they just forgot and left ours off that day. There are so many similarities, just different layouts. I'm so jealous over your bathtub and storage!

Hopefully your Tradewind will be as well preserved as mine was and you will soon have something to tow with. And you stole it at $3000. Way to go! I hope we meet someday on the road.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:25 PM   #21
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That is one great looking trailer. There are several places on the east coast to get supplies, ODM, and VTS come to mind. The shipping will be much less than ordering from the west coast.

Good luck and go camping!

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Old 10-08-2009, 09:08 PM   #22
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What a fabulous trailer! It was worth the wait. Please save your pink bathroom. It's cute and retro and very "atomic"! Check out this link to inspire you: Save The Pink Bathrooms

Happy camping!


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