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Old 09-30-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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Newbie who is hyperventilating about just buying an airstream!

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!
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:16 PM   #2
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Welcome and congratulations on your new AS. Looks like a beauty, and I'd say you got a great deal on her as well.

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Old 09-30-2009, 08:22 PM   #3
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Hey 2vets congrats and welcome to the forum.Looks like a great trailer!
I know others will chime in with some valuable advice but I just wanted to say welcome aboard.
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:28 PM   #4
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see the flooded trailer thread

waaaahooooo! it's a beauty! Man that thing looks good. I'd suggest you invite everyone on the forum who would like to take a look and offer suggesttions to come on out to wherever you live on such and such a date and let them decide...it looks as good as my 85 and I have invested a lot in it since purchase-and it wasn't $3k more like 3x $3k! so you're doing good. Just be reasonable, and enjoy the trailer-even if it's just a spare bedroom...just watch those teens. I am envious...
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:35 PM   #5
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Wow, what an incredible find. Ive been looking for an Airstream just like the one you found for over a year. Might I ask how you found her? I bet you cant wait to take her out camping! When you do make sure to post pics! Good job!
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:35 PM   #6
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Congrats on your new baby. she looks really cool.

With help that you can find here on these Forums, you can make this thing work.

Happy camping ajnd safe travels,

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Hello there! I have been dreaming about owning an airstream for years ...2 days ago I looked a 1960 24 foot Tradewind in the pouring rain and was completely smitten! ..."Now what?" ...I live northern Vermont and I have no idea where I should go. ... I have a honda odyssey and a CRV so no good towing vehicle. ... Any help would be greatly appreciated!
COOL!
Your are off to a great start and will have many Vintage lovers drooling over your find.

Tow Vehicle? Check out CanAmRV, they are a members here and constantly amaze folks with tow/trailer combos...I have heard they have done several Odyssey setups...perhaps yours is a suitable model. I have seen one towing a new 25' 'Stream that must weight 2000 lbs more that your '60 model.

Keep the photos coming.
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From the look of it, you got a great deal. Since you are in Northern Vermont, I'd start with winterizing. You don't want ice in the pipes and I'd guess cold weather is coming soon for you. Second, I'd get it weather tight -- window and door gaskets if necessary, and fix any potential leaks you find in the skin or around the window and door frames. Third, I'd start reading these forums where others have fixed up old trailers. You have a very nice trailer, so I would hope that you'd try to keep it as close to original as possible. Post pictures and ask questions as you go, so we can all enjoy it with you. Good luck and welcome. Geo...
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:30 PM   #9
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Trailer looks great. If everything works and with an interior that looks to be in amazing shape, I'd say you did very well. Congratulations
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:39 PM   #10
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WOW..great find for $3k...I like it...you did very well!
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:52 AM   #11
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Congratulations! It looks great.

For Airstream inspections or work you should definitely contact Colin Hyde in Plattsburgh. Contact him through the forums, his ID is 'Colin H'. There is also an Airstream dealership in S. Burlington, but Colin has many more years of experience and is especially fond of vintage units.
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Wow

What an absolutely fabulous find. She's a beauty and I love the woodwork! You did very well. Welcome to the forums, you will find lots of friendly helpful advice and great information. With winter coming on fast in your area, I would agree with the suggestion to make sure the trailer is leakproof first - vents/windows/doors etc. Vintage Trailer Supply is located in Vermont and will be able to help with seals and other items you may need. www.vintagetrailersupply.com You can spend the winter figuring out where you are going to debut her at in the spring!

Enjoy and have fun!

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Old 10-01-2009, 04:12 PM   #13
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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
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:21 PM   #14
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I am by far no expert, but I would say that's "well bought" as they say in the auction world. Looks good and appears to be campable from the get go, so it's just updating and maintenance type stuff while you decide if you want to change anything..
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