Hello, we're from Grand Rapids MN and I'm also a genealogy nut, thus the nickname. We have been box people for several years and have gotten tired of the unwelcome "hobby" of towing the cumbersome things around and maintaining them. We looked at various Airstreams, but didn't find one that was much shorter than our current 30 ft. Montana. Then we saw a beautifully restored 19 ft Airstream at a local car show, and we were bit. We also met a man who had a 1962
Tradewind for sale so we looked at it and bought it. The exterior and interior are in fairly decent shape and we liked the mid-section sofa/bed and the decor. I held my breath on the stuff I couldn't see, and there were some rude surprises there. I certainly advise any body looking for an Airstream to join this forum, and study all the info available before buying. I will need a toilet,water heater, furnace, waste valve and adapter, axle and weather seals and fresh water tank. It would also be nice to have a gray water tank at least for the galley. The original fridge works well; the only problem is that it dumps considerable heat into the galley because only the combustion fumes are vented. The upholsery was, of course, dated,but worse than that there were a lot of stains and droppings from mice. My wife already has bought $500 worth of fabric and foam for the sofas and curtains and will start on that soon.
The trailer basically had one owner, a 90 year old man who bought it new and sold it last spring on auction. I bought it from a man who planned to restore it but changed his mind for health reasons.
This is a great site. It has already helped me to avoid several mistakes. Thanks to you all.