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Old 07-10-2010, 12:23 PM   #15
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Hi all! Does anyone know of a good transportation company that you would recommend? We need to ship our airstream from Ohio to Texas. Thank you in advance for suggestions.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:43 PM   #16
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have you considered transporting it to the factory ih ohio for estimates? you'd save a lot on the costs of shipping parts ;-)
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:44 PM   #17
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Hi all! Does anyone know of a good transportation company that you would recommend? We need to ship our airstream from Ohio to Texas. Thank you in advance for suggestions.
It is going to cost you plenty to have it delivered to your door which is throwing money away in my opinion. Instead, invest that $$ in having the needed work done where it sits then towing it home yourself. I am sure there are Airforums members near where the trailer is located who can assist you with finding a trustworthy repair facility. Remember if you are using it exclusively for business all expenses can most likely be deducted.

At the worst case scenario you will need the following to make it tow-able: new tires, new brakes, new wheel bearings and new wiring for the brakes as well as for the tail/brake lights. Your tow vehicle will need a hitch, (don't scrimp on this - get a weight distribution and anti-sway hitch) and a good brake controller.

Don't fret - $2,000.00 for an Airstream is a darned good price especially if the floor, frame and body are intact.

Good luck,
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:06 PM   #18
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hi all....my best friend and i want to open a cupcake concession trailer out of an airstream. we live in Dallas and accidentally (ok, we're blond) bought an 1965 24" tradewind yesterday. We paid around $2,000.00 for it on EBAY. it is an absolute mess! we are freaking out cause we don't know the first thing about what to do. it is in Idaho and not in condition to be towed. how can we ship it? also, does anyone know how much it costs to replace the doors and windows in something like this. We haven't seen it in person but the pictures are scary. I saw someone else paid 300 dollars for theirs and now i feel really stupid! any advise would be greatly appreciated!!
I say dump that thing before you get way too deep into it. I just finished my first and last restoration on a 34 Excella. We are into it about $35,000.00. We bought it used (its an 85) for $10,000.00. The dollars and trips to the hardware store add up fast. I did most of the work myself. If you have to pay labor you could be into it $10,000.00 in the blink of an eye. It goes up fast from there. Cut your losses sell it and buy something nicer for more money up front. I say this with the best of intention and not to be negative.
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:58 PM   #19
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Hi all, does anyone know a good shipper to transport our airstream from ohio to texas?
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:51 PM   #20
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Hi CCG2,

I would follow MarkR's earlier suggestion and go to UShip.com and put your request out there.

I'm sure you will get responses, then you can come back in and ask the forum if anyone has any experience using 'xxxx'.

Good Luck!
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:34 PM   #21
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While my husband and I were on vacation recently in Cortez, CO we discovered the "Silver Bean Coffee Shop" on Main Street Cortez. Of course we had to stop in and the fruit smoothie was GREAT!!! The owner was as nice as could be and in between customers, I learned she didn't know a lot about airstreams when she started with the '69 land yacht. She is the mother of three and just got the idea to open the business in the old airstream. Just sitting under the canopy with all the blue metal chairs, red/white umbrellas and pink flamingos was a thrill to us.
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