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Old 08-22-2007, 02:47 PM   #1
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Wink Sooo glad I found this site!

Hello all! I don't have mine yet, but I'm looking for one to completely rehab and I was hoping to get some pointers on which airstream would be a good candidate. Any ideas?
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:51 PM   #2
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We are soooo glad you found us....

Welcome to the AirForums.

Any additional information on what you are looking for? What do you have to tow with or will buy to tow with? What length of coach? Almost every year and style is represented here and people will respond to your questions. BTW - there is a classified tab above with coaches for sale - check it out for some good finds.
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:13 PM   #3
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Thinking 25-30 ft. and I'll get what I have to for towing. I'm really looking forward to doing this all on my own (the work of course) and enjoy learning new things. Saw a beautiful custom on timeless trailer site with modern materials but still had retro feel which is what I'm going for. Am I rambling yet? Just excited, I love the look, the feel and the individuality of airstreams.
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Hi Bobbie - Welcome to the Forums!

25'-30' new Airstreams are a lot heavier than 20 years ago -- 3/4-ton capacity SUV, truck or passenger van would be an appropriate tow vehicle.

25' vintage Airstream? Maybe a strong 1/2-ton. More than that - still close to a 3/4-ton. Restoring vintage yourself could take a huge investment of time (2-3 years) and significant money. Having it done could cost three-quarters of buying new.

You could easily be looking at a $100K to $125K investment. We aren't going to guess your needs. Which takes me to a common suggestion -- get yourself to a local rally of Airstreamers and talk to fellow Airstream owners. I think there is a small north Illinois rally this fall. The biggy is in June just east of Bloomington - we had over 30 Airstreams this year. Anybody is welcome to camp and join in at a Forums rally -- in a tent, popup camper, staying at a local motel & coming for the evening & day activities, etc. Seeing for yourself is the way to go!
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Anybody is welcome to camp and join in at a Forums rally -- in a tent, popup camper, staying at a local motel & coming for the evening & day activities, etc. Seeing is the way to go!
We had a forums member show up with a silver tent. He (and we) had a blast.
Eventually the right trailer will find you, whether it be vintage or late model, even antique or brand-new.
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:20 PM   #6
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Only 30min. from Bloomington, wish I could have caught that one. Thanks for info, definitely thinking vintage and going for the sweat equity, as I am not independently wealthy (yet!)
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Only 30min. from Bloomington, wish I could have caught that one. Thanks for info, definitely thinking vintage and going for the sweat equity, as I am not independently wealthy (yet!)
That being the case, the smaller the better (up to a point). Smaller trailers are easier to tow, are lighter, sell more easily, and since there's less of them to begin with, there's less of them to restore. Of course, they also cost more to initially purchase.
Longer trailers ride better, hold more stuff, have more room, are easier to back up, and are usually less expensive to initially purchase.
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Only 30min. from Bloomington, wish I could have caught that one. Thanks for info, definitely thinking vintage and going for the sweat equity, as I am not independently wealthy (yet!)
That's funny, Bloomington is where I bought my 1st Airstream, the 66 Caravel, almost 2 years ago.

They are out there - look around you will find the right one.
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Welcome to the forum, Bobbie... Love your enthusiasm! You'll find all the advice and information you need to make good choices and find the AS of your dreams... Have fun with it!

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It takes a practiced hand to land a good vintage Airstream. Listen to The Vintage Airstream Podcast - Home episode 50, "Antsy for Airstreams." There's no more supply of vintage units being built and demand has gone up the last few months with the USA Today articles, etc. Per Tim, Colin & Rob at theVAP, "They all leak!" No, you won't get lucky and find one without problems -- but they do say in that episode that Airstreams from the desert states have floors in better conditions ... if you know what I mean. (Word to the wise, etc.)

If you're looking at 70's, 60's or before, plan on a shell off restoration and floor replacement. Only one good example of threads here = A-Merry-Can's thread - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/s...ent-17197.html.

In fact - I'm not actively working on my '74 Argosy right now and I still listen to every episode of theVAP! The bug will catch you...
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:20 PM   #12
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It's wonderful finding like-minded folks

Thanks for all the info, this site is a goldmine! I always appreciate looks combined with function, which is why AS appeal to me so much. Been working lots-o-hours lately, soo don't get here as much as I would like. I will post every before n after as soon as I get my baby!
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You all will be amazed!

Ladyslipper reproduction tub, a fabulous functional floor design, comfort and class are my goals. I don't need a mini-mansion, just an AS for me!
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Hey, I got a rivet. Cool....not surewhat it means, but enjoying the great responses. PS check out the pet section to see my sweetheart!
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