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Old 08-22-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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My name is Shawn, I am 23 years old, currently living in NC and interested in purchasing an Airstream trailer soon. I have had an interest in one for quite some time because of the vintage look they have to them (new and old) and I am mostly into old cars, trucks and motorcycles so it fits my style.
The reason I am wanting an Airstream is to move out from my parents home and have a place to live in for a year or so and even travel with when needed. I am hoping to find some information here and other people who have lived in their Airstreams until their homes were built or they found one to buy.
I am interested in one about 29'-34' if possible. As far as a towing vehicle goes I have a 66 F100 with a 351W to pull it with or a 2000 Chevy dually with a 454 and about 5 other vehicles if the need be.
Anyways, I am glad to be apart of the forums here, it seems there are lots of knowledgeable people here. If you have any tips or questions for me, please feel free to ask or put them in here. I am sure I will be making a few threads within the next few days.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:31 PM   #2
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Shawn Welcome to the forums and good luck on your search for your new home. I lived in my airstream full time for 9 yrs both winter and summer. Winter use has it`s own special challenges up here in the great white north. Your F100 would pull a smaller unit no problem but a 34`might be to heavy. Once you get a unit make sure you get a proper hitch set up to pull it. What`s your budget for the trailer and do you have any year or model preference.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

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Welcome! Your doing what I wanted to do when I was in school! Good luck and you might look at smaller Airstreams. 27 ft is an easy size to tow and it has a ton of room for a single guy. Have fun on your search.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:13 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! I also have a crew cab dually truck to tow with as well so it's not a problem. As for budget I really am not sure. I have seen a few 29' ones locally anywhere from $5500-$10,000. I would LOVE to have an old 50's or 60's one but too much money so probably anything from 70's-80's. I do not know on the year though since I do not know enough about them yet.
My plan is to take a look at a few 27 footers all the way up to about 34 foot and see which will work. The extra few feet would be nice because I need to have my drum kit set up inside if possible. It would really help to be able to keep my drum kit set up and only reason for this is because it's what helps bring in side money and I play for events and churches every week/weekend and need to have a kit at home to practice on.
As for interior, I do not mind one that needs a little bit of work because I would tear out the carpet in it for sure and either tile it or put laminate wood floors in (easier to keep clean and looks nicer), new toilet, bed, etc. I thought I'd do a 40's theme in it. I will post some pictures of the style I am looking at.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:19 PM   #6
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I like the overall look of the wood color and couch color choice. I know darker colors make a place look smaller but IMO it looks very comfortable and gives it that warm look.
Also I thought about the idea of doing solar panels on the roof for my electricity and then a generator when it's needed. Opinions on the solar panels?
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:30 PM   #7
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Sound very cool. Have fun with it! The search is half the fun. I spent a year looking after I had enough money to buy one. Sadly I waited until I was 40 to buy one but it's been a blast! Enjoy and post pic of what you get.
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wow, i never saw that cigar lounge. the interior is sweet. i look in the wilmington CL for airstreams sometimes, ive seen them in the $1,000 - $1,500 range for longer 70's trailers. the 40's theme / style would be awesome...
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:44 PM   #9
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NJtoNC, $1,000 to $1500!!!??? Wow that is CHEAP! Heck if I can get one for $4000 that needs some slight work I would jump on it soon. I will be ready to buy one I would say in another 2 months tops as soon as I sell one of my cars and do a few jobs coming up. As for things like interior and remodeling I can do that kind of work no problem, as well as wiring, etc. I actually worked and work restoring hot rods, customs and motorcycles so am not scared to dig into something like a trailer.
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I've got solar and it's good for topping off the batteries but a gen would be good or stay where they have full hookups. I wouldn't want to move the tt to empty the tanks when they are full. Put the $$ in the remodle and then worry about the solar and generator.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:30 AM   #11
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Forgot to mention... I found a what looks to be very old Airstream way out in the woods near a small lake/pond in the middle of nowhere. It's of course all tore up inside and falling apart (beyond repair trust me) but it would make for a cool picture. I will go back there when Fall time hits and take some pictures for you AS guys and gals here who will appreciate it. Every time I walked to it there was a HUGE hawk or buzzard (if I remember correct it was a hawk) that lived in it and would come flying out as I got close to it.
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Welcome to the forums. There are lots of solid old trailers out there, especially in the size you are looking for. I prefer the longer units too. I also prefer the tambor (made in the 70s and 80s) interiors. They take a little TLC, but scream classic AS.

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