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Old 12-24-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Where are my Washington DC area Airstreamers!?

Hello All!

I'm fairly new to the AirForums, and I'm looking to connect with everyone, but in particular, Washington DC areas Airstream enthusiasts, owners, veterans, etc. who can help me on my quest to become a part of the airstream community in 2015! I'm looking to learn as much as I can before I take the leap in early 2015.

I was originally convinced that I wanted a vintage airstream, that was gutted and that I could refurbish with my DIY skills and the help of family and contractors. I actually own a 23 Foot box truck that I gutted as a DIY project and business venture and turned it into one of Washington DC's first fashion trucks (boutique-on-wheels). So as a result, I have a little skill but not a enough to roll with the "big boys" yet. That's where you all come in, hopefully! This Airstream will not be for business, but for leisure road trips up and down the east coast (mostly south). It will be parked the majority of the time down south on family property, and will be used when I go to the property to visit my parents. But it needs to be pretty much fully functional for when my parent's house gets too crowded with other overnight guests.

So far I've figured out (I think) that I'd like the following: a 28-30 something footer, rear bedroom, with no major flooring issues or leak issues, no major axel/brake issues. Would like electrical and plumbing to be there (but doesn't have to be functional) so contractor can easily follow the original pattern and make replacements and upgrades. No furniture, mattresses or cushions, as I want to do a completely different look from the traditional. Plus I feel creepy about used mattresses and easily soiled fabrics. I don't mind the original cabinetry, doors, framing etc. I'll refurbish it as needed.

Sooooo, I guess I first need help with deciding on newer vs. vintage, I'm trying to stay under $20,000. And The best places and best practices for finding something similar to what I want. I have many saved searches on different airstream and vintage seller sites, but any suggestions are welcome!! I know I've rambled on quite a bit, so forgive me, but any help you can offer me is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!!
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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Here's a suggestion for you: WDCU
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:19 PM   #3
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Here's a suggestion for you: WDCU
Thanks for that link SteveH. Do you have to already own an Airstream to join??
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Thanks for that link SteveH. Do you have to already own an Airstream to join??
To join, yes, but I'm certain you would be welcomed as a visitor/prospective owner to any event they have. It would be a really good opportunity for you to ask questions of Airstream owners without having to sift thru these forums, and maybe take a look at some trailers also.
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Old 12-24-2014, 03:09 PM   #5
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"Where are the Washington DC Airstreamers?

Probably stuck in traffic..


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"Where are the Washington DC Airstreamers?

Probably stuck in traffic..


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Actually, I think they are one of the largest WBCCI units around.
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Old 12-24-2014, 03:24 PM   #7
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We're here! You're welcome to join WDCU at any of our rallies. If the webmaster (me) would get off his duff and update the website, I'd point you to the list of rallies next year. But I can tell you the first one is in April in Prince George's County, at the historic Marietta property.
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I second the vote for WDCU - a great group of people and lots of rallies to attend with good ideas passed along freely.

For your price range you can consider something in late 1980's to early 1990's. There are several models with rear bedrooms - and don't overlook twin beds - twin beds sometimes gets a bad rap because people say they want to snuggle and such. You can certainly snuggle in a twin bed and the layout provides much more room for dressing, storage, etc.

Be sure to register to receive the daily Airstream Classified postings. Airstream Trailer Classifieds - Airstream Trailers For Sale I've seen several 1988 - 1992, 28-30 footers listed in the classified for $12k - $18k. Right in your price range.

Good Luck.
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Thanks for the info! And hope everyone's enjoying the holidays! Okay, so I'm definitely gonna look into joining the WDCU chapter, and I'm not far from Prince George's county, so I will plan to attend the rally.*

I'm also checking out a few Airstream over the holidays that fit nicely into my range (granted they are all that the seller is saying they are).* I've been doing my research so I should be able to "eyeball" the basic checkpoints, but if someone could point me to the DC area inspectors that would be great too! Thanks again! Wish me luck!
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