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Old 01-20-2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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Wow! What did I get myself into?

On Saturday, I purchased a 1974 Airstream Ambassador. It was a spur of the moment purchcase. The misses and I have always loved Airstreams and by dumb luck, good timing or probably both, we purchased on Saturday. We didn't even have all of the money for it, but we begged and pleaded with the current owner and worked out a deal. He didn't have to do it, and by the frequency of the phone calls he was getting while we were there at his house about it, it would have been sold that day, if not within hours.

We will be moving it about two hours south of us in an RV slot at an airport where we work on the weekends during the warmer months. Initially, we plan on putting it in an RV storage facility until the weather warms up so we can do some small work on it, then we will move it down south. Initially, we don't plan on moving it much for the simple fact we don't have anything capable of safely pulling it. However, that will change in due time and give us some time to work on it.

At his point, the only thing that doesn't work is the fridge. He warned me when I purchased it that it was not cheap to either fix it or repair it, and after reading on here a little, he was right. Other than that, we're good to go!

I want to say, I'm amazed at the incredible community and wealth of information available here on this website. It's very impressive and we look forward to being a part of it.

Cheers,

Clint, Jen and Kyle
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:31 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your new Airstream and welcome to the forum. Keep the posts coming and the photographs too.

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Old 01-20-2010, 11:36 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard! Glad to see another family joining the Airstream family. You are right, this forum is wonderful and will answer almost any question you could have about your Airstream. When we found our baby last spring we were clueless about restoration. Fortunately we found this forum before we started. People love pics so make sure you post your progress. Good Luck!....Tim & Linda
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:39 AM   #4
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Nice, clean coach! New fridges are indeed, not cheap, but much better than a rebuild if
you can find a Dometic that will fit in your rough opening. Welcome to the forum.
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When you get ready to replace the refrigerator, search the forums for Palomino Parts out of Michigan. You will be able to get one for about half what you see elsewhere. Make sure you know exactly what you want when you call as they do not provide any help. You tell them the item you want, they ship it. Ask for Jevin.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:24 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the nice welcome. So, I have my first question. I'm in the process at looking for a storage facility to store it in and be able to work on it at the same time. Do outdoor storage facilities provide an electrical outlet and a possible water source? Is this common with an additional fee?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 01-20-2010, 10:27 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the nice welcome. So, I have my first question. I'm in the process at looking for a storage facility to store it in and be able to work on it at the same time. Do outdoor storage facilities provide an electrical outlet and a possible water source? Is this common with an additional fee?

Thanks for your help.

Clint
Probably not, since that would allow you to live in the trailer as well, or you could be running electric heaters or an AC, all at their expense, when you were not around.

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Old 01-21-2010, 07:45 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forum.

We have our coach in a storage facility and have used them for years on both sides of the country and have yet to find one that will allow you to work on them at the storage facility. I have not found one with power or water in the RV storage sites.

Just because I have not seen or heard of one does not mean it does not exist, so keep looking.

Good luck

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Old 01-21-2010, 07:49 AM   #9
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We all started here at one time,
You have found the right place to get lots of help
No one knew me when I got mine...

Now everyone helps me all the time,
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:34 PM   #10
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Serial number question

So, here I am a few days after my purchase and I'm trying to figure out what we purchased. I've taken a picture of the serial number and understand everything except for the first number. According to the information that I've found, the first "object" should be either an I, E, or L for model designation. Well, in the picture that I've attached it sure looks like a 1 (number one) to me. I was under the assumption that I purchased an Ambassador, that was a Land Yacht. I assumed Land Yacht was an options package. Can anyone shed some light on this for me. I sure would appreciate it.

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Old 01-21-2010, 04:42 PM   #11
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On the storage facility question, Clint, it may be possible to find a facility that will let you work on your trailer.

I'm doing just that on mine. Don't have access to water, but I do have access to a plug for limited power. I use a genset for the big stuff. Haven't limited my ability to work on it at all. Verbally understood I won't try to live in it. Even let me move it under a shade tree this summer.

So, it is possible. Mine is in a rural area and that likely helps.

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Old 01-21-2010, 05:14 PM   #12
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Here's what I found about the serial number for
1974 Ambassador 29'

Ohio | L(I) 29 X 4 J NNNN
California | L(I) 29 X 4 S NNNN
(L prefix for Landyacht options, I for Int'l) 'X'=(B=center bath double-bed; A=center bath twin; T=rear bath twin; D=rear bath double)

So, I don't know why yours starts with a '1' Andy of Inland has pointed out previously that the serial numbers are done by humans and humans make make mistakes. So, maybe it was a mistake?

So I'm thinking it is a built in Ohio, (maybe the serial number guy picked up the 1 instead of the I, if so yours is an International model?), twin bed rear bath model. Of course I'm bored and just trying to figure out something I don't know that much about!
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So, here I am a few days after my purchase and I'm trying to figure out what we purchased. I've taken a picture of the serial number and understand everything except for the first number. According to the information that I've found, the first "object" should be either an I, E, or L for model designation. Well, in the picture that I've attached it sure looks like a 1 (number one) to me. I was under the assumption that I purchased an Ambassador, that was a Land Yacht. I assumed Land Yacht was an options package. Can anyone shed some light on this for me. I sure would appreciate it.

Cheers,

Clint
Somebody had a bad hair day, at Airstream.

Your serial number is I 29 T 4 J 1806

Yes the first digit on your serial number plate says "1" (one) but it's supposed to be an "I" (eye) meaning International.

You should double check the title and see what is says.

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Old 01-21-2010, 08:34 PM   #14
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Thank you all for your help. So, last question. Why is there a Land Yacht plaque on the trailer if the serial number states that it is an International? Was the guy that makes the serial numbers and plaques drunk that day?

Thanks for your information,

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