Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-06-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
Traveling Photographer...
 
EricFarewell's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Acworth , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 12
Send a message via AIM to EricFarewell Send a message via MSN to EricFarewell Send a message via Yahoo to EricFarewell
Red face Young Traveler... Looking For His First Airstream!

Hey there,
My Name is Eric Farewell, I'm 21, and a photographer.
I live North of Atlanta, but travel a TON.

I grew up in an old 1975 MCI-8 Motorcoach, traveling the
US at least 6 months of the year. I'm looking for an Airstream
to spawn a year long trip, starting with a venture up to Alaska
to replicate my trip last year astride a motorcycle.

(Story from that trip: www.bowtietour.com)


Because of my youth, and my fairly low income photography business,
I'm trying to get into a vintage trailer that is in good shape, but is
affordably priced. I'd like it to be "ready to roll" and ready to live in,
but I don't mind doing a little work.

I'm thinking 22' and up.


Anyway, I'm excited about joining in on the forums here, thank ya'll for
having me, and any advice you can offer!
__________________

__________________
EricFarewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 12:38 PM   #2
Aluminut
 
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
 
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,334
Hi Eric. Unless you get lucky, typically you'll pay now or pay later when it comes to vintage. Though they are well built, I consider Airstreams like Italian sportscars. Beautiful, but at times high maint.

That said, there is a classified section here, you can try rvtrader or craigslist. I've looked from time to time and seem to see some around $3000 and they typically go up from there depending on condition. The ones I've seen for less than $3k, have teneded to need some work...some lots, others less.

Oh, and welcome to the forums....
__________________

__________________
Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq and millions of others are by far the most popular with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form. -NY Times 11/91
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 01:21 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
Quote:
Originally Posted by EricFarewell
I'm trying to get into a vintage trailer that is in good shape, but is affordably priced. I'd like it to be "ready to roll" and ready to live in, but I don't mind doing a little work.
hi eric,

welcome to the forums! you'll find a ton of info here.

unfortunately, vintage/good shape/affordably priced are three words that just don't go together in the english language.

a major consideration in pre 70's trailer is frame/floor rot which your guaranteed to have some.

also a major consideration is your tow vehicle. do a search here and you'll find more than enough info on the subject. once you get above 22', you're definately approaching the serious tow vehicle range.

good luck and keep us posted!
__________________
david

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 01:32 PM   #4
Traveling Photographer...
 
EricFarewell's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Acworth , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 12
Send a message via AIM to EricFarewell Send a message via MSN to EricFarewell Send a message via Yahoo to EricFarewell
I'm towing with a 2002 Trailblazer "quasi-SS"
Real world tow capacity is around 5,500 lbs.

I know that finding one in good shape, and low
priced is going to be difficult, but I'm hoping that
with a $5,000 budget, I should be able to get into
something that will work...

Any of you know someone? ;-)
__________________
EricFarewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 01:33 PM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
2007 25' International CCD
Martin , Georgia
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 76
Check Atlanta FREE Classifieds there are Airstreams in the trailer section. They come and go, so check often.
__________________
Dawgfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 01:42 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Fyrzowt's Avatar
 
2000 25' Safari
West of Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,697
Images: 8
Eric,
Welcome to the forums, and good luck in your search for an Airstream that works for you.
Dave
__________________
Fyrzowt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 01:42 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
Your choices are going to be pretty limited with a 5500 lb tow rating. Keep your eyes peeled for a vintage Bambi, Caravel, Traveler, Pacer or GlobeTrotter, Argosy Minuet (thet tend to be light)...or other 19' or less trailers. Otherwise, you will be needing more TV than you have. We towed our GT the first couple of trips with a marginally rated TV and it is no fun. You should only depend on 80% or so of the towing capacity...which puts you at about 4400 lbs max. With patience, your $5000 budget may be able to find one w/o much needed work to hit the road...

Check out this Airstream Weights chart to see what other models may work, keeping in mind the weights shown are dry, no optional equipment or modifications or "stuff". Also there is lots of good information in the "On the Road" Forum including Tow Vehicle & Full-Timing discussions.

Don't mean to be discouraging...just want the experience to be all you hope it will be and safe!

Shari
__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 01:55 PM   #8
Traveling Photographer...
 
EricFarewell's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Acworth , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 12
Send a message via AIM to EricFarewell Send a message via MSN to EricFarewell Send a message via Yahoo to EricFarewell
Awesome advice guys, thanks!

My plan is not to tow it full time.
I'll move about once a month, after
I've shot everything I can/ need to in the area.

With 1-2 people living in it for a year+, 19' can get a little small...
22' would be ideal, though bigger would of course be better ;-)
I understand that I'm limited with my dang 6 cylinder, I just
hope I can get into something that's not rotten, quickly!
__________________
EricFarewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 02:27 PM   #9
Traveling Photographer...
 
EricFarewell's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Acworth , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 12
Send a message via AIM to EricFarewell Send a message via MSN to EricFarewell Send a message via Yahoo to EricFarewell
Any thoughts on what to look for when I see this one?

http://www.airforums.com/class...p?product=3185
__________________
EricFarewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 02:43 PM   #10
Always Airstreaming!
 
rickandsandi's Avatar
 
2005 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
Anytown , Connecticut
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,114
Send a message via AIM to rickandsandi
Erik- Welcome to the forum! You are going to make some friends here and find lots of really good solid information. As noted by my fellow forum members, you are asking for a lot. But hey, go for it when ever possible right? First off, yes you are underpowered and have too short of a wheel base for anything 20' or bigger. Now that is my opinion and I usually tend to do things on the conservative safe side. Also remember hills and stopping power. As for finding the right AS, they are out there but it takes patience and lots of looking. There are some out there for $5,000 but whenever looking for a vintage from experience, whatever you pay for your AS figure that much to get it road ready. Don't get discouraged, there is always a diamond in the rough waiting for the right person out there. Keep us posted!
__________________
J. Rick Cipot
Sandi Gould
NEU New England Unit
Airstream Life Magazine
Proud Member of WBCCI
WBCCI #3411
AIR #17099
2009 Silverado 2500HD
2004 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
rickandsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 03:07 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
enduroryda's Avatar
 
1994 21' Sovereign
Down on the corner... , CT
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 994
Images: 9
Wow..I just read your whole Bowtie Tour........what a cool adventure. Your doing what I have only dreamed of doing. Some day....

Thanks for sharing! Good luck with your Stream search. Your going to love it once you get one! The comraderie which is experienced between bikers that you spoke of is pretty similar...you'll fit right in!
__________________
Ann & Eric
WBCCI 6274
TAC CT-4
NEU
enduroryda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 03:17 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
Quote:
Originally Posted by EricFarewell
Any thoughts on what to look for when I see this one?

http://www.airforums.com/class...p?product=3185
That one looks like it may be right up your alley!

This Price vs Condition guide will help you figure out what to look for.

Good luck!

Shari
__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 03:19 PM   #13
Traveling Photographer...
 
EricFarewell's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Acworth , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 12
Send a message via AIM to EricFarewell Send a message via MSN to EricFarewell Send a message via Yahoo to EricFarewell
Alright, I just searched for "Argosy Versus Airstream" and read a bunch of threads, but couldn't really find what I was looking for... What are the benefits to buying an Argosy? I'd really prefer the bare aluminum look of the Airstream, but I suppose I could always have it polished.

Shari, thanks so much for the link to that guide.. HUGE help!
__________________
EricFarewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2007, 03:25 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
Quote:
Originally Posted by EricFarewell
What are the benefits to buying an Argosy? I'd really prefer the bare aluminum look of the Airstream, but I suppose I could always have it polished.
An Argosy owner will probably have a lot more benefits, but for starters, they are usually:
  • lighter weight than comparable Airstream (by length/model in same year)
  • have wrap around windows (most vintage don't - prototyped in Argosy)
  • some have aluminum floors (no rot)
  • Minuets are narrower than Airstream cousins
  • less expensive
  • have some interior proto-type features Airstreams don't
  • don't have to polish...but can, except for steel caps
  • they have their own "cult-following"
Shari
__________________

__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cost to restore a gutted Airstream Draco General Interior Topics 28 02-19-2013 12:17 AM
future airstream motorhome betteleal Airstream Motorhome Forums 11 02-12-2005 02:39 PM
Late '80s Airstream Aluminum Fifth-wheel acwdgw Integrity 5th Wheel (all Years) 17 01-09-2004 11:20 PM
Airstream Related List Servers Andy R Link Archive 0 02-22-2002 03:05 PM
AirstreamTrailers.com - Airstream Link Library Andy R Link Archive 0 02-22-2002 02:31 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.