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Old 05-21-2016, 07:29 PM   #15
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Congrats to you! We are in Lake Worth and just brought home our 65 Tradewind this month. We found her in Stuart. Where did yours come from? We are still cleaning it and figuring out what works and what doesn't. Just wanted to say hello to you, neighbor. Happy trails!
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:28 AM   #16
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After replacing the tires, have a knowledgable friend check out the that the brakes actually work and pull the grease cup on each wheel to ensure there is still some in the bearing. Then a trip home will be safer for the tow vehicle and driver and the folks around the rig going down the road.
It was only a few miles away, so we were able to tow it home with the help of a friend who had his truck rigged for airstreaming. His brake controller indicated that the brakes on the trailer were working fine.

I do want to install a brake controller on my own TV, but it was too expensive to get it done when I got the hitch installed. I've seen them on the shelves of auto-part stores, are they super difficult to install yourself?
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:35 AM   #17
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Congrats to you! We are in Lake Worth and just brought home our 65 Tradewind this month. We found her in Stuart. Where did yours come from? We are still cleaning it and figuring out what works and what doesn't. Just wanted to say hello to you, neighbor. Happy trails!
-Erica & Patrick
Nice to meet another South Floridian! The guy I bought it from was in Loxahatchee, but he said he'd picked it up in December from Okeechobee, FL. He only had it to be a temporary living space while he fixed up a property's guest house for more permanent residence. It was a stroke of luck for me, since it meant I only had to tow it a few minutes instead of a few hours, and back in December I was focused on purchasing a tow vehicle so I never even saw the Okeechobee listing!

I'm in the same boat - just cleaning and assessing. My mother is suggesting all these upgrades and fixes that are kind of lower priority until I get the major stuff fixed and get used to the idea of finally owning an airstream. I appreciate her enthusiasm, but it's a little overwhelming, haha.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:44 PM   #18
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It was only a few miles away, so we were able to tow it home with the help of a friend who had his truck rigged for airstreaming. His brake controller indicated that the brakes on the trailer were working fine.

I do want to install a brake controller on my own TV, but it was too expensive to get it done when I got the hitch installed. I've seen them on the shelves of auto-part stores, are they super difficult to install yourself?
What kind of tow vehicle do you have? Depending on what you have, it's sometimes easy, sometimes hard.
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Old 05-31-2016, 04:42 PM   #19
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Welcome to the Trade Wind family!!

A few observations that may or may not be helpful.

Your first three priorities are Safety, Safety, and Safety! Make it safe before you make it pretty. Make sure your hitch is set up right, your safety chains are sturdy, the brakes work, all the lights work, and your wheels and tires are good. Cracked tires would make me nervous. The best tires you can buy are a great investment. Yeah, I know, they're expensive. Sorry.

That's the original power jack. If the motor works, the problem is likely in the switch. That should be cheap and easy to replace. I bent the tube on mine, so I had to replace it.

That's also the original air-conditioner. Having fixed mine I can tell you that they are nice sturdy units, and are definitely built to last. If you can tell us what it's doing (or not doing), we can help you figure out what's up with it. But puh-leeeze do not be in a hurry to junk it and put on a new one. It can be repaired, probably pretty easily. Your shroud (the plastic cover) is trashed, as was mine. Andy at Inland RV in Corona, CA sells nice reproduction covers, but his shipping charges are clearly a profit center. If you have a friend in LA who could pick it up and ship it to you via Greyhound Bus, you'd probably save a big chunk of change.

I'm guessing that's the battery door which is missing on the driver's side. A good place for that is Silver Trailer Supply in Salt Lake City.

Depending on your tow vehicle, a Tekonsha Prodity brake controller may just plug in to a socket under the dash. (It did on our Tahoe)

That looks like a Reese Dual Cam hitch. People will scofff and try to tell you it's old fashioned and the latest hitch (which costs two thousand dollars and weighs 400 pounds) is the greatest, but that Reese will get 'er done for you. Don't toss it.

Weight is the enemy. Every ounce you add means more wear and tear, and more trouble. Weight sneaks up on you.

Looks like the furnace is under the kitchen sink. Say a prayer to the trailer gods that it doesn't go bad. My furnace was a serious biscuit to get in and out.

Plumbing leaks will drive you crazy.

Unless you win the lottery or inherit a zillion dollars, do not take your trailer to a shop unless every last person on the board tells you to do so. You will learn to do things you never knew could be done, and you'll have incredible amounts of fun in the process. You'll become part of the family down at Home Depot, and you'll sign up for the email coupons at Harbor Freight Tools.

This board is an absolutely awesome resource. Every last thing you want to know about your new jewel is here.

Congratulations!!
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:15 PM   #20
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Congrats on your find!

Enjoy that Trade Wind! I still remember my thrill 6 years ago when I drove down the highway and came upon my dream 1968 Trade Wind. It wasn't for sale but I stopped and convinced the owners that it should be mine!
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:34 PM   #21
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It looks beautiful! Congrats on your Airstream! I enjoyed the pictures on your blog.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:11 PM   #22
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Beautiful trailer, congratulations. And +1 on replacing the tires. A blowout = $$$$.
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Congrats and wishing many happy and safe miles!

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Thatís a nice Tradewind you brought home. Weíve got a 1976 Tradewind as well. Our previous owner took out the jack knife bed in front to tear out the floor boards and replace them with new wood floors. Instead of putting the same equipment for the bed with the tambour doors back inside she opted to buy an Ikea sofa bed with slatted mattress frame. Itís much more comfortable than sleeping on the plywood base in the center jackknife full. Other than that itís much the same as yours.
Thank you! I actually did the same exact thing to mine (tore out the original futon couch), I was able to sell it to someone who was restoring a Sovereign. The subfloor was torn out, reinforced, and replaced, so now it's ready for me to install a desk/office/studio space on top of it.
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What kind of tow vehicle do you have? Depending on what you have, it's sometimes easy, sometimes hard.
I've actually had a couple of different tow vehicles over the last couple of years, but I settled on a 2010 Nissan Titan. I've had it for a year and so far it's worked really well, and I haven't needed a brake controller yet. I drive a bit slower when I'm towing, anyway. Thank you!
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Welcome to the Trade Wind family!!

A few observations that may or may not be helpful.

Your first three priorities are Safety, Safety, and Safety! Make it safe before you make it pretty. Make sure your hitch is set up right, your safety chains are sturdy, the brakes work, all the lights work, and your wheels and tires are good. Cracked tires would make me nervous. The best tires you can buy are a great investment. Yeah, I know, they're expensive. Sorry.
It sat mostly unused for about a year before my options in that town went belly-up and my family was retiring and moving to North Florida anyway -- my parents didn't want the trailer to move until it had essential safety repairs done. So in 2017 the tires were replaced!

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That's the original power jack. If the motor works, the problem is likely in the switch. That should be cheap and easy to replace. I bent the tube on mine, so I had to replace it.
The power jack DOES work, it's just touchy and likes to be "helped", so I have to put a little muscle into it if I actually want the foot to go up and down, and I use rubber bungie cords to keep it secure during travel to make sure it doesn't drop. The motor is fine, but there's definitely something off about the "grip" on the tube. Since it works, I haven't bothered messing with it yet.

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That's also the original air-conditioner. Having fixed mine I can tell you that they are nice sturdy units, and are definitely built to last. If you can tell us what it's doing (or not doing), we can help you figure out what's up with it. But puh-leeeze do not be in a hurry to junk it and put on a new one. It can be repaired, probably pretty easily. Your shroud (the plastic cover) is trashed, as was mine. Andy at Inland RV in Corona, CA sells nice reproduction covers, but his shipping charges are clearly a profit center. If you have a friend in LA who could pick it up and ship it to you via Greyhound Bus, you'd probably save a big chunk of change.
I'm sorry I didn't see this before, but the air conditioner has already been replaced! The old one didn't turn on at all, but you will be happy to know that I don't think it was the original out-of-the-factory AC. The guys who replaced it said that the roof had been oddly "altered" to make the air conditioner fit. I don't know how long ago that was, but it sounded like it was not in factory condition. They had to re-fit it to support the new one.

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I'm guessing that's the battery door which is missing on the driver's side. A good place for that is Silver Trailer Supply in Salt Lake City.

Depending on your tow vehicle, a Tekonsha Prodity brake controller may just plug in to a socket under the dash. (It did on our Tahoe)
It is the battery door, and that's a great tip! However Salt Lake City is very far away from me, so I hope they ship parts. I haven't invested in a brake controller yet, I went through a whole thing where my TV got totaled and I had to find a new one, and that dominated my finances for a while.

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That looks like a Reese Dual Cam hitch. People will scofff and try to tell you it's old fashioned and the latest hitch (which costs two thousand dollars and weighs 400 pounds) is the greatest, but that Reese will get 'er done for you. Don't toss it.

Weight is the enemy. Every ounce you add means more wear and tear, and more trouble. Weight sneaks up on you.
I don't plan on tossing it! The previous long-time owner of this trailer took good care of that hitch, it's already been rust-proofed and painted silver.

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Looks like the furnace is under the kitchen sink. Say a prayer to the trailer gods that it doesn't go bad. My furnace was a serious biscuit to get in and out.

Plumbing leaks will drive you crazy.
WELP, we tried to use the furnace the first winter up here and while it ignites and burns hot for a few seconds, within a minute it stops blowing hot air. We gave up and my parents bought me a plug-in space heater and an electric blanket to keep me warm, which works great. I haven't taken on getting it out, but having seen where it lives, I absolutely believe you that it's a pain. I probably won't bother unless I go to redo the counters/plumbing there anyway.

I haven't had any plumbing leaks, because I haven't been using my plumbing since the toilet overflowed lol. The entire bathroom needs an overhaul. For now little rain leaks drive me crazy. It likes to drip in through the exhaust fan and the ventilation fan!

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Unless you win the lottery or inherit a zillion dollars, do not take your trailer to a shop unless every last person on the board tells you to do so. You will learn to do things you never knew could be done, and you'll have incredible amounts of fun in the process. You'll become part of the family down at Home Depot, and you'll sign up for the email coupons at Harbor Freight Tools.
If I got that kind of money I would probably just buy more trailers or a bed and breakfast or something. So far I've only outsourced the projects that were totally beyond my scope of knowledge, such as the subfloor and tinting, but I that's all local guys who do the work on-site! I have already learned a lot, and am getting an update ready for all the wonderful people here who encouraged me when I was getting started.

My town is too small for a Home Depot, but the guys down at the local Lumber and Hardware store sure appreciate my patronage.

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This board is an absolutely awesome resource. Every last thing you want to know about your new jewel is here.

Congratulations!!
Thank you very much! Sorry for my very late reply, but your input is very much appreciated!
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