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Old 07-30-2012, 09:19 AM   #1
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Trying...to get back on the road...again

after a 1000 days and nights of being homeless and traveling full-time in a 2008 25fb safari....we , in feburary of this year, (the dw did) decided we needed a house.....so we bought one...and sold the airstream

thinking that we would settle in the house , get our bearings and then figure out a new travel mode....thinking that i might fancy an airstream Interstate

and have been thinking and studying and test driving and trying to justify a $120,000 mode of travel...and i just would not fit in my mind....

then we start considering new airstreams...a 23 footer versus a 25 footer...international versus flying cloud...read bed with twins or front bed..., etc, etc....$60,000 or $70,000...

then it hit me/.......a vintage and so started searching...and found a website vintage-airstream.com....lots of vintage and not so vintage units...more so than the classified on this forum....

so now i have found this unit and it looks great and am going to see it this week.....

how does one make an intelligent decision about a vintage...without spending a few days with it....a new one ...well you have dealer support...a vintage is just a roll of the dice....

here is a picture or two....1975 trade wind...interior is immaculate and beautiful!!!!!

but look at the tounge...and hitch ....it appears very short....


anyway after i see it i will report further


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Old 07-30-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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Well, it's certainly shiny.
Can't tell much about the A frame & hitch cept the A-frame seems to have been overlaid maybe with that diamond plate, never heard of that before.
If that's not overlay but actual channel that is diamonded, well that begs a few (or alot) of questioning IMHO.

One thing for sure, those safety cables are a joke (I think). Even if the cable is strong enough ...is the S-hook.? You know what is said about weakest link...

so where did yall settle into a house? Texas ? If you buy another AS are you going to sel the house and go fulltime again?
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:01 AM   #3
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more pictures

near elgin, texas....dw has to have a house...so no ful timing for us...just several six week kind of thrips...hopefully 24 weeks out of the year....
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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That interior is lovely. But for the hefty price of $28,500, it better have had a few things done beyond 2 TVs, granite countertops, and nice wood:

- Were any floor repairs done? At this age, it would have needed them.
- Were any frame repairs done? Ditto.
- New axles?

I agree with Distantdrummer - those safety cables are a joke. And what is that diamond plate covering up? Details on the fundamentals are missing here.

If I were you, I'd buy a used 2007-2008ish Safari SE 25FB just like you owned. Those trailers can be found for under $40k. You still need to check the floor for leak damage, but the fundamentals should be solid.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:17 AM   #5
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Biggest thing is floor, frame, and axels. A lot of the 1970's used fiberglass insulation underneath, it got wet and the frame rusted out. Then the floor rooted away. And Anything that old needs new axels, even if they look good the rubber in the axels is shot.

Start your questions there. The price if this is done is ok. A little high for not being totally re-done on the inside though. I have seen vintage go up to $50-60,000 but they were shell of restorations and totally custom done on the insides to the owners specs. When done like this are far superior to a new AS.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
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lots of things to consider...i know

is $28,500 hefty?????

all those questions about the frame, brakes, and every other system are...just big unknowns that ....kinda of like getting married...you just find out over time...or suddenly that it is all falling apart or not.......

if not a vintage...then i would ...i don't know ...??????
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:19 PM   #7
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more pictures 1975 trade wind

a few mote pics...looks too good to be true
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:45 PM   #8
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28,500 for a 75....regardless is really pushing the limit. We have to know more than the glitzy surface stuff we see....polish, floor covering and a 200 dollar TV can hide a lot. If this person is a member here more will be known and info available. I would not jump at this until you do LOTS more checking.

PS...the hitch area looks normal except for the fact that at 28,500$ I expect to see a heavy duty electric jack.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:50 PM   #9
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lot more checking....

that is why i am posting this....just exactly what should i check and how....according to the owner...who is a reputable business man in the dallas area...who hired an rv tech, in the business for 30 years to rebuild this unit from the ground up....

got it finished...and his wife said...i'm not going to travel in that....so he is selling...claming that he has much more invested than the asking price.....

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Hmmmm---we, of course, cannot advise you on this, but we do wish you luck!!

Hope you get back on the road soon.


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a few mote pics...looks too good to be true

Sure am glad the had the sign “kitchen” in the galley, otherwise I would of been lost...
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Wow, Thats one pretty tradewind.
That being said you don't know what you have in an Airstream until you drop the belly pan and inspect the frame. That's a big (thousands of dollars and month's of work) unkown. I read a post awhile back were the couple were on the road cross country and the frame broke. That's what I didn't won't to do so I pulled the pan and took a look. Now I'm welding up a new frame. 37 year old frame in corrosive enviroment. For that kind of money I would like to know the frame is right.
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so

what is a fair offer...on a really good looking trailer...with lots of unknowns?????
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We have an expensive truck that was full of "unknowns". Get someone very knowledgeable to check this thing out.
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