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Old 11-22-2015, 04:16 PM   #1
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Best year for Overlander

Loaded question I'm sure, but we have decided that the vintage Airstream Overlander is what we want 😃 and have begun the hunt. I wonder which decade to target and are there any years with particular issues or problems I should be aware of. Unique can be cool, but also may create parts supply issues. Any pros and cons by decade or year would be greatly appreciated.
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I truly like the pre-1970s ,,,real wood on the cabinetry and cool design overall. The mid- 60s have Corning windows which create issues sometimes, though I have only had minor leakage with mine. The early 60s have the
"door within a door" which is very cool.
You also can note the differences in the end caps and the way the rivets run down the trailer in the various year models.
I truly like the 60s body shape ...its so classic.
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Loaded question I'm sure, but we have decided that the vintage Airstream Overlander is what we want 😃 and have begun the hunt. I wonder which decade to target and are there any years with particular issues or problems I should be aware of. Unique can be cool, but also may create parts supply issues. Any pros and cons by decade or year would be greatly appreciated.
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I've come to like some of the unique features of our 1963. It was the last year of the 7 segment end caps, the body joints align with the end cap joints on this year only. The door-in-the door is mounted unique for 1963 also. Window glass is easy to replace, any glass company can cut it. Lots of parts are available thru folks like Vintage Trailer Supply.

Down side, the stove in it is an odd size and only used in 1963 so a replacement requires wood work. Axle mounting isn't standard so some extra effort is needed to install new ones. The door latch prices have gone nuts in the last few months.

1964 was the last year for door-in-the door.

1962 and older have sheet metal drip rails over the door and window.

Anything in this vintage is either going to need lots of work OR lots of $$$ for one that has documented work already done.

Good luck with the search.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:27 PM   #4
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I've come to like some of the unique features of our 1963. It was the last year of the 7 segment end caps, the body joints align with the end cap joints on this year only. The door-in-the door is mounted unique for 1963 also. Window glass is easy to replace, any glass company can cut it. Lots of parts are available thru folks like Vintage Trailer Supply.

Down side, the stove in it is an odd size and only used in 1963 so a replacement requires wood work. Axle mounting isn't standard so some extra effort is needed to install new ones. The door latch prices have gone nuts in the last few months.

1964 was the last year for door-in-the door.

1962 and older have sheet metal drip rails over the door and window.

Anything in this vintage is either going to need lots of work OR lots of $$$ for one that has documented work already done.

Good luck with the search.
HiHoAgRV,
Can you some pictures of your '63 please? I just heard that a 1963 or 1964 Overlander might be available.

It’s funny, when looking over the “documents” in the Airstream archives they show the floorpan sightly differently in their I wonder if it’s an Ohio vs. California thing. Only seems to affect the layout of the sink area.
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Caroyl,

You'll find a lot of personal preference and -- at the outset -- I confess mine.

I really like the look of the '58 to '63 the best. You have the 7 panel look with a lot of real wood, or at least real veneer in the trailers. Keep in mind that Wally Byam died in '62, so these are the last of his era. Some refer to these and their predecessors as "legacy trailers". Having owned a '65 and loved it, I'd extend those years a bit.

We've owned a '63, a '65 and now own a '59. Our last is our first Overlander, the rest were too small. We sold the first, thinking it was too much work, but then realized that we had to spend a lot of time or money to get the right one. We finally chose the '59 Overlander and really enjoy it. We don't anticipate doing anything but using this Airstream until we can't.

My best advice is to find a look and year that really moves you. See the archives at Vintage Airstream for pictures of all years and models. If you don't fall in love with one, don't take on a vintage restoration. If you do, welcome to the crazy club of those who really enjoy keeping these classics on the road and truly enjoy them.
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Caroyl,

You'll find a lot of personal preference and -- at the outset -- I confess mine.

I really like the look of the '58 to '63 the best. You have the 7 panel look with a lot of real wood, or at least real veneer in the trailers. Keep in mind that Wally Byam died in '62, so these are the last of his era. Some refer to these and their predecessors as "legacy trailers". Having owned a '65 and loved it, I'd extend those years a bit.

We've owned a '63, a '65 and now own a '59. Our last is our first Overlander, the rest were too small. We sold the first, thinking it was too much work, but then realized that we had to spend a lot of time or money to get the right one. We finally chose the '59 Overlander and really enjoy it. We don't anticipate doing anything but using this Airstream until we can't.

My best advice is to find a look and year that really moves you. See the archives at Vintage Airstream for pictures of all years and models. If you don't fall in love with one, don't take on a vintage restoration. If you do, welcome to the crazy club of those who really enjoy keeping these classics on the road and truly enjoy them.
65CV,

After looking at a 26' Argosy (1976), I thought that 26' was too short. After seeing an Overlander, I realized that 26' is just enough when the door sits back from the front far enough for a dinette :-) I like the low dry weight of these vintage Airstreams! Big Red (a 2009 F-150 with a 4.6L 3V) will match up nicely with an Overlander, but towing most new trailers would be a chore.
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I truly like the pre-1970s ,,,real wood on the cabinetry and cool design overall. The mid- 60s have Corning windows which create issues sometimes, though I have only had minor leakage with mine. The early 60s have the
"door within a door" which is very cool.
You also can note the differences in the end caps and the way the rivets run down the trailer in the various year models.
I truly like the 60s body shape ...its so classic.
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Beautiful :-) Love the shine!
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1966 Overlander for me. First year of the Corning windows that give it a really sleek look, still has great wood (International Model really nice wood), airliner style bath, real fancy cabinet latches, a true piece of art with great lines and stance.

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Old 11-23-2015, 10:03 AM   #9
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Looks like I'll have my Overlander by Thanksgiving! We have located a 1964 in good condition with only one small dent. I'm arranging payment and pickup this morning. My trailer reno guy worked a volume discount ;-) He is getting one (smaller) for him and one for us.
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Congratulations!

Does that one have the mahogany interior?
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Looks great! Have fun in that piece of history
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Bathroom is intact, but most of the remaining interior is gone. No problem, I have a guy that does awesome work who will be doing most of the reno so I can choose the type of wood I want. Might go with walnut. 😃
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He's driving 700 miles to pick it up. Should be here just before we leave for Thanksgiving.


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1966 Overlander for me. First year of the Corning windows that give it a really sleek look, still has great wood (International Model really nice wood), airliner style bath, real fancy cabinet latches, a true piece of art with great lines and stance.

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What is the difference between the Corning windows and others?
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