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Old 09-28-2014, 11:17 PM   #15
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To help figure a length, rent some SOBs (some other brand) and go camping. Get a feel for your camping style and how much room you use. Take your time. Years? What ever catches your eye. It's about taste.


There is many many AS out there. Some in great shape needing only axles, tires, and updates, and many many others that should have a shell off restoration.

Take your time, find one with a great shell, and go from there.






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Old 09-28-2014, 11:35 PM   #16
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I have to agree about finding the right shell and doing it all once. Far far too many Airstreams and close cousins (Streamlines, Silver Streaks, Avions, etc.) get started and are never finished after the first month of reality sinks in.

Choose one that has NOT had two or three cosmetic only updates (especially when "cosmetic" means four layers of poorly applied latex paint and gobs of silicone. A "stuck in a barn for 30 years" is GOOD.

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OR get each of the 5 that are out of the house to send you $10K and buy a newer one!!!!
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:04 AM   #17
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so, with 50 years of Airstream experience, what is your opinion to his original question?
Frank.

I would suggest a 27 to 31 foot Airstream starting with a 1974, since that was the first year with a gray tank.

Granted, the gray tank can be added to an older model, but as you know, considerable considerations must be taken before a newbie can successfully add a gray tank, PROPERLY.

Plus, the 70's models basically solved the electric issues.

Construction, yes indeed, would need some work to assure longevity.

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Old 09-29-2014, 12:00 PM   #18
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I would stay away from the 69's. More spare parts for me.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:36 PM   #19
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For the money, its worth buying the 4 dvd set of the VAP pod cast and listen to all of them before you buy an airstream. Then buy as large of one you can find. Then expect to do or have done a shell off replacement of the floor. and on and on and on.
Oh!! welcome to the forums and good luck
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:52 PM   #20
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For the money, its worth buying the 4 dvd set of the VAP pod cast and listen to all of them before you buy an airstream. Then buy as large of one you can find. Then expect to do or have done a shell off replacement of the floor. and on and on and on.
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Hi jcpotterf -

Where do I look for the 4 DVD set? I see that I can subscribe via itunes, but don't see any reference to a DVD set.

Please advise.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:56 PM   #21
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Thanks for feedback

I wanted to post a quick message and say thank you to all those that have replied thus far. Your feedback has been very helpful.

Beyond craigslist, and airstreamclassifieds.com, any suggestions on what else I should monitor?

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Old 09-29-2014, 06:02 PM   #22
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It is on The Vintage Airstream Podcast | Vintage Trailer Restoration enjoy !
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In the middle of a shell off floor and frame repair.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:17 PM   #23
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We have a custom airstream with lots of bunks since we have seven kids. I recommend studying floor plans and finding one which you can make work for your family, THEN narrow down by year etc. Our 32' 1986 Excella is perfect for us.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:08 PM   #24
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:22 PM   #25
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Yep the VAP is great!!

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It seems (in my neck of the woods at least) that the bigger 34' triple axels are much more commonly available than smaller ones. Also they sell comparatively cheaper since there is more demand for the smaller ones. Sounds like with children and grandchildren you could use a bigger one anyway. With a larger one, there is more flexibility for customization, layouts, and sleeping arrangements. I saw one 34 that had a large front kitchen, with the biggest fridge I've seen in a trailer. It had four batteries and the fridge could even run off battery power. Very impressive. And I agree with others—you will only want to restore ONE Airstream in your life!
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I wanted to post a quick message and say thank you to all those that have replied thus far. Your feedback has been very helpful.

Beyond craigslist, and airstreamclassifieds.com, any suggestions on what else I should monitor?

Thanks,
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Try this thread--there are some bits of advice for avoiding scams, and various strategies for finding "the" trailer.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ns-125803.html
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What tips out here for pulling shell off 60 Caravel? Have done frame off rstorations on 77 bronco. Hubby built a rottissery(sp). But this is quite different. Any suggestions pics...will be greatly in my (wifes) favor.
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