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Old 09-21-2003, 06:34 PM   #1
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I am the proud new owner of a 1965 24' tradewind and trying to find how I repair or replace the tail light housings. They appear to be a plastic material that looks tired from UV detioration.
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Old 09-21-2003, 06:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

I can't answer your question, but I know that those who have the answers will need to know what year your trailer was built.
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Old 09-21-2003, 10:00 PM   #3
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Mid '60's

It's in the body of his question-mid '60's.
I think you may have the "wedding cake" style which are only handmade and available from www.airstreamdreams.com on a waiting list basis.If you are not picky about authenticity and want a good functional replacement look at those on Andy's website at www.inlandrv.com/parts.
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I use parts out of the original cans and acquired some new lights from autozone, did some modifications and came up with a less than $50 solution. Also had to make the clear lenses from some square lenses that I happened to find at the local rv dealer. End result well take a look.
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Old 09-21-2003, 10:36 PM   #5
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I, too, have recently acquired a '65 Tradewind and would like to find a source for the tail light housings. I know what you are looking for - it is the plastic housing that the lights are mounted in. I have been unable to find them at Airstream Dreams, but have not tried Inland RV. It looks as if the housing is mounted under the skin with rivets. I'm not sure how hard or easy it would be to replace. Hopefully, someone with a similar style Airstream has replaced theirs and can offer some insight. I have a long list of things to do to my Tradewind first, so this isn't high on my priority list. Hope we run into each other sometime!

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Old 09-22-2003, 08:46 AM   #6
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The 65 model year was the only year they used the housing you are refering too. I had a 65 Airstream which I purchased in 1980 and one of the housings had a large hole in it. I was able to repair and cover both housings with fiberglass. The housings were installed into the body from inside the trailer which makes it very difficult to replace them. I did all my work from the outside. I wish I had taken photos but I did not.
Good luck with repair as I don't think you will find any parts.

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Old 09-28-2003, 08:54 PM   #7
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I am going to try to make a mold of the unit that I have. Do anyone think that there are many persons out there who could use a new tail light unit? If there is enough interest I may do this and make one out of fiberglass that can be installed from the outside but appear to be NOS. I would appreciate any comments.
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Old 09-28-2003, 11:08 PM   #8
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I would be interested in replacement units. Mine aren't too bad, but starting to crack. It seems that would allow water to enter behind the unit and eventually cause who knows what kind of problems. There are alot of old Airstreams with the same housings and I can't imagine they would be in any better shape than mine. Your replacements would certainly be an easy fix! Please keep me informed.
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Old 11-04-2006, 09:34 AM   #9
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Hello,

I see this thread is a couple of years old, however I was wondering if anyone has been able to locate a source of replacement housings for the 1965 model year Airstreams? My 1965 Overlander has one good one, and one not so good one.
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:55 PM   #10
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We've just brought home our 65 Tradewind, it aso needs new tail light housings, did anyone come up with an outside repair solution?
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:31 AM   #11
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I am going to build a mold and fabracate a new set of them this winter.
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