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Old 04-30-2014, 06:07 AM   #1
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1962 Trade Wind Door MISSING!

Hello all, the wife and I are considering buying our first Airstream. It is a local 24' 1962 Trade Wind and is fairly complete and priced right. The only major problem is the main entrance door is missing! Is this a deal breaker? Will it be impossible to find and put back on? Will it cost $$$?


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Old 04-30-2014, 06:49 AM   #2
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That is, in my opinion, the best vintage of airstream (59 thru Early 60's), so I could "forgive" a lot of "short comings" . . . but a missing door is pretty bad. The good news is that the donor doesn't have to be a Tradewind, and there might even be a year or two in either direction that'll work . . . but it'll still be pretty difficult to find. Maybe one could be fabricated(?).
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:27 AM   #3
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If the door is missing, how much rain got inside to rot the floor?
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:33 AM   #4
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Expect to spend 800-1200$ for a door. Or look fora donor trailer.
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If the door is missing, how much rain got inside to rot the floor?

Not much - the owner fixed a sheet of fiberglass from the inside. Does anyone know of an airstream junkyard?
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Not much - the owner fixed a sheet of fiberglass from the inside. Does anyone know of an airstream junkyard?
google Colaws
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I would want to know WHY the door is missing. If it got damaged because if came open while driving there may be some underlying damage that will need additional repair too.

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Try Silver Trailer Supply. He has that kinda stuff. Great to deal with, too.
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A '62 TW is a real find in any condition. Yes a door is going to be tough to come by, but if all else is in reasonable condition and you think the price is acceptable why not? You have an ace in the hole. Your post, "the wife and I". That's the way to do this stuff. Enjoy the restore.
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The door is the favorite part of our trailer so it would be kind of a deal breaker for us!
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A '62 TW is a real find in any condition. Yes a door is going to be tough to come by, but if all else is in reasonable condition and you think the price is acceptable why not? You have an ace in the hole. Your post, "the wife and I". That's the way to do this stuff. Enjoy the restore.



Yeah, actually this is HER idea ... I know, go figure, but it is a very good solution for us, so I'm totally on board! Aside from the missing door, this camper seems to be in very complete, un-molested and un-restored condition. I checked the floor plan vs. the 1962 AS website and most of the cabinetry/fixtures seem to be intact. So, it might be a diamond in the VERY rough...
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Was the door removed by drilling out the rivets or was it torn off? I bet that you will basically need to find a donor trailer to buy a door. Colaws won't have one, all of their stuff is late model, or it has been every time I've been there.

Hopefully that trailer isn't one that was bought to get a door and now it's for sale. I've seen folks get all wound up over trailers that have been used for parts and get sold. The buyer sees a good deal...all they need are all of the windows, doors and interior...that's where the $$$$ are.
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I would want to know WHY the door is missing. If it got damaged because if came open while driving there may be some underlying damage that will need additional repair too.

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Ditto! Was the trailer in the midst of being sold off for parts because of some damage it has/had? That could be an important issue. Have a close look at the hinges, may hold a hint or two.

To be followed up with the seller, IMHO...
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The camper is currently parked an a vacant house on the side of a hill that is covered with NASTY briars. I cannot really check out what is going on close up. I will see if I can go Monday with a machete and gloves and take some pics.


Is there anything else I should look at that would be a nightmare to repair?
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