We bought a 72 Tradewind in July of 08, paid $3,000.for it and get her safe and roadworthy for about $10,000 more
. Just so that you are aware, we were TOTAL novices, a 72 has no grey water tank. We added on to ours.
Most of the problems with airstreams are hidden problems. Not easily seen until you start Fixing the small issues that you DID see. Soft spot in front of the door? Yep, we had that. ended up tearing out the entire floor in the front, and then the rear to fix soft floor and UNDER the floor were surprise, surprise! rotted floor strings.
We sure learned a lot about airstreams! This is the best group of people to learn from though. They are patient and most have been there and done that.
We finished ours in May of 09 and then in July we took our 2 grandkids and did a 5,000 mile journey and wonderful adventure to Mount Rushmore and Back, and that was PRICELESS!!