Originally Posted by markdenise
Chris-in the sixties the 22 ft safari only weighed 3200lbs. If I were you I would look for a completely renovated sixties model. It would cost about half of what you are talking about spending. If you have issues with it there are plenty of reputable Airstream repair people around and you would still have 30k left over for just in case scenarios.
I second Mark's motion. While it's true most vintage Airstream chatter on the forums is about the joys(?) of restoring them, you could buy an older Airstream already restored for less money than a new one and it would still have the weight advantage you need.
For that matter, we have been traveling the last 7 years in a 22 foot 1980 Caravelle (4,000 pounds gross weight) that has never been "restored". It's been in active service its entire life and has been maintained
, but never "restored". It's a little beat up and has some hail dents, but it's a wonderful trailer, and we love it.