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Old 07-12-2004, 06:48 PM   #1
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I have my eye on a 1959 airstream that has undergone extensive remodel. I like what I see but Iam wondering just what I should be looking for.My major concern is the axle and undercarriage on a trailer that old. this would be my first airstream and I would like to know if the other members have any tips on what I should be looking for.

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what to look for

I would be most concerned about the floor. Axles, although not cheap can be easily changed out. To repair/replace a floor can turn into a serious project depending on the extent of damage. I'd also take a screw driver if possible and probe the frame for soft rust spots. Those 3 areas are the potential deal killers or negotiation points. Good luck!

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What model, and how many axles?
If it is a single axle, the running gear may be ok if the interior modifications didn't add appreciable weight. Depends a lot on how well the previous owners maintained the brakes and bearings. I wouldn't tow it without checking the brakes, tires, and bearings.

I have replaced the axle in my '59 Tradewind, but I plan to add a lot of new upgrades, like a graywater tank, A/C, batteries. I believe the original single axle tradewind had an axle rated at 3500#, and the dry weight was 3160#, not much margin for food and clothing.

Let us know more about your potential purchase.
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