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Old 09-22-2005, 02:14 PM   #1
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choices for a small trailer with a dinette?

hi all,

i've been perusing the forum for several days now. very helpful people and tons of info. i'm looking into a smaller trailer <22' (me and everyone else) and a project as i'd be wanting to completely redo the interior. i've been looking at the older bambi, caravel, globetrotter, and safari.

what are my choices and style (think 50's to 70's, i was born in '71 and would love to find a '71, there's one on ebay right now) for a small trailer WITH a dinette? i suppose since i'd be completely redoing the interior i could add one in, but i'd prefer to maintain the original layout.

any help is greatly appreciated,

thanks,

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hi all,

i've been perusing the forum for several days now. very helpful people and tons of info. i'm looking into a smaller trailer <22' (me and everyone else) and a project as i'd be wanting to completely redo the interior. i've been looking at the older bambi, caravel, globetrotter, and safari.

what are my choices and style (think 50's to 70's, i was born in '71 and would love to find a '71, there's one on ebay right now) for a small trailer WITH a dinette? i suppose since i'd be completely redoing the interior i could add one in, but i'd prefer to maintain the original layout.

any help is greatly appreciated,

thanks,

david
Safari's would be more likely to have the dinette option as they are longer. There was a very popular late-60s Safari with a large dinette that converts into two twins. For additional 'original layout' dinette models, you may want to check out: http://www.vintageairstream.com/archives/ there are lots of photos to check out.

As far as customizing and adding a dinette, it can be done to look as though it was original...I've done it with our '64 GlobeTrotter! Check out my website link below for photos & details.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do ~

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Old 09-22-2005, 03:36 PM   #3
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Here's a site with pictures of all the 71s available, if that helps...

http://vintageairstream.com/archives/
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Sharri beat me to it by mere seconds!

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Old 09-22-2005, 08:45 PM   #6
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i just spent the last several hours on the vintage website. thanks so much for that link. based on my limited research so far, this is what i came up with;

years: '69-'71 because of the rounded front windows which would allow more natural light.

models (in order of preference):
18' caravel
21' globetrotter
23' safari

what would one expect to pay for one of these that have been neglected over the years and would really need some TLC? 2K-5K? i know the smaller ones are more desirable. i would be looking for a project. i'm an architect and once we find a house, my next thing would be to buy one of these and start rehabing (forget rehabing the house, i just need a parking spot). it sounds like it could also take awhile to locate one.
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choices for a small trailer with a dinette?

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i just spent the last several hours on the vintage website. thanks so much for that link. based on my limited research so far, this is what i came up with;

years: '69-'71 because of the rounded front windows which would allow more natural light.

models (in order of preference):
18' caravel
21' globetrotter
23' safari

what would one expect to pay for one of these that have been neglected over the years and would really need some TLC? 2K-5K? i know the smaller ones are more desirable. i would be looking for a project. i'm an architect and once we find a house, my next thing would be to buy one of these and start rehabing (forget rehabing the house, i just need a parking spot). it sounds like it could also take awhile to locate one.
There is another possibility if you don't mind your Airstream in a painted version -- the Argosy. The Minuet series with the deep wrap wing windows was often equipped with a front dinette in any of its three lengths -- 6.0 Metre (20'), 6.7 Metre (22'), or 7.3 Metre (24') -- a scan of the '79 Minuet floorplans from the sales brochure is below:



The Minuet was a special light-weight series that was only 7' wide, but came with most of the features found in its bigger siblings.

The Argosy was also available in Argosy 20, Argosy 22, and Argosy 24 models -- and each was available in one or more dinette floorplans -- some of which were never offered in the Airstream line. The two models that didn't have comparable siblings in the Airstream line were the Argosy 20 and Argosy 24 rear door floorplans as shown below:

(In '76, the Rear Door Model was only offered in the Argosy 22)


(The Argosy 24 Rear Door model was only offered in 1977)


While I know that Argosy coaches aren't for everyone, they do offer the charm of an Airstream in a slightly different package. In fact after owning both of my coaches, I don't know which one I would choose if told I could only keep one! I have known the Overlander since it was new, and it was the RV that took me on my first camping trip when it was new and I was five; on the other hand the Minuet is just plain fun--easy to tow--comparatively light weight (less than 3,200 pounds gross weight)--and those deep wrap front wing windows are one of my favorite features (they would later be seen in Airstreams but not until the 1980s).

Good luck with your research and investigation!

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If you like big windows consider looking at the argosy's - made by Airstream in the seventies. They are painted aluminum - usually sort of cream colored. They pioneered the deep wrap windows that are now standard on CCDs. They also have grey tanks. Airstreams made before 74 do not have grey water tanks. For a really small trailer look at the minuet line - they were sort of experimental and narrower than regular Airstreams and really easy to tow. many of the 6 metre minuets have aluminum floors - no rot. Argosys were made in 20, 22, 24 and longer versions. The Argosy minuets were made in 20 22 and 24 feet but are measured in metres.

On edit: Kevin - you beat me to the really important advice - fast fingers, good taste!
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Welcome to the Forums David!

Finding a trailer that only needs that special touch inside is a challenge. The roof, window & door seals (and other factors) tend to allow hidden water in after a while. Floors get to be a troublesome area. I wish you well!

Be wary of eBay, often the sales avenue of some sad cases (whether trailer or owners that don't/won't/can't properly maintain theirs). If you see something interesting post the eBay link or number to these forums -- there are some sharp eyes and folks with similar experiences recognizing red herrings.

Firefox and I are having trouble with the Forum links, but look at these threads:
1. Good Airsteam Sale site http://www.airforums.com/forum...ead.php?t=8769
2. So you want to buy a trailer that is 3 states away???? http://www.airforums.com/forum...ead.php?t=7387

Best of luck -- time and persistence will pay off.
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you may need to look at my pictures its a 77 argosy six metre minuet i was looking for the same floor plan and size ... although the silver look of the airstream is appealling it does have its draw backs ... for example i just pull into a car wash after a trip and put a few quarters in and BAM ...she's clean... if you want you can paint it the same color as you tow vehicle or go one off and use silver paint and tint the windows... its fully self contained...shower toilet two sinks privacy curtain for the bathroom two small closets overhead storage and under seat storage with great rap around front windows... for the right price i may part with her ... im looking at a bass boat that has cought my eye... although its not perfect its very close... on a scale of 1-10 she's an 8 if it had the awning package that would push it over the top...
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Did I miss something? Where are your pictures?

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gotair...

Did I miss something? Where are your pictures?

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Sorry about that I started this forum membership as gotair then had to change it to gotair2 then went back to gotair the photo's are there just under gotair2 or is it gotair's images ... they are posted I just looked...type in gotair2 then go to images... at least thats where i found it..

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Is it just me (and Firefox) or are individual member's photo links hard to track down?

http://www.airforums.com/photo...00&userid=4863
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