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Old 03-06-2013, 07:08 AM   #15
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Hi,

I think you'll be able to get a great trailer for 15K. Check out this site: Vintage Airstream Trailers For Sale | Vintage Airstream Classifieds

We found our '59 on this site and bought it for 8k. After 6 weeks of work and about 2.5k we ended up with a great trailer. I think the key is that you need to be willing to travel. We drove from Southern AL, to Northern Arkansas over a weekend to get ours.

welcome to our airstream story - home
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:10 AM   #16
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Here's a great recommendation well within your price range: 1950 Airstream Flying Cloud For Sale | Vintage Airstream Classifieds
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:14 AM   #17
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Even better Beautiful vintage camper with rare hard to find bunk | eBay
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:17 AM   #18
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I was referring to my own 19 foot Airstream, because that's about what I paid for it 5 years ago, and about what I'd ask for it now, were it for sale. Just get something where everything works (and is correct - no 120v only refrigerators, etc) . That's a sign of being well cared for. You'll have enough of a learning curve without having to fix things.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:22 PM   #19
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Welcome to the forums. It looks to me like you are a perfect candidate to become an Airstream owner, and I would expect you to be one for a long time.

I recommend going after a vintage Airstream that has been used continually by a loving owner. It has probably been well maintained. Like others have said, there is a lot to learn about trailer operation, towing, etc., so start with an Airstream that works and you can begin using it and learning right away.

I am helping a couple nearby buy their first Airstream. They found it on Craigslist. It is a 76 Tradewind that has been used regularly and has been meticulously maintained. The price is 13.5k. Shoot me an email and I will send you the link.

Look at lots of them, so you see what they are worth and what you are getting. The more you look at the more you learn. It is easy to buy one, but you want to buy the right one! It really is kind of like looking for a spouse.

One source is Vintage Airstream Classifieds | New & Used Airstream Trailers For Sale. They have lots available on line, but some are sold and some are old adds. Look at what they have in stock.

I am biased, but I highly recommend the Tradewind. It is a great size. If I were single and shopping only for me, I would own a Caravel. This is one of the best designs, along with the Tradewind, that Airstream has come up with. Size is a very personal decision. Like my 94 year old uncle told me "Dan, when you are living in them, they are all too small, but when you are towing them, they are all too big". I prefer small, because I am mostly outside during the day and only in the camper in the evening.

Happy hunting.

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Old 03-06-2013, 02:14 PM   #20
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One thing you can do for yourself is buy a copy of "Restoring a Dream" by Tim Shepard. It chronicles his restoration of two Airstream's. Tim is also the host of the Vintage Airstream podcast, for the past eight years. This is another wonderful resource. You can do this, you will have plenty of terrific help here. Read through these forums, take your time, learn how to inspect a trailer for gotchas, and then make your choice.
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