Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-12-2003, 04:39 PM   #1
New Member
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2
Wink I want an Airstream, but need help.

Hi all, first time poster; love the forums. I do not own an Airstream and actually have never owned a trailer, RV, or ughhhh tent ; however I am making plans. I am graduating college in about a year maybe a year and a half and I want to hit the road and do some skydiving at various drop zones around the US. It is fairly common to find large amounts of RV’s and trailers and such establishments. Anyhow, I saw some airstreams and obviously fell in love and absolutely have to own one. Problem is I do not know the first thing about how travel trailers work and I am on a mission to learn within the next year or so. Can anyone lead me to a “travel trailers for dummies” type website? I am most concerned about the towing, pluming, and electrical aspects of travel trailing. Any books I should pick up? I plan on renting a travel trailer sometime within the next few months and taking it around Texas just to make sure this is someth9ing I want to do, if I have a good experience I will rent again just to make really really sure. End result I hope to find a smallish Airstream for 5 or so grad, provide some TLC and hit the road. I want it so bad I can taste it.

Well thanks in advance for any advice.


twochutesout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2003, 05:25 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
overlander64's Avatar
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,389
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
I want and Airstream, but need help.

Greetings Skip!

There are a number of avenues to follow in pursuit of the information that you desire. Some Web sites that are Airstream specific include:

Airstream Corporate Web Site

Wally Byam Caravan Club (Airstream Product Owner's Club)

Vintage Airstream Club (An Intra Club of the Wally Byam Caravan Club)

Vintage Airstream Photo Identification Site

There are fewer sites that actually are RV related of which I am aware. There are a number of books, and I would suggest that a good first step is to approach the Reference Librarian at your local public library regarding books on Recreational Vehicles and RVing. There should be a number available, but you may need to wait for an inter-library loan depending upon the size of your local public library. There is a book on Maintaining RVs by Bob Livingston that is usually considered quite useful and is usually available from Camping World as well as most on-line sources such as Another possiblity would be to obtain an owner's manual for a trailer similar to the one that interests you and read it from cover to cover - - there is typically a wealth of information for the novice trailer owner.

If your interst runs in the direction of Vintage Airstream products, you might want to consider joining the Vintage Airstream Club as a Friend. This includes a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, the Vintage Advantage that will fill you in on many issues related to the Vintage coaches. In addition, the newsletter will list rallys. At these rallys, there is usually an "Open House", and during this open house the public is invited to visit the rally site to see the vintage trailers (interior as well as exterior) and talk with the owners of the coaches.

You may face some problems finding travel trailers to rent. Most of the RVs available on a rental basis today are motorhomes. This situation is probably related to the fact that the typical family car can no longer safely tow a trailer, and in all probability some concern about the ability of a novice driver to safely handle a travel trailer even if the vehicle is properly equipped to tow the trailer.

Good luck with your investigation!


P.S. When I was a Sophomore in college (1980), I was determined to buy my first travel trailer to use as a temporary residence during my two required internships - - wanted an Airstream, but my family convinced me that only new would do so I purchased a 1980 Nomad Light-Weight 19 that proceeded to self-destruct and was very nearly a derelict in five years. Didn't realize my ambition of Airstream ownership until 1995 when I purchased (what I would learn later) the Airstream that I had initially wanted to buy in late 1979 - - my current 1964 Overlander International.

If you find that RVing is a lifestyle that intersts you, be persistent in your search for an Airstream - - I don't believe that you would regret the acquisition.

Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2003, 05:53 PM   #3
5 rivets, 1 loose screw
Rog0525's Avatar
1966 20' Globetrotter
Saginaw County , Michigan
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,555
Images: 11
Hi Skip

Used Airstream trailers are very easy to find. Very important that you have the right tow vehicle. Use the search feature on this site. It's really hard to lose money on a vintage AS if you take proper care of it.
Some of the classified ads are here:

Best of luck. Don't miss the Grand Canyon.

Rog0525 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2003, 05:54 PM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
Pick's Avatar
1972 31' Sovereign
High Springs , Florida
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 2,310
Images: 36
Send a message via AIM to Pick
Skip, a few more websites for you:

Open Roads Forum

Escapees Website

This site and these 3 are the "Best of the Web" when it comes to RVing.
2003 GMC 2500HD 4X4 D/A Ext. Cab
Propane Powered Honda EU2000i
Lots of Hot Sauce!
Air # 283
WBCCI 1350
Pick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2003, 08:14 PM   #5
Rivet Master
drboyd's Avatar

1978 25' Tradewind
Metro Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,398
Ha! You think... need help now?!?!?

Wait 'till you buy one!

(I don't have mine yet either, but this gang is a TON of help!)!

drboyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2003, 10:07 PM   #6
New Member
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2
Hey, thanks for all the help. I am so obsessed with Airstreams at the moment. Going to buy some books, find some manuals try to see some classics in person, I have actually been in some 2003 at a dealership. I will definitely be around asking lots of questions.

Thanks again.

twochutesout is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Longest Trip in a Classic AIRSTREAM Motorhome winner Airstream Motorhome Forums 17 01-26-2005 08:11 PM
airstream! airstream! airstream! 83Excella Our Community 0 03-23-2002 10:37 PM
Airstream Related List Servers Andy R Link Archive 0 02-22-2002 02:05 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.