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Old 10-01-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
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Our first airstream - 1972 Globetrotter

we are about to take the plunge on our first airstream. we are wanting to go purchase a 1972 Globetrotter in the next day or two. I'm hoping these are good trailers. any opinions on these? this particular one received a minor interior restoration a few years back with wood laminate floors, new counter tops, upholstery, curtains. there are practically no dings on the outside.

any thoughts about this model or this year? it has the front dinette which we prefer and the side couch that converts to a bed and rear bath.

were there any trouble spots on this year or model to watch for? it has spent its entire life in the southwest so it seems pretty solid.


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Old 10-01-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum. I am sure you will hear from a lot of Airstreamers on your question?

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:22 AM   #3
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Don't know too much about the Globetrotter - 'cept it's cute!

Biggest issue for me was the axles. After performing an inspection, I verified they needed to be replaced. It wasn't a difficult job - but heavy! Mine included new brakes too. Thankfully mine had new tires - but be sure to check those too. They can look good on the outside but be rotted. Search this forum for lots of info on that.
Here's a link detailing how to determine the status of your axles:

One surprise I got after getting my '73 is that it doesn't have a grey water tank. Maybe the one you're looking at has had that added! Some campgrounds haven't seemed to mind me letting the dish/bath sink water drain out. But, at more populated campgrounds, I pull out my portable waste tank (a Thetford SmartTote) to contain my grey water.

You might want to check the gaskets. These are the black rubber gaskets around all the windows, door, vents and access compartments. A tedious but simple job to replace. Mine were all smushed and cracked.

Oh yeah, you might want to search this site for "rear end sag". It seems to be a common issue in a lot of the trailers from the 70's, et al. Mine might have a tad, but I'm ignoring it for now.

Good luck! Let us know if you get it.

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Old 10-02-2009, 11:21 AM   #4
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?....Up front cost
?....Obvious repairs needed
?....Recent usage

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Get that airstream-maybe
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:40 PM   #5
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?....Up front cost
?....Obvious repairs needed
?....Recent usage

Get an airstream-yes
Get that airstream-maybe
Yep... what he said.
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