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Old 05-01-2004, 10:32 PM   #1
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...sigh...

I don't have anything to post about until we start the journey to get our trailer next month. I know, I'll have my hands full soon, but in the meantime, all I can do is lurk and pout...and wait, and wait and wait...
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Old 05-01-2004, 10:45 PM   #2
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You're not alone

We're all waiting with you in the (flamingo) wings.....

Where and what are you getting???

Take advantage of the time off......TRUST ME!!!! I KNOW!!!! Relax now, for you won't have the time later....!!
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Old 05-02-2004, 12:03 AM   #3
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It's a 1967 24' Tradewind. We need a name for it.

fyi: I was "airstreamhopeful", had to change my login when we bought our trailer! Tough position to be in! Now I'm a goofy looking pink bird. Just in case we bought another one, you know...I didn't want to be stuck with 67tradewind when we own a fleet of them like you!

So...I'm going to read over some of your posts about removing the vinyl poofy siding stuff...we definitely want that off. I like the idea of replacing it with the brushed aluminum.

If you tear out and put in a new subfloor, do you have to take off the shell of the trailer?

I love the baby moon rims, or whatever they are...three of the wheels apparently can take them, two not. (just repeating what owner said). What do I have to do to have all four take them?

Maybe I should start posting in restoration area.



Point me to some good threads, I'm ready to learn, and I have the time!
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Old 05-02-2004, 12:51 AM   #4
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Hi Ingrid, 'Glad to have you joining the Airstream "family". I'm sure you are anxious to get your new baby home and get started on fixing it the way you want it.
On your baby moon hubcap question...I took the liberty of checking-out your web site. In the photo titled 'tires' you will notice the white wheel (on the left) has bumps, or nubs, spaced around the inner hub of the wheel: the black one (on the right) does not have these and that inner hub is smooth. This indicates that the wheels are not matched. This is something you will want to correct after you get the trailer.
Anyway, you can't see it in the picture but, there should be small clips around the inner hub of the black wheel (on the inside the smooth inner hub.) It is the nubs (white wheel) or the clips (black wheel) that hold the hubcaps on the wheel.)
There are different baby moon hubcaps to fit each of these wheels, but the SAME hubcap will not fit BOTH of of these wheel styles.
So, after you determine which of the wheel styles is correct for your trailer (I'd guess it's the one with the clips) and replace the mismatched ones, you CAN get the baby moon hubcaps to fit all the wheels.
An idea might to be keep one of the "other" style wheels for your spare tire, thus reducing the cost / hassle of matching process.
Good luck with your new project and keep us all posted.
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Old 05-02-2004, 01:49 AM   #5
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which ones?

The top one or the bottom one? I can't open my site for some reason, so I loaded these from my computer.
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Ingrid, I was refering to the top photo (I didn't see the lower one) but the lower photo shows a better example of the second style wheel, that I spoke of.
In the top picture: looking at the white wheel (left one) you can see those bumps, or nubs, at approx. 2o'clock, 6o'clock, & 10o'clock to hold the hubcap on.
Then, in the bottom photo: looking at the silver wheel (right one) notice that there are no bumps around the inner hub portion of that wheel. This is the one that should have the metal clips to retain a hubcap. It is hard to tell, for sure, in this picture but one of these clips appears to be present at about the 12o'clock position.
As I mentioned before, I'd suspect this is the original type wheel for your trailer.
The wheel at the left, in the bottom photo, has a full wheelcover over it so it can't be determined (from looking at this photo) which style it is.
'Hope I didn't confuse you. A baby moon hubcap can be fitted to either style wheel...you just have to get the proper style for the wheel (to match the attachment method used on the wheel.)
Now, the only thing that would keep you from using them on the 'clip type' wheels would be if the clips have been broken off over the years (possible but not likely.)
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Old 05-02-2004, 01:17 PM   #7
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No! you didn't confuse me. Thanks for the post. I'm filing this all away in my mind...restoring my airstream in my imagination, polish, polish, polish....

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Old 05-02-2004, 07:09 PM   #8
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Greeting~ I see that you have the same wheel covers that I left at the factory when I replaced my steel wheels with the newer style aluminum wheels..Wished I had kept them now~ I know it gonna be hard to find the replacements.(you might give the factory a call and see if they still have them.?) If I may offer this suggestion? Once you do find the replacements, when ever you plan a long trip? Take your wheel covers off and store them while traveling. This way, you're not likely to lose them on hard bumps. etc. Then, once you're settled down for the camping, etc..You can get them out and, dress up your unit.
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That trailer is crying for some baby moon hubcaps. There's various sites (search here) that sell them. Really brings out the vintage in it.
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Saw your other post that two of the wheels won't take them. I'd think that it's a matter of getting the right measurement and matching the covers. You may just need two moons of one size, two of another. Good luck
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That's true...I wish I knew more about these things. I've already made up my mind about the baby moons. They're definitely going on. I know it's a small thing to think about given the work we have in front of us, but at least one thing is decided!

If we could just get the time to go out and haul the trailer home.
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Question pinkflamingoes' wheels

Ingrid, the photos of your wheels look like the photos of my wheels in terms of the amount of tire showing before the wheel well of the trailer starts. I THOUGHT that meant I had life in my axles but when I got underneath and looked at the torsion bars I saw that I have zero life. Maybe less. What does your seller say about your axles?

I fantasized from the photos of our Tradewind that I was gonna get away with something -- WRONG! Our number one purchase (and the only purchase we will be able to afford for a while!) will be axles.

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I don't think the seller knows about the axles, he has given me all the information he can and past that was sure to tell me he doesn't know. but hubby's going to check it all out and make sure all is well before towing...I am a little concerned about the axles too.

Did you get a ballpark on how much fixing that is going to cost?
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