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Old 10-12-2006, 03:18 PM   #1
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The one I wish I had…

Even though I have an AS there is one I wish I had. I am sure that some of you have similar dreams. This may be an interesting thread.

Here is my story…
Currently I have a ‘75 ’31 Sovereign. I acquired it this summer from my father. He felt that he was getting too far along in years to use it. So here I am with the trailer. This was the second AS that he owned. He got this one in the early to mid ‘90s. Before that he had a 1960 27 or 28 footer. I think an overlander. It was my grandfathers and my father acquired it after my grandfather passed away. Both my grandfather and father were members of WBCCI. My grandfather and grandmother went on many rallies and caravans in the late ‘60s and into the ‘70s. Several of us grandchildren were taken along. I was not able to go as I was too young at the time. By the time I was old enough the trailering had stopped do to health issues.

After my father bought the ‘75 I had the option of having the ’60. At the time I passed on it for many reasons. It then went to my sister in Florence, Or. There it sat for many years. A tree had fallen on it and one of the domes was broken as well as a window. The trailer sat for a couple of years with the insides open to the weather do to no attempt to do any patching. At some point in the late ‘90s it was sold to someone in Roseburg, Or. It may still have the red numbers of 4485 on it. That number was my grandfathers and then went to my father. I know that it has since been reissued so I can’t us it. But the trailer may still have these numbers on it.

My dream… Find this overlander and do a complete restore on it. Shell off and everything. This would make up for all past regrets with letting this trailer go…

Do you have a story to tell... confession time
-Garth
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:47 PM   #2
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Last year I hunted down my first mustang, 12 years after I had sold it. Amazing things can happen thanks to the internet. I don't know if a trailer that had a tree fall on it would still be out there, but maybe it can still be found.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:51 PM   #3
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it was not a whole tree, just some branches. the damage was limited to the dome and window at the time. but after sitting with the rain comming in the floor was rotten...
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:59 PM   #4
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but after sitting with the rain comming in the floor was rotten...
But we hear all the time about Airstreams that are rescued and revived after going through such treatment. Don't lose hope.
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:16 PM   #5
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What I want is the mid-bath, 28 or 30 foot 1979 Argosy with the rear bedroom. Of course I would want it in as good a condition as I found my 24ft Argosy. I've seen a couple for sale; however, I could never part with the "Twink" so what would I do with two Argosys? I had a 67 Caravel several years ago but I wouldn't want it back. It was a great trailer but the frame broke when a road construction crew failed to put the barrier up in front of a 2ft deep patch they had removed from the interstate. Not a pretty sight when you hit something like that at 60MPH. Nothing else was damaged badly except we could never get the frame to hold a weld or patch. It was still usable, but it bothered me to pull it long distances.
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:06 PM   #6
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I wish I had the Argosy 20 we found tucked behind a barn while on vacation in Montana. My heart said to pay the $3500 asking price and figure out a way to get it home along with Gypsy, our Airstream, that we were camping in. My head added up all the estimated fix ups from axles to decor and made us offer $1500 which was promptly turned down. I know Max sighed a BIG sigh of relief, but I've mourned for "him-the Argosy" ever since ~G
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:18 PM   #7
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Every so often I'd really like to have a bathtub to soak in. I look at those vintage Airstreams and Argosys with the rear bath and think, ah... I can just feel the cuticles on my tootsies getting soft...

But facing reality those are pretty small tubs, so I smile and shower.

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Old 10-12-2006, 08:24 PM   #8
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But facing reality those are pretty small tubs, so I smile and shower.

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I bathe in mine whenever we're out with it. It's small, but does work quite well. I'm 5'10, about 200lbs....works for me. Plus, we can shower in it as well.
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Old 10-12-2006, 09:17 PM   #9
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What'd like to have . . .

#1: I'd love to have a mid-50's unit. I'm not too particular, 22' to 26' seems optimal, but is by no means a requirement. 13 panel endcaps would be cool, by 7 would be OK. Inside should be original, not customized. This is the vintage project trailer I am currently looking for.

#2: Our first Airstream was Lorrie's parents first one, a 1966 Overlander. We had it for a year but then sold it because it needed too much work. I've since learned that the new owner is in the process of doing a body off restoration. I'm sure it will be fantastic when it's done. If it ever goes back up for sale, we hope to have a shot at it.

#3: A yard with covered storage for both my dream vintage Airstream and also our current '85 Sovereign.
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:46 AM   #10
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Growing up we had a '69 Trade Wind. I heard it was sitting in a church parking lot on Long Island, and during our search for our first, put feelers out there, but no luck. It had a great floor plan, as there were two different ones for the 25'. You could seat 9 people at the table, the trailer was very open, no privacy except the bathroom.
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:57 AM   #11
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Growing up we had a '69 Trade Wind. I heard it was sitting in a church parking lot on Long Island, and during our search for our first, put feelers out there, but no luck. It had a great floor plan, as there were two different ones for the 25'. You could seat 9 people at the table, the trailer was very open, no privacy except the bathroom.
That sounds like a Caravanner , same size as a Trade Wind but no bedroom . They were made in the 50's and then again in the 70's , perhaps as early as '69 with the body change . Do you happen to have any pictures?
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:58 AM   #12
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I'd like to have a 48 to go with my wife's 1948 Cadillac. I started working on her caddy 25 years ago and have never finished it. A 48 Airstream would modivate me to finish the Caddy. Then our trailer and car would be just like us. A perfect couple. In 1948 I was 8 a real dreamer then and still at it.
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Old 10-13-2006, 10:42 AM   #13
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I'd like to have a 48 to go with my wife's 1948 Cadillac. I started working on her caddy 25 years ago and have never finished it. A 48 Airstream would modivate me to finish the Caddy. Then our trailer and car would be just like us. A perfect couple. In 1948 I was 8 a real dreamer then and still at it.
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Don, that is good if it works for you. I have tried that with my wife and it has never worked. Dear I just need (fill in what ever you want ) to give me the push to finish the other 6 projects I have not completed and we will look so good sailing, riding, whatever as a couple. I now just buy what I want and hide it.

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Old 10-13-2006, 10:51 AM   #14
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One they never made...a 30' SE Bunk. We waited more than a year for Airstream to add that to the line-up, but they canceled the model altogether instead. We use it with the windows open a lot and the Hehr windows really suck. Also, with two pre-teen boys and a cocker spaniel, the lack of white walls would have been nice and low maintenance.
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