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Old 08-16-2019, 06:45 PM   #1
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What is this old Tradewind worth?

My son is a school bus driver in a very rural mountain area here in New Mexico. He spotted this old Airstream along his route, previously hidden by a tree that died. He talked to the owner who is very interested in selling and frankly surprised anybody would be interested in it. She told him that her parents brought it brand new, used it a few times and it has sat ever since. She has the title but can't find the keys. My son opened a window and stuck his head in until he was forced back by a swarm of angry wasps. He said everything is original, and with the exception of massive amounts of mouse droppings, looks like what he imaged the 1950s must have looked like. He said it has wood cabinets.

My son is a former wrecker driver specializing in difficult extractions. He has a flatbed with a winch. The question is, would anybody be interested in something like this "as is"? Any ideas about what year it is?
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:14 PM   #2
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. . . massive amounts of mouse droppings . . .
. . .
Thanks for an interesting story and the photos. I hope someone can rescue this beauty!

FWIW -- Caution about Hantavirus will be necessary because of the mouse droppings IMO:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Hant...com&gws_rd=ssl
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ert-10763.html

NM Hantavirus: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Hantavirus...&t=ffab&ia=web
First NM death this year: http://outbreaknewstoday.com/hantavi...death-of-2019/

https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/
https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/surveillance/index.html
. . . [change year to 2018]

Good luck,

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Old 08-16-2019, 08:24 PM   #3
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What year Airstream?

It appears to be 60's California built Trade Wind 24 foot possibly a 1966 thru 1968. If the front and rear windows are flat with square corners and the side windows are curved to match body with squared corners that would be my guess. If you can get a better (straight on) picture of the Airstream mfg plate near the entrance door someone here can read and decipher the VIN # and tell you more about the trailer. Ed
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Old 08-16-2019, 08:49 PM   #4
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Thanks. Well aware of hantavirus risk and that's probably the biggest downside to this Airstream rescue because it would be full respirator just to be around it.

I suggested my son offer them $500. Would he be able to get $1500 to $2000 "as is"? That would be enough to make the extraction process worthwhile.
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That is a 1965 Tradewind. The one year only unique tail lights and windows give it away. I can't help on value.

BTW, be cautious believing the original owner story. I looked up the ghost outline club membership number on the front endcap and it does not appear that it was assigned to someone in New Mexico. I suspect the number is 11532, which was first assigned in 1965 and was assigned to someone from California. If it is instead 1532, that was assigned to someone from Montana at that time.
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:59 AM   #6
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I think it’s worth a lot more than you are thinking. If you can get it for $500. You won’t regret it,, I hope you keep us posted. We all want to know what happens.
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$500 would be a steal, but probably not very *fair* to the current owner. $2000 is about "right," but anything up to $5k would be acceptable/normal. Restoration will be a lot of work, as he will likely need to replace the subfloor and probably a lot of rotten cabinetry as well as replacing the insulation in the walls (which means removing the interior skins).
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Lots of hail damage noted!!!
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Thanks everyone for all this good information. Based on the feedback from here my son decided he's going to make an offer on it. He'll also ask the owner more about where her parents bought it/lived based on the ghosted numbers. The other thing she told my son was that 20 years ago, when her son was 16, she discovered that he was crawling in the window to hang out in it and smoke pot.

I will keep everyone posted.
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Lots of hail damage noted!!!

If that is true, it *will* substantially lower the value. Replacing panels damaged by hail damage is a major endeavor.
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Looking closely at the tires . . . they look like they are IN the ground IMO, not just very flat. Also . . . lots of fresh gravel around them maybe? Did this area flood recently? Also, looking inside the rear storage area above the bumper . . . is that the ground visible under the trailer?

Suggest making any offer contingent on a full inspection [with respirators], and leave yourself an "out" in case the trailer cannot be moved at all, from its present location. If the subfloor and steel structural frame are in very poor condition, it will be a major effort just to move the trailer onto a low-boy flat bed trailer.

Some good deals are too good to be true, and require a major expense. This may be one of them IMO.

I would ask the owner to make your son an offer of what they will pay him to move the thing.

Given the hail damage, it may be only worth what a scrap metal person would charge to take it off the property.

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I would think $500 would be a reasonable offer in its current condition. Especially when you have to do the work to retrieve it from its current location. If you get it home and the thing is pure junk then the aluminum should sell for $500. I think you should be able to get $5-$10k once you clean the inside out and you have it rolling around where someone can tow it home.
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