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Airstream Name Land Yacht
Year 1973
Make Airstream
Model Trade Wind
Length 25
Options Center Twin, Rear Bath,
1973 Airstream Trade Wind
Overview From paperwork and interviews we learned that this Airstream was made in 12/72, purchased at Lubbock Texas in Spring of 73 from Abbot Trailer sales. It is Unit # 125T3S2086 with RVI #0818693, Sold to Dr. R. Schwettman. It was still being serviced at Abbott Sales in 1987. It was well maintained and kept by same owner into 2009. Unit was mostly in covered storage in Colorado since 2000. Primarily used in Texas/ Colorado/ South West US.

No sign it was registered with WBCCI.

We found this Vintage Airstream in Aurora Colorado. We paid $6800 and expect to spend another 2k just to get it ready for its maiden voyage with the likely hood of another 4k over time to replace aging systems. I'll check back each year to note the real cost to keep her on the road. We shall see how far off we are in our expectations.......:?
1973 Airstream Trade Wind Exterior 1973 Airstream Trade Wind Exterior 1973 Airstream Trade Wind Exterior
When purchased by us last month this unit had: Straight outer skin. No sign of any accidents. No broken windows. Clear coat is pealing on lower portions and blue in lower and center decorative lines are mostly gone. All Airstream Labels are intact. Rock guard still intact but needs new insert.

On our first walk over the open floor area we could walk on, the floor was solid throughout and all the interior surfaces were unaltered, oder & stain free; mostly needing a good dusting followed by a wipe down. No sign of mice or bugs or water stains suggesting there were major leaks. The unit tanks [Fresh and Black] were exceptionally clean and order free. Toilet and battery were missing. When connected to 110 all the outlets, radio and lights worked. All light covers were intact. Two of the three ceiling vents would raise and lower but the fan did not work. The old analog antenna was intact and would raise up. The connection to the antenna was even there and usable if you had a TV that could use an analogue signal and mono-speaker type plug in.

Our first impression was that this was a well cared for Airstream that spent most of its 40 years in the dry Southwest of the US. A bargain at any price!

1973 Airstream Trade Wind Interior 1973 Airstream Trade Wind Interior 1973 Airstream Trade Wind Interior
All ceilings and walls are in very good condition. No holes, nothing broken. They have the original finish. Sink, inserts, gold counter in good condition. Leaky front window and decades old kitchen water leak left 2 areas of rotted wood under street side arm rest. These were fully dryed & Cleaned then repaired with layers of fiberglass & penetrating gel coat. Bath fixtures are yellowed but sink/shower/vinyl shower curtain are all clean and usable as is. Shower base had melted mat that needed to be scraped off. Bath floor is solid, no sign of rot. Twin mattresses and lounge foam with covers were crystalized & hard; they were removed. All faux wood paneling is present and in good condition. Upper Tambour rolled openings in good working shape. 1/2 of the Lower Tambours need repair or replacement. Lounge frame and Tambours removed to repair subfloor. None of the original curtains or floor carpeting remains.

Aug 25th to Sept 15th of 2012 we are replacing : New Thetford O.E. toilet. New Kit/Bath pull down shades. Making new dbl pleated curtains. We have already replaced the original Lounge with New fold down leather couch. New Memory foam twin mattresses are replacing the old ones.

Systems and Running Gear
1973 Airstream Trade Wind Systems and Running Gear
What has been completed: Modern Axles, wheels, new tires, new bearings & brakes installed in 2010. New Propane tank conversion. Original Dometic Frig and Air Conditioner, gas heater still working as are the water pump,and water heater. But the Uni-volt does not recharge the battery and will likely need to be replaced. Battery was replaced with new Optima Yellow Top. New fuses were installed. New hitch connection adaptor attached. As Jim Cooper told us, the color of insulation on old electrical wires can not be trusted. Test every wire before you connect to power source! Thank You Jim.

Other Information
Our previous Airstream experience: We were members of WBBCI in 2004-2005. We purchased a newer safari for our first unit we found in the Airstream Classified. Forrest McClure was the first VAC member we met before we actually joined Unite #24 WBCC We had not previously towed any RV. Because Forest and Hank were both retired from Denver police they already knew each other. Quickly the cop talk ended and it was all about how to find a worthy vintage Airstream. The primary reason we were able to recognize how special and well loved this unit was is due to Forrest McClure's good advice. Forrest and Patrice were so knowledgable and very gracious to share their hard earned experience with us in 2004. We hope Forrest is here, reading posts and will know all that time he spent with us was by no means wasted.

Tow Vehicle
1973 Airstream Trade Wind Tow Vehicle
F-150 Lariat towing our first Airstream, a '2001 25' Safari Sleep-6. We have the same truck now towing the '73 Trade Wind. The Trade Wind tracks well, is a bit lighter, a foot shorter, only 8' wide and 9' high.
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