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Old 03-18-2015, 03:19 PM   #29
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VIN is confusing. Looks like 24D-0200.
There is a 1959 Tradewind listed on Vintage Airstream Model Year Reference chart with a VIN of 24D-0273, which seems to indicate yours is older than 1959 but I think that was the year the TW debuted and there is no other 24 footer in that time period??
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:51 PM   #30
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1960 tw

My references (Airstream Serial Numbers by year from Airstream.com) show that the 0 before the 200 is the year therefor she is a pretty 60. The D was the Jackson Centre code, it looks like the twins were made in California and the doubles in Ohio in 1960. Tradewinds were 24', and she is not an International because there is no I at the beginning of the serial#.
So, 24D-0200 is right on. Width 96". Dry weight listed at 3200-3450 and tongue weight 340.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:39 AM   #31
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it looks like the twins were made in California and the doubles in Ohio in 1960.

BUT the nameplates clearly indicate it was built in CA...
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:34 AM   #32
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24D 0200
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:46 AM   #33
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:27 AM   #34
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My references (Airstream Serial Numbers by year from Airstream.com)

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Old 03-19-2015, 10:15 AM   #35
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It's a puzzle because VIN's weren't standardized until the mid-60's. Coupled with that is the fact that California-made coaches had to conform with the Department of Housing regs beginning in 1958 so you have that extra badge on there with numbers that don't necessarily correlate to the coach manufacture.

But, it looks like yours is a California-made 24D - 24-foot Double, and that length makes it a Tradewind. As with cars, model years started manufacture the previous year, so a trailer badged as a 60 was made in 59 and sometimes the manufacture date confuses the model year date. So yours could have been manufactured 3/59. The 0200 could be 1960 and #200 in production sequence.

Check with vintageairstream.com - tons of good info on that site
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:42 PM   #36
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Oh boy, I just found this thread. You definately have a TradeWind based in the serial number. 24 = TradeWind / 24 foot in length - bumper to ball, D = double bed, 0200 is the production number off the assembly line for this model from the CA plant and 359 was the model year = March of 1959. Yours is a CA built unit because of the streetside toilet and curbside tub/shower. I have been keeping an Early TradeWind Registry based on serial numbers and have 166 TradeWinds listed with the inclusion of yours.

CA and OH built TradeWinds, as well as other models, used a different coding style as you can see from the link below from RJ Dial's Archives. I have serial number 24T-0114 - 858 from the CA factory when it was located on Firestone Blvd in Norwalk.

1959 Trade Wind 24' - Vintage Airstream

You'll find RJ's archive site to be invaluable for reference and ideas. If you have refurbishment questions, just ask away. Congrats on your new-to-you early TradeWind. They're the perfect size and era of trailers IMHO.

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Old 07-30-2015, 05:49 PM   #37
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Water fill?

I also have a 1960 tradewind in the process of bringing it back to life. I have a question about hooking up to city/campground water. If your looking at the back of the trailer there is a water valve behind the bumper on the left side (facing the back) is that the fill or the drain for the water lines/water heater?
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Old 07-30-2015, 06:05 PM   #38
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Hi, We have a much smaller trailer, a 1963 Bambi. Hubby restored it about 10 years ago... at the time of the restoration he had a lengthy thread with lots of how-to's and photos... when you have some time you might want to scroll through to see what problems he came up against and his solutions. I can tell you we refurbished everything we could and didn't purchase new unless necessary... All our original appliances were brought back to life... so that saved us bundles! Hubby did all the work including completely rewiring, plumbing, etc. You definitely want new wiring and plumbing. You might also think about upgrading lighting to led, etc. to save battery power, especially if you camp without hookups. Have fun and enjoy the ride... take thousands of photos, especially when dismantling... you will want to refer to them! Here is his thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...mbi-17925.html
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I also have a 1960 tradewind in the process of bringing it back to life. I have a question about hooking up to city/campground water. If your looking at the back of the trailer there is a water valve behind the bumper on the left side (facing the back) is that the fill or the drain for the water lines/water heater?
Hi Jake ~ welcome to the group. Its hard to tell what that connection is without actually seeing a picture of it. Could you post one or two? In fact, I'd like to see pictures of your whole trailer, inside and out.

If I haven't already, I'd also like to add your TW to the registry.

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I will have to post a picture of the connection tomorrow when I get home but here's some photos I have on my phone. If I can figure out how to load them
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Work in progress theses are just the most recent photos on my phone
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Still have more gutting to do
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