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Slats 05-24-2015 07:48 PM

Dale and Terry get a '66 Tradewind
Here is the beginning or our long-awaited project/adventure.

Slats 06-09-2015 08:32 PM

Here's a pic

Eagleuh1 06-09-2015 08:39 PM

Here where?

reinergirl 06-09-2015 08:57 PM

Just in case you need help :)

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shineybullet 06-09-2015 09:29 PM

Darn and I wanted to see it

Slats 06-14-2015 07:15 PM

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OK. Try these, in order: 1 - rescued from field; 2 - interior then; 3 - new home; 4 - interior now;

Slats 06-14-2015 07:19 PM

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Possible TV?

PaulnGina 06-14-2015 09:00 PM


Originally Posted by Slats (Post 1636984)
Possible TV?

In a word...... no.

Nice trailer, and nice car, but I wouldn't put them together. Find a nice, used F150..... you won't regret it. If money is no object, also consider a diesel F250. No regrets there, either. (or any properly-equipped SUV). Once you load up all of your "stuff" to take with you, I think you'd like a better-suited tow vehicle.

shineybullet 06-15-2015 08:19 AM

Don't do it

Originally Posted by Slats (Post 1636984)
Possible TV?

Don't do it , don't even think about it , that car was not made to be a TV

Slats 06-15-2015 08:34 PM


Originally Posted by shineybullet (Post 1637154)
that car was not made to be a TV

I should have added a tongue-in-cheek emoticon at the end of my facetious question. I'm planning on getting a suitable TV. My stepson is lobbying for a silver X5 diesel. But given the scarcity of BMW dealers out in the hinterlands, I dunno.

cwbiii 06-19-2015 11:54 PM

Funny coincidence...
My son and I have a long standing Airstream project that is nearing completion...a 68 tradewind we started 10 years ago. He also has grown up a bit in the process and is also an avid BMW enthusiast as am I. He's transplanting an M (high performance) drive train into into a 3 series wagon along side me while I finish up the trailer. We pitch in with each others projects as needed. 10 years is a long time but it sat idle for about 7 years in the middle while our lives changed in various ways that disallowed any work on it. It was an aluminum shed most of that period. Our current tow vehicle is a GMC Yukon with 199k on the odo. My 335d just turned 105k and when it is actually time to retire it I plan to get a x5D to use for dual purpose. I'm in the home stretch with respect to the Tradewind... installing a 400w solar system, 4 agm batteries and a 2kw charger inverter. Installing the SeaLevel II tank monitoring system. Finishing up the DC electrical system, AC electrical system, final hookup and testing of plumbing, the propane system, spray foaming the underside after all of the systems are tested, and finally installing the belly pans. Then a maiden voyage to a rally which is about 2 weeks away... I don't think it is all going to happen before then and I don't want to rush the last part of this project and mess it up to meet a deadline.
Oh and did I say I'm also working 50hr weeks at work to get a project there out the door as well... (Glutton for punishment seems to fit the bill!)
If I find some time I may post a few pics . Current status is in the vicinity of 2000 hrs and 25K for this restoration/update... and does not include the outside refinishing which has yet to be started.

My son and I did a frame off restoration back to a pristine shell in the first year including frame work and upgrades, a full repaint of the inside, refinish of all fiberglass elements (endcaps and tub/shower) new marmolium floor. It looked great, but most of all smelled great. It was as updated with twin 35 gal black/gray tanks and was ready to move forward to the next phase when life put on the brakes.
The last 2 years I have been the one mostly spending time with the re-fitment of everything. All of the cabinetry had to be re-made, the only thing salvageable was the frames and these had to be re-glued, all new panels made and then refinished. My wife helped with the last part by applying the several coats of urethane and a lot of love... At least all of the old panels could be used as templates for the new which did simplify things some. There is not much original in the trailer though it is hardly different than when it left the factory. I did not change the floor plan or layout. There have been modernization and quality improvements but only if they made sense and did not largely alter the overall "feel" of the Airstream. I improved on hardware for the cabinetry with heavy duty drawer slides that won't have all of the common problems of the stuff the factory used. Corian vs laminates. We updated the electrical services to include all of the modern necessities... TV, stereo and charging outlets for battery powered electronics. The Solar update was of the highest quality and should perform extremely well. It was not cheap... 4 panels $1100, 2 high efficiency controllers $280, 4 agm batteries $1050, and charger/inverter $1200... but should make the trailer very usable even off of the grid for substantial periods of time. I should even be able to use the 600W AC unit I custom installed under the sink and on top of the heater to knock the top of the heat off on sunny days while boondocking. The panels I chose will even supply significant power on overcast days or in light shade.
The high efficiency controllers put more of the energy in the panels into the batteries. The batteries will store 4.5kw of usable energy and should last for many years through many charge/discharge cycles without failure. By the time it is time to replace them the currently expensive technology will be commonplace and a whole lot less expensive.
The trailer should serve us well in the years ahead... I just have to finish it to be able to fully enjoy it... at least for a moment before I pull the 67 Caravel out from where it is waiting to begin a new extensive/expensive shell off project with.


Slats 06-21-2015 04:18 PM

Funny coincidence, indeed ......
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My stepson, who thinks the X5D should be the TV of choice, is who got me into Bimmers. He has a 2011 M3. He also writes for BMW Blog on the side. Oh, and his name is Chuck. I have a 2011 1M, plus '97 M3 in the previous pic. The engine in the '97 was rebuilt at 180,000 miles and I went a bit overboard on it - blueprinted with custom ground cams, forged racing pistons, oversize valves and injectors, ported and polished head, headers, heavy duty clutch, etc. It has horsepower and torque out the wazoo. I have no doubt that it could pull the Tradewind with ease, but, weighing only 3,200 lbs, stopping it would be another matter (although it has some pretty healthy brake discs). Plus, it does sit a little low to the ground. But it would be fun to show up on track day pulling an Airstream.

But, on to more serious stuff. Yesterday was a milestone of sorts. As I announced in texts to my wife and several friends, "Houston, we have lift off!!" I was pleasantly surprised by the minimal damage from the water leaks, the curbside one at the door (the worst) and the other streetside one beneath the front side window. The outriggers look to be in good shape, with just some surface rust. I'm thinking this bodes well for what the frame will look like, but won't know until the next Saturday I get the time to start pulling the belly pan and the floor.

I'm still working myself and plan, God willing, to keep on until I turn 70, when, if the '66 Tradewind is not yet done, I can devote full time to it.

The guy that had it before us bought it about 5 years ago to do what we am now doing with it, but, as life would have it, came down with terminal cancer before he could get around to it. His name was Hal. To honor him, we have named the Airstream after him.

dbj216 06-26-2015 06:32 PM

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Hi slats, I have a 66 Trade Wind also. I'll bet your frame is in good shape. I did pull the belly pan and replaced the rotted floor in the bathroom. I found my frame in good shape, no repairs needed. I've cleaned the frame, applied POR, insulated the subfloor, new belly pan, new axles, new plumbing, new bathroom, new electrical converter and fuse panel, new furnace, new water heater, new fridge, new stove, and polished the exterior. We'll take it for the maiden voyage this August. We'll tow it with a Grand Cherokee V8.

I've enjoyed working on the thing, and have a lot more to do. Someday I may have a project trailer where I do the "full monty" as you are doing. For now, I'll tag along and watch your progress.


PS Nice looking garage you are working in!

Slats 06-30-2015 08:32 PM

Sounds like many of the same things I plan to replace. How about posting some pics or pasting in a link to some? I may be leaning on you for tips on what appliances you picked and why.

As for the garage, I am fortunate to have a nephew who lives about 30 miles away with that building on his land. It is the perfect setup for doing the full monty.

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