Originally Posted by Oceana24
I was pleasantly surprised to find your thread today. This is my first time posting on the forum too. I also have a 1961
double twin Tradewind (I purchased in September and likely paid more than I should have); however, the bathtub is combined with the toilet area. Ours was 95% original (previous owner added a water heather) and we hope to keep it aligned to the era but fix/clean/update what we can. I am excited to follow your work and learn from it since the other owners I met so far with these trailer are camping in them with having to do little work as of yet. I am trying to do more work now on the front end with my dad and Uncle. I have little girls too and I am excited about them growing up in the trailer with me and their grand parents (haven't gotten my husband into camping yet but that is a work in process).
Here are a few photos and we hope to start the larger projects and drop the belly pan once the weather warms up in the next couple months. We really hope the fridge works but heard it might not. We will be camping in a pop up in 2021 as we have been for many years but hope to be out in the TW in 2022.
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Hello! Glad you found this thread...and thankful someone is interested in watching me through it! This will be our second Airstream restoration, but I have been camping in these wonderful travel trailers for over 45 years (since 6-days-old).
Really happy to see another fairly original 1961
TW. We weren't really looking for a TradeWind per se, but this one found us. I don't think we paid too much...but it really adds up when you start to realize how much needs redone/replaced. Many things I was hopeful would be re-usable are going to the scrap yard. At least it will be truly "ours" when we are finished. We watch our money well, and I am glad I can do much of the work myself, still, it adds up! Just today we went to pick up a used casement AC unit to install inside for our cooling needs. We are always happy to invest some $$ into an Airstream. They hold their value when done correctly and preserved well.
Your TW looks very nice indeed! Lynn did some research after we bought our double and started planning to turn it into twins and found that the bathrooms in twins are laid out differently than in the doubles. This was to add back some of the awesome storage lost by taking out the wall of closets and drawers for the second bed. That storage was added back into the bathroom.
Hoping to read your future thread and to learn from you. My parents were thrilled when they graduated from a pop-up to their first Airstream; a 1966
TW double. Dad never looked back, and I am carrying it forward.
Glad your girls are along for the ride...I am sure your hubby will come around! Cheers! Ben