I had been looking for a good cheap trailer to haul into our hunting property to camp out of for a couple years. My wife and I, with our two daughters, love being outdoors but didn't want the "hassle" of trekking in with camping gear every time we wanted to head up. A quick and easy solution seemed to be: travel trailer.
Unfortunately, for my wife, I found a craigslist ad for an Airstream just a few miles from our home. I always loved the history of the company and the Airstream craze, even watched a PBS show about it. I called the guy and started scouring the internet for advice about what to look for and what to avoid. I was prepped with all the right knowledge to know when to walk away. My wife and I scheduled a time to go look at the trailer. It was being used as a storage shed. The outside didn't look too bad, but I couldn't really get a good view of the inside due to how much stuff was in the way. We left with the owner promising to call once the trailer was unpacked. I reviewed my internet notes (many from this forum) and went back to look at the inside of the trailer with a pretty good idea of the time and effort that would be required to get her up even to the condition to pull onto our hunting land.
None of that seemed to matter. I was blinded by all that aluminum. I went through a mental checklist of why I should be driving away as fast as I could, and even told the owner twice that it would just be too much work for me. But for some reason I just could not get in the truck and drive away. So as we were leaning over the tailgate talking racecars and racing (he owns the local racetrack, where the trailer was housed), I made him an offer I half hoped he would turn down.
Soon after, I was pulling home an Airstream a little less than twice as old as I am.
Here are a couple "positive" pics:
I'll be researching more information about restoring this Vintage Airstream and creating a plan of action.
I'll also be posting more pics of the problem areas and seeking advice...