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Old 10-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Ok, long story short, I have inherited a VERY near original 1949 22' liner / Globetrotter in great condition. 28 years ago I helped out an uncle who inherited it and needed my help (yes i'm a truck guy) hauling back to Socal from Colorado. Fast forward 28 years, It has been sitting as I unhitched it 28 years ago. In fact, it's in the exact same spot! I'm very interested in making it "useable" as a weekender. Ideas????
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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Wow! More pics please. You gotta go wit an all original restoration, don't ya?
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Hey, congratulations! So how did the interior fare? Hopefully you or your uncle kept an eye on any potential leaks and stopped them in time.

More photos, please!?
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Wow, very cool! First thing I'd do is get the running gear up to snuff. If you can't move it, you can't camp in it. Fix what's broken, not sure if it will need a full resto or what. But that's what we've done with our Shasta Compact and will with our recent purchase. Make it safe to tow, buy new upholstery, test the systems, make it watertight, then fix/restore as you go. If the floor is soft or it needs major restoration then you might need to do more up front.

Definitely want more pics!
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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more pics of the 49 or possible 48

Here are a couple more pics of the liner. I'm putting it on a car trailer next week and bringing it home. From there, it's decision time. Sell it to a collector/enthusiast, restore to original or restore and modernize to functionality. It's in good shape considering it's been sitting outdoors for 28 years. Exterior straight! no dents. Interior...original.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:54 PM   #6
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And one more thing

The title says its a 49. The serial/production plate say #1282. Is there a way to confirm manufacture date? model?
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:01 PM   #7
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According to this site: 1949 Liner 22' - Vintage Airstream serial number 1282 would put it at the beginning of the model year. Probably the closest information you will find.

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I love that story. Talk about things coming full circle!

Whatever you do, DON'T SELL IT FOR SHORT MONEY. That trailer could well be one of the finest examples of its kind, and is the kind of trailer that might be almost too nice to use. It is definitely a candidate for a full restoration to original specs. The skin looks almost perfect. Good luck with it!

Also, this thread should probably be moved to the Airstream section, rather than "Vintage Kin". This trailer comes straight from the root of the family tree.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:47 PM   #9
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We spent our time at Jackson a couple of weeks ago next to a beautiful 49, smaller than yours. They're amazing and if it's all original, would be a wonderful restoration. Systems can be updated to make it easier to use, and can be done without messing up the originality. When the multiple panel ends and aluminum cabinets are polished, they make for amazing interiors.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:37 PM   #10
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Thanks, I will ask webmaster to move the posts to the Airstream section.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:21 PM   #11
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Question...Anyone know the actual width of the axle w/wheels & tires for my 49 Liner? I'm planning to put it on a car trailer to bring it home and want to make sue it will fit. Spec shows the Liner to be 84" width O.A. I'm guessing the width of the axle assembly to be at about 80"????
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:42 PM   #12
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There's quite a bit of information here:

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I see the width of trailer, but not width at the wheels, though.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #13
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84 inches will get you home. That is a standard flatbed trailed width. You can drop it off with me anytime.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:45 PM   #14
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It's not just the width of the axles that's critical. When I moved my '48 Liner (granted it had one flat tire) the biggest problem I had was a conflict between the wider bodywork of the Liner, and the fenders of the trailer that I used to transport it. Fortunately I was able to remove the fenders. Hate to see you put a dent in that beautiful aluminum shell.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:07 AM   #15
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Ok, long story short, I have inherited a VERY near original 1949 22' liner / Globetrotter in great condition. 28 years ago I helped out an uncle who inherited it and needed my help (yes i'm a truck guy) hauling back to Socal from Colorado. Fast forward 28 years, It has been sitting as I unhitched it 28 years ago. In fact, it's in the exact same spot! I'm very interested in making it "useable" as a weekender. Ideas????
I. Just did a Colo 51 AS. The belly cover is prob.full of animal gatherings . if the floor is still attached to the body you may have a good trailer .the exterior. Can be painted if too corroded to shine. Interior keep if good . Do service driveline. You have a lot of work to restore. think about it first.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #16
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UPDATE...she's home!

Yep the '49 liner is home. At least for a while. Greased it up, slapped on new rubber, hung a couple lights and we were off. Made the trip easy peezy! After hauling toyhaulers and such the light little Airstream is like not towing at all. Even gas mileage was barely effected. The carpet you see is little squares and easily removable. The floor appears to be solid throughout. Anyway, now the fun begins...What to do. Take a look at the pics and feel free to chime in. My options as I see it are
1. Sell it as is.
2. Clean it up, but not use it (little rough for camping amenities)
3. Full blow re-do (electric, plumbing, remodel for bathroom)
I would love to go with option 3 but the cost is $$$$$

AAARRRGGGG what to do????
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:04 PM   #17
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I have been waiting to hear back from you and the plans. From what I see, seal up the leaks, put in new rubber seals at the doors and side windows...the end windows are another story....clean up the messy stuff on the inside and get some electricity in there. The other systems can come later. I can almost guaranty that the floor is shot at both ends....because of those end windows. Most likely by the door too. Again, you can live with those problems if not very bad. Get used to it, take inventory and go from there. Your right about $$$$$. Most of all. HAVE FUN with it and don't let it eat you up. Give me a call if you decide to sell it...I never learn.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:52 PM   #18
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More stuff...

Thanks for the reply. As far as the leaks go, it appears that the roof vents were left open! Yep years and years of sitting through all sorts of weather with the stupid vents open. First thing I did was spray the vent operators with penetrant spray and then light oil. They work like new now. I checked out the floor and its good all the way front to back. Gotta say I'm amazed at the overall condition. I guess Socal weather is good for preservation.
Anyone know how to confirm that interior is original, dealer installed? Some parts are obviously original while others seem questionable. See rear compartment bulkheads. They look like corrugated and not original yet, the rear sink has an cabinet door that matched the galley?????
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:51 PM   #19
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I've said it before, but that is one fine example of an early Liner.

Since this trailer came to you out of the blue (rather than representing a life long dream come true), and you're even thinking about selling it, I tend to think that's what you're most likely going to end up doing. Since you own it for only the cost of hauling it home, selling it as is would probably yield more $ profit than trying to fix it up to some degree, and flip it.

Option 2 will just have it tying up space beside your house while you tinker with it until pursuing option 1. Too much casual tinkering might even devalue what at this moment is somewhat of a time capsule.

Option 3 as you know is the road to the money pit. It would probably cost you $2-3K just to get it polished.

From what I've observed over the past few years, I would think it is worth between $8-12K as it sits. Just my guess. I would tend to think that the ideal buyer would be a person that specifically wants to restore an early Liner as an act of love (where you value your time at about 50 cents per hour) with the intention of keeping it forever.

There is presently one for sale on ebay that is not nearly as nice as yours. It's been listed for a while for $10K+, but I'd be very surprised if it sells for that. I know someone that recently bought what he describes as the world's nicest original Liner for $7-8K. However, he is an experienced hunter/collector with a lot of trailers, and a lot of contacts.
On the other end of the spectrum, I can recall seeing a really nicely restored (frame off and fully polished) '49 or '50 sell for $18K a year or two ago.

Good luck if you decide to sell, be patient, and don't give it away.
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