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Old 01-06-2008, 09:21 PM   #1
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Talking My first...a 58' silver beauty!!!

I finely found my first trailer. it is a 1958 18 footer california built. it is very special, the vin # is 4105. there is a picture of it in the Archives. i will take posession of it next weekend. Yipee!!! ...i guess i was meant to go vintage afterall. i'll keep you all updated. hope to see you out there very soon.

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Old 01-06-2008, 09:26 PM   #2
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Congratulations! I know you must be counting down the next few days with excitement.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:27 PM   #3
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Alright Sandra ~

Way to break into the world of Airstreaming with a vintage unit. Now where's this archives picture so I can see this 18 footer? Welcome and hope to see you on the road soon.

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Old 01-06-2008, 09:34 PM   #4
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OK, I found the picture you were referring to. With that tall vented door on the curbside, it looks like it has the German made water heater called a Valliant or at least it did when original. Also has the evaporative unit on the front window. I've only seen one of those in person before. From what the photo shows, it looks to be in great shape. How's the interior? Love those sloping wheelwell cut outs. Great looking trailer!!

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Old 01-06-2008, 09:35 PM   #5
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Sandra,

Fantastic, are you able to drop by Lake Skinner on Jan 16-20 or is that the weekend you are picking it up?

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Old 01-06-2008, 09:50 PM   #6
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To those wondering, here's the link: 1958Traveler_4105

Real cool! A lot of bondo and some aluminum paint will make your door-in-a-door flat just like everybody elses. Or so I say just to have a little fun with our VAP friends. Congratulations!
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:00 PM   #7
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Oh, THOSE archives. Nice little trailer. So unique. It's got details I haven't seen on other '58s. Cool!
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:41 PM   #8
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Congratulations Sandra and welcome to the world of fifties Airstreams. They are lots of fun and garner a lot of interest from the public.

What a nice looking trailer. It's always fun to have one that is a bit unique in a world where Airstreams are already unique.

It will be neat to see pictures of the interior once you have personalized it.

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Old 01-07-2008, 12:35 AM   #9
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Sandra,

Fantastic, are you able to drop by Lake Skinner on Jan 16-20 or is that the weekend you are picking it up?

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Hi Bill,
Lake Skinner would be great!! i am planning on picking the trailer up next weekend the 12th. so it would be my first event. let me know what the details are ei. do i have to make reservations and if so how do i do that, is this an official Rally? must i be a member? are there hookups or not etc, etc.

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Old 01-07-2008, 12:44 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the congrats. yes, it is a very unique looking trailer. i will take interior pictures when i get it and try to post here so that you can see what she looks like inside. the interior is in good shape most is original and some new. since this is my first ever trailer i dont know much about how they work but, i will be learning as i go. very exciting! there are a few things that's not working like the furnice and water heater. so i will be using a portable heater for now and camping where there are hot showers.

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Old 01-07-2008, 12:51 AM   #11
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OK, I found the picture you were referring to. With that tall vented door on the curbside, it looks like it has the German made water heater called a Valliant or at least it did when original. Also has the evaporative unit on the front window. I've only seen one of those in person before. From what the photo shows, it looks to be in great shape. How's the interior? Love those sloping wheelwell cut outs. Great looking trailer!!

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Thanks Brad,

yes, it has the original Valliant water heater but, it is not working. so i will have to repair or replace it. the strange looking setup in the front window is a swamp cooler and ontop of the stone guard sits a solar panel (not seen in the archives picture)
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swamp cooler?

Does anyone have a pic or a diagram of this?---I want one!--thanx-jim
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:53 PM   #13
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OK, i got her home...well, she is sitting in my friends yard. it took us 3 1/2 hrs. through LA traffic and out to Temecula. it was the first time towing for me and she was great. she is all mine now! i tried posting photos. was not successful. i have to figure it out.

Bill, i will be going to the Veil Lake Rally next weekend...it is so close from where she is parked. maybe i'll see you at another one in the near future. thanks for the invite though.

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Congratulations

Sandra,
Having seen your "Buddha" in Person, all I can say is "WOW"!
This little trailer is just full of interesting features, such as the french water heater, the dual cooktops ( gas and electric), the full bath in the rear, the swamp cooler inside teh front window, solar, and the all original interior. Plus, I think that it matches the capabilities of your tow vehicle just perfectly. You made a good choice for yourself, and the "boys". Love that pole awning, too.
Hope to see you again, soon!
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:08 AM   #15
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you did so much better than the newer ones you were considering in the beginning... very nice trailer. If it has Uwe approval it must be something special.... good job and welcome.
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you did so much better than the newer ones you were considering in the beginning... very nice trailer. If it has Uwe approval it must be something special.... good job and welcome.
thanks 62overlander,

yes, she is a jewel. the more time i spend in my "Buddha" the more "in love" i fall. though, she has some things to be worked out and with time she will be just perfect. i wish i could figure out how to post photos in these messages already. i know i have been threatening to do so for a while without success . it will come...promise.

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Old 02-08-2008, 01:01 AM   #17
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Sandra,
Having seen your "Buddha" in Person, all I can say is "WOW"!
This little trailer is just full of interesting features, such as the french water heater, the dual cooktops ( gas and electric), the full bath in the rear, the swamp cooler inside teh front window, solar, and the all original interior. Plus, I think that it matches the capabilities of your tow vehicle just perfectly. You made a good choice for yourself, and the "boys". Love that pole awning, too.
Hope to see you again, soon!
Uwe,

"Buddha" and i are so proud that we got the Uwe seal of approval...yeah!! it means a lot. since i did it on my own being a total novice. i'm relieved she turned out to be as nice as she is. thanks again for the kind words and the boys and i hope to see you and Didi very soon.

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Old 04-01-2008, 06:12 AM   #18
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Sandra,

I completely missed this until I woke up early here in Taos (1st trip of the year) and was poking around the Forum at 6 am. I was wondering just the other day whether you had found an Airstream.

It looks great. What a cool unit! If we were 25 years younger I think we would have gone for something vintage, but life looks different from my vantage point (even though Barb is the young one, she didn't want to restore a trailer).

Congratulations, belatedly. How about getting a '56 Lincoln to tow it? My father had one and it was a mile long, weighed a gazillion tons, and broke down a lot. It was charcoal and pink colored and would look great towing your "new" trailer. What a combination (and headache).

I'm glad you've realized your dream.

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Sandra,

I completely missed this until I woke up early here in Taos (1st trip of the year) and was poking around the Forum at 6 am. I was wondering just the other day whether you had found an Airstream.

It looks great. What a cool unit! If we were 25 years younger I think we would have gone for something vintage, but life looks different from my vantage point (even though Barb is the young one, she didn't want to restore a trailer).

Congratulations, belatedly. How about getting a '56 Lincoln to tow it? My father had one and it was a mile long, weighed a gazillion tons, and broke down a lot. It was charcoal and pink colored and would look great towing your "new" trailer. What a combination (and headache).

I'm glad you've realized your dream.

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Thanks Gene,

i have had a real good time with my little trailer so far this year. now, i am faced with a few decisions on restoration or rebuild. she is not self contained as is, so there is a lot of work to be done. so we'll see what i end up doing. sometimes i do think about a new trailer with all the latest ammenities but, then again, one look at my little vintage and i am hooked. she so darn cute. hope you are having a great beginning to the summer. have a fun one.

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Old 06-17-2008, 06:11 PM   #20
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Sandra,

Whatever you decide to do, there will be periods of "why am I doing this?" But the satisfaction that comes with making it your own cannot be duplicated. It may be best to try to restore within reason so you still get modern amenities, but it also looks vintage. Lots of compromises and tough decisions.

Good luck. Keep us up to date on what you're doing.

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