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Originally Posted by loki
Hey, guys and gals. im new here and i am looking to buy an old airstream. I have always liked them but havent been serious about buying one until now. i was just wondering is there any number of things that i should look for when im out looking at them. I know to look for leaks and such but i dont know if there are any notorious problems i should know about. I would like to find one that is from the 50s or 60s from a 15 foot to 17 foot. I would be in your debt, thank you.
If you haven't already checked-out the Vintage Airstream Price vs. Condition
page, it may help you with some of the potential issues with a Vintage coach. The size that you are considering has been in high demand and as such there is often significant competition when a desirable unit come onto the market.
If the critical issues for your are the coach's size and weight, you might want to consider the Argosy 20 (1972-1977) or the Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre (1977-1979). The Argosy 20 and the Minuet 6.0 Metre are very similar - - the primary difference is that the Argosy 20 is 7' 8" wide while the Minuet is 7' wide (the floorplans of the two coaches are virtually identical). A scan of the Minuet brochure page is included below:
Good luck with your research and search!