I'm super excited to have changed our status from Currently Looking! After soaking up info here and searching for about 9 months we found "the one". We were searching for something between 19 and 27 feet . Our preference was 25 ft. but as we searched we realized that condition was the biggest factor. We also live in a rather remote place and didn’t have time for huge recovery missions or too many wasted trips looking at possible trailers. After looking at 3 or 4 we found this one about 5 hours away.
Our new obsession was owned by one family. We have all the receipts and info for various things starting when they started looking. The first document for a dealer estimate is dated 1963
. They had dealer estimates pretty much every year until they made the purchase in 1970. The original owners passed the title over to their daughter and husband in 1984 after one of the original owners passed away. We bought from the daughter and husband who also kept every receipt and are putting together a timeline of trips they took for us and some photos. We want to make a photo book to keep in the trailer of its history.
This trailer has a LOT of miles on her but the owners were pretty meticulous and made every effort to keep it maintained. He was a teacher so they had summers to take lots of trips. They really didn't want to sell. He had tears in his eyes when he signed the bill of sale. We think she's a beauty for her age.
These are the “before” pics just as we received it, before we even washed it.
There is a broken window that will be replaced in the near future. They kept it in storage and someone broke into it while it was there.
First up will be the safety stuff. We have axles, shocks, tires ordered as well as a metal carport to protect her from the Oregon coast winters. It has the original axles. He replaced shocks etc but never the axles :0. We also have 3 of the original hubcaps. We will be in search of a fourth.
In 1994 something called a "tie up" was done at Cascade Trailer Sales in Eugene, OR . They no longer exist. Anyone know what that might have been? We are guessing it was what Airstream recommended in their service bulletin for the rear end sag
. The P.O. said they took it to Jackson Center and they had three big guys jump on the bumper and said it was ok but they felt like it was sagging so they had it done.
Once we get a cover we will work on resealing and decide what to do with the clear coat. It was stripped and recoated twice. 1985 and 1993. We don’t want a mirror polish. We like the idea a strip a recoat again but need to get some estimates as well as figure where to get that done.
The interior is in really good shape. They did an update in 1998. I was a little sad that it didn't have the original green counter but I'll get over it. The carpet will go. Probably Marmoleum...either sheet or click. Carpet and I don't get along well. But that's a ways down the list. The upholstery will also go at some point. Something period correct is our intent.
The only leak we have found so far is what you can see here on the bathroom sink. PO said they've been tracking it down for years but haven't been able to find the source. We will be resealing pretty much everything so with a little luck maybe we will get that taken care of.
A lot of spare parts and extras came with it.
Also the original Owner’s Manual and some other brochures.
Making a post here is quite an adventure. Whew! I now appreciate you all even more!