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Old 04-28-2015, 07:20 PM   #1
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Value of this Tradewind

Hi, I'm a new member here and looking to the knowledgebase for advice. An old Airstream Tradewind Land Yacht was discovered while clearing some brush for a property near me that is getting ready to go on the market.

Looking at the pictures, can you give me an estimated value for this trailer if I was to try and purchase it? I have always wanted to fix up a vintage travel trailer. Thanks!

The exterior is very straight and original with no signs of major damage or previous repair. The door is off the hinges currently. The interior is complete but falling apart and needs gutter. There is a thick carpet on the floor and it feels like its soft underneath. Can I assume the wood floor is completely gone and how hard is that to fix? I build old cars for a hobby so I'm not afraid of taking on a large scale project.





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Old 04-28-2015, 07:57 PM   #2
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If it's been setting as long as it looks with the door off, you can figure on at least a new floor, new axles, brakes, shocks, wheels, tires, all interior fabrics, cabinetry, probably all appliances, so it looks more like an occupation than something of value to me. But, what do I know, I've never restored an Airstream, and that's the first half of the story.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:14 PM   #3
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It's bound to have frame damage, and you would likely need to remove the interior skins to clean out the insulation and mice nests. This would be what is called a shell off. Use google and search "airforums shell off " and "airforums full Monty". But it's a great year and no body damage. Look how the rivet lines from the front and rear curved segments line up with the top and bottom of the side windows. I hope to get a vintage of this era someday to restore.


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Old 04-28-2015, 08:15 PM   #4
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When you ask about value, do you mean how much should he pay you to take this mess away? I would move it for about $400.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:22 PM   #5
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It looks like it has been underwater for an extended period. To me that would make the value zero.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:14 PM   #6
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What a shame! Looks to be a '59 or '60, a wonderful trailer if in good shape. But this will require multiple tens of thousands of dollars, months of full time labor, and all the king's horses and all the king's men. It would be a massive project and I too would estimate it's current value as zero. You would do the property owner a favor to haul it away, but once you own it there would be no way to make it usable without a huge investment.
I'd keep looking and pass this one by.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:22 PM   #7
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Haul it away for free. Tidy it up, evaluate the needs, and post it for sale or free to this site.

Somebody might be looking to do a shell off resto. If they see this, like it, and take it, you've saved another vintage airstream. I think that's admirable. It's a shame to see this go to a crusher.

But, like others have said, this is not looking like an easy restoration.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:10 PM   #8
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That's too bad to hear that you guys think it's worthless. I agree the cost and labor would be huge to restore it, but if nothing else it could make a cool nice shiny dry storage shed around the barn to keep it from getting crushed. It still looks really cool from the outside.
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The door within the door and the jalousie windows are nice features, but this isn't a project for the faint of heart. If you're inspired then go for it, but this will be a long and expensive effort.

Few are dedicated enough to see something of this magnitude through to fruition. Let us know how this pans out.

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Yes, especially considering I have no less than 4 other classic projects going right now and I'm just a weekend warrior. Just hard for me to turn a cool classic down.

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Old 04-28-2015, 11:26 PM   #11
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Ahhh you've showed your true colors, now you've gotta save it just cause you can. Nice Metro!!!

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Old 04-29-2015, 01:27 AM   #12
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Wow! That's a beaut! We did a shell-off on an almost identical Tradewind, and Kevin is right...that one is not for the faint of heart. If you have a few years' worth of weekends and about $25K to spare, you will have something wonderful!

I wouldn't pay anything for it, but it is worth saving.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:20 AM   #13
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It reminds me of a tractor I bought recently.
The seller was asking around to see if he could establish a value on it.
He asked one guy who just asked, "What does it weigh?"
I agree it would be worth hauling home for a closer inspection.
If nothing else, like you said clean it up a little and use it for a storage shed.
They don't have to be road worthy to still be cool.
Or part it out...
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:24 AM   #14
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Truth is that's a 1964 Tradewind. The only year they made the door in door flush. With the body as straight as that one is, a good wash and you will have people fighting over it at $1500. Lots of them need all the inside work and are sold for more.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:36 AM   #15
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finally some positivity. I would buy it as cheap as you can get it and start working on it when you can. You have the skills that is a big plus my friend, if you have the time as well you can turn it into something you will be proud of.
A pressure washer will double the value right off...
You have plenty of pages here to read and get a plan together. Don't be fooled by those who just like to give advice however it comes out..

The aluminum alone is worth saving
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:52 AM   #16
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Many would have said this was not worth much either... but the second photo shows it after some considerable effort..

The interior was a holy mess...the outside pretty nasty, rust, etc.
Seeing past that is where the creativity comes in. All I have left to do now is enjoy it...which we do often,,(& fix the dented banana wrap in front.)
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:55 AM   #17
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Yes, especially considering I have no less than 4 other classic projects going right now and I'm just a weekend warrior. Just hard for me to turn a cool classic down.


This trailer would make for a great resto project! You obviously have the skills to bring this trailer back to a useful life of camping and fun, fond memories. I would offer to "haul it away" for a small amount.... Say $200.00 to $400.00 and ask if they have a title laying around for it. If no title it would still make for a great shiny Spare Room or Aluminum Tent. Once you have it in your collection you can take your time cleaning and stripping it out (gutting the interior). Just think how cool an aluminum tent could be on your property even if you never travel in it! Well worth saving this iconic trailer. Should you decide to rebuild it from stem to stern and bring it fully back to roadworthy it would be perfect project to build back up from the ground. Think "Phoenix"! These Vintage shells can really be mirror shined and look grand even not going down the highway! If you pass let folks here know where it is and contact info if you are willing to share it. Someone may be looking for just a project such as this! Ed
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:45 AM   #18
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I'd sure be willing to give it a go, maybe even for a few hundred bucks. If the body is straight, everything else is reasonably fixable. It probably needs a floor and frame work, but people do that all the time. At a bare minimum, you could part it out.
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I would pay up to $700 for it , if they wont give it to you for free. You will LOVE working and restoring an Airstream !!
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:20 PM   #20
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I say go for it! Many have paid a lot more than a few hundred bucks for trailers that need as much done to them as this one (new floor, axles, frame, etc.). If you've got welding skills and can rebuild the frame yourself, you can probably get away with bringing this baby back to being usable for few grand in raw materials (of course that cost goes up if you're looking to add all the bells and whistles). The way I see it, if you've got the space, grab it! Even if it just sits at your place it'll be an improvement on where it is now.
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