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Old 08-12-2015, 05:41 PM   #21
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Hi There,

The title is valuable, not worth much but parts without it. The window edging, door hinge, foam remnants on frame, indicate 1968.
The lack of a title may not be a deal-breaker. I've purchased two vintage trailers without titles and registered them through the Staab Agency in Maine as an intermediate step to importing them into Canada and registering them in Ontario. You'd need to check with your DMV, but I would think that if it's good enough for crossing an international border it should be good enough for a different state. There's more info here.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:43 PM   #22
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I'm going to keep looking for a ready to go Overlander, Tradewind, or Argosy (or something smaller if I can find it in my budget) and look into getting a better tow vehicle in the meantime.

Good decision, the AS was a multi year project, and if you thought the Arg was to long it probably would have been. Keep an eye on the classifieds regularly, sign up for the daily email. Late summer lots start getting listed and you might find one you'll really want that won't be so much work.
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Old 08-14-2015, 03:45 PM   #23
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Sounds like the Tradewind is the better buy if both are same price range. Here's why. A shorter double axle Airstream is worth more than an Argosy, it is lighter to match your tow vehicles, it is a good year to minimize expense. If you buy it and don't complete it or find it's not right for you-it will be an easier sell.
If panels are good and windows are flat glass, that is a big plus. But, aren't all 66-68 Corning curved glass? Those are pricey. Florida trailers are known for frame rot, be careful. Anything you need to know or have to do can be learned here and on many helpful sites. Parts are available and the project will be fulfilling. Notice I didn't say easy or always fun. What you'll have in the end will be a worthwhile investment. Treat both like they will both need everything since you can never be sure, then ask yourself, "is this the trailer I want to invest my time and energy into?" If yes, proceed. If no, wait and learn more about what the different years offer including: floor plans, weights and all the fun stuff that makes a unit just right for you! There are plenty of them out there...don't rush it.
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Old 08-14-2015, 03:45 PM   #24
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Sounds like the Tradewind is the better buy if both are same price range. Here's why. A shorter double axle Airstream is worth more than an Argosy, it is lighter to match your tow vehicles, it is a good year to minimize expense. If you buy it and don't complete it or find it's not right for you-it will be an easier sell.
If panels are good and windows are flat glass, that is a big plus. But, aren't all 66-68 Corning curved glass? Those are pricey. Florida trailers are known for frame rot, be careful. Anything you need to know or have to do can be learned here and on many helpful sites. Parts are available and the project will be fulfilling. Notice I didn't say easy or always fun. What you'll have in the end will be a worthwhile investment. Treat both like they will both need everything since you can never be sure, then ask yourself, "is this the trailer I want to invest my time and energy into?" If yes, proceed. If no, wait and learn more about what the different years offer including: floorplans, weights and all the fun stuff that makes a unit just right for you! There are plenty of them out there...don't rush it.
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:44 PM   #25
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Even though I haven't been "home" (Satellite Beach) in several years, I continue to browse Craigslist in Treasure Coast and Space Coast regularly. There have been several sweet Airstream ads that I have forwarded to my cousin (in Pt St Lucie) but I can't convince her to purchase. So, I'd just keep on looking!!! And when you find one that you are interested in again, look for an inspector on this site. Invaluable!!!

I bought mine in Melbourne, knowing 1/4 of what you already know.... I have done a lot of work on her (axles, floor repair, electrical, etc) - thankfully she's always been road worthy and usable. I've collected a ton of "projects" that are waiting to be complete (fabrics, paints, new range & refer, etc) but the work is hard when you can't store it at your home... And traveling to/fro a storage lot with a generator is tiring.

Also, I towed my 27' all over south FL with a Xterra. I never once had any difficulty. But a few folks suggested I was unsafe, especially if needing to stop on I-95, and I upgraded to a full size SUV. I still don't think it was absolutely necessary for my driving at the time, but now that I've towed cross-country, I know the larger truck was a good investment (for mountains).

Good luck to you - wish I was "home".

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