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Old 03-15-2009, 10:23 PM   #1
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WANTED: Our First Airstream - 22-25' Safari or Trade Wind


We have 3 year old twins and would like to introduce them to the great outdoors through the windows of an Airstream. We currently live in Northern California having moved from Colorado two years ago. We have always dreamed of owning an Airstream and finally have the means and motivation to fulfill this dream.

We are looking for a restored 22’ Safari or 24’-25’ (depending on the year) Trade Wind. We are partial to the ‘60s vintage single axel models but are open to later years as well. We would rather pay more for one which has been restored and well maintained verses paying less for one which will need quite a bit of work. While I do look forward to “tinkering” I respect the amount of knowledge and time required to repair these beautiful trailers.

If anyone knows someone who is selling a trailer which fits this description, we would love to give it a good home. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at

Lastly, we have been scouring this Forum's Classified section, Craigslist and EBAY with little luck. Are there any other resources we should consider for our search?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:42 AM   #2
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From the east coast, Welcom To The Forums!

In addition to where you are already searching, take a look at the Airstream dealers and other RV dealer web sites. You never know when or where an Airstream is going to turn up. Plus most of the dealers now have an on-line inventory listing. There are also places in the web like RV trader, etc...

You may also want to take a look here...

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Good luck in your quest and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Also be aware that there may be Airatream owners near you or a trailer that you are interested in that would be willing to make an inspection of the trailer with/for you. Use the resources here in the forums and you won't be disappointed.
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:23 AM   #3
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Hope you have been here reading, reading, and more reading. EDUCATE yourself about what to look for when you inspect a trailer. We knew NOTHING about an AS when we started looking.

I would say by reading on this forum that probably 70 to 80 percent of older AS need floor work. So be aware of an AS with a "new floor". Is just the top floor new or was the plywood replaced? Was it restored or just covered up. That would be my main concern. If they have restored or remodeled it ask for pictures.

Learn how to tell if it needs new axles. Most of the older ones do. Andy from Inland RV who contributes to this forum has a link on the bottom of his posts telling you how to tell if they are bad.

Take a camera with you and take lots of pictures come back here and post them. You will get lots of coments and help.

Lastly, I would probably go for the tradewind, more space for kids. We are remodeling an Tradewind so we can take our 2 grandkids on a 3 -4 week vacation to the Mt. Rushmore-Grand Canyon this summer, and I don't think I would want to be in anything smaller.

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Old 03-16-2009, 09:25 AM   #4
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Lufetarg, Welcome to the forums and good luck with your search and your desire to introduce your twins to the outdoor fun in an AS. I have a 63 TW with twin beds and 2 childs cots that are above the twin beds, also a goucho that folds into a double bed. With the kids you may want the dinete. I was lucky as mine came from the 2nd owner and both owners maintained it very well. All still orinional and all appl. work, the floor is solid. The good ones are out there, keep looking. I did pay more, however not as much as if i had to redo everything. I have a nice little piece of history.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:02 AM   #5
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Welcome. You may also want to try - Home

There is a '59 Tradewind listed for sale on this site now.

He sells vintage Airstreams on this site and individuals also lists their Airstreams. Good Luck
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:35 PM   #6
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Since you are in California

You can contact Uwe here in Southern California to see if he knows of a trailer that will make you happy.....he is currently restoring our 68 We wish we had connected with Uwe before we bought our first Airstream on ebay.....paula
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