Hi fellow Airstream enthusiasts! 👋🏻
Longtime Airstream enthusiast, new to the Air Forums! I'm on the hunt to adopt a clean ~1969 Airstream Tradewind Double and would love your help on this journey!
I visited the factory a decade ago (1/3 of my life! 😅
and have always been fond of the history, design, quality, and community. I've read half the AS books out there and finally the stars have aligned where finding an Airstream of my own makes sense!
A little background, in addition to professional work I volunteer guiding mountaineering and outdoor trips for college students. This has taken me across the USA to 48 states, 3 territories, unclimbed summits and beyond! The 3 photos are from highway AS spotting on a recent trip to Grand Canyon NP, those were the only 3 seen that trip; interesting they spanned from 1950s to brand new. Maybe some are part of this group?!
Needless to say I'm semi-nomadic and driving cross country happens 3+ times a year so having an Airstream home base is the goal. I'm also versed in classic car ownership & preservation, and converted my Jeep from 2 to 4WD last year. So to preface your questions, yes I'm sure I want a vintage Airstream and the love/hate relationship that comes with the unending cycle that is fixing and preserving all things old. I'm a glutton for punishment like most vintage owners would admit I'm sure. I also passed highschool woodshop 1 & 2 with flying colors if that ads to my capabilities in old AS ownership!?
Why a 1969 Tradewind Double?
1. I'm fascinated by transportation history from steam power until today so it had to be vintage.
2. The wider footprint in 1969+ will fit my space/work needs better for seasonal living.
3. More stable with 2 axles, but small and light enough still to be pulled by less than a full size pickup when needed. I've towed horse trailers, cars, and a variety of other things so I know lighter is better when possible!
4. The Double for outdoor gear storage definitely has more value to me than the extra open space and sleeping that the Twin affords.
I'm of the mindset that you don't ever really own classic cars so much as you're the custodian of them until the next owner comes along. Same with my Airstream aspirations. I'm leaning towards trying to find one that's as original in appearance as possible with all systems functioning (or nearly anyway) and fully roadworthy. Functional upgrades like newer appliances, warm white LEDs, etc are all great too. Even though 1969 is my target year I'm open to early 70s Tradewinds and maybe even full renovations depending on the trailer but will have to see what is available! Not opposed to specific repairs or restoration work as needed either.
One of my favorite quotes to cite when people say places are "boring" or "that state is flat with nothing to do":
"Adventure is where you find it, any place, every place, except at home in the rocking chair."
Open to all sorts of sage wisdom, advice on the search process, and leads to find the (hopefully rust free) Airstream of my dreams! Feel free to reply here or direct message me! Would love to see photos of other owners 25' Tradewinds.
The one in this ad is essentially just what I'm looking for! I imagine this one is long since sold however having been listed 2 years ago:
-Gary from Ohio