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Old 10-03-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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Hello, we're from Grand Rapids MN and I'm also a genealogy nut, thus the nickname. We have been box people for several years and have gotten tired of the unwelcome "hobby" of towing the cumbersome things around and maintaining them. We looked at various Airstreams, but didn't find one that was much shorter than our current 30 ft. Montana. Then we saw a beautifully restored 19 ft Airstream at a local car show, and we were bit. We also met a man who had a 1962 Tradewind for sale so we looked at it and bought it. The exterior and interior are in fairly decent shape and we liked the mid-section sofa/bed and the decor. I held my breath on the stuff I couldn't see, and there were some rude surprises there. I certainly advise any body looking for an Airstream to join this forum, and study all the info available before buying. I will need a toilet,water heater, furnace, waste valve and adapter, axle and weather seals and fresh water tank. It would also be nice to have a gray water tank at least for the galley. The original fridge works well; the only problem is that it dumps considerable heat into the galley because only the combustion fumes are vented. The upholsery was, of course, dated,but worse than that there were a lot of stains and droppings from mice. My wife already has bought $500 worth of fabric and foam for the sofas and curtains and will start on that soon.
The trailer basically had one owner, a 90 year old man who bought it new and sold it last spring on auction. I bought it from a man who planned to restore it but changed his mind for health reasons.
This is a great site. It has already helped me to avoid several mistakes. Thanks to you all.
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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Welcome to the 'streamer family!
Check the rear of your fridge to make sure the mice didn't take insulation and stuff it in your exhaust like they did in ours. You might want to check, too, the exterior exhaust for your fridge to make sure that isn't plugged too.
Again, Welcome!

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Old 10-03-2009, 06:03 PM   #3
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Welcome and congratulations on your new (to you) AS. Post some pictures when you are able.



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Old 10-03-2009, 07:27 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum. Congratulations on your "new" Vintage Airstream.
Don’t worry about the problems that you didn’t see. Enjoy the opportunity to keep a piece of history alive. Sometimes, even those with decades of vintage experience, and despite knowing the pitfalls, will say to themselves, "This is the one."
I've spent the whole summer working on such a project.
Plus, you already have an invaluable asset to a Vintage Trailer owner. A wife with a sewing machine.
Have fun, good luck, and post pics. We love pics.

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Old 10-03-2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. You've found the right place for all things Airstream. We do need to see pictures, though.

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Old 10-03-2009, 09:56 PM   #6
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A big 'Hey' norskrabbit! Welcome to the forums. We've driven by an Airstream on the east side of 169 either at Aitken or Grand Rapids -- so I know y'all are up there. is the full deal on all conceivable wonderful things that can be done to bring it back. Pick a few projects and see how far you want to go. Your window gaskets are probably dry and not sealing well. And But you'll have to lightly do some disassembly to fully examine the perimeter of your floor to see what may lurk up against the shell.

More inspiration -- the first two threads at

Best wishes in your venture and somebody already mentioned pictures.

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Old 10-03-2009, 10:03 PM   #7
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I have a '59 Tradewind, probably from the same dealer as yours. See if there is a sticker near the door from Hart Trailer Sales in Long Prairie.

We're planning to be at Itasca State Park for a little late season camping next weekend. Come on over!
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