Originally Posted by salvcan
It's hard to make a large purchase like an Airstream without seeing it first.
salvcan, i agree with that BUT there is one caveat; if you don't buy it quickly, someone else will.
i'm speaking specifically for the vintage trailer size you are looking for 18'-21' range. they are harder to come by and when they do come up, they go quickly.
i bought my flying cloud from just looking at pictures. i had done a lot of research here on the forums and knew what to expect and i planned on doing a complete renovation so i was able to make a quick decision to buy it, and i have no regrets.
one thing to think seriously about though. if you really CAN"T WAIT to take your wife and daughter camping, then i'd suggest not going the vintage route. vintage will require a lot of work, time, and money. i bought my flying cloud last october thinking i could have it done it 3 months. well, it's almost a year later and i don't even have the shell back on yet. bottom line is life happens and a vintage restore is going to take longer than you think.
with that said, i can't wait to take my wife and one year old son camping. BUT i'll have to wait another few months before it will be in the flying cloud.
read all you can about the vintage trailers and restoration projects on the forums. if you spend enough time here, you can buy a trailer without a physical inspection if you know what you're in for. there are also "inspectors" on the forums who will go check a trailer out for you.