What a great resource this forum is to anyone interested in Airstreams. We have just purchased our second one. The first was back in 1985. We bought a 1974 31' International (I think it was an International) from North Dallas RV to travel for a year after selling our first business. My wife and I took our two oldest children out of school and enrolled them in a Home School program, loaded them and the two pre-school children up and off we went. We left Texas in early November of 1985 and headed to Washington DC to do the history trip for the kids. We then headed down the Atlantic Coast and ended up in Key West a week or so before Christmas. We then started working our way around the Gulf Coast and ended up in Cancun, Mexico a couple of months later. We actually parked behind a restaurant (that gave us a plug in) right on the beach in Cancun. I had one woman come up and say to me,"I didn't know you could drive all the way down here." We went down as far as Belize City, turned around and headed up the Pacific Coast of Mexico. After about seven months, we were all ready to get home to Texas and settle back down. We ended up selling the AS and bought a Foretravel Motorhome. You cannot imagine the wonderful memories we have of that fantastic machine that took us all those thousands of miles and never caused a problem one. Not even a flat tire that whole trip.
So now, we wanted another Airstream of that vintage to restore and have for the children and their kids to use. The one we have purchased is over in north Georgia. A 1970 27' Overland that is a perfect resto project. Everything original, exceptional exterior and stored under cover it's entire life. She will need new axles soon and a few other fixes, but nothing impossible. We are heading out this Thursday in our motorhome to pull the AS back to Texas. If anyone sees a 40' Prevost Bus pulling a 27' Airstream trailer heading West on Interstate 20 Saturday, that's us. I'm pushing the length limit a bit, but if I get stopped (which I don't think I will) I plan on smiling and acting dumb (easy for me).
I pull a 24' trailer with the coach a lot of the time we travel, so I don't expect and problems we can't deal with coming home. The tires are good, fresh bearing pack and the brakes are supposed to be working.
You folks stand by, I'm sure I will need a bunch of advice in the next few months, but I sure am excited right now.