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Old 09-29-2014, 04:56 PM   #21
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Thanks for feedback

I wanted to post a quick message and say thank you to all those that have replied thus far. Your feedback has been very helpful.

Beyond craigslist, and airstreamclassifieds.com, any suggestions on what else I should monitor?

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Old 09-29-2014, 05:02 PM   #22
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It is on The Vintage Airstream Podcast | Vintage Trailer Restoration enjoy !
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:17 PM   #23
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We have a custom airstream with lots of bunks since we have seven kids. I recommend studying floor plans and finding one which you can make work for your family, THEN narrow down by year etc. Our 32' 1986 Excella is perfect for us.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:08 PM   #24
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:02 PM   #26
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It seems (in my neck of the woods at least) that the bigger 34' triple axels are much more commonly available than smaller ones. Also they sell comparatively cheaper since there is more demand for the smaller ones. Sounds like with children and grandchildren you could use a bigger one anyway. With a larger one, there is more flexibility for customization, layouts, and sleeping arrangements. I saw one 34 that had a large front kitchen, with the biggest fridge I've seen in a trailer. It had four batteries and the fridge could even run off battery power. Very impressive. And I agree with othersóyou will only want to restore ONE Airstream in your life!
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Old 09-30-2014, 06:51 AM   #27
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I wanted to post a quick message and say thank you to all those that have replied thus far. Your feedback has been very helpful.

Beyond craigslist, and airstreamclassifieds.com, any suggestions on what else I should monitor?

Thanks,
Steve
Try this thread--there are some bits of advice for avoiding scams, and various strategies for finding "the" trailer.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ns-125803.html
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:48 AM   #28
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What tips out here for pulling shell off 60 Caravel? Have done frame off rstorations on 77 bronco. Hubby built a rottissery(sp). But this is quite different. Any suggestions pics...will be greatly in my (wifes) favor.
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What tips out here for pulling shell off 60 Caravel? Have done frame off rstorations on 77 bronco. Hubby built a rottissery(sp). But this is quite different. Any suggestions pics...will be greatly in my (wifes) favor.
At the risk of enabling the original thread to steer right off the tracks...

Have a look at the following thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...on-115765.html

Post 9 and 11 show some good pics of what can be done with the gantry frames, both in lifting a shell, and then getting use outof them as rotisserie, scaffolding, etc. There is also a diagram for building the frames in a pdf at the end.

You might also do a search for "shell off" and "full monty."
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Just something to think about . . . After the Beatrice years, the AS frame was made heavier and stronger. The 84-93 AS were narrow body as well. They all had black & gray holding tanks, something you will want to have when your restore is over. Think as well about the long term . . . what will you want to do and have when you are old and gray (like me). You will likely want your comfort and room for great-grand kids. The 31, 32 & 34 ft is now starting to look appealing.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:35 AM   #32
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I have maybe 700 hours and over $8k renovating my 66 Trade Wind 24' twin. It sleeps 3 comfortably. The frame and shell are in pretty good shape. I like the size and the tandem axles. But the 66, 67, and 68s have odd ball Phillips frame less windows with Corning curved glass. Parts are hard to source.

The desirable Dura Torq axles started in about 1962, so I would want those. Tandem axles make towing a bit more stable, so I looked for models that had dual axles. 1969 was the first year of the new body style. The 70s trailers saw "design changes" that lowered the manufacturing costs. They still have the desirable alclad aluminum skins, but the interior parts were cheaply made. The wing windows in the front are hard to come by. Many Airstream renovators have made beautiful trailers out of 1970 models but it probably takes more work and more costs to do so.

I think build quality was improving by the 80s except for the OSB subfloor materials and softer aluminum skins. Our 86 Limited has beautiful hickory cabinetry that has stood up well through the years. My 86 has minor hail dents on the end caps where my 66 does not, both trailers have been in the same weather for about the same number of years. Alcald aluminum seems stronger, and I'm sure more expensive.

Bottom line: A longer sixties trailer would be a great project. A longer 80s trailer would have the upgraded electrical wiring (not aluminum wire!) and might require less work. There is a good chance you can get your parts money back out of the trailer when you go to sell it, but you won't likely get paid for your labor hours.

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