Don't want to mess with karma but we have a line on a 1969 GlobeTrotter 21 ft. Just about to put our offer in - waiting on a few questions to be answered to determine a good fair price.
We really love this layout, size and weight - so we have to have it! (just bought a new Kia Sorento for our tow vehicle - if we knew we were going the A/S route we would have bought Silver! instead we have Indigo Blue - well at least it is blue!!!! and has the silver accents on the bumbers and door panels).
We are looking on the lighter side of the A/S world - just not ready for the big boys. They may be cheaper to buy vintage today but they are a lot more to restore, use/pull and park one if you know what I mean.
This will be a long distance buy for us and hoping to tie in a side trip during our "snowbird" holiday in a couple of weeks and will be travelling an extra 1500
miles - if the deal goes through - knock wood, and keeping all toes and fingers crossed.
It was only a week ago I knew nothing about "Airstream" other than my fleeting memories of the "caravan" holidays in Cornwall England as a little girl. To the big "silver shinny things" on the huge highways my first summer in Canada 1968
. I guess 1969 was a neat year for me - everything changed - as the world was changing too - We stepped out from the post war age right smack onto the MOON (my first real close look at the Airstream on Television) and since then there has been no turning back.
We are from the generation that has infant memories of the early 60's during which we developed mostly who we are today. Survived the 70's, 80's, 90's and have boldly stepped from the MOON to the new millennium. We enjoy holding our breath at every corner in great anticipation of the next adventure we conjure up!!
After spending hours on the internet reading your forums, the history, all the trials a tribulations of finding and restoring Vintage Airstreams and dreaming of winning a lottery to get into an brand new one LOL - We can say we are HOOKED!
She is 35 years old had mostly regular use and is still in pretty good shape. The outside could be mistaken for the new Bambi (once polished of course) but the inside although all intacked is tired and in need of a nice overhaul to bring everything back to pristine order.
Well we don't have her yet but sure hope we will be the successful owners. Really intrigued with this year/model - had a shell change that year that went on for the next 25 years. Changed from the rear bath (which I understand caused a few headaches with weight and warping - bootie-sag?) to a small side bath. The front dinette with the expandable table in the middle is perfect for us providing both an eating area and a lounge and the added bonus of the full affect of the "bay" window rather than sitting with your back to the window.
We have a few minor modifications in mind - more for convenience - but will be very careful to keep it in the period. Which is one of our big questions??? - if you take a close look at the 69 models they are still very much 60'ish but have incorporated subtle hints of the 70's. When looking up any information to date - I find the 69 GT listed in with the 70's and not in with the 60's. This makes her even more special - a misplaced soul not sure where to belong - still considered a 60's model but rolling with a 70's shell - sporting fabric design from the 60's mixing in the 70's - way beyond her time even then!
The layout boasts the "future" needs of the baby boomers or the tailenders like us. Somewhat lazy ...not wanting to have to make our bed every day - hence the rear goucho that can be left up - and not really into cleaning a bathtub on holiday - so the bath went for the bed. It must have been an easy decision for the designers with the knowledge of hot showers sprouting up in rest stations and National, Provincial and State parks across North America - so the tub in the bathroom takes a hiatis being replaced with the "wet bath" or "bird bath" sink and toilet only combination.
The 70's brought a sense of equality with both the wife and the "better" half wanting to "play" in the kitchen - could this mean that the larger galley was built just for us to spend more time together??? And to compliment the kitchen came the "kitchen congregation" (which is still with us today) and this could be the very reason for the fabulous expandable dinette table that conveniently tucks away for those rainy or lazy days just relaxing in the GlobeTrotter.....just my interpretation of the 3rd generation evolution of the Airstream.
All we are going on right now is a few pictures - have not even stepped inside one - all done through internet research - and relying heavily on your photographic skills - and imagination of the various aromas 30-40 years can muster inside each A/S beauty to be.
So in the interim I call upon all you long time Airstreamers to point us in the direction of as much information as possible. Floor plans, specs things like does she have brakes, where can we pick up a manual , where to get information and technical jargon on all the systems within her and the multitude of "Newbe" questions I am sure we will have.
We have never owned a "Travel Trailer" before but have been "Water-camping" for over16 years in our '20 Cruiser. And if our boat was Aluminum it would be the water twin of the GlobeTrotter.
Sorry for the long post - just our way of introducing ourselves.
With great anticipation and fingers crossed.....