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zanad 05-14-2007 09:05 AM

Hello .:New member:. New Airstream owner
Hey everyone I just bought a 1965 24' tradewind. Their are a few problems on it like the previos owner had(a number of things done) the toilet bypassed and in its place went a porta-potty. Another problem is the door handle; it is busted on the inside and you will get shut in if you close the door and I would need a replacement(looking for one and will buy) so any tips for replacing. oh the living room is not funish but the kitchen is. All the systems work but needs new flooring and like most airstreams of this day : it needs polished. But Im not sure how to get a clear coat off:huh: It pulls great its great trailer but im not sure on the bearings on the trailer.

Im looking for tips and questions and Ill post pics later when i can

Mel 05-14-2007 09:10 AM

Welcome, and congrats on your new project. The search feature on these fourms will be a great help to you, with lots of info on stripping and polishing. Good luck and please post some pictures of your new acquisition!

ScottW 05-14-2007 09:16 AM

zanad; Welcome to the forum and congrats on your purchase of a previously loved Airstream. Yoiu'll find a lot of information on the forum - use the search function on the left. Also a lot of expertise here from folks who have already done anything you may want to do to your trailer.
Again, welcome...and send pictures.

moosetags 05-14-2007 09:23 AM

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Good luck with your new baby.

Boondocker 05-14-2007 09:25 AM

Congrats on the new Trade Wind! Sounds like you have a project there. I had the same issue with my '68 door handle. You can buy an aftermarket from vintage trailer supply. Be forewarned, they aint cheap. Also, you might keep an eye on used parts in the classified section, you might be able to find everything you need there if you are patient enough.Make sure and post some images of your new baby so we can all see it.

Rog0525 05-14-2007 10:17 AM

Congrats on your new toy. A ’65 TW is an excellent choice. Just one word of caution on the door handle/lock set….as Gen Disarray said, you can buy a new lock from VTS, but be sure to read the descriptions carefully. 1965 trailers used 2 slightly different locks. The main difference is that one lock has the longer extended bolt and is the more expensive lock.
Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies!

zanad 05-14-2007 03:47 PM

im already getting fed up because i cant figure out how to post my pics for my airstream helpppppp...

Mel 05-14-2007 03:49 PM

We want to see your pics!
Click on reply and scroll down to bottom of text box.
Click "go advanced" add text to message window and then scroll down.
Click "Manage attachments" A separate window will pop up.
Click "browse" Then select the file to be uploaded. Be sure that the photo is appropriately sized. 1024 x 1024 pixels (or smaller) and no more than 300 K. You may select several photos to upload at the same time by repeating the last step.
Click "Upload" After pics have loaded close the pop-up window
Click "submit reply" to mount the text of your message - photos will automatically appear in post.

zanad 05-14-2007 04:24 PM

yay, photos EXTERIOR only
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thank you so much:angel: now here are most of the exterior photos and ill post the rest when my camera wants to work again:(
As you can see thier is a dent and some patchwork and the dent was apparently caused by turning too sharply because we saw a paper on the inside with tips on pulling this trailer(handwriting) and it said do not turn too sharply. there is one other larger dent but no punctures on the back, whew.
3 windows have problems with them. the one is the front doesnt open for some reason but i think some mechinesim is diconected and the other is on the side and it was replaces with pexiglass. DAng it and finally we have the back window, its been replaced and is totally immovable.AT least its not pexiglass

Boondocker 05-14-2007 04:35 PM

Oh man, what a beauty! I bet you are giddy.

zanad 05-14-2007 04:47 PM

Take a guess on how far i had to travel and on price

dieterdog 05-14-2007 05:20 PM

welcome Zanad,, love your trailer and this is the perfect place for help and information,, lets see,, Idaho,, hmmmmmmmmmmmm ,,, about a thousand miles, my guess and about eight hundred dollars in gasoline,,, there and back,,, you got a great gift to bring home,,, donna

zanad 05-14-2007 05:36 PM

try closer

dudebb 05-14-2007 05:43 PM

Welcome to the forum. Very nice looking airstream. How about tne next town over and $1,000.

Sugarfoot 05-14-2007 05:55 PM

A hearty welcome to another vintage Tradewind owner. Exterior pics look great, and you know we're all eagerly waiting for a peek at the interior. :cool:

zanad 05-14-2007 07:02 PM

how did you know
probobly the closest anyone will guess and yes it was the next town over and it was $1500

zanad 05-14-2007 08:14 PM

heck you mabe able to see them tonight MABE

dudebb 05-14-2007 08:17 PM

Lucky guess sorta. I just thought about what would be the perfect airstream "find"! Lucky you! It looks like you got a great deal. Send some interior shots so we can all be envious. Airstream envy is OK (and a good thing) on this site.:D

zanad 05-14-2007 08:28 PM

Tease pics
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2 things 1. wait please, i know your anxious but theyll be on soon but heres a teaser
2. the intirior needs new flooring aka carpet/hardwood, and the bathroom doesnt have a toilet the previos owner bypassed it and put a portapotty and youll sorta see what i mean

zanad 05-14-2007 10:04 PM

The rest of the story (pics)
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ok here they are but when i was taking some photos some of the photos were always blurry and had white dotts; alot of dots eiry

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