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GACStreamer 11-18-2008 04:08 PM

New Member w/ Personal Airstream History
 
Hello Everyone,

I am a new member on this website, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading some of threads and posts. I am a fairly young guy, 41, and have thought about owning an Airstream for most of my life. Many thanks to my grandfather for that - he was an avid Airstream guy for almost 30 years.

His first trailer was a 1954 Wally Byam Holiday-16'. From there, he moved into the Airstream family with a 1958 Flying Cloud-22'. After this, he was hooked. Eventually, he expanded by purchasing a 1969 Tradewind-25'. Finally, as he and my grandmother retired, they sold everything they had and got a 1973 Sovereign-31', International Series with the side bathroom.

From the time I was able to walk until I was in Junior High School, I spent every summer with them and their "silver bullet", as I used to call it. To this day, my greatest childhood memories center around the Airstream, all the travels, all the rallies, and all the times my grandfather let me "hitch-up" the "silver bullet".

So, as a fresh face to this website, I am looking for any and all information from fellow "streamers" that will help me when I purchase my first Airstream. A lot has changed since my grandfather sold his last Airstream (1982), so I need to re-educate myself - any assistance in that regard is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Jeff

53flyingcloud 11-18-2008 04:18 PM

Jeff,
Welcome aboard~good to have you..

ROBERT CROSS 11-18-2008 04:20 PM

AS History
 
:wally:
Jeff,

Welcome aboard, glad you could join us.

Any ?'s just ask away.

Any photo's of those memories, we all love Airstream history!!!

GACStreamer 11-18-2008 04:36 PM

My first question to everyone is the most obvious: where to find an older Airstream that is in decent shape with a decent price. Looking for something between 21' and 26'. Don't mind putting a little TLC into it, but don't want to deal with major issues like the septic tank, heater, water pump, etc.

53flyingcloud 11-18-2008 04:45 PM

Thought you'd never ask~!
Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Classifieds - Main Index - Powered by PhotoPost Classifieds

COArgosy78 11-18-2008 04:53 PM

You might look at the Craigslist post that has been going for awhile. It might lead you to something or at the very least, give you lots of food for thought.

GACStreamer 11-18-2008 04:56 PM

Thanks, 53flyingcloud.

I have already gone through these classifieds. There are some possibilities, but I am trying not to be so picky. My only requirements are:

1. 1965-1982
2. 21'-26'
3. Don't like the rear bathroom floorplan, which eliminates a lot of my options.
4. No major issues like plumbing, electrical, gas lines, etc.

overlander64 11-18-2008 05:08 PM

New Member w/ Personal Airstream History
 
Greetings Jeff!

Welcome to the Forums!

Quote:

Originally Posted by GACStreamer (Post 639478)
My first question to everyone is the most obvious: where to find an older Airstream that is in decent shape with a decent price. Looking for something between 21' and 26'. Don't mind putting a little TLC into it, but don't want to deal with major issues like the septic tank, heater, water pump, etc.

Part of the answer depends upon what you mean by "older" Airstream. If you are thinking of something around 10 years of age or less, an Airstream dealer would be one source of a pre-owned unit (Bill Thomas Camper Sales in Wentzville has been mentioned frequently as a reliable dealer). If on the other hand, you are looking for a Vintage unit (25 years or older per definition by Vintage Airstream Club) then it is more of a search using traditional as well as electronic classifieds. The classifieds right here on this site would be one excellent source. Some other sources include:
I am sure there are others, but these are the sites that I have marked in my bookmarks. My Minuet was purchased via an advertisement on the Vintage Airstream Clubs Classifieds. You can also consult local "Trader" publications as they will also periodically have Airstreams -- I found my Overlander through one of these in 1995.

Good luck with your search!

Kevin

GACStreamer 11-18-2008 05:14 PM

Kevin,

This is awesome. Thanks so much for the links and info. The range of age I am looking for is 1969-1982.

pilgrim 11-18-2008 05:29 PM

Go to rallies. Find them in the area - drive a little ways but visit groups of AS owners when they get together. You'll meet folks that can answer all your questions and, maybe, find an AS looking for a new owner. They are certainly out there - but go out and look at them. AS owners LOVE showing off their baby - that's how we discovered what we wanted. You can't really tell looking at them on a lot or in a catalogue. Talk to owners and ask them why they have what they have - why they don't have something else. Learn from those that have one - noone knows an AS better than one who owns one. Spend time with them. Good luck and welcome aboard!

Wayne&Sam 11-18-2008 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GACStreamer (Post 639491)
3. Don't like the rear bathroom floorplan, which eliminates a lot of my options.

This is interesting as the rear bath is the latest and greatest in smaller, new Airstreams.

It just shows how everything goes in cycles.

Welcome to the boards!

TBRich 11-18-2008 05:42 PM

Welcome to the Airforums, Jeff... Nice to have you here, and fun to hear your story... Where will you find your Airstream? It could be anywhere...they seem to pop up in the most unlikely places...but you've received some good guidance here already as to how to find yours... Keep and eye out and an ear open and frequent the classifieds and other resources... and before you know it you'll be living the dream...

Ease on down the road!

azflycaster 11-18-2008 05:48 PM

The rear bath was very common in the 70's, that will eliminate most of these units from your search.

You never know where you will find the trailer you are looking for. I did a lot of searching and made a few trips. One day I got a PM from another member who was about to sell his trailer, the rest is history.

Good luck with your search.

GACStreamer 11-18-2008 06:10 PM

Hi TBRich,

I noticed that you have a newer Tacoma - mine is a 2006, four door. I do not have any hitch on it. Does yours do well pulling the Airstream??? What did it cost you for the towing hitch to be added??? Did you have to mirror extensions put on instead of the factory mirrors???

Lothlorian 11-18-2008 07:02 PM

Welcome to airstream forums. I bought mine about 13 months ago and I found it on Craiglist. My advice is to take your time and not rush anything. When I was looking for a travel trailer I was not looking for an airstream. I was looking at everything from travel trailers to motorhomes. I found the airstream on craiglist and took my wife to look at it. She fell in love with the layout of the interior.

My airstream had major problems which I was not aware of and after I bought it I found out I needed to do repairs. To my surprise this forum and the advice I received from forum members made fixing the trailer fun. I was able to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.

I see airstreams, avions and spartans on the craiglist. I am hooked. I dream about getting a spartan someday and fixing it up.

Lothlorian

TBRich 11-18-2008 07:11 PM

Tacoma
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GACStreamer (Post 639518)
Hi TBRich,

I noticed that you have a newer Tacoma - mine is a 2006, four door. I do not have any hitch on it. Does yours do well pulling the Airstream??? What did it cost you for the towing hitch to be added??? Did you have to mirror extensions put on instead of the factory mirrors???

Hey Jeff... We have an 07 Tacoma Double Cab...it has a factory tow package and we use a Equal-I-Zer Hitch set-up...I don't know the actual cost of the Equal-I-Zer because it was part of the purchase price/deal we made for the Airstream. The Tacoma is rated to tow #6500...the Bambi is #4500 loaded...and it does fine with it. It would probably still be OK with a 20' or 22' but at 23' we'd probably need a larger truck (though I know there are those who tow that length with a Tacoma). Remember that the newer Airstreams are heavier than the older models, so it's really all about weight, wheel base and hitch set-ups... We use inexpensive mirror extensions that clip onto the standard side view mirrors, but we are thinking about better ones. Good luck! Hope to see you on the road soon!

GACStreamer 11-18-2008 07:34 PM

Thanks to Lothlorian and TBRich for the info.

63Silver 11-18-2008 07:47 PM

Jeff,
Welcome to the forum! It sounds like you have a great history with Airstreams that needs to be revived. Take your time looking, we looked for over 2 years before we found ours. Most older models had rear baths so your search will be more difficult. Good luck with your search.

63silver

gail 11-18-2008 07:51 PM

Welcome! We just bought our gal and thought we were not going to find one at a good price. We did! Check out all the craigslists daily and the site we have here as well as airstreamclassifieds. Ours is getting a check up and we hope to be on the road by Jan. for long weekend streamin.

GACStreamer 11-18-2008 08:03 PM

Thanks, 63silver. Did you do the remodel yourself??? Were the costs high?


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