My 1969 Airstream Tradewind

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For Sale - 1969 Airstream Tradewind

I put this page up to offer my 1969 Airstream Tradewind Travel Trailer for sale. Now that it is sold I'll leave the page up for whatever information value it might have for you and others.

Front view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
Front view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

It's SOLD

It was a hard decision to make but my plans changed and it didn't look like I'd be able to finish rebuilding this Airstream and I decided to pass it on to someone who can give it the attention it deserves.

I bought this trailer in 2005 with the idea of creating a combined mobile living and studio space to take on the road, perhaps full time. In time it became obvious to me that an Airstream wasn't the way to go and I moved on to My Lazy Daze Class C Motorhome.

Condition of trailer in 2005

When I bought this trailer in 2005 I was attracted to it because it was essentially all there in it's original, unrestored, state. Aside from clear evidence of rear end sag, reflected in the price I paid for it, it appeared to be in pretty good shape.

Back in 2002 a previous owner had installed a complete set of new axles, brakes, and tires and rebuilt the hitch assembly and reinforced the frame at the rear, all at a cost that exceeded the price I paid for this trailer. This was a pretty good deal.

Condition of trailer in 2009

All the original stuff I found so attractive in 2005 is still there and I have done some sealing work to protect it from the weather and have completely removed the bath area in preparation for tackling the frame work to fix the rear end sag. This is all valuable work but has left the trailer looking a tad untidy as you can see in the pictures.

Is the trailer towable?

For a short haul, definitely yes - it was towed last fall the 20 miles from my place to the RV lot where you see it parked in the pictures below.

Do the lights and brakes work? I have no idea. The axles and brakes and tires were replaced in Florida in 2002 and then it was towed to New England where it is now. For a long tow it would be prudent to check that stuff out. I don't see any weather checks in the tires but they are getting a little old now.

At the bottom of this page are some photos of the hitch anti-sway system.

Exterior views

See For Sale - Page 2 - Interior Views for images of the interior.

Front view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
Front view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of hitch - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of hitch - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of left wing window - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of left wing window - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the covered streetside wing window was replaced with Lexan by a previous owner - it leaks and needs to be restored.

View of left side, forward end - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of left side, forward end - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the missing trim strips. I have them all - they are inside the trailer. There is an awning that goes over the kitchen windows. It is in good condition and stored inside.

View of left side, aft end - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of left side, aft end - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the covered water heater hatch. The water heater was removed as part of the bath removal. I have disassembled the water heater, flushed it, and replaced the insulation jacket - it is stored inside the trailer. The missing aluminum panel is in the trailer also.

View of left tires and wheels - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of left tires and wheels - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the tires look new and not weather checked but they are at least 7 years old and should be replaced soon.

View of left rear frame reinforcement - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of left rear frame reinforcement - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the frame reinforcement done by a previous owner.

View of right rear frame reinforcement - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of right rear frame reinforcement - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the frame reinforcement done by a previous owner and the rusted out original frame. Unfortunately the reinforcement was poorly aligned and needs to be redone. I removed the belly pan aft of the axles and have it but it is in poor condition. The belly pan forward of the axles is in place and usable.

View of temporary rear floor - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of temporary rear floor - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the plywood floor - this is my temporary replacement put in place to keep the local vermin out.

View of right rear quarter panel - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
View of right rear quarter panel - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the inadequate frame reinforcement. The aluminum skin is in the trailer.

Rear view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
Rear view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Note the sagging bumper from the poorly aligned frame reinforcement.

Right rear view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
Right rear view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

The awning is stored in the trailer and is in good shape.

Right front view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009
Right front view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, July 14, 2009

Hitch anti-sway system

The anti-sway system appears to be all there except the hitch ball and while in need of alignment and adjustment it does not appear to be excessively worn.

Anti-sway system front view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system front view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system right side view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system right side view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system right side view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system right side view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system left side view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system left side view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system left side view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009
Anti-sway system left side view - 1969 Airstream Tradewind, August 24, 2009

See For Sale - Page 2 - Interior Views for images of the interior.