Well we sold the 1980 in early July and were not gonna get another Airstream just yet. But after spending a few weeks looking at the vintage trailers onloine, I decided if and when..it would be a 1963-1969 Overlander twin with dual axles. If I could find one.
By chance I was looking at Nashville CraigsList for guitars, and saw an ad for a 1966 Overlander twin with dual axles...and in nearby Blue Ridge Georgia!
The photos were not clear, but an email and phone call made it sound like a drive worth taking.
We headed up after work on Friday.
The trailer was parked in a grassy field and at first glance it looked pretty good.
I went through it section by section, looking in every cabinet and underneath everything with a small flashlight.
There was a lot of dirt and some small animal left a present here and there , but almost nothing was broken or abused at all.
This was super encouraging. Even the rusty areas on the tongue and rear frame were surface only and not very bad. The belly pan and underneath sections were all solid and still riveted tightly, missing only a few rivets, easily replaced.
Paperwork showed it to be a one owner... started it's travels NJ and later went South where it remined.
The seller and I could not agree on a price , so wmy wife and I left and went to dinner to talk about it. During dinner three phone calls back and forth helped us arrive at a deal.
We decided to come back up on Sunday and pick her up. I needed towing lights..a can of flat fix and an air compressor and tools. All this just in case, as the old tires looked worn, though holding air.
She towed like a dream at 45 mph, and we had not even one issue on the way home. Semmed of to a very good start,
I could start the hours of cleanup and discover what she really needed. I jumped right in with a vacuum cleaner, facemask and some good detergent. Clean up took a few hours that day and a few more later.
The wood work and all were surprisingly nice, with only some stencils to detract from their beauty. These were easily removed with rubbing alcohol and a scrub pad.
This was a good purchase for us, though sooner than I had expected, but a great opportunity to bring back another Airstream to the road. If looking for a certain model, you have to be ready to jump when the time is right.
Posted by Alan David