1959 Airstream Tradewind

 

1959 Airstream Tradewind

There’s an old saying in the used car business. You aren’t just buying a car; you’re buying someone else’s problems. People do weird things to cars and trailers, and you never know what you’re getting. Fortunately, our 1959 Airstream Tradewind proves the saying can be wrong. 

The Tradewind has graced these hallowed halls for almost as long as Reparadise has been in business. During that time, we’ve dabbled with the restoration intermittently. All the work has been performed slowly and skillfully. The result represents seven years of restoration — work done whenever we had extra time to do it — and a fantastic base for a beautiful vintage trailer.

Make: Airstream

Model: Tradewind

Year: 1959

Exterior Length: 24 feet

Interior Length: 21 feet

Title: Clean, in hand

Ask: $30,000

Build Your Dream Camper

Think of the Tradewind as a blank canvas — ready to be set up however you want. The current configuration provides for a bathroom in the rear, but that can change, as well. We also mapped out a location for a service window if you need to use the trailer as a mobile bar, food cart, or party centerpiece.

 

Chassis & Suspension

When we picked the Trade Winds up about seven years ago, it needed help. We started by building a new chassis and subfloor. The team completely replaced the suspension, including new leaf springs, new axles, new brakes, and new wheels and tires. We also added a new electric jack and rust-coated everything. Finally, we wired the chassis to prepare it for its new life.

Purchase price:           $7000

New frame:                 $12000

Suspension, brakes:    $2700

Wheels, tires:              $1200

Electric jack:                $225

 

Body & Windows

With a solid foundation in place, we got started on the exterior. It needed patchwork to replace unneeded vents, waterfills, and unused hookups. The trailer had experienced some minor exterior damage over the years, and some large skin panels were replaced. We removed all the windows and replaced the seals, gaskets, and window glass.

Body, windows:          $4500

 

Airstream Restoration

 

Guts

With the chassis and suspension sorted out, we installed a new subfloor using ¾-inch Baltic birch plywood. We then added a floor with seamless Marmoleum. The wheel wells had rotted out, so we built new ones from sheet aluminum. We installed three new water tanks — black water, gray water, and fresh water — low in the trailer to lower the center of gravity. Finally, #shinymetalschad built a new door on the existing frame and installed it.

Subfloor, floor:           $4500

Wheel wells:               $1000

Water tanks:               $2500

Door:                           $4000

 

So, here’s the deal

Lots of tired camp trailers come through our doors. Most have been sitting out by the shed for decades and need a total restoration. Others arrive freshly “restored” by the lowest bidder. In either case, we’re starting from less than zero. This ’59 Airstream represents the rarest of projects — a solid starting point. Over the course of the past seven years, the team at Reparadise has painstakingly brought this old Tradewind back to life. We performed all the work to our sky-high standards. If you’ve been following along with your abacus, you already know this trailer represents a nearly $40000 value. We’ll let it go for $30000 — $20000 if you commission the rest of the build through Reparadise. Let’s get started.

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