1959 Airstream Tradewind
<p>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 is now a fantastic base for a beautiful vintage trailer.</p> <p>To help digest the value of this vintage Airstream we’ll breakdown the expenses as we go (what we’d charge you to the same things, if you brought us a camper to restore)</p> <p>Original Purchase price: $7000</p> <p>Video Walk Through: https://youtu.be/62VFoKLTW9Y</p>
Chassis & Floor
<p>When we picked the Tradewind up, like any sixty year old camper, 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 (brakes, running/brake lights, electric jack, ect.) to prepare it for its new life. 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.</p> <p>• New frame: $12000<br /> • Rust Resistant Topcoat: 1100<br /> • Suspension, brakes: 2700<br /> • Wheels, tires: 1200<br /> • Electric jack: 225<br /> • Subfloor, and Floor: 4500<br /> • Wheel wells: 1000<br /> • Water tanks: 2500<br /> • —————————————————<br /> • Total: $25225</p>
<p>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 $50,000 value. We’ll let it go for $35,000 as is, but if you commission the rest of the build through Reparadise we’ll work out a sweetheart deal. Let’s get started.</p>
Make: Airstream
Model: Tradewind
Year: 1959
External Dimensions: 24ft
Title: Clean, in hand
Ask: $35,000