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Old 02-09-2018, 09:02 AM
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Default Travel Trailers/Campers- which is best?

I am looking to be schooled.

I know nothing about campers but have been dreaming of getting one. I am looking at getting an older one and gutting as rebuild project to make it fit my needs.

I have been looking at older Airstreams and feel that is the only one worth redoing. Any insight or other brands that I should look at?

Thank you for your time.
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If you're restoring an older one, the only way to go is Airstream. Parts are easy to come and there are lots of clubs and web forums that can help out.
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bikem, that's way cool, was that a horse trailer?
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Originally Posted by Boat Bum View Post
bikem, that's way cool, was that a horse trailer?
That photo was not so I took it down but will post another.
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Originally Posted by captbone View Post
I am looking to be schooled.

I know nothing about campers but have been dreaming of getting one. I am looking at getting an older one and gutting as rebuild project to make it fit my needs.

I have been looking at older Airstreams and feel that is the only one worth redoing. Any insight or other brands that I should look at?

Thank you for your time.
Only three kinds of trailers.
Those that leak
Those that will
Airstream
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I bought my first camper/travel trailer about a month ago. Knew, and still do, zip about them. I bought a new Coachman bumper pull. Mine is something about a Freedom Express model?? It has power jacks, leveler things, has 2 slides. Power awning, etc. We really like it.
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We have a vintage AirStream...ask away!
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Used Airstreams go for a premium and a restoration I think is harder than building from scratch. My next camper build will be with a horse trailer. You can pick them up for nothing. https://www.pinterest.com/search/pin...yped&term_meta[]=Horse%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=trailer%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=conversion%7Ctyped
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A lot of the travel trailers are really nice now days. But some creature comforts are where it comes in handy.

Look for grey water flush built in, auto level jacks which are a huge plus, radial tires, refrigerator that runs on LP, and enough room in the bathroom.

I got a Keystone Fusion and so far it’s been great but I wish I had auto leveling jacks.
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Originally Posted by World Powers View Post
A lot of the travel trailers are really nice now days. But some creature comforts are where it comes in handy.

Look for grey water flush built in, auto level jacks which are a huge plus, radial tires, refrigerator that runs on LP, and enough room in the bathroom.

I got a Keystone Fusion and so far it’s been great but I wish I had auto leveling jacks.
I think you mean black water flush...
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Grey water is sinks, showers, black water is poopies.
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Any year of Airstream better? Any years to avoid? I am on the air forum as well but have faith in the THT braintrust.
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Any year of Airstream better? Any years to avoid? I am on the air forum as well but have faith in the THT braintrust.
From 0-1970 = good years...but of course will need full resto. Or buy one already restored.

Avoid the 1970's...frame issues. Especially the rear bath models.

1980's-2000's= best years (IMO). These may be the "heavy" years. They were overbuilt, have most of the amenities available today (cable TV wire, solar wire, micro, A/C, etc).

Sometime in the 2000's they started to lose some of their luster/quality (IMO).AS became more popular and the interiors more contemporary.
(I wouldn't turn one down if someone gave me one)

Having said that, finding one that has been cared for and is in good condition is key. Regardless of year.

Our's is a 1989 Excella. Very well built, still pretty much original.
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I think you need to step back and learn about recreational vehicles before jumping into a rebuild. They are very complicated animals.

Airstreams are top of the line, but they are a very heavy unit for a bumper pull. When a tractor trailer goes to pass you on the interstate, your truck and trailer will feel like it's going to jump off the road from the wind. An Airstream is best towed with a 3/4 ton of 1 ton diesel Pick up that costs $60k+. But nothing tows as well as a fifth wheel trailer.

Airstreams don't have slides and details that modern trailers will have. Newer fiberglass sided RVs are much easier to deal with and don't require polishing to look good.

But the biggest downfall with an Airstream is the cost--even used. I have a beautiful 36 foot fifth wheel trailer with 4 slides, 12 feet of leather couches, a second bedroom with another leather couch/j bed and 3 flat screen televisions. It cost less than 1/4th the price of a new a Airstream. And the good used Airstreams are extremely expensive. As a neophyte, you really should reconsider getting an old trailer to rewire, replumb and recondition the interior. You might be opening a can of .worms. Just buying a new fridge would set you back $1300+.
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The smaller the Airstream the more desirable and valuable.
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Originally Posted by gofastsandman View Post
Only three kinds of trailers.
Those that leak
Those that will
^^^^ This. Don't know anything about Airstream so I scratched that out.

These a some pics of 2 "project campers" that I did. draw your own conclusions.
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Can't find pics of the first one I did right now but it was worse!
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Actually lived in a small airstream with 90 lb doberman and wife for several months during a house rebuild after unfortunate incident. Got the two confused on several occasions.

Camping = cheap hotel.
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Here is what I am thinking about for a long term project.

https://nwct.craigslist.org/rvs/d/31...484115596.html

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