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Want a Vintage Trailer of Your Own?

I missed a day of blogging only because I've been hunkered down working on the Spring magazine. Well, in addition, we are doing mundane things right now. We are actually parked in the back lot of Roger Williams Airstream in Weatherford, TX, awaiting service on a few things. Our friend Gunny is here as well, so it's like a mini-rally. Gunny just bought a new Safari 25 Special Edition with the cool front & rear wrap windows, leather couch, and all the other options. He's having a few other tweaks done to it before he takes it home, including disc brakes.

So while there's not much going on, I wanted to let you know of something interesting. Airstream Life magazine will be launching a major Airstream restoration project in the next month. We will be taking the 1952 Airstream Cruiser that we found in North Carolina last month from "as found" condition, and turning it into a beautiful custom trailer. It will be professionally refurbished, modernized, polished and outfitted to a world-class condition. The project will be documented in Airstream Life magazine and on a weblog.

We'd like to run this project a bit like "This Old House" where we have a client involved in the project from the very beginning. The client would be able to direct many of the customizations, and then be able to buy the completed trailer at the end of the project.

If you or someone you know wants to own this cool trailer, now's your chance. The ideal client would be willing to participate in the project by providing their input from time to time (via email or phone is fine), and be financially qualified. It's a unique opportunity for the right person.

We expect that the final cost to the client will be approximately $60-80k depending on the level of options they select. This is well below what an equivalent custom trailer would cost, because we will obtain sponsor donations and/or wholesale parts for the project from supportive companies, ranging from Airstream to Zip-Dee.

The 1952 Cruiser is a very special Airstream. Our is the only Airstream Cruiser known to exist with two axles. All other Cruisers were single-axle trailers. We believe this modification was made by the Airstream factory in California.

Photos of similar Cruisers (but with single axles) are available online by clicking here.

The length is 25 feet, a popular size, and this trailer can be configured in a number of ways. At this time we are leaning toward an arrangement with front and rear bedrooms that quickly convert into private living spaces, but that is subject to the client's wishes.

Time is short, so if you are interested or want to refer someone, get in touch with me ASAP using our Contact form (link in left column).


Rich - do you really mean $60,000 to $80,000! YIKES! I was going there until I noticed the "k". I guess I'm wondering how much something like Rob and Zoe's trailer is costing to do. I was thinking their budget was around 15-20K. Guess my little Argosy will have to do for awhile.

Can't wait to watch the project!

Stepping Up to the Hensley is the most important thing I have ever done. Pulling our 34' it has delivered everything promised... No sway, no white knuckles when 18 wheelers come flying by...
a little difficult at first to "hook-Up" but when you get the hang of it, no problem... There's a subject you should explore...different ways to hook up to your Hensley... I use a tape measure and a rear hang mirror on my pickup!

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