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Old 06-25-2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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Advice on buying a small vintage trailer

Hi everyone! I just joined this site because my husband and I are looking to buy a small older trailer. I have been looking on Craigslist at some, most built in the 70's and under 20 ft. We love camping with our two little boys, like projects, and my husband is pretty handy - so an older fixer upper seems like a great choice for right now, plus they are so cozy! I've heard old Shastas are often good. I know we should look for water damage in anything we look at. Are there any brands that we should consider or avoid, or any other buying advice anyone has? Thank you so much for any help you can give. We are soooo excited to be joining the vintage RV commuinity!
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:53 PM   #2
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20 Feet and under can be a challenge with a couple of younger kids - that size range is usually only a sleeping and cooking unit - no bathroom or shower, so limits types of campgrounds most likely to provide the missing elements. Certainly do-able, but something in the mid 20 foot range will probably cost about the same, but provide substantially more needed features.

Good luck, welcome to the group, and happy RVing!

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Old 06-25-2010, 09:10 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. Always like to get more vintage trailers on here. Look in the Vintage Forum in the photos thread and ours is the number one post. It is a 1979 Silver Streak...31 years old now.

If you want a well built older trailer look for a Silver Streak, Streamline or a silver Avion. The bottom of my list would be an Air Stream. These are really well made trailer and are all aluminum with a steel under frame. After 31 years ours does not leak.

With you up in Washington, you should be able to find some silver Streaks or Streamlines. They were manufactured in California and there are lots of them on the west coast.

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