Airstream import retrovintage

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 16:14
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Hi, while researching Airstream caravans, I recently noticed the thread by retrovintage in 2013 and again in July 2014 regarding their experiences importing a vintage Airstream from the US. I am very keen to speak with them about their experiences and would love to be in touch via email to find out more. If retrovintage is out there or anyone knows how to establish contact, I would be most grateful.
David
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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 18:00

Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 18:00
You can still buy a new one in the US Saw heaps of them in yards over there.

Doors on wrong side, Incorrect wiring, non compliant gas and appliances are some of the things to note. But you probably know that already.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 22:08

Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 22:08
You forgot Ugly!??
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 22:41

Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 22:41
No the newer ones looked ok but retro to say the least LOL
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Follow Up By: ian.g - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 09:14

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 09:14
You don't too hot yourself, beauty is in the eye of the beholder
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 20:28

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 20:28
Gee Ian! I thought I looked pretty good for my age! You've just knocked the wind out of me! :-( Michael
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Reply By: 3ways - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 13:23

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 13:23
David there is review in November's Caravan World of new imported Airstream. Importer is in Batemans Bay.
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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 14:12

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 14:12
David, have you tried looking for "retrovintage" on the vintage caravans forum?

Vintage Caravans

They're a pretty cool-looking 'van, if you're right into American style worship, that's for sure.
I think this bloke should be living in America! He certainly worships the 50's & 60's Americana!

1965 Airstream Tradewind and vintage F-100

I guess you're aware that all the plumbing on American 'vans is NPT? - not BSP - which makes life just a little more difficult when it comes to repairs and replacements.
That along with the strictly-U.S.-sourced attachments, accessories, fittings, and even the imperial sizes and thicknesses of everything will keep you occupied for a while!

I still work with a lot of imperial sized fasteners and American-origin machines, and it's getting hard to even get imperial-dimension hand tools locally today, in our metric world.

I acquired a huge quantity of new nylon NPT pipe fittings a few years back, and I must be one of the only people left in Australia, who still has stocks of that style of threaded pipe fittings!

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: awill4x4 - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 20:49

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 20:49
NPT fittings are still common in the motorsports industry as are Imperial bolts.
If you were to build anything motorsports related you would be silly to use anything else as metric costs 2- 3X more.
Chrome Moly 4130 tubing is sized so threads can be cut without needing to drill the tube to the right diameter for threading.

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