Texas Highland Lakes Unit Vintage Airstream Round-Up

10th Anniversary Texas Vintage Airstream Round-Up Rally Will Be April 27-May 1, 2017

Texas Highland Lakes Unit (THLU) of WBCCI is sponsoring its 10th Anniversary Texas Vintage Airstream Round-Up Rally, April 27-May 1, 2017 at Coushatte Recreation Ranch outside Bellville, TX which is some 65 miles west of Houston. Full hook-ups on grass with trees are provided in a ranch environment away from cities, freeways, and major highways.

Membership in WBCCI or VAC is NOT required—the only requirement is that attendees have some type of an Airstream product—-any year of manufacture. Every year, we have attendees join WBCCI & VAC for the first time. At our 9th Rally in May 2015, we had 1948 model Airstreams to 2015 models of which nearly 60% were Vintage.

This Rally Includes: seminars on vintage topics as well as topics of interest to others, panel discussions, camp fires, door prizes, entertainment, happy hours with beer, seven (7) catered meals, one (1) potluck dinner, a swap meet, and an open house for Airstreams. We plan to have some special Anniversary Rally souvenirs, door prizes, and entertainment to celebrate this occasion.

The Rally Cost is: $100 ($82 for 7 catered meals + $18 for rally activities) Per Person with children under age 15 free; and the Parking Cost is $25 per night (most of the activities are held on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.) Pre-shrunk, adult sized Rally Anniversary Shirts will be available for order at a cost of $16 for sizes S-XL and $18 for sizes 2XL & 3XL.

Some of the topics in the past have dealt with: solar panels & installation, frame off restoration, axles & brakes, electrical & batteries, plumbing including holding tanks, cleaning holding tanks, flooring, refrigerator repair and alternatives, air conditioner & heating alternatives, LED lighting, riveting, polishing, custom cabinets, window replacement, general and basic maintenance, insurance, portable generators/invertors, container gardening, cooking in an Airstream, using a convection oven, Dutch-oven cooking, places to camp & visit, caravanning, dry camping, towing for women, Yoga for all, and full-timing in an Airstream.

Help us round-up all Airstreams. Head down to Texas for: good food, good times, good friendships, and good Texas hospitality & help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary Vintage Rally, April 27 – May 1, 2017, Texas style !

Rally Registration Form and information may be found at the THLU website: www.thlu.org ;or contact Jean Beebe at: tj-beebe@hotmail.com or 512/745-4201 (Cell).

Direct any specific questions about the Rally to: Harvey Craig at: eharv@msn.com or 512/633-0380 (Cell)

Registration Form & Fees are Due PRIOR to April 13, 2017.

1961 Boles Aero Montecito

Check out one of the latest trailers to leave our shop – a 1961 Boles Aero 22′ Montecito name ‘Jackie Sue’. Jackie Sue is most definitely a rags to riches story. Found rotting in a field in Jacksboro, Texas, her owners hired A&P to give her a new lease on life and in a much more glamorous fashion. The pictures can be seen in our portfolio.


Questions Answers and an Airstream Buyer’s Checklist

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I sat down with Ann and Paul one rainy spring morning to ask them a few questions about what people should know as they begin the process of repairing or restoring their vintage Airstreams and trailers.

Q: What’s the most frequently asked question you get from folks who are looking to get a trailer repaired at A&P?

ANN: “How much will it cost is the number one question we get. A complete renovation on a vintage Airstream, averages $40-thousand. The list goes on. Currently (2015), on a 25’ or less length trailer, to take the shell off and replace the axle, frame and floor can be around $15-thousand.

Q:What advice would you give someone BEFORE they contact you about vintage trailer repairs?

“A potential vintage trailer owner can spend a lot of money on a trailer that’s in very good condition, and invest less in the restoration of that trailer. OR, they can spend very little on the initial trailer, and there’ll be more to spend on restorations and repairs. It’s like squeezing a balloon. You’re going to pay, one way or another.”Inspect the trailer before you purchase it.

Q:What kind of inspection would you recommend?

The following is a point-by-point list of things to look for when considering a new trailer, or inspecting a trailer you already own, for potential repairs by A&P. This list is available to you as a free download for your use. Just click the file at the end of the story to download your copy!

Expect axles over 20-years-old to be shot.

Expect appliances more than 20-years-old to NOT be trustworthy

Observe – look at the body to frame connection at the tongue and bumper

Look for significant corrosion on the frame at those locations

Look for outriggers that have rubbed through the belly pan or body (body to frame connection problems)

Airstreams from the late 1950’s to about 1961, with rectangular frames, need additional diligence when inspecting for corrosion (especially in the belly compartment that may not be readily visible)

Jump on the back bumper! If the body-frame connection is compromised, there’ll be movement

There are known issues with wiring in late 1960’s solid aluminum wiring in Airstreams.

Anything that has added additional weight to the back of the trailer is a RED FLAG! Additional weight in the rear of a trailer can have significant structural impact.

Look around at windows and doors. Check the floor around windows and doors and wheel wells with an ice pick. You’re looking for softness in the plywood floor in those areas.

Check the windows for weather seal. Missing Airstream windows can be very expensive and nearly impossible to find.

Smell – for fresh chemicals; caulk, glues and carpets under sinks, under windows and other areas prone to damaging leaks.

Look for leaks. Staying ahead of leaks is part of trailer ownership. Expect leaks. If the trailer you’re considering has leaks, and it’s been leaking a long time – EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.

Ask yourself, “Where has the trailer lived?” An Arizona trailer will not have suffered the rot and corrosion a Florida trailer suffers from. Ask for the trailer’s genealogy. Ask if the owner would share memorabilia or pictures.

If the plumbing has not been upgraded with new water pump / faucets / PEX, there may have been drips or leaks that also cause damage over time.

INSPECT THE HITCH before you hook your trailer up and take it home.

– interviewed in 2015 by the Loco Airstreamer