1973 Land Yacht International Rear Bath Twin Bed Airstream Travel Trailer
It has been stored almost its entire life under the same roof. Actual usage was extremely minimal.
Even the curtains, upholstery, and carpeting are all still original and in great condition.
I have checked and verified operation of the range, oven, water heater, and front catalytic heater.
The refrigerator gets cold and makes ice like a champ! I did test both gas and electric sections on separate days.
The air conditioner and compressor starts easily and I was always able to run on a smaller generator and had no problem on a regular house plugin. It always had great cooling capacity. It includes a heat strip and updated thermostat to take the chill off as an additional option to the propane heating. Unlike most RV air units, this one even has a drain tube that exits out the bottom of the trailer rather than just running off the roof. Maybe another reason why Airstreams were renowned for their build quality!
I put some water in and checked the water system. The pump runs at normal pressure and all faucets work.
I also checked the brakes. Exterior running lights worked when tested. The original Univolt (converter/battery charger that provides 12 volts when plugged in) malfunctioned (quit), but I replaced it with a replacement convertor unit that I had purchased as a spare for a motorhome that we no longer own. I left the Univolt in its original place because they were unique to some collectors and also incorporates a fuse block and feeds a front battery gauge. It does not have a current battery – I will leave that up to the future owner to replace with the preferably deep cycle type they desire.
This was a top of the line model and included almost every available option.
My parents bought this after they traveled to the World’s Fair in Knoxville around 1982. They attended in a brand new truck with a camper topper. On that trip, my father decided that he wanted an Airstream, so he found this one up in Hurley, WI. My parents had told me that its original owners were a construction or some such company who had it on hand for jobsites, kind of like a VIP trailer, but rarely had a reason to actually use it – which of course showed, since even to this day it’s mostly factory original.
My parents brought it home and we built a second shed for the farm for other reasons, but also with storing this trailer in mind. Since it was a 24/7 family dairy farm, there wasn’t a lot of camping time. My parents took it to a popular area campground (45 miles away) a few times and would join their friends with their respective campers (it was kind of cute how they would get adjoining campsites in kind of a “circle the wagons” fashion. I don’t think they ever took it camping any further away – they had plans to, but just never took the time even after retirement. I should add that while their friends had shorter but more square camper units and towed with larger engines, my dad towed with a Dodge 318 – yes, for 5500 pounds that was marginal, but he used to take particular pride in getting there on a single quarter tank while their friends had to fill their dual tanks before returning home…Airstreams really did pull lighter!
With the exception of two or three additional times, it remained stored in that same location unused – more preserved than anything.
The tires are probably original. Even though they have lots of tread – which is understandable since they rarely received any use or even direct sunlight – tires are something that can do a lot of damage to trailer bodies if they come apart. It’s a shame and somewhat shocking what happens to tires with age!
I had previously replaced the original antenna with a Winegard satellite dish and then upgraded to a more modern Winegard batwing design for the over-the-air antenna. Of course, times and technology constantly change, so there are upgrade options too numerous to mention if your needs are different. Years later there are more automatic satellite options, better over-the-air antenna systems tuned for newer digital TV reception, and now WIFI and cellular broadband options as well.
Everything with few exception is pretty much factory original as delivered, which is sometimes important to some collectors. There is only one known fault that was a common problem for these specific years. The tambour cabinet doors used a door material similar to a roll-top-desk. They tend to separate between the slats as a weak point. We always tried to be careful once we became aware of this design fault, but there are some slats that have separated. I believe the material was updated on newer models to include a heavier cloth like backing and are supposedly able to be repaired or replaced.
Given its history and because of its retained value and rarity of being so close to original, I would naturally love to see it go to a good home where someone would love it and take care of it as much as my family did!
Please contact me if you would like more information or would like to arrange a time to see it in person. Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!