1968 Airstream Globetrotter Project

Airstream’s are undeniably recognizable, and are a household name in the travel trailer world. The cool thing about Airstream is that they have been making recreational travel trailers for many decades. The older trailers are well cherished and admired by collectors, who strive to capture that era in time in which those trailers were built. This 1968 20’ Globetrotter is a sweet trailer, but you need a little imagination, and skills to take this one camping once again.  Although this may very well be the perfect blank canvas you have been looking for. With little time remaining in the auction this trailer is currently bid up to $4,600. Check it out here on eBay out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The interior is a bit cringe-worthy, but let’s take the optimistic approach to this cool trailer. I see this as a perfect opportunity to own a classic trailer, but this could also be a great way to build yourself the perfect trailer with the modern amenities you desire. We all need the basics. A bed, a kitchen area, and a dining area. Although what about adding some modern flair to this camper? What about heat and air-conditioning? This could be built with a retro approach, where the inside could resemble a vintage hotel room, with some modern flair.

Despite my modern speculation, there is a lot of the interior included with this trailer. It just simply is not installed. It is unclear how much or how little is missing, but perhaps there is enough remaining to rebuild, and replicate what originally would have been equipped. The original stove is included, as is the uniquely shaped tub base. Inside there is some damage to the rear wooden subfloor that will need to be replaced.

The outside has the classic look and appeal of a vintage Airstream, but there are some pros and cons to this trailer. A new axle with fresh brakes has been installed, so this one is ready to be towed to its new destination. The not so good is that there is some external damage, but it could be repaired. The corning curved glass windows in this machine were apparently only used in 1967 and 1968. The clips that retain the glass need work. Honestly, that seems reasonable as I think you would want to remove the glass to reseal them, and to perhaps upholster around them from the inside. On the passenger side, there is a small cut in the bodywork that may be a bit frustrating to make perfect. I imagine a tig welder, and a fair amount of gentle hammering and polishing would get you the desired result. There are also a few waves in the bodywork on that side as well. Again, a total project, but there is plenty of opportunity here with this trailer. What would you do with this classic Airstream?

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Comments

  1. Ken Carney

    Would make a great tiny house for someone. And yes, you’ll need to have
    a huge skillset to make this camper a
    camper again. Add some modern amenities, some solar panels for the roof,
    and you’ll have that perfect hideout when
    your in-laws come to visit!

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  2. Fred Alexander

    What a shame this trailer ended up a candidate for the aluminum recycle program.
    Sorry – – did a few projects over the many years that I wish I’d never started – – did them mostly for the challenge not the reason-ability of the thought process before diving in – – usually into an empty pool where $$$$ used to be.
    Maybe someone will give it a go – – looks like an unknowing person has already tried.

  3. GKU

    UGH! $500.00 would be big money for this forlorn Airstream. Needs a lot of work and money to get this back on the road. Pass!

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    • Steve R

      It sold for $5,200.

      Steve R

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  4. Miguel

    No mention of the heat damage over the entry door side????

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  5. Bob

    I was offered an airstream something like this 20 years ago for $700. Somebody had painted it blue. Never saw it so no idea what the interior looked like. Will be interesting to see where this goes.

  6. Dave

    I have a ’67 Overlander 26ft, mostly original except axles, furnace, water heater, water pump, and charging unit. Still has the original (working) Armstrong AC unit. Interior largely original, unfortunately (yellows, greens, browns, etc). What we should be talking about here is the state of the floor. Floor rot is a big issue, and replacement requires total shell removal.

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  7. chrlsful Member

    $50 – $150 to tow away plez? Windows’n door need seal up !now! if floor is not gone already…well “work’s all cut…” may B start w/a close cell spray insulation for the H2O too…

  8. Joanne / Fred Alexander

    A later post not seen here says it sold for $5200
    YIKES !

    Like 2

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