Creating a Budget for Your Vintage Airstream Renovation

Posted 11-06-2016 at 08:07 AM by LittleGreen1
Updated 11-08-2016 at 02:33 PM by LittleGreen1

Understanding the costs to renovate a vintage Airstream and figuring out the sequence of work can be very daunting. Initially, I didn't have those concerns at all - it's easy to get swept up in the excitement of picking up your trailer on eBay or Craigslist and figuring that with a little clean up, you'll be ready to start your adventures. I suppose that's true to some extent. But, having taken this approach myself, it was months after I'd bought my first trailer that I'd gotten an idea of...
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Today is the Beginning...

Posted 04-06-2013 at 03:08 PM by Andy123
Updated 04-06-2013 at 03:24 PM by Andy123

Today is the beginning...really! The beginning of the renovation of my 1968 Safari Land Yacht. Before moving up to my mother's property where the airstream has been parked since the 80s I had mostly taken lots of photos, fantasized about how I would renovate it, and did a small window repair, which I realized now, I did not really even complete properly. But now that I am living on the property, and pass by the lonely airstream sitting abandoned in the field each day, I woke up this morning and...
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The lifting frame for shell removal

Posted 01-30-2013 at 09:24 PM by Silver Trout

The frame to lift the shell is coming together. We decided to bolt it directly to the ribs with self tapping sheet metal screws. Total of seven 2x6's across the width with 2x6's run legthwise to spread the jacking pressure across all the cross members evenly and prevent buckling of the walls. Afer these pics were taken, we added two 16 ft 1x6's in an "x" pattern across the top to prevent torsion. Finally, the end caps wre supported with 2x's attached to the main frame to keep their weight...
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Luxe Land Yacht - The Pickup, Hitch Setup, & 1st Camping

Posted 08-14-2011 at 08:27 PM by gtbzz85 (The Luxe Land Yacht Renovation)
Updated 08-14-2011 at 08:41 PM by gtbzz85

We picked up our '76 Sovereign from Carlock, IL on July 30th, 2011 and towed it to Sangchris Lake State Park just East of Springfield, IL for our first night of camping.

Before we could camp we inspected our new rig and hooked up the all in important weight distribution hitch.

Hitch Setup

I chose the Reese...
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The Luxe Land Yacht Renovation

Posted 08-14-2011 at 07:27 PM by gtbzz85 (The Luxe Land Yacht Renovation)

We're officially part of the club! My wife and I recently purchased a '76 Sovereign Land Yacht (mid-bath) off eBay and have towed her back to Kansas to begin our "Luxe" renovation. We will be detailing our renovation progress so subscribe to our blog now so you can keep up with the excitement!
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