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Old 08-03-2016, 07:49 PM   #29
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I don't think it really matters when you remove the windows, but they'll be a great winter project because they're extremely time consuming. I removed them and broke them down completely so that I could get to every nook and cranny. It's an i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e amount of work, but I'm more concerned about doing it right than doing it cheap or doing it fast. Depending on how much time you have they could take you all winter.

At the stage that you're at I'd be more concerned about getting an accurate template for the subfloor. Mine was in relatively good condition so I just laid the new plywood over the old and traced it, but it sounds like yours might be a little more complicated.

Measure, take pictures, take notes, measure some more, measure again, measure three different ways and write it down. Then take more pictures. I was certain I would remember how things go back together, so I didn't take too many pictures, but now that I'm rebuilding the bottom end I wish I would have taken more. It's the danged details that get you
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:30 AM   #30
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Let me suggest that you definitely replace the belly pan & add grey tanks into your frame. They have them at Vintage Trailer Supply (whose next vacation you may be funding!&#128512. New axles are probably your best bet too. Not so much $ in the big scheme of things & probably the most important part of the whole project.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:42 AM   #31
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Let me suggest that you definitely replace the belly pan & add grey tanks into your frame. They have them at Vintage Trailer Supply (whose next vacation you may be funding!&#128512. New axles are probably your best bet too. Not so much $ in the big scheme of things & probably the most important part of the whole project.
I intend to replace the belly pan and add a grey tank. I have seen those on VTS. I just have to decide where to put it and how to vent it.

Axels are going to be replaced as well.

I am still in the tear out phase but doing as much planning in my head as I can. I was up all last night building and planning when I should have been sleeping.

My wife thinks I am going to go crazy. I have been known to overthink things. Oh boy...

How about a couple interior pics...???
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:55 AM   #32
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The tanks are skinny and can fit between the frame riggers and can be vented to your existing sink vents.

Steve from Vintage was so patient with us as we emailed back and forth with measurements and drawings. He knows his Airstreams.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:47 AM   #33
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I'm finally going to install my tanks this weekend, I'll take pics and write it up on my other thread. At that point I can finish installing the subfloor and then flip it over to start working on the belly pan. I've found a local supplier who has 10'x4' sheets of .032 5052 for $59 ea, and that's what I'm going to use.

Are you going to go back with the same floor plan?
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I'm finally going to install my tanks this weekend, I'll take pics and write it up on my other thread. At that point I can finish installing the subfloor and then flip it over to start working on the belly pan. I've found a local supplier who has 10'x4' sheets of .032 5052 for $59 ea, and that's what I'm going to use.

Are you going to go back with the same floor plan?
Awesome. You are cruising right along. I cant wait to see how your belly pan replacement goes and I can cheat off of you. This is going to work out great for me

As for the floor plan it is going to have to change. Somehow I need to fit a family of five in this thing.

I am thinking triple bunks in the back with dinette conversion for the front for me and the wife to sleep. Kitchen in the same spot. As I sketch this thing out I keep finding I have no room for a toilet. I may not put one in. I have had a lot of feedback on that. My point is that if you tent or pop-up you don't have a bathroom so whats the difference? Less hassle and stuff.
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:38 PM   #35
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The tanks are skinny and can fit between the frame riggers and can be vented to your existing sink vents.

Steve from Vintage was so patient with us as we emailed back and forth with measurements and drawings. He knows his Airstreams.
Thanks for the tip. I will be referencing all this info for future reference.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:51 PM   #36
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Awesome. You are cruising right along. I cant wait to see how your belly pan replacement goes and I can cheat off of you. This is going to work out great for me

As for the floor plan it is going to have to change. Somehow I need to fit a family of five in this thing.

I am thinking triple bunks in the back with dinette conversion for the front for me and the wife to sleep. Kitchen in the same spot. As I sketch this thing out I keep finding I have no room for a toilet. I may not put one in. I have had a lot of feedback on that. My point is that if you tent or pop-up you don't have a bathroom so whats the difference? Less hassle and stuff.
If you do triple bunks in the back and a gaucho in the front you could still have room for a toilet. I'm doing a queen bed in the back and a gaucho in the front (sleeps 4) and I'll have a kitchen with stove, oven fridge and sink, wet bath with toilet and shower, plenty of closet space, and a chest of drawers. I've attached a quick and dirty floor plan...
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:07 PM   #37
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If you do triple bunks in the back and a gaucho in the front you could still have room for a toilet. I'm doing a queen bed in the back and a gaucho in the front (sleeps 4) and I'll have a kitchen with stove, oven fridge and sink, wet bath with toilet and shower, plenty of closet space, and a chest of drawers. I've attached a quick and dirty floor plan...
I like it. What I find so interesting with all of this is that people have such different needs and can create a floor plan to suit there particular needs just right. My wife wants openness and counter space.

When I get a chance I will get a sketch up here for all to see.
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"Somehow I need to fit a family of five in this thing."

Might I suggest a ATU.

Auxiliary Tent Unit!
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"Somehow I need to fit a family of five in this thing."

Might I suggest a ATU.

Auxiliary Tent Unit!
My 6 year old thinks that is great idea. He wants to go as far as he can into the woods and bring his nerf gun in case there is a bear.
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:03 AM   #40
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Open plan

Ah, yes, on open floor plan will be nice with all of those georgeous Windows. What is your serial number?
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My serial # is 09144. I believe the caravanner in '57 went from 9100-9199.

I feel like the floor plan should take advantage of all the windows and natural light. So that is the idea. Lots of counter space and open.


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Ahh, great advice on the door opening. I hadn't thought of that. Plus, taking the door off gives me one more thing to thoroughly go through this winter.

I had assumed that the floor would/should be flush to the outboard side of the c channel. Is that not the case?

Geez I'm slow on a reply, huh?

I haven't seen 'flush' to be one of the factory build goals. On my '63 there were parts of the floor flush with the edge of the channel but most places the channel was overhanging by some random amount.
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