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Old 07-08-2017, 11:35 AM   #1
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'72 Tradewind 25' Full Monty

Here is my full Monty on my '72 Tradewind 25'. I'll start with a few pics from the day I inspected the trailer and bought it.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:52 AM   #2
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Drove it home. Basically every thing 'worked' sort of? There was normal floor rot for it's vintage, some half a$$ plumbing and a few questionable repairs through out. I didn't really mind as the plan has been a full frame off restoration. The interior actaully didn't look to bad for its age, but I planned on a full renovation, it's not like '72 Airstream was a mid century modern classic in the interior. Plastic, fake wood stickers, bad upholstery through out. Again no problem or surprise here as it's getting the full Monty.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:55 AM   #3
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Ok that's getting annoying, no idea why the pictures are rotating. The last batch I uploaded I even rotated them the opposite way before uploading. I'll to a little searching to correct that problem before I add more pictures.
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:37 PM   #4
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Testing photo
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Old 07-08-2017, 01:48 PM   #5
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My local economy is oil price based so right after I bought the trailer the price of oil tanked and my trailer budget evaporated over night.

Ok now we have to fast forward two years...

It sat in my driveway for two years, but that did give me the chance look at the fourm lots, plan, and fiqure out my plan.

Here or my pictures from my day one of deconstruction and demo.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:02 PM   #6
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Day one went fairly well I think. I only found one interesting critter home.
Don't know what, but they stored and stashed away this dog food and maybe rabbit food or maybe poison?
The dog food fell to the ground as I opened the front lower panel.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:11 PM   #7
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Looks like a fun project
Keeps us posted
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:24 PM   #8
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On the interior I did save both end caps that I plan on reusing. I also saved the entire rear bathroom, fridge, oven and trashed pretty much every thing else.
I've also been busy ordering parts when not working on the trailer. So for my parts on order are:

Dometic CU434 oven/range
Dometic Penquin II low profile AC unit
Suburban 20btu furnace
Natures Head Composting Toilet
Maxxair roof vent x2
Vitrifrigo dp-2600

Bought a few sinks from Ikea.
Also ordered a tool order and rivets, every thing I need I need I think from Aircraft Tool and Supply.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:31 PM   #9
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I did debate and research on keeping the fridge and oven that are original. Asked a bunch of questions on the forum and came to the conclusion of going new. I'm also relocating the rear bath to a mid bath.
So up for grabs I have a Dometic fridge from '72 ( it works on 110 for sure as it's been my beer fridge in my garage during deconstruction) a Magic Chef oven, looks like it's never been used. But is also ugly and would need some love. A complete rear bath. Located in Western Canada so keep that in mind if you wanted parts.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:33 PM   #10
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Looks like a fun project
Keeps us posted
Thanks dmbecke I'll try and keep everyone up dated and yes should be fun.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:39 PM   #11
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Here are some pictures during day two of renos and where day two finished off.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:59 PM   #12
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So I'm pretty much ready to pop the top and pull the frame out from underneath. I've bought all the wood to build the gantries. I have the lower trim removed and ready to tackle the elevator bolt removal.
A few days off to the lake and should be good to go when I get back.

AND then... I broke my ankle. I wish I had some hard core adventure to detail my ankle break but I don't, stupid accident on a small rope swing. Snap... oh great Dave just broke the rope swing branch, nope that was my ankle and it was ugly. I guess that why they call them accidents.

So I'm in a remote location in northern Alberta, make my way to the local closest small town hospital- Athabasca. X-rays and yes it broken. It' long weekend, Canada Day, I need to get back to Calgary for surgery, tough it out for a few days on T3's and bourbon so the family can enjoy the lake.

Back home and surgery done, two weeks manadatory foot elevated and no weight on it for six weeks. Progress on the trailer comes to a halt.

No wait I can get this thread started and updated. I can finalize my plans and order remaining parts. I'll have a few questions on a few things I'm still debating.

Stay tuned. Maybe I'll post some gore with ankle pics?
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:03 PM   #13
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My wife dropped this beside me, "maybe you can start using this."

Maybe I can, don't have too walk as far...
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Old 07-09-2017, 12:50 PM   #14
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What's next?

Being limited on my mobility I'll be tighting up my plans, finish up ordering the remaining major systems needed.

Here's the list:

Finish floor plan.
- almost done just need to make it to scale and a pretty diagram.
Plumbing plan.
- I have it done in my head, just need to get frame out, subfloor off and detail that plan.
Frame out and rebuilt as needed. ( that would be done now if I wasn't broken)
- new sub floor.
Electrical plan. The basic wiring of it is easy enough, the hard part is choosing the 'system' to go with. Discuss this more later.
Water seal all seams, check all rivets, replace as needed.
Install Maxxairs, AC unit.
Remove and reseal all windows.
Get it all back together and start the build! ( big discussion on its own)

Major purchases still needed: (still debating and researching)

Water heater.
-Narrowed it down to a precision temp RV 550

http://www.precisiontemp.com/rv-and-...v-and-trailer/

- just haven't pulled the trigger yet. They are expensive and I'm reading when they break, they generally get replaced compared to tank units that are cheaper and repairable. ( I have a Atwood 6g that came out of the trailer that *might work)
- please talk me into the Precision unit

THE BIG DEPaTE

The electrical system, easily can become the biggest cost factor of the entire build. Fancy controllers/invertors/chargers, solar- how much, batteries- which kind, etc etc. So many opinions, so many options, so many directions to go, so many different price ranges. It's by far the most daunting decision of my entire Airstream project. It's my most lacking knowledge base and skill set of the entire build.

Looking for help.

I already own a Semlax 135w portable panel kit. I have the PD 9160A that was in the trailer, I'll assume it works. I'm planning on a 30 amp system.

The wife thinks full hook up trailer sites will be what we use most, with short boondocking trips. I love the idea of off grid living. I see off grid boondocking becoming more of a thing as the kids get older, girls 6 &9. If my wife sees how well it can work, I think we'll do more boondocking then she thinks...

My thoughts are get quality inveter/charger/controller system that I can expand upon with more solar down the road. But I also have the chance now to easily install rails and solar on the roof.
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