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Old 02-10-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Alana's 1973 Tradewind Project

Well, looks like we have a big project on our hands, so I might as well start 1 thread to work through it all.

I just uploaded 48 photos of the bad, the ugly...and there might be some good in there somewhere. The set is here on Flickr. I would have posted them all here, but there were so many.

Looks like I'll be becoming a pro at smoothing out aluminum and replacing floors.

Still excited. The long road will be worth it when she's back to her ol' self and strutting down the freeway in style.



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Old 02-10-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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Hi Alana,

Wow - you certainly have your work cut out for you! But yes, it'll be worth it all. Keep us posted on progress, and good luck with your project!

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Old 02-10-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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Hi Alana -

You may be interesting in some of the articles in our blog on the Tin Pickle, a 1971 Tradewind....

Tin Pickle Adventures

Good luck with your project. I'd stop the water coming in first....

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With all the skin damage you need to visit Aerowood's posts and Marzboy's as well. Do you plan on replacing most of the lower skins on about 3 sides? Good luck with your project.

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Good luck to you....looking at the interior of that sure brings back memories of when we brought ours home...especially that floor rot (almost identical places).
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:52 AM   #6
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She's home!

I looked through the links you guys posted. Thank you for all the info and resources! I've bookmarked them for reference and inspiration.

We brought her home yesterday. The biggest find was that what looked like rot on the floorboards was mostly leftover carpet gunk. For the time-being it looks like only the area by the front door will need replacing. Whew! That's good news.

Here are pics from yesterday:
Flickr: Search Alana Waters-Piper's photostream

Even the dents in the skin don't look as horrible in person. All in all, no regrets for taking this one on.

Now for the weather to warm up so I can get at her!!
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For the time-being it looks like only the area by the front door will need replacing. Whew! That's good news.
That's pretty normal (we had to do the same thing)...check the wood in the front "corners" as well, as it's likely pretty soft.

The biggie is to check the wood in the back, as it is notorious for rotting out in the corners due to a bad design in the early 70's, which will eventually cause the dreaded rear-end separation (we'd had to had our fixed for rotten wood in the corners).
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Make sure you take a good look at the floor where it connects to the rear of the trailer. You can see it from inside the cabinet under the bathroom sink. This is a very common area for leaks and rot.

Good luck with the project and keep updating.
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Thank you for the tips on the corners. Will check that asap.

In the rear, are we talking about the space in the closet and under the shower then?

Spent some time sweeping out today and it looks like she was home to some furry little squatters who liked to dine on pine cones and nuts.

Need to replace several tambor doors.
The Formica counters, in sunny yellow, are in pretty good shape.
The walls feel a little tacky to the touch. I read somewhere that folks had luck spray painting the vinyl covering with Krylon paint for plastics. Is that correct?
Any tips for the yellowed plastic / fiberglass (?) in the bathroom?

Very anxious for warmer weather to come so I can really dig in and spend a solid weekend exhausting myself with the shop vac and cleansers. I think she could be quite campable as-is once she's good and scrubbed down. We'll just keep working to make her prettier and prettier.

Thank you guys again for the tips! Airstreams are new to me, so I really appreciate the added confidence that comes from insights shared by folks who know the nooks and crannies.

Have a great week!

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Post TO-DO list

I've taken stock and am trying to get together a plan of attack.

So far I've inspected all the good/bad/ugly, read the Airstreaming for Newbies book, and purchased and received the 1973 Airstream owner's manual off eBay.

  1. Title/tags
  2. New tires, to do this weekend
    Just found out the tire size for a '73 Tradewind from @wasagachris:
    The original tire size was a 7.00 x 15 which translates to a 215/75R/15 tire today. (thought I'd leave this as a breadcrumb. maybe it'll help someone else.)
  3. Install weight distribution hitch
  4. Brake inspection/repair/update
  5. Install brake controller in car
  6. Hit the interior with the shop vac
  7. Sweep and clean out all the presents left behind by the squirrels who lived there before.
  8. Scrub the heck out of every surface to get rid of the rabies (see 6)
  9. Replace section of wood floor near entrance.
  10. Sand, seal, and prep floor
  11. Lay down new vinyl planks (found some made of recycled materials. Figure these will flex with the trailer and add little weight, plus easy to wipe down.)
  12. The yellow Formica in the galley is in good shape, just needs to be re-glued in a couple of places. Easy to-do to knock off the list.
  13. Suction cup the dents on the exterior, see how that works out
  14. Roll out the long crease along the street side lower panel, see how that works out.
  15. Commit to painting the interior, though I'm still not sure what I'll do. Might paint the walls white and the wood panels pale gray. I'm doing a Scandinavian cottage treatment on the decor.
    (I've started a Pinterest board for the camper interior here.)
  16. Sew curtains or blinds for the windows. Gray/yellow to play off the yellow counter top in the galley.
  17. Try out the OxyClean/hydrogen peroxide treatment on the plastic in the bathroom to see if it can be whitened. No plan B for this yet, though I hear it works very well.
  18. I've already spoken with Marti from Marti's Awnings about sewing a new replacement for what I think is a Carefree awning. She says, "No problem!" Marti's awesome.

    Great thread on dealing with Carefree awnings here:
    http://www.airforums.com/forums/f442...tml#post838200
I'd like to get this all done in the next 3-4 weekends. At least before Mother's Day weekend for our 2nd annual camp out at the Dunes in Michigan.



Also found a woman on Craigslist who has 2 new twin mattresses for sale, $40 for the pair, never used. They were in her guest room, less than a year old. Score! So that takes care of the back beds. I have a full-size mattress from our '55 Yellowstone that I'm going to put in the front.


That's the latest for now!


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There are many threads if you search sticky vinyl walls. I just did mine using Andys method of cleaning with 409 cleaner and then 2 coats of acrylic sealer. What a difference. Sal.
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There are many threads if you search sticky vinyl walls. I just did mine using Andys method of cleaning with 409 cleaner and then 2 coats of acrylic sealer. What a difference. Sal.
Acrylic sealer? I thought he used floor wax (like Future)?
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Regardless, Future (now renamed) is what we used on our walls after cleaning them and scrubbing them with orange oil.
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