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Old 05-12-2005, 04:19 AM   #1
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Hey all !

I have been lurking the forums for sometimes as a guest and I thought I would pop up.

First off, I do not own an Airstream.

Why am I here?


I really like the looks of the new International CCD (esp the interior) but I really can't afford it so I am am in the process of looking for a good used one from the 80's. I prefer the floorplans from the 80's on and I am looking to buy one to fix up.

I want to go ultra modern. I know most here are purists so I am worried now that I am out of the closet that I will be shunned from the airstream community.
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Old 05-12-2005, 04:43 AM   #2
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Old 05-12-2005, 06:38 AM   #3
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Go for it! I would prefer to see someone take a trailer, make it useful and use it than to see it wasting away in some field. Good luck to you in your adventure.
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Old 05-12-2005, 06:50 AM   #4
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You will quickly find owning the unit is only half of the experience. I am on my second and now considering a motorhome and would not consider anything else but an Airstream so I can stay tied into WBCCI. I was at the dealers last week getting some warranty repairs and saw the limited edition Safari... talk about ultra modern.. I was ready to trade right then and there... (but my wife was there too....)... I think it would be very cool to do a modern refurb to an older trailer.. Keep us posted (with pictures) if you decide to do it.
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.... I know most here are purists so I am worried now that I am out of the closet that I will be shunned from the airstream community.
HI Aluminator, and welcome.

I don't know of one person who still has green shag carpeting. Modern interiors are very cool and you might actually even be joining a popular club of creative restoration craftsman. Feel free to change anything you want but the shape, and I'll still be your friend

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Old 05-12-2005, 07:01 AM   #6
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Fear not ... ultra modern interiors are perfectly fine. People get anxious about originality in 50s and 60s trailers, but I notice that very few feel that way about the dark fake wood, orange countertops, and green shag carpets of the 70s!

A few of us have already done what you are proposing. Check out sneakinup's Overlander, and also Project Vintage Thunder. Good luck!
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Old 05-12-2005, 07:12 AM   #7
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we love variety.....and get as excited about a restoration that keeps the originality as one that takes it to a whole new level. Its all good.
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Old 05-12-2005, 08:24 AM   #8
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Go for it!

I considered keeping the 70s look when I got my trailer -- for about a day. The outside of mine is great looking, but the more I work on the interior, the more I'm finding there's just not much there worth keeping. Beyond the carpet and the colors, I won't be crying when I finally replace the plastic-laminated cupboards, plywood partitions, and decaying light fixtures. So, lots of luck to you with whatever project you choose, and I can't wait to see your ideas!

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Old 05-12-2005, 08:56 AM   #9
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Welcome!

I am also new here and I don't agree that most here are Purists. I was also enamored by the CCD interior. In fact, you will discover there are many here who like the modern look to some degree or another. Some are even in the process of doing their own versions of the CCD interiors.

Good luck on your hunt.

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Old 05-12-2005, 09:02 AM   #10
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I think you will find a great mix of folks here. Some like things original, some like modern and some really unique - ie Ralph Laurens trailers, SW styles, ultra modern, space themes etc. So enjoy your trailer and let us know what your doing.

In my case, I'm working on a 1958 which will be (what I think) a nice mix of old and new. I should end up with a cool vintage trailer with modern mechanics

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Old 05-12-2005, 10:51 AM   #11
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.... I notice that very few feel that way about the dark fake wood, orange countertops, and green shag carpets of the 70s! ....
Hey! Just wanted to point out that 70's anything is now the height of fashion. Orange and big ugly flowers are BACK as well as shag, bell bottoms and cheap insense. That said - anyone who wants out throw away orange shag Argosy carpet can have it - just bring a hazmat suit when you come to pick it up!
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