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Old 09-22-2007, 03:32 PM   #1
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What kind of uniqueness have you done?

I was very impressed recently looking at SmokelessJoe's pictures of his remodel. He took an Ikea metal salad bowl and converted into a sink in his bathroom. How clever.
So, I'm wondering what else people out there have done similar to this. Kinda like the lady who made a bolster and sticks her blanket in it during the day.
I love inventive ways different people think. When you have to come up with unique ways to pack your AS, or craft it into your own.
What have you done to make yours personalized?
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:48 PM   #2
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Kinda like the lady who made a bolster and sticks her blanket in it during the day.
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:51 PM   #3
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I loved that!!! If you think of anymore let me know. I will have lots of time on my hands this winter to play with my "new/vintage" Airstream.



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Old 09-22-2007, 04:11 PM   #4
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...What have you done to make yours personalized?
I know you are barking up another tree, but there is something that appears to be unique about my Overlander's refurbishment. I am the only one I know who has seamless sheet vinyl covering the floor instead of some form of wood.

Between having small children and knowing that stuff happens, I decided that I would spend too much time worrying that a wood-plank floor would not fair well, and would diminish my family's camping experience.

Past that, the only other unique thing done was to incorporate computer speakers into the decor to listen to the radio (pix at my web site) since my Airstream came without wall mounted speakers.

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Old 09-22-2007, 04:39 PM   #5
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Hmmm... I've put a pair of 120v flourescent fistures inside the curtain hangers for indirect lighting in the living room, and replaced the (broken) center vent with a Fantastic Fan. I've also removed the old radio, and replaced it with a new CD player with aux inputs for the DVD player I've installed.
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Old 09-22-2007, 05:16 PM   #6
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Why'd he do that?.....still and again

Ref. a question I asked last year...Why'd he do that?....in reference to the many confusing and bungled mods to old Airstreams. Don't get me wrong, I really like personalized additions or modifications. We all find clipped wires, drill holes, additions and gaping holes in the cabinetry....and we all wonder Why'd he do that?
Along those lines, every year at the end of summer, there is a rash of Airstreams that come up for sale....interior stripped, belly pan off, holes cut into the top and left empty, etc., etc. The feeding frenzy of summer is over, the reality that it WILL cost over 5000 dollars to a basic redo on a "needing TLC" Airstream sets in. Bingo!!!its up for sale....in way worse condition than found. Too many nice vintage ones are lost. "Why'd he do that?" Don't believe me? Look at our classifieds and EBAY.
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I have modified the top of the “entertainment center” credenza to support a 37” LED HDTV and my G4 Mac Tower. Also replaced the dinette tabletop to match. Photos at Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Photos - vswingfield's Images
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Hmmm... I've put a pair of 120v flourescent fixtures inside the curtain hangers for indirect lighting
Humm .... mood lighting - why Terry you old dog......
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I'd love to see a picture.


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I know you are barking up another tree, but there is something that appears to be unique about my Overlander's refurbishment. I am the only one I know who has seamless sheet vinyl covering the floor instead of some form of wood.

Between having small children and knowing that stuff happens, I decided that I would spend too much time worrying that a wood-plank floor would not fair well, and would diminish my family's camping experience.

Past that, the only other unique thing done was to incorporate computer speakers into the decor to listen to the radio (pix at my web site) since my Airstream came without wall mounted speakers.

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Old 09-23-2007, 01:14 AM   #10
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I didn't mean tricking them out so much. I was looking for inventive ideas. For me it's all new and I'd like to see what great ideas people have. I've seen several on here. But I know there's more people who have done interesting things with their Airstreams for travel. We are trying to make ours pretty again. It already is to us of course. It sat for the last 20 years and needs tlc. I'd like ideas so we don't make mistakes. We live in Alaska. So we can't get to rallies and visit people and see what they have done to theirs. We have no intentions of selling ours anytime soon. It's our new baby. We're in love.


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Ref. a question I asked last year...Why'd he do that?....in reference to the many confusing and bungled mods to old Airstreams. Don't get me wrong, I really like personalized additions or modifications. We all find clipped wires, drill holes, additions and gaping holes in the cabinetry....and we all wonder Why'd he do that?
Along those lines, every year at the end of summer, there is a rash of Airstreams that come up for sale....interior stripped, belly pan off, holes cut into the top and left empty, etc., etc. The feeding frenzy of summer is over, the reality that it WILL cost over 5000 dollars to a basic redo on a "needing TLC" Airstream sets in. Bingo!!!its up for sale....in way worse condition than found. Too many nice vintage ones are lost. "Why'd he do that?" Don't believe me? Look at our classifieds and EBAY.
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Since I know what many of your roads look like in Alaska (if they haven't changed in the last 25 years), the first thing I would do is install a rock guard on the front window. Since it is light a lot of the time when you would be camping, a solar panel would be a good idea to extend your boondocking stays.
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:56 AM   #12
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25 years? It sounds like your due for another vacation here. I'm sure it's changed up here quite a bit. We are just now getting the small malls in town. Home Depot, Lowe's, Barne's and Noble, Old Navy and several others.

Thankfully the last owner installed a rock guard. The solar panels are of interest. I need to look into those. I just discovered another neighbor has an AS down the road from me since the leaves are falling off the trees. I haven't met them yet. But I'm hoping they might have some knowledge of them.
Thanks for the hints....

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Since I know what many of your roads look like in Alaska (if they haven't changed in the last 25 years), the first thing I would do is install a rock guard on the front window. Since it is light a lot of the time when you would be camping, a solar panel would be a good idea to extend your boondocking stays.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:08 AM   #13
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CUstom mods that work for us

We made the following additions/enhancements to our 1963 Airstream that worked for us:

We did not like how the rooftop air conditioners disturbed the classic trailer profile so a the air has been mounted in a custom slideout:



Extended the Gaucho so it is now the size of a full queen:


Added a storage box to the front to hold chairs:


Put an outside shower (with hot water) - great for quickly washing up:


Few other things that I don't have pictures handy for:
-Added under trailer storage are for tire
-Added grey tank
-Added receiver on back so bike holder can be added
-Replaced stove with microwave convection (we don't even use our stove at home so this was a no brainer)

For the most part these have been great additions (still not sure about having the air on the floor - have not tried it in hot weather).


Hope this helps give you some ideas...
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Hmmm... I've put a pair of 120v flourescent fistures inside the curtain hangers for indirect lighting in the living room, and replaced the (broken) center vent with a Fantastic Fan. I've also removed the old radio, and replaced it with a new CD player with aux inputs for the DVD player I've installed.
Terry,
I did that as well except I used those lite strings..One on both sides..WOW, it really set off the ceiling nice...

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sigv question abt the A/C...
Did you configure for drain? I would think it would be sooo simple.
One of the best Ideas I have seen or heard abt in many yrs~!!!
Airstream should use this concept on all models~!!
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