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Old 01-18-2014, 11:39 AM   #1
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1969 overlander layouts

We have been looking at Airstreams for some time and have seen quite a few in various conditions. We have found one (27 ft.) that has a double bed in the middle. My question is about the double bed. It does not fold up and needs a mattress. Is that one of the original floor plans of the 1969 overlander to NOT fold up? It looks like it was built like that but it does take up hall space for walking. I have not seen one like that before. I have looked at the floorplans provided but I can't tell if they are the foldout couch type. Could anyone clarify?
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:40 PM   #2
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I have two Overlanders, one of them being a 1967 model with twin bunks in the hallway and a foldout sofa up front; the other being a 1958 model, which has one non-folding bed in the hallway and a pullout couch/bed up front. The size of the hallway bed is slightly smaller than full-size beds, and is commonly referred to as a "three-quarter", being 3/4 the size of a full bed. The "three-quarter" size was a common size bed available on many Airstreams built during the 1950s and 1960s. When I bought the 1958 model a couple of years ago, I had a new "deluxe" mattress custom-made (to fit the frame) for about $300. You may also find a RV center that offers the size mattress you need "ready-made" that will fit your existing frame. I suggest you take the necessary measurement then check with Camping World or some other RV center near you. I've found that RV centers are more likely (than home-furniture centers) to have odd-size mattress, especially if they are replacements for original factory-build beds.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:08 PM   #3
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Thank you! That answers my question. That is exactly the size it holds.
I have another question..... The Formica in the trailer is cracked in several places. It looks ugly. Do you know how expensive or difficult it would be to replace that?
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:34 AM   #4
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You can find information on the subject of Formica, laminations, etc. by going to the Airforum section on Interior Renovations, kitchens, countertops, cabinets, etc. Unless you have the tools and some expertice in cutting, trimming, fitting, and laminating this type of material, I would suggest that you consider hiring someone with experience in building/installing kitchen cabinets to do the job for you. The material itself is usually not very expensive and the work is not exceedingly diffucult, but the job can be very time-consuming. Rather than go through the process of removing the old material, prepping for the new sufaces and applying it, some people prefer to have new countertops, consisting of a different material, made and installed. New countertops can sometimes be made and installed in less time than doing a repair/renovation. Before tearing out the old material, I suggest you get some price quotes from a competent individual or company experienced in cabinet building for (1) repairing the damaged surfaces with new laminates, or, (2) installing new surfaces of a different material. If you're not happy with their prices or the replacement material and still want to tackle the job yourself, DO THE NECESSARY RESEARCH FIRST, and carefully follow the directions of the manufacturer when doing the installation. In addition to the information on this website, you may find some helpful information on the Youtube website. If you go to their site, the search bar will appear on their home page. Just type in the subject matter you're looking for, i.e., Repairing Formica Countertops. You may get lucky and find precisely the information you need, including a helpful (or not so helpful) video of the process. Good Luck!
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