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Old 10-28-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Honeymoon Airstream!

Fiance and I just purchased a 1972 Overlander. We are planning on remodeling it and taking it on our honeymoon in September of 2014. Here are a few photos, I will add more as we (hopefully) make progress.

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Old 10-28-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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With 11 months before W- Day, my advice is not to go crazy. Get is sparkling clean. Get everything working. Get it watertight and go camping! If there is something relatively minor that you just HAVE to do something about -- well, go for it but avoid major projects until you have a bunch of nights racked up and you know what you really need to do.

I guess my point is that lots of folks buy their dream trailer and then start a major renovation before they ever get a chance to use the thing. They discover that a major re-do is both a time and money black hole. A surprising number give up. More better you go camping...

Congrats on the upcoming nuptials and on your new "honeymoon suite".

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Old 10-28-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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Looks like a great trailer! Sounds like a perfect way to start a marriage ♥
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:44 PM   #4
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Looks like a good trailer to start a remodeling project.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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Better'n a tent!!! Looks like good starting point, keep us all posted!
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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If you are using it on your honeymoon, be sure to have 4 good stabilizers installed on it!
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:36 PM   #7
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I was going to point out check the stabilizers for the honeymoon! Then start a rally (or you are close enough to our anniversary date, we will celebrate yours with ours at next years rally) lol! Enjoy, can't wait to see pics as you progress!!
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:46 PM   #8
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Looks like a great trailer! Sounds like a perfect way to start a marriage ♥
That's the way I started married life. but it was in a 68 Bambi!!!
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:17 AM   #9
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Removing carpet

Thanks all! We have made a small amount of progress this week so far. All the interior electric and lights now work. Wes thinks he found the problem with tow lights, so that may be resolved tonight. We ripped up the carpet in the bathroom (where we know there is a leak from the window). Surprisingly the wood underneith did not seem in horrible shape. Not sure if we will need to replace it or not. We need to pull the rest of the carpet out to decide for sure, most likely. I do think I'd feel better with a whole new floor to be on the safe side, but I guess we will see.

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Any expert thoughts on how the wood looks from my very mediocre photos?

Also, Wes got a chuckle out of the stabilizer advice and assures everyone that he will make it a priority!
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:36 AM   #10
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Any expert thoughts on how the wood looks from my very mediocre photos?
Looks like minor water staining. (I am assuming the "border" around the walls is carpet tack strip and not an old patch).
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:49 AM   #11
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Surprisingly the wood underneith did not seem in horrible shape. Not sure if we will need to replace it or not. We need to pull the rest of the carpet out to decide for sure, most likely. I do think I'd feel better with a whole new floor to be on the safe side, but I guess we will see. Any expert thoughts on how the wood looks from my very mediocre photos?:
The floor looks really good to me, actually! I have found that any water damage to the floor will be around the edge of the floor, as water leaking almost anywhere above gets trapped between the wall skins and runs directly to the bottom of the walls. I would look around the edges, especially under cabinets and such, for any really bad damage. You should especially check in the trunk, where there might have been plumbing leaks or water under the sink and shower. Even if you find some minor damage under there, do the "jump on the bumper" test described in threads about rear end separation. If you don't see any major weakness there, your floor is in too good condition to think about ripping out all those bathroom fixtures and plumbing to fix before getting some use out of your camper. Good luck and congratulations! We are finding that there are always things we want to fix, but we try and remember that it is an old camper and it doesn't have to be perfect in order to be nice.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:13 AM   #12
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Yeah, walking in a trailer can make it rock a bit.. Especially when your bride is smiling at you.

I hear you can use wood block as stringer support under the stabilizers. Just don't apply too much pressure at those points(don't lift AS off the tires)!

Stabilize fore aft direction and yaw direction. Remember, campsites are not level. So, using a jack-screw type jack will allow you to dial in precise stability. Only downsides are bulk unless and having to get under AS to adjust. The standard jack stands are less adjustable, but easier to find and operate.

Blocking the tires fore and aft on both sides also will help keep things more stable.

That floor looks fine. Take a ice pick or similar tool and "probe" foor in the area by walls or where you are are concerned. Are the spots soft? Don't put too much pressure as you are testing not trying to drive it through.

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Old 10-29-2013, 07:20 AM   #13
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Great looking trailer. I actually love the tweed (?) upholstery of the gaucho.

We're currently remodelling, gently, a 1984 International. So far, we've got new flooring installed and all the upholstery redone. Next year, paining the dark wood white, install a composting toilet.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:21 AM   #14
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Any expert thoughts on how the wood looks from my very mediocre photos?

Also, Wes got a chuckle out of the stabilizer advice and assures everyone that he will make it a priority!
No one will be able to evaluate your wood from a photo unless there are holes in it! The key thing to look for is softness or weakness. Your floor is part of the structure of the trailer, so it's critical that it is strong, especially where it joins the shell. Check everywhere with an ice pick for softness.

If you've had moisture, but the wood still looks strong, you may want to consider stopping any dry rot with Cold Penetrating Epoxy Sealer. It's not cheap, but a little goes a long way. It seals so well that bacteria or fungus can't destroy your wood.

You and Wes seem to have a good sense of humor -- and adventure. Enjoy!
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