View Poll Results: How much will you spend on restoration, maintenance & upgrades?
$0 - $100 29 3.60%
$100 - $500 109 13.52%
$500 - $1000 138 17.12%
$1,000 - $2,500 200 24.81%
$2,500 or more 330 40.94%
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Old 09-16-2002, 07:57 PM   #15
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you can get your skin refurbished at jackson center that is if you dont need any polish work . jackson center doesnt do any polish work. but if you need polish and refinish you can get that done at the ruths in helen ohio. they do good work but they are not cheap. but you will be happy with the work when they finish. i think they have a policy if we cant do it right we wont do it. my refurb is two years old and it looks great.. is is a compliment when a guy gets out of a 300k motor home and he wants to look at a new airstream MH . mine is a 84. he thought it was new.. andy does refurbs but he is in california.. i hear he does a great job also.. i dont have steve telephone no but if intrested i will get it for you.. he has an ad in the blue beret.. i just trashed mine...
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Old 09-23-2002, 09:56 PM   #16
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We are first time Airstreamers. We bought a 1975 Overlander (27') that is mechanically sound but was dirty, dark, corroded, faded and just plain ugly inside.

New laminate ("wood") floors, all new upholstry (including 2 folding chairs to match sofas), new matching throw pillows, all new curtains, all new shades, all new countertops, all new range/oven plus microwave oven, complete repair of tambour doors, vista-view window shades, and new glass in 1 vista view window, overhaul and service of wheels, brakes, AC, furnaces, refer, etc., new blue ruuber stripe all around, wash, wax, new hubcaps, new TV antenna, new paint on tongue, roof AC and logo, new propane tank valves (and propane).....

All done by C&G in Bellflower.

Hope to bring it home this week!!! Built all new tent/canopies for Airstream and tow vewhicle...

Very excited!

$6,500 give or take...
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Old 09-23-2002, 11:16 PM   #17
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Always interesting posts -- Guys and Gals...

Ours is a '90 Excella 25 bought in excellent shape this summer. Immediately replaced original tires and repacked bearings and checked brakes.

Cleaned everything: Steam cleaned carpet to sanitizing tanks. Walbernized skin and near ready to roll. Reese dual cam on order to replace friction bar.

Been outfitting with normal stuff -- Corelle, crock pot, new hoses, 2 Group 27's, accumulator in water line, Sediment and drinking filters, separate filtered water spout. Stuff adds up. Figure I've spent an additional $1200.

Figuring out how to best use overhead sink cabinets for kitchen stuff. May section it out in plastic or plywood layers for dishes, glasses.

Been really up in the air with new EXPY 4.6L and tow package. That was fine for the '63 GlobeTrotter, but not 'nuf comfort under GVWR. Would loose too much on this early a trade. Seems the used 2500 Burbs are very scarce...

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Old 02-17-2003, 07:03 AM   #18
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Jan 2002-Prior to moving in I replaced: 5 tires, brake linings, added Hensley Arrow, both LPG tanks, bought a 13" AC/DC color TV, AM/FM CD Receiver & new drapes.

Feb 2002-Three days after moving, my refrig started linking ammonia. Replaced cooling unit with a rebuilt one.
Bought a spare skylight-you never know!

Sept 2002- new battery

Oct 2002- replaced AC & toilet.

Nov 2002- added new Bear Bed air mattress !! Excellent!

Dec 2002- replaced bath exhaust fan.

Jan 2003- updated LPG kit (Hoses & regulator)

Feb 2003- added Jordan Ultima 2020, replaced brake assemblies and had all 4 refrig shelves powder coated.

Hopefully since most of the major item have been either replaced or repaired, I'll have a few years of lower maintance cost.

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Old 03-05-2003, 03:15 PM   #19
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Outside of gas to take it to and from the factory for repairs, I hope to spend ZERO.

Of course, she's new and has a warranty-- talk to me in about 5+ years!



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Old 03-09-2003, 05:06 AM   #20
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It maybe too late for this info to be of any value but, I'll post it just in case there's other out there facing a similar problem.
If you could, for example, take your trailer to A/S factory during the winter months, the labor cost is significantly less than 85$ per hour~You might want to call them for comparision~ 30 hours sounds way out of line, when you consider: A/S BUILT your unit in one day~!! True, it was on an assembly line but~!
They'll even let you leave it there until you're ready to pick it up after the work is completed.
In fact, during their busiest times, which is the summer seasons, they only charge 65$ per hour.
Where else can you get the expertises of the guys who actually know your unit and, have hands on experiences??
The keyword here is, call ahead and schedule it.
(just my .02 cent)
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Old 03-09-2003, 05:18 AM   #21
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Lightbulb 2003 project`

The hot item for this year is floor replacement~!
I've decided that, the old carpet floor(even tho it still looks nice) is going out and, in it's place I'm installing a cork floor~
Thanks to a number of people, namely Charcigar and Mark, I've decided on embarking on this project~
Plans are to use Natural cork, 1/4" thick and, to glue it down rather then use the "floating floor" concept~
COST? I figure it'll run close to 1,000$, give or take.
Then, after that's completed I'll tackle the bathroom shower stall~
I'm not a huge fan of wallpaper on the shower walls~!!
Anyone have some ideas in this area? I did see the stainless steel shower stall pictures of...The slightly expensive, 450,000$ A/S for sale on EBAY`!!
I might mention that, so far this year...We've spend 13,046.78$ for a brand new diesel engine,replacing the old diesel engine in the Suburban..If that counts?
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Old 03-09-2003, 07:01 AM   #22
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What was wrong with your engine? I thought those diesels were tough... Couldn't it be repaired?

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Old 03-09-2003, 07:42 AM   #23
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Question Good question

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A very good question~!
For starters, it blew a head gasket..The repair cost for that alone was quoted as being in the neighbor of 3,500$ plus the cost of replacing the turbo charger, etc~I figured it would be more econonimal to just replace the engine. It turns out that, afterwards, upon examining the old engine..it had other issues that, would've required further repairs in less than 4,000 miles.
Labor cost being what it is..I op'd to just install a brand new engine(not rebuilt) and break it in accordingly~
The Suburban was used when I bought it 4 yrs ago. It was a case of buying my A/S and, now what do I pull it with..
I agree with you..They're supposed to be tough~!!
And, believe me when I say, I babied this diesel..With all the oil changes, filters, new injectors, etc~Even had the compression checked on it less then 2,000 miles before it went. All of the readings were, at that time, well above specs.
It happens..
The new engine is still under going break in period~After a 1k miles, the dino oil gets drop'd and,the filter swapped with Amsoil dual filter which is gonna be installed, plus..I'll be switching over to sync oil for the rest of its life.~
Bar'in any unforseen mech. breakdown, this one will last~!!
You run a diesel?
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Old 03-09-2003, 07:59 AM   #24
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53 FC,

I had a 5.3 GM diesel in a 94 Winnebago motorhome (no turbo charger) and was most satisfied with it. I sold it with 40.000 miles on the clock.

Now I want another diesel as I don't trust these new GM gas engines (piston slap, engine knock...)

How many miles did yours have?

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Old 03-09-2003, 08:05 AM   #25
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WOW...40K is just getting 'going'...
I had 149k, of which 60k were put on by me.
I drive very little except for the vacation trips..Then, they usually run abt 7 to 8k each outing~
I had figured to be able to get at least 350k out of it~
Was this too high of an expectation?
I didn't think so...
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Old 03-09-2003, 08:41 AM   #26
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I'm a "no project to big kind of guy". Swapping engines is a weekend job by myself. A day job if I have help and it's like for like swap. I'm also big into GM and I have to say I HATE the 6.2 and 6.5 line of GM diesels.
If it had been my truck (and this is "I" would be doing the work) I would have bought a totaled out newer GM with the Durmax (made by Isuzu and VERY reliable) and Alison transmision and swapped it in. You can pick up totals for about $3-5k. Total conversion would have been under $6k and then could have sold lots of remaining parts off the totaled truck to make that even lower. If you paitent in your hunt for the right total out you can score a truck with under 10k on it's clock. That would get me a REAL truck engine and not a V8 that had been converted to deisel. Isuzu is a MAJOR manufacture of trucks in most of the world. They build excelent engines and why GM quit screweing around and just sourced the engine (they own 40% of Isuzu).
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Now I want another diesel as I don't trust these new GM gas engines (piston slap, engine knock...)


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I too am a big GM fan. I haven't seen these issues in years. I have 5.7, dad has the 5.3, two friends have the 6.0 and one person on this forum that I know of has the 8.1 and totally loves it.

As for diesel, I agree with toaster on the duramax and allision combo. It's a good setup.

My dad is really a diesel fan. He is a Mercedes car nut and he currently has a '82 300DT inline 5 w/ almost 300k on it. The car lived through 3 teens and several wrecks caused by said teens.

The other is a '91 350SDL that has over 100k on it (just a walk in the park).

Both are very reliable, strong, near lifetime cars, even here in the rust belt!

Then again, GM did flounder in the '80s with that converted 350 to diesel, but those days are gone, for the most part.

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Old 03-09-2003, 05:51 PM   #28
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cost over the summer of 2003

i just got my 1966 overlander in late dec of 2002 for $450.00
i have spent $50.00 on new carpet and hand sewed curtains that me and my father made.
i will put a new 25,000 btu furnice in at the cost of $
397.00.
new aircon at the price of $563.00.
if anyone knows of where i can get any of these any cheaper please p.m. me.
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