View Poll Results: How much will you spend on restoration, maintenance & upgrades?
$0 - $100 29 3.59%
$100 - $500 109 13.51%
$500 - $1000 138 17.10%
$1,000 - $2,500 200 24.78%
$2,500 or more 331 41.02%
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:34 AM   #57
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Zip- nothing?

Originally Posted by Fyrzowt
If all goes well, I'll spend pretty close to zero this year. Maybe a little polish. We pretty much have it the way we want it. If I were to do anything major on it this year, it would be remodle the bathroom to eliminate the wet bath. But I haven't figured out a design yet.
It's a good thing I didn't see the thread last year....$$
So then I'm making the carbon fiber thing for you for nothing? How about a fine bottle of wine? lol


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Old 06-16-2007, 10:50 AM   #58
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Originally Posted by doorgunner
So then I'm making the carbon fiber thing for you for nothing? How about a fine bottle of wine? lol
Doorgunner, you 'LIVE' in a vineyard! If you work just for wine I am making out my list of new projects for you. I may even have some Placerville Pacifico projects too.

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Old 06-16-2007, 09:42 PM   #59
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This is our first 4 months of stewardship for our 1968 24' Tradewind Land Yacht so the costs are a little high. The previous owner did a journyman's job replaced and repaired many systems and gave us a great deal. We have been more than $1,000 following-up with our own "touches".
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:40 PM   #60
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Go towards the light...

... the aluminum light at the end of the tunnel. We are finally seeing an end to major purchases and hope to have Moby out and about in September. Our three major items left are new mattresses,new tires and wheels and a new converter. Later we will invest in a Zip Dee awning - much later.

But the past 12 months have been a really expensive - 2 curved windows, two flat windows, new axles, brakes, all plumbing replaced, new kitchen countertops, new stovetop, new flooring, new curtains, new water heater, a complete gut and rebuild of the bathroom including new floor, and a variety of electrical compontents; and every bit of it done by ourselves.

Total cost - haven't added it up. Insurance company needs to know, so I will have to face up to it soon. But who cares, it was still cheaper than buying a new SOB, and we know how everything is put together and know quality of the workmanship. Our silver whale will last us for a long time... and our son already wants to know if it will be put in our wills.
Beth and/or David

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Old 06-23-2007, 07:48 PM   #61
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This year I repacked wheel bearings (had the grease and did it myself, $0), added a paper towel holder (made it myself, $0), added a bookshelf (made it myself, $0) and added outside antennas for both Sirius radio and for my cell phone and Verizon Aircard (purchased these for a total of $56.
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Old 08-30-2007, 04:26 AM   #62
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A bundle. Having tweaks done to improve it for fulltiming. Such as:
-pressure pro
-second a/c unit(DH & salesman swore this wasn't needed,boy were they wrong)
-hickory inserts for mirrored door panels (no more harem look)
-hickory doors added to faceless shelves on each side of bed
-closet shelving
-S/S door on water heater, stove vent, and stove access
-new shower head and water/temp control
-toilet paper holder
-hooks in shower(moved towel bar to wall by toilet)
-hand towel ring in BR
-shelf in cabinet above CD changer
-back of dinette replaced in hickory with bent wood rail

All fabulously done by I think we are done for a while.
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:49 AM   #63
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This year? Definately "or more" - hopefully, we'll keep it below 5-figures with Birdy's makeover...not likely though! She's gonna be expensive...but worth it!

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Old 08-30-2007, 01:13 PM   #64
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During this year:
  • New A/C
  • 4 New tires
  • Synder's Universal RV refrigerator cooling kit (it really works)
  • New curtains and pillows for the front lounge
  • Interior light fixtures (replaced all of them)
  • Pressure Pro system

General maintenance:
  • Wheel bearings checked and greased,
  • Brakes checked
  • Propane lines checked
  • Batteries checked.
Just under 5K so far.

Pride of ownership when folks stop by and say "This is the most beautiful Airstream I have ever seen!" Priceless
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:00 PM   #65
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This year will be higher than I anticipate future years to be. I purchased the trailer this year.

I have purchased new complete axles for roughly $1900. I do not anticipate any further major expenses. PO did a lot thankfully.
Louis & Sergio

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Old 01-30-2008, 07:20 PM   #66
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bath, axles, etc etc...

complete bath/floor renovation:

plus a whole bunch of other I'm-the-new-owner-now and I won't haul a crappy trailer around stuff like:

-new axle (1)

-acquiring lots of new tools (manometer, rivet gun, compressor, mini-grinder, floor jack, etc.) plus supplies ( vulkem, clecos, rivets, and dozens and dozens of drill bits...)

- I could really make quite a list...with enough time..
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:54 AM   #67
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We bought a 1976 31' Sovereign this past July. We camped several times and loved it. We have now started updating things. Last month we started stripping it down. We have taken everything out to the bathroom.(Kitchen, Beds, cabinets ect.) Here's the plan:
1) Floating floor throughout
2) U shaped booth and table with storage under seating in the front
3) Maple cabinets, new stove, furnace, sink, faucet in kitchen.
4) Reface the fridge and frame it for newer model for when the time comes)
5) Install pocket doors between kitchen/bedroom and bedroom/bathroom. 6) Build Beds with storage underneath.
7) Cover walls with a foam backed leather look Naugahyde
8) Day/night blinds

We are going to leave the bath as is. I love that 70's look and feel.

I thought it would take a month to finish.....hahahaha when I was 25 . . .mayyy. .bee. It's been a month or more and we just now have everything out of it. That's what happens when you want to do as much as possible yourself. You save money but it takes a heck of a lot longer.
Now I will be very happy to have it done before the April Rally in Branson!

Wish us luck. . . Please!

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Old 02-09-2008, 09:46 AM   #68
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As of 2/9/08 we have spent @ $4,500 on our 78 Argosy and will spend an additional $1,500 - $2,500 for inprovements and upgrades to make it ours. What will be done in the years to come, one can only imagine.
But as mentioned before - it is still worth the price to have a classic TT.

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Old 02-14-2008, 11:09 PM   #69
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We will spend about $3000 to $4000 this year. Depends, if bad things happen to good people we will spend more. We set aside about $3000.00 each year to repair and improve our Airstream. It's just what it takes for us to keep it in good enough shape to live in and travel on the road safely. Some folks can do it for much less, but this is what we average. Good thing we never intend to sell her, she is an expensive date!
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Old 04-26-2008, 12:12 AM   #70
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I bought mine for $2,600 and have subsequently put just over $12k in to it. For less than $15k I now have a trailer that in many ways (and in my not so humble opinion) is better than a new one. Most importantly, I love the damn thing!

While I love it that people support Airstream by buying new, I am a vintage man myself.


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