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Old 06-16-2015, 03:41 PM   #1
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1976 Overlander

I know I am one year out, but there isn't a 76 thread. We bought our trailer in November 2014 and took it out for the first trip this past weekend. We live in Vancouver BC, I really appreciate all of the comments and post that people put on this forum.

So far to date I have done the following:

Completed to date:
1. New Shocks (3 hrs first one, 15 min each other three some tricks for sure)
2. Painted all frame work with POR15 (awesome paint for steel that is rusted)
3. Cleaned tire and wheels
4. Re-painted all skirting under the blue trim line and clear coated, previous owner did this originally so I made it look new again.
5. Fixed oven and stove gas fittings
6. Located 12V short in old antenna booster (Rogers Wireless hated me, it created serious interference with cell signals)
7. Fixed 40 year old plumbing in kitchen and bathroom faucets (thank you to my sister who is a journeyman plumber, bathroom faucet was 5 mins cartridge install instead of 4 hr faucet change)
8. Repaired all interior lighting and 12 volt fans
9. Repaired catalytic heater
10. Re-certified propane tanks (aluminum tanks are awesome)
11. Replaced furnace and catalytic heater thermostat
12. Clean out water system

13. Built an LED porch light out of an old blue bin recycling can
14. Painted all of the hitch, equalizer bars
15. replaced the breakaway switch and re-wired it.
16. Repaired all exterior clearance lights
17. Install recently purchased 2 x 6v batteries
18. Install new main door seal

19. Unplugged pilot light orifice for hot water tank
20. Installed all new curtains
21. Repainted rear external brake/turn light fixture
22. Removed/repainted A/C Cover, took out an old birds nest at the same time.

Left to do:
1. Sand and repaint blue pin stripping
2. Reseal roof vents
3. Strip some wall paper
4. Bathroom and kitchen updating
5. dinette conversion (maybe)

6. The dreaded strip and polish
7. Replace vista view windows
8. Fix main door latch (covered by PO with a plate)




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Old 06-16-2015, 05:19 PM   #2
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:20 AM   #3
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Your new Overlander looks great, and you are getting so many good things done on it, quite a list. Post up some pics of the interior when you can, love to see where you are with fixing it up.

Never understood why the Overlander section stops at 1975.


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Old 07-07-2015, 10:44 AM   #4
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Attached are the recent interior photos.

Does anyone else have this same kitchen layout. Almost all of the other ones we see, have either the wall oven or a double sink with a curved countertop.

Does anyone know what the doorbell switch in the bathroom is for? It looks original but have no idea of its purpose.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:17 AM   #5
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Attached are the recent interior photos.

Does anyone else have this same kitchen layout. Almost all of the other ones we see, have either the wall oven or a double sink with a curved countertop.
We have a similar layout in the kitchen, although we do not have the storage/spice rack behind the stove and where it appears you have a mirror we have a microwave and paper towel bar. Same brown formica, though. And, it appears you have a shelf on the street side wall by the refrigerator - our wall does not have that. Where you have a magazine rack - on the left as you come in from outside, we have a catalytic heater, although it appears it was an add-on by a PO. We do have a flip-up counter extension right above the sliding door, though.

We have twin beds in the center, but from your pictures we have a similar rear bath. But, it appears our linen cabinet in the bath is taller - ours is about 5' tall - maybe it is just the angle of your picture. And, we have the same '70's "pop-art" flowered wallpaper. Is that (above your floor) a reddish-rust colored indoor outdoor carpet in the bathroom below the sink? If so, we've got that too. Have you found your hamper?

Door bell switch? Don't know about that at all...
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:50 AM   #6
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The bathroom shot is a little deceiving, the reddish brown that you see is the wall under the sink. We have wood laminate on the whole floor.

We have a microwave in the upper pantry cupboard next to the fridge.

Catalytic heater on ours is on the driver side just ahead of the fridge. you can just see the grate in the kitchen photo. It works well, I spoke to the CAT manufacture in Washington State, he was really helpful. I looked at a 74 ish Tradewind that had the Cat heater where our magazine rack is, possible it came factory that way. The Tradewind version had no external exhaust vent. Ours has a small power vent (fan) for the exhaust.

The shelf was supposedly a TV shelf.

I haven't found any hamper? Where is it hiding?
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:11 PM   #7
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How are your axels ? Do they need to be replaced ? Mine were in bad shape from just setting around in storage
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:32 PM   #8
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I plan to do the axles next year. When fully loaded the axle arm is about parallel with the road. The brakes and bearings are in good shape, so my plan was to run the trailer one year. See what other things need work that I haven't even thought of.

I contacted a truck and trailer supply company in Bellingham that can get the dexter axles. I think I will go that route as having a local supplier should be helpful.

When you say bad shape, did they not carry the weight, or were they stiff? I know mine flex back, because I had to pre-load them individually with a jack to fit the new shocks on.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:56 PM   #9
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Where did you find the vista view windows? My 76 needs 3
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:06 PM   #10
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I haven't found them yet. they are a "to-do" still a long way off. They don't leak, but they look horrible. Was going to try a glass shop re-build.
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What is wrong with your Vista Views?
I was able to remove the glass and plastic lenses in my 75 without much trouble.
Then I cleaned all the old vulkem off the frame, tossed the inner plastic lens and used a razor blade to remove the silver coating on the glass lens.
Then I siliconed the glass lens back in.
12 years now and no leaks or problems.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:52 AM   #12
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Vista Views are hazy and have condensation in between the panes. I think they are repairable at some point. Did you have to remove the inner skins, or did you drill them out from the outside and then use Olympic rivets to re-install?
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:08 PM   #13
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I haven't found any hamper? Where is it hiding?
Take a look behind your toilet - is there a flip up "shelf" that is covered with the same pop-art wall vinyl? If so, it should flip up and hinge in the back. The hamper is a Airstream-tagged cloth bag that is fitted to the area and has snaps around the top and snaps in and can be un-snapped and pulled out. If my AS was here I'd go take a picture but it's in storage. Our PO only found it when they were cleaning the trailer to sell and just before we came to pick it up. They were as surprised as we were - and they owned it for more than 12 years!

Still don't know what you are talking about when you say a door bell is back there, though.

Oh, the vista views - the way ultradog is talking about only works for models up to 1975. We - those with '76 models have a different version which requires either drilling out or breaking the (glass) inner window and just doing without the double-pane. The difference besides the glass/acrylic inner window is 1976 and newer did not have a snap-ring on the interior side to access the whole area.
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Thank you very much for these replies! I assumed this was a hermetically sealed window--curved to boot. Thus, extremely expensive to have made/replace.
Another reply to your response defines a difference between 75's and 76's. I believe I will break the inner window and clean the outer window.
I am grateful to you-all
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