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Old 07-12-2019, 10:20 AM   #491
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Hanging 10 curtains in the Overlander was a real trial of my patience. The dumb things are awkward to say the least. These little plastic sliders need accurately positioned in the aluminum extruded tracks; first the upper one, then the lower one. It took me 4 hours to hang the 10 curtains.

Whine, whine, whine.

Don't laugh, it is a 70s Airstream. I read AirForums user Foiled Again call them "coffin curtains". Nice and peaceful don't you think.

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Your coffin curtain quip made me spit out my coffee, thanks for my morning laugh 🤣. Your Airstream is looking great. I hope I get to see it in person one day.
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:04 AM   #492
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The Maiden Voyage

We who renovate or restore these old Airstreams always look forward to the first camping trip. It is a very little like a first flight on a home built airplane, only less dramatic.

I did it! I pulled the Overlander to Steamboat Springs to attend a Colorado Airstream Club rally. The Overlander performed quite well in my view, maybe a B+. It towed well behind the Super Duty. The new axles were a large improvement over the rough and curvy roads in Colorado. The bath worked okay, although the sink is quite low and small just like Airstream built it. The vanity is under the large rear window. The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen worked as expected, the new fridge worked great in the hot weather and the new couch was comfortable enough. Maybe I made it a bit high and deep.

The only issue was the new brakes didn't work as well as they should. I'll have to figure that out. The Super Duty diesel slows the trailer nicely on long downhills like after the Eisenhower tunnel. That's why people buy diesel engines.

There were about 20 Airstreams at the rally. I met many nice folks, especially a couple with an old Trade Wind like I used to have. They have used it extensively for over 20 years. My campsite was in the sun all day and it was just too hot for me. The AC would finally cool the trailer down in the evening. The Colorado sun is not my favorite thing. It was 90 during the afternoon and 50 in the morning. Crazy. Note the snow on the mountain in the background. Colorado had a lot of snow this year. Steamboat Springs is a great venue for an Airstream gathering. Lots of things to see and do.

I deem the Overlander "travel ready" after two years on jack stands. That's a good feeling. I have many more improvements I want to do to it, but in due time.

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Old 07-14-2019, 09:14 PM   #493
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Glad that your first camping trip with your Overlander went well. ďTravel readyĒ is a great place to be. You can make further improvements at your own pace.

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Old 07-15-2019, 12:39 AM   #494
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Congrats on the trip David. Did the same the week prior in mine. Many more failures than you reported so donít feel too bad. Your trailer looks great. Like the awning. We have never had one. I see a bracket running on the curb side roof, is that where it attaches? How does it roll up? Iím picturing a window shade.

We took a week long trip to CO recently. No Airstream. Saw everything from Rocky Mt National
park to Pines Peak to Garden of the Gods to The Great Sand Dunes. Great country over there. .
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:23 PM   #495
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Thanks guys. I'm satisfied I didn't have a catastrophic failure, like black water leaking on the ground or smoke from the power distribution panel. However, the weak brakes are a concern.

The awning is a newer Zip Dee. It does roll up like a window shade. They are very common on Airstreams. Many dealers have them and can install them. The shade is welcome here in the bright, hot sun.

Colorado is a nice place to travel with your Airstream. Tourism is a main economic driver for Colorado, especially during the ski season.

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Old 07-17-2019, 04:53 PM   #496
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Congratulations on a successful shake down trip. Your Airstream looks really good. Enjoy your well deserved camping time!
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:12 PM   #497
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Oooh I spy with my little eye a black spotted overlander in the mountains of Colorado ��
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:35 PM   #498
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I'm back from a vacation trip to Wisconsin, no Overlander though. And no black spotted Overlander running through the mountains around here. I enjoy watching the vintage sports cars run at Road America. It is a sports car overload for me. Weather was too hot.

I have to do some brake diagnostic tests on the Overlander after I rest up a bit.

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Some of my favorite memories are of watching the original Trans-Am and Can-Am series running at Road America back in the early 70's. You could feel the big blocks going up the hill in your chest. The Porsche 917's that would blow by them were almost anti-climatic. Bet you had a great time. Mark
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I too visited Road America in the early seventies. Drove my MGB there with no top. Got real wet one afternoon on the road. We too watched the TransAm races with guys like George Follmer, Sam Posey, Parnelli Jones, and a new guy Mark Donahue in a AMC Javelin for goodness sakes. Yes, thunder alley will still bounce vibrations off your chest. There was a CanAm reunion there about 8 years ago with about 50 can am cars there including that mighty Porsche 917. LOT of NOISE. We enjoy the vintage sports car races there every third weekend in July since 1992. Great fun.

Airstream traveling is much more sedate and also great fun.

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Window Weatherstripping

I'm putzing around with my seven windows on the Overlander. They had a miss-match of different seals. I decided to peel, scrap, dissolve and apply elbow grease to get the old adhesives off. Down to bare aluminum.

Nice aluminum extrusions to admire don't you think? I wonder if Airstream ever considered extruding the whole trailer like so many sausages?

The window frame has a 1/2" deep "sealing surface" around them. See photo. The window itself has a 3/8" lip around them where the weatherstripping is glued. See photo 2

I ordered new Airstream weatherstripping thinking it would be the best. It is a "double lip" design. I find it less than impressive. It will barely fill the 1/2" plus 3/8" gap between the window and the frame. And the windows don't close perfectly. They are tight at the bottom where you pull them in, but have a larger gap at the top under the drip cap. That "J" hook hinge is not the most accurate thing. See photo 3 of the double lip seal compared to a "D" bulb 1/2" seal which I feel is pretty good.

Any advice on a good window weatherstripping? What did you use?

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We used "D" style weatherstripping that we bought from Inland RV, I think. You can get it other places. It has worked well for us with no leakage around windows.

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Thanks Kay. That seals the deal. I will use "D" bulb gaskets also. I'm highly confident they will work fine. I am not so confident in the flimsy 2 lip gasket that Airstream used. The D bulb gaskets are readily available. They even come with the adhesive already on them.

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We added an adhesive to the gasket, not relying on the adhesive already on it. I can't recall now what that adhesive was but it came in a tube and hasn't failed over 11 years of use. I want to say it was a 3M product and was something simple like "Gasket Seal". But I might be wrong.... I'll have to look for it, and see if we still have some.

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