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Old 06-22-2012, 06:28 AM   #1
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Update it or not?

We have a 1973 Ambassador 29' (25'). Its all original on the outside & inside. Its had no modifications & is more or less road ready in this condition. The only thing Ive changed is to an electric water heater & some minor plumbing issues.

Should we leave it strictly original or can we update the interior some? I'm seriously considering using the DYI Classic Rides Airstream as a guide to our remodel.

I dont want to destroy the value of the trailer, we get alot of positive comments, but also alot of "Aww you have a real project here, when are you going to upgrade?"
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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Do what you want to do. I have modified ours with fantastic fans, replaced univolt, added a second battery, laminate flooring, etc. but left everything else original. I like things original, but that's me. If you want to remodel, have at it. It's your trailer and it needs to be how you want it for your enjoyment. If you remove original stuff you might want to offer the stuff up for sale to someone doing a restoration.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:11 AM   #3
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tlavergne said it best! "Do what you want to do."
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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We have a 1973 Ambassador 29' (25'). Its all original on the outside & inside. Its had no modifications & is more or less road ready in this condition. The only thing Ive changed is to an electric water heater & some minor plumbing issues.

Should we leave it strictly original or can we update the interior some? I'm seriously considering using the DYI Classic Rides Airstream as a guide to our remodel.

I dont want to destroy the value of the trailer, we get alot of positive comments, but also alot of "Aww you have a real project here, when are you going to upgrade?"
Modify whatever will make "you" enjoy the trailer more.

Electric water heaters are a bad idea, if you ever want to dry camp.

Welcome to Airstreaming and the world of a gazillion questions and answers.

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Old 06-22-2012, 09:24 AM   #5
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It's not worth more original!!!!

Personal I think the 70's dark interior looks terrible, but thats just me. I like the light birch or hickory of the new trailers. Mine is remodeled in Birch. I like new stainless fixtures and lights.

But it's up to you. If you like it keep it. If not change it.

If your looking for $$$$$ you would get more if it is redone. The question is; will you get out of it what you put into it????? In the long run yes. it will increase in value. IF you leave it as is it will probably decrease. I would pay more for a fixed up trailer than an original. But then i like camping in mine and don't want to sell it.

10 years from now, if I want to sell it I will get out of it what I have into it. Can't say that with a new AS or SOB.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:07 AM   #6
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I too have 1973 {Tradewind} interior that is in great shape. I want to make some changes to make it suit our life style. I have the same question as you. I am going to change out one of the twins to a small booth similar to Tin Pickle did. I will make the other a double. I could work with the plastic original and integrate new laminate colors or some aluminum and work with the brown tones. On the other hand building a new interior out of wood would be the easiest part of a restoration for me. It would take time and a little more money. It does seam a shame to tear out a good interior and in my case I paid for it. My trailer was not a bargain basement deal: I paid for its shape. I love the body style of our vintage and I like the tambour doors. To my eye, a 60ís type wood interior in the 70ís vintage would be sweet. I donít know but I get the strong impression I would lose the least money if I sold my trailer, which I am not, without doing a thing to it. Once I start putting money into it I will take a bigger loss, I think. However, I bought if for us and I will start fixing it up after my vacation season, I also say, as those above, do what makes you happy. Oh it also gives a chance to open it up a little more, which appeals to me. Good Luck.

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:13 AM   #7
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It's best to make an estimate of what you plan on doing, and what you will have to do, especiall high cost items, such as axles , appliances, metal damage, tires, new clearcoat, etc.

In that way you can better program the repairs and/or replacements based on your budget and time.

If the trailer has been parked for an extended time, you can usually bet that the axle rubber rods have lost their effectiveness.

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:19 AM   #8
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When we got ours it was original too and we struggled with that same question. After sitting on that question for a year I decided to make the changes. I bought the trailer to enjoy it and I knew I would enjoy it if it had more color to it and was a little cleaner. So I painted and I put in a new floor. Well almost put in a new floor, I have about 4 square feet to go! I'm also making new curtains and a new accordion door. So I say
GO FOR IT!!!!! Love the journey! Life is an adventure!
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:45 PM   #9
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use it first

I really feel you should go out and camp in it before you decide anything. In the beginning , I would have bought a microwave etc and now I realize that I prefer dry camping and the microwave would have been a waste of money. You might change your mind on many things over the next few months . Enjoy !!
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Some of the "upgrades" and "remodels" I've seen done with 2X4's and particleboard cabinets are worse than an out of date original. I haven't seen any 70's original interiors I'd want, and I haven't seen very many DIY redone interiors I'd want either.

Some of the newer oak interiors with raised panel doors and real wood end panels are pretty nice.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:18 PM   #11
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It is yours do what you want to with it. That particular year and size of trailer is not a super collectible nor super valuable in original condition. We have two, the 1975 is going back together pretty much as original with some hidden upgrades in plumbing and electrical. Our 1981 is going full custom with everything being moved and replaced...if we ever get to it.

Is yours a double or twin bedroom? If you decide to gut it and it happens to be the double I would be interested in purchasing the bed and cabinets from the bedroom area.

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Old 06-28-2012, 12:06 AM   #12
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Ive been through this once before with a 79 International AS that i ruined by trying to remodel it & a 74 Argosy that I found gutted in a field. My first instincts are to stay original. But im really tempted to replace the gas appliance, they scare the hell out of me. What do you think about going with the DIY Classic Rides theme? I really like the way they remodeled that trailer.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:08 AM   #13
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Tony S; I really like your original interior, its better than mine, well cleaner anyway!
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