Originally Posted by Isuzusweet
Getting back to what questions the OP asked about the value of interior fittings.
When I renovated my 83 310 turbo diesel this summer I to had to ask myself what was worth keeping, what to update, or get rid of. The way I answered this question was quite simple.......
If I could replace with a lighter better product...It was gone. i.e. I replaced my subfloor plywood with Coosa board, which is 40-45% lighter than plywood and will not rot, mildew, grow fungus, mold or absorb water.
If I couldn't replace with anything lighter....it stayed. i.e. I recovered my paper core aluminum clad gables with brand new 3M Di-noc Weave vinyl.
If I wanted to update something that was equal weight and function....I would update it. i.e. plumbing fixtures, going from brass to chrome.
The biggest reason you see so many Airstream projects for sale with the words "gutted interior, ready for your dream renovation" are that people gutted their interior and threw everything out thinking it was trash........only to find they couldn't build anything lighter and better.
that is some very good advise to think about. The floor idea is exactly what i needed. a lot of my new plan includes a LOT better use of space, there are many cubic feet of wasted space in and around the mechanical in this thing.