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Old 03-09-2009, 09:24 PM   #29
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Way to Go!

Thanks Frank. I was hoping for someone to give some encouragement here.

Dig in there and look at what you really have on your hands....there's lots of good help available here.....You will probably be pleasantly surprised.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:08 PM   #30
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well folks after a lot of taught and sole searching my wife and i have decided to move forward we looked for a while and this the trailer we want will keep you updated and send pictures showing progress ps. not really lazy
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:20 PM   #31
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Well okay then, glad to hear it, so here we go!

My first suggestion is to go to this link to the threads on Major Renovations and read all of them from beginning to end. Some of them are lengthy and it will be time-consuming, but there is no better resource on this Forum for someone who is about to begin a major renovation, which is what yours will be.

This is your homework. The more of these you read, the more you will understand what will be required of you. Also, you'll see several different ways to do the same thing, you'll get numerous ideas on each step involved, and perhaps most importantly, you'll receive a ton of inspiration as you see people COMPLETE their projects with fantastic results (there are actually a few who don't, and those are great learning experiences as well).

After reading through those, many of the questions you have right now will already be answered, and you'll be able to focus your remaining questions in ways that will be more beneficial to you.

Good luck, and please do keep us updated on your progress.

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Old 03-10-2009, 04:22 PM   #32
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Good for you! Lay out a plan, post it here, get some input from those who have walked in your shoes, and beleive me there are pleny! Some of us jump in with both feet. Other take baby steps.

Figure out your plan of action and go for it!

P.S. In case you have figured it out yet, Everyopne here LOVES PICTURES.

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Old 03-10-2009, 05:15 PM   #33
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Here are a few of my thoughts. First, you'll never do a project where you'll have more support than doing an Airstream renovation with this forum in your corner. Do it right the first time. I've been involved a number of historic renovations... houses, vehicles, a police station and a school. It always takes more time than you think. It always takes more money than you think. Keeping a positive mental attitude is a key to a successful project. Nothing is more expensive than an unasked question. Outside in, bottom up. Almost anything can be repaired or replaced. Some folks have constructed entire new frames. A little progress today is worth more than a big push at some undetermined time. Visualize the project. The better you can see the final result in your mind, the more the work will make sense (and the fewer mistakes you'll make). Be curious. Everything in an Airstream does something, and it's important to understand the something. LP gas is a system. Heating is a system. Gray water and/or black water is a system. Water is a system. 110v and 12v are systems. Believe it or not, the frame and floor are a system. Even if you have done tons of other things, you're not going to figure out Airstreams in a week or a month. Airstream renovation is graduate school for tinkerers and shadetree mechanics. Good luck, Jim, and this tape will self destruct in five seconds.

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Old 03-10-2009, 06:10 PM   #34
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May I suggest, the first thing you do is give the trailer a thorough cleaning. But be careful what you throw away. That odd bit of metal or rubber that can't possibly be part of the trailer, turns out to be some important bit that is nearly impossible to replace LOL. So if there is any doubt, put it in a box and save it. You can always throw it away later.

Then take a clipboard or notebook and go over everything carefully. Make a list of all broken or damaged parts, everything that needs to be checked and inspected, all repairs that are necessary.

Finally map out a plan and do everything in a systematic way. You will find plenty of valuable experience on this board to guide you.There are very detailed threads complete with pictures. Luckily, Airstream trailers were built more or less the same for a long time. So experience of other trailers from the 60s 70s or 80s will apply to yours as well.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:18 PM   #35
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One more thing I found very handy. A digital camera. I took pictures of every detail of every part I could think of before I dismantled, and as I dismantled I took pictures of the bottom, top, sides and back of everything I removed. As I worked, I took macro pictures every 5 minutes to 1/2 hour, so I could document how it came apart and track my progress like a time-lapse movie. I'm in the process of organizing the pictures for the reconstruction process. I hope to be able to play a slideshow backwards, and watch myself putting it back together, for inspiration as I proceed!
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:34 PM   #36
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Bet you a buck you still come up with a huge pile of extra things that you have no idea where they came from....
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:25 PM   #37
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I have a special file for those things already ;P
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