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Old 10-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #29
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Truly, the extra cost for the Henschen axles is more than made up for by the easy self-install. Undo four bolts. Do up four bolts. Next axle. If you buy them from Inland or etc. you'll have no sales tax, whereas if you have them installed you'll have sales tax, so figure that into your calculation too.
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:40 PM   #30
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RaleighAir - After reading all of your posts I am reversing my earlier opinion. I mistakingly made a false assumption that the rear separation problem you first mentioned was not too bad. Mine was a fairly easy fix and I assumed yours would be the same. You know what they say about assuming. Given all that you are undertaking, repairing/restoring/updating, etc. I agree with others that the axles can wait until the end of your process.

On the topic of axles I agree with Dave Park (post above) in that the Henschen axles will bolt right in and is not a big job. I ordered mine from Inland RV (no sales tax) and we made an overnight trip to Ohio to pick up the axle from the factory (no shipping cost about $200.00 on 1 axle). The cool thing about doing this is that the Airstream factory is in the same small town. We had a wonderful tour of the factory. We did this in the middle of February so we also got a nice short break away from home with motel and a few good meals......Tim
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:17 AM   #31
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Fix the floor first

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As funky looking as the PO repair job was, at least he did something. He may have saved the trailer from total destruction. From the pics it looks like self tapping screws going down through the cross members. True?
As a side note, I would put all your posts in this thread because the bulk of the repairs are with this subject.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:58 AM   #32
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This trailer is turning into an IRA sized lawn ornament.

I like the guy that removed the axles and made the trailer into a chicken coop.

If I'da done that when I bought mine, I'd be driving a new car today and eating omelettes three meals a day.

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See this is just the kind of comment that is about to run me out of here!

That and the comment and agreements yesterday from the guy who told a would be buyer that older AS are nothing but a template for where to start and not a good one at that.

And I think mine appears better than average although I haven't even started in yet.

Anybody want to make me an offer I can't refuse?
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:24 AM   #33
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I sorta like the PO's repair. I think I would leave it and maybe add more of the angles to attach the trailer to the body. If it holds the channel in place, the body to the channel, and the whole thing to the frame what is the problem? Yeah, if it is at the back it might add a little weight, but when we travel there is so much stuff under the sofa it would balance it out.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:08 PM   #34
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See this is just the kind of comment that is about to run me out of here!

Whatz the deal? Don't ya like omelettes? What's not to like about Airscreams? I get to lose money and I don't even have to go to Vegas:-)
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:49 PM   #35
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See this is just the kind of comment that is about to run me out of here!

That and the comment and agreements yesterday from the guy who told a would be buyer that older AS are nothing but a template for where to start and not a good one at that.

And I think mine appears better than average although I haven't even started in yet.

Anybody want to make me an offer I can't refuse?
BabyBoomers, I've seen your posts on several threads and understand your uncertainty. But it's like I said on TRex's thread, "The numbers Chris posted don't really surprise me because of the extent of his restoration. The bottom line is that if you plan to restore or remodel a vintage AS, you should plan on lots of time, tools, talent (and confidence) and a healthy treasury. IMHO, lacking any of those and the project probably is doomed from the outset."

I suggest you do an assessment of the condition of your AS, develope a list of projects and put together a budget. Then you can rationally decide if you want to jump in or bail out. Remember, a decision based on good information is seldom wrong.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack this thread, but just wanted to pass along some encouragement to a fellow streamer.
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As funky looking as the PO repair job was, at least he did something. He may have saved the trailer from total destruction.
Very true and I'm thankful they at least tried. It's a bit funkier even than the pics I have show though, My whole rear c channel is cracked in two places. I'll work on consolidating all my work into a more concise rehab thread and elaborate.
There was a piece of the skin flapped in over the C (hidden inside), so no matter how hard they cranked down, it wouldn't pull up tight. Also an extra piece of plywood jammed in between the floor and black tank, giving another 3/4 of drop they would never be able to make up.
We're gettin there!
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BabyBoomers, I've seen your posts on several threads and understand your uncertainty. But it's like I said on TRex's thread, "The numbers Chris posted don't really surprise me because of the extent of his restoration. The bottom line is that if you plan to restore or remodel a vintage AS, you should plan on lots of time, tools, talent (and confidence) and a healthy treasury. IMHO, lacking any of those and the project probably is doomed from the outset."

I suggest you do an assessment of the condition of your AS, develope a list of projects and put together a budget. Then you can rationally decide if you want to jump in or bail out. Remember, a decision based on good information is seldom wrong.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack this thread, but just wanted to pass along some encouragement to a fellow streamer.
Thanks for the encouragement Lew. I got a PM from a member who said that all this unit could ever be worth was $15K. I can easily see $15K in buy-out items not counting the value of my labor. I understand a "labor of love" for an advocation, but I believe in creating value with my activities. I have sold every classivc car for more than I had in it, except for one that I bought wrong and I broke even on it.
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Gypsea here,
In response to your inquiry about if we could part with the big awning, unfortunately we use it all time when the rains come. We pull it all the way out and the birds hang out under there and watch the storms. All 3 appear to be original equipment. I treated them all with a good soaking of Scotchgard when we set up the coop.
We might eventually go for a restoration on this unit some day, but it has been an awesome coop so far and would be hard pressed to find anything with as much practicality as this honey. The price was right too, only $1500!
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