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Old 04-24-2019, 09:52 PM   #1
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The world's slowest Airstream restoration

Around 2008, we bought a 1967 Airstream Overlander. We gutted the unit and then ran into a series of misadventures. This includes unsuccessful work by contractors; unsuccessful work by me, family medical issues, moving, disinterest, and the demoralization of continued leaking.

A long story short, we simply parked the Overlander and waited for the stars to align. That neatly explains why I haven't posted on Airforums for years.

Dearly last year, we decided we would take a six-month to year sabbatical. We hoped to have the Overlander ready for the second half of our planned slice of early retirement. Another long story short, after a nine-month wait, the planned contractor told us he couldn't do any of the internal work. We had the leaks repaired... or so we thought.

In a serendipitous turn, we found someone willing to pull the interior pieces together and fix the damn leaks. We visited the Overlander (currently in Kansas) yesterday. Depending on the polishing schedule, we should be able to pick up the trailer sometime between mid-June and the first of July.

After over a decade, we should be on the road (and camping) in July. I started this thread to post a few pictures of the nearly completed project.

We have made some design changes to our original concept. We have twin beds aft and a head amidships. And when I say "head" that's all it is. We abandoned the composting toilet idea and picked up a DryFlush vacuum toilet (based on our experience at a remote outpost in Alaska). Our only shower facilities are outdoor. The midships galley has a Princess marine stove, a Dometic refrigerator, and a small microwave. Storage is limited but we wanted to keep it as open as possible.

We have the water heater and furnace on the starboard (head) side. The bow has a wrap-around built in couch. The water tank stays in its original position forward. Another addition is the rooftop AC.

We still need to find an installer to put on a ZipDee awning after the polishing is complete, but we're mostly in the home stretch.
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A view of the forward couch

This is a view of the forward sitting area. The overhead cabinet is original and the doors will be replaced and remounted. The front window will be replaced and a rock guard installed. Still working on picking out the flooring.
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Galley

This is a view looking aft towards the port side galley. The Princess marine stove is visible in the lower right hand corner. While difficult to see from this angle, the control panel is the dark square just forward of the bulkhead (wall). There is storage below the two twin beds.
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Starboard galley/sink

This is a view of sink opposite the stove and refrigerator. It's located forward of the head. This gives a sense of how we're using the woodwork. Sorry for the lopsided view. Tried unsuccessfully to rotate the photo.
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The head area

This area is waiting on the installation of the DryFlush toilet. Again, apologies for the image on its side.
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This is a view of sink opposite the stove and refrigerator. It's located forward of the head. This gives a sense of how we're using the woodwork. Sorry for the lopsided view. Tried unsuccessfully to rotate the photo.
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This area is waiting on the installation of the DryFlush toilet. Again, apologies for the image on its side.
Hi, twisted.

Looking good.
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. . .we're mostly in the home stretch.

Sweet words indeed. Congrats on persevering through a difficult process.
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Thanks

Thanks for the kinds words, but I'm not going to be lulled into a sense of satisfaction. There are still some electrical gremlins. The shell needs polishing. Some of the window hardware could benefit by replacing. The floor needs to go in and the interior painted and varnished. I'm sure there will be a few dozen adjustments we'll need to make during the "shakedown cruise," but I'm looking forward to sitting under the awning, drinking a frosty beverage, and thinking of minor changes to do while camping.
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Galley and overhead

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That's a good looking Overlander. Nice work.
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Thanks for the update!

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Status update: The Overlander is getting towed to the polishing guys in a couple of days. The ETA on completion is mid June. Polishing seems like a vanity project, probably because it is. But given the energy put into the interior, we thought having a nicely polished exterior (hopefully one that doesn't leak) would enhance the overall camping experience.

We expect some punch list items when the trailer comes back, much like moving into a new house. We plan to start camping in July, hopefully to include a trip to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) event in Park City, Utah this summer. After we have possession of the Overlander, we'll start working on some of the interior decorating pieces, some wall art, window treatment and other touches. I'll keep track of this thread to post the updates. We also need to make some final decisions, i.e., awning or no awning, paint color on the tongue and bumper, and other odds and ends.

Thanks for the comments and hope to see you on the road.
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