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Old 06-22-2015, 10:50 PM   #1
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Hello Streamers,

My wife and I bought this Airstream last month to get ready for some road trips when she recovers from her digestive/intestinal illness. The battle has kept her in bed most of the last 10 months and we are hoping she is getting close to being healed soon.
I would be working diligently on this trailer now, except we have a sister who has been having seizure attacks last 6 months, day and night, so I am doing 24 hr nursing care for both.
It has been exhausting and we are looking forward to this being over.
We live north of Seattle, WA and our first trip is planned for Oregon coast, a stop in Sacramento to visit family, and then down to Santa Barbara-San Diego, CA.
Trying to find replacement tires for the existing Michelin 7.00 75r 15.
They are taller than 225/75r/15's. Any ideas?
In the process of stripping clear coat and getting ready to polish. My wife is ordering parts and picking out new decor. Painting interior white and doing some minor remodel.
Hope to see you on the road soon!
Randy and Amy
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:59 PM   #2
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:18 AM   #3
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Welcome - check out the tire threads here for Michelin 15 inch MX2 tires - I've got them on mine and they are just great. You have an ambitious first trip - maybe think about a weekend jaunt just to see if everything works before you get too far from home base. Have a great trip.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:59 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tire recommendation. I'll check them out. Montana is my tentative, second trip plan. We drive to California each year to visit relatives. We lived in a 1978 Sourhwind 28' motor home for three years. Our family referred to as a "crappy camper". Amy and I were just grateful to have it, at the time. Also, a year and half ago, we drove to Los Angeles to buy a 1947 Spartan Manor and tow it back here to Washington. That was a fun trip! Although, my truck broke down and cost $1k to get fixed
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:58 AM   #5
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ID:	241400. We went white and never regretted it once! Picture me walking in and hearing, "I can see, I can see!" '77 Overlander here.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:39 AM   #6
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Thanks for the pictures. Nice to see the contrast. That helps future projecteers
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:50 PM   #7
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Another thought for you, looking at the picture in your first post. There are several threads on rock-guards for the front windows on the forums. The repair/replacement of a shattered front quarter panel thermal pane is, from what I've heard, more than the cost of a guard - even the black, lexan type that wrap around the front and double as a shade. That might be on your to-do list near the top, too, before you venture out with too many miles chancing a thrown rock.

From what I've seen here on the forums they don't just chip or crack - they shatter!
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:00 AM   #8
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Welcome aboard. Nice looking trailer, I have a 73 myself. Not to be too much of a debbie downer, but I hear you talking about making the inside pretty and polishing the outside but no mention of the condition of the rig itself. You're living in a fairly wet climate and this is a 40 year old beast, so I'm wondering if you know if anything has been done recently with the floor and frame and the axles. In general these 70s vintage trailers tend to need some work on the frame and subfloor and honestly, you should be focusing on that rather then on cosmetics. If it has the original axles, they are long since shot and a long trip will pop quite a few rivets since they wont provide support and move as the rig goes over all the bumps in the road.

And from what you describe as your situation with two ladies that need your care, your time may be seriously limited to begin with, and these are not trivial jobs. So I would suggest you take a deep breath, take some in-depth pictures of the rig, especially from the sides and back and let the folks here do some visual assessments and then start to go from there.
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Hey you guys, thanks for the insight on the road worthy functions of the trailer hauling aspects. I appreciate the tips. I will take those things into consideration. I'm currently working on the under carriage, as we speak. 
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This is a shot of the tongue, rust removed, primed, painted, power winch repaired, propane tanks certified and filled with gauges added, new dual tank valve. Looking good!
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BTW That is my 1972 Amigo motor home in the back ground. Built like a tank and really hard to find.
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