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Old 08-10-2016, 08:09 AM   #1
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Hi, everyone! I'm so excited to start this new journey!!! I recently purchased a wreck of an Airstream and am just not sure where to start with the renovation. She needs to be completely gutted and has some damage to the shell that needs to be repaired, as well. Any advice on what should be done first? Should I replace the busted windows before removing the subfloor, etc? Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:35 AM   #2
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Not a total wreck, just an AS that is waiting to be brought back to something great. I'd get the Windows fixed first to keep out rain etc. After this bad weather leaves I'd wash it head to toe or tongue to tail. That alone will make both of you feel better. You have several AS owners near you, reach out to them for help. Best of luck.

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Old 08-10-2016, 03:29 PM   #3
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Welcome and congratulations on your find. I like the 27' Overlander -- big enough to fit all the things, but easier to maneuver and fewer frame issues than the 31'.

How bad is it inside? If it's possible to camp in, even with some nonworking systems, I'd do that before you start buying stuff and tearing things apart. If it's anything like mine was ... you're gonna want to just take some "before" pictures of the interior, get your mask and gloves on, and start tearing things out right away.

If you're sure you need to gut, I'd start with that. Depending on which windows are broken, it may be easier to replace them with the interior skin out.

Try to resist the temptation to break things and throw them away until you're in the rebuilding phase and you're sure you won't reuse them or use them for a pattern for a new piece.
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:18 PM   #4
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Hey Vickie,

Congratulations on your airstream! We just bought 1976 Overlander, as well. It's further along than yours - the previous owner gutted it and repaired the issues that he found in the belly. BUT I'm excited to follow your renovation and, as we're a few steps ahead, provide details about what we are doing. We will pick it up in the next few weeks and the first thing we are going to do is leak-proofing. We'll remove the interiors skins and caulk all seams and rivets, replace gaskets, etc. No sense in doing work on something that is taking on water!

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