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Old 11-06-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Aloha but can't touch it!

Living in Hawaii has its advantages, but owning an Airstream isn't one of them .

My wife grew up with an Airstream, a beautiful 31' Sovereign. It has stayed with the family. Suddenly we have inherited it, to our delight.

But we can't touch it yet. It's in Louisiana. We went through it and moved it to a safe place last week. We will move it to Utah next spring, and the resto will commence. We plan to make it available for friends and family.

I'm looking for a job on the Mainland so we can enjoy America (little joke among some of us living here).

I'm looking for info on restoration: how much is too much, and what to avoid. This is a very active community!! I already feel welcomed.
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:03 PM   #3
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"How much is too much?" Hehehehe....its never enough!
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:56 PM   #4
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welcome.. well, we have to see the pics and evaluate before knowing if it is a 'redo' or 'sell it' situation....

So, give us more data so we can help.. also, you could have a 'local inspector' check it out for you...

I am 'from' Louisiana... sorry for your loss of family... and congrats on the 'inheritance'...
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:12 PM   #5
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Living in Hawaii has its advantages, but owning an Airstream isn't one of them .

My wife grew up with an Airstream, a beautiful 31' Sovereign. It has stayed with the family. Suddenly we have inherited it, to our delight.

But we can't touch it yet. It's in Louisiana. We went through it and moved it to a safe place last week. We will move it to Utah next spring, and the resto will commence. We plan to make it available for friends and family.

I'm looking for a job on the Mainland so we can enjoy America (little joke among some of us living here).

I'm looking for info on restoration: how much is too much, and what to avoid. This is a very active community!! I already feel welcomed.
Aloha.

Nice to see that you are almost within walking distance to PCC.

I have been working on a shrink kit for Airstreams, but so far I have not had any positive results.

If I did, I would be happy to bring it to you this February, in my carry on luggage, when I again Visit Oahu.

Last I knew, there were 3 Airstreams on Oahu.

The only problem having an Airstream in Oahu, is that the Inter State highways don't come to the main land.

Hope your enjoying the land of many rainbows and super nice people.

Mahalo.

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Old 11-06-2014, 03:49 PM   #6
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Hi and welcome,

My 2 cents:

Don't get all crazy on a mission to restore your trailer to a virginal condition. Get it watertight. Deal with anything that is not working (reefer, furnace, water heater...). Replace all the cushions and linens.

Go camping.

Go camping again.

Then, and only then, decide what must be changed/upgraded/discarded. Lots of folks jump right into combat restoration mode before they have traveled a mile in their trailer. I think you ought to get a feel for how it works or doesn't work for you before you get all crazy (and spendy).

Again, my 2 cents,

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Old 11-07-2014, 08:57 AM   #7
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Sharkboards,

Welcome to the forum and we hope you have fun with your "inheritance" and enjoy the restoration process as much as the future travel. In the meantime, being stranded in Hawaii is not a bad option.

Andy mentioned three Airstreams on Oahu, we actually saw one on the big island, last year, near Hawi at the northernmost point of the island. Now that's a view from your Airstream door...

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My one trip ('90's) to Hawaii for two weeks to Ohau/Maui, I never saw any form of an RV. I figured they were banned because of long term camping on the beach.
It may be cheaper to restore on the mainland, where parts and knowledge are easier to come by without the $hipping time & effort to cross the Pacific.
One thing I did notice, the armored trucks delivering money to banks, were all rusted out, well past bullet proof.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:08 AM   #9
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Wow! You folks are helpful! I really appreciate your comments and advice.

I wouldn't dare try to bring an Airstream here to Oahu. The onshore breeze here on the north shore rusts everything fast. Heck, we sometimes find rust on our clothing.
We'll keep the Airstream in dry Utah for restoration and hope to see it travel very far indeed.
I didn't get great photos of the interior, but it's all intact, working and undamaged. Except the carpet is veerrrrrrrry old! Love those original hubcaps.
The exterior is dirty but great, except for a couple of subtle distortions on the skin. Nothing serious, but I'll have to learn aluminum massage.

Time for research. I'm guessing it will take all winter just to read through everything on this forum!
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:46 AM   #10
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Welcome to the forums!
I agree with what Mike said. Make sure things work and it is safe to go down the road. Then spend time camping and figure out what you like or don't like about it. Start your refit after that.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:03 AM   #11
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That is a great looking Airstream. It does look like it could use axles. A good thing if it is going to sit for a lot of the year would be a covered parking area. I hate carpeting in a trailer so some type of flooring would be early on my list.
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:16 AM   #12
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Time for research. I'm guessing it will take all winter just to read through everything on this forum!
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