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Old 03-27-2014, 07:10 PM   #1
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Austin Texas new Airstream owner looking for help.

Howdy I'm a new airstream owner and would love any assistance i could get. I purchased a 1976 31foot sovereign. Ive had it for a number of month but have come up against some road blocks. I would love it if i could get someone who knows a little about airstreams to come out and walk me through my new purchase so i can try and find out whats wrong whats right and how to prioritize my new girl's repairs and restoration or remodel. Happy to supply the beer or BBQ for anyone interested in giving me a tour
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:22 PM   #2
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About an hour north of you is Top's Vintage Trailer Works. He's a good guy, and very knowledgable about Airstreams.

While I realize you are looking for someone for free, if you really want to know what you've got and prioritize your needed repairs, he'd be a great resource.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tops-...68053996544081

And website : Texasvintagecampers.com
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:57 PM   #3
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There is a guy in New Braunfels who may be available. He worked for Eric Stoltz for many years and has started up his own restoration/repair business in or near New Braunfels. I know his email address is schmidtnewbraunfels@gmail.com and I believe he charges between $50.00 - $75.00/hour for restoration/repair/renovation of Airstreams. May be worth emailing him.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:28 AM   #4
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yea at the moment i am definitely looking for a rudimentary run around about how things should work. not a full professional inventory. I haven't sorted out the full budget for what i can do yet. but would love a basic tour.
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:17 AM   #5
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My suggestion is to walk through your girl and read the forum as far as what others have found and how it looked when they found it. Such a soft subfloor near the door or split copper pipes (caused by a freeze) and if you look you will find an inspection checklist. I know the budget thing and how some are quick to point out their priorities when yours may differ. Vintage airstream can be defined as look poke probe and learn as you go, read, read get a beer or cup of coffee and read some more. Welcome and congrats.
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:47 AM   #6
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:46 PM   #7
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A small rally at Lake Whitney this week end and another next week end at Park in Johnson city. Both places would do you wonders....hook up and go to learn anything you would want....and meet some great Folks.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:52 PM   #8
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Come on out to Johnson City April 11 - 13 for our Spring Rally. Plenty of folks there with plenty of knowledge, most have been down the restoration road. Roadrunner RV Park. Bruce and Roseann Wood, hosts.
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A small rally at Lake Whitney this week end and another next week end at Park in Johnson city. Both places would do you wonders....hook up and go to learn anything you would want....and meet some great Folks.
Who's at Lake Whitney this weekend? (4-5-6 April)

Heart of Texas Camping Unit will be at Lake Whitney next weekend (11-12-13 April)
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Robin is confused. Been working to hard on that Bubble. Both rallies are on the same weekend.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:26 PM   #11
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Thats me....confused. I would have been there wondering where all the Weenies were hiding.
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Top has a very high level of technical skill and pays attention to details. He also does his work the right way the first time. You may pay a little more, but you get it done right the first time with quality materials. For your dollar value and the piece of mind that your trailer was properly repaired....go see Top.
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