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Old 01-29-2007, 12:00 PM   #1
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The title says it all. I LOVE to travel. Have been absolutely everywhere in the lower 48 but completely new to Airstreams. Purchased #7712 which was covered in kudzu and sitting in a yard here in Jackson County, North Carolina. The trailer (a 1973, 27' Overlander) was dry inside but full of mildew and evidence of higher order life forms (4 snake skins and several mouse nests). I have a lot of renovating to do. Right now I'm concerned about its four very flat tires which have deteriorated and must be replaced along with almost every other piece of fabric and rubber in it. I plan to jack the whole thing up and rest it on a platform of railroad cross-ties during the restoration. I'm pretty ambitious and expect to dig into the floor and bellypan. Any special comments on how to do this will be appreciated.

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Old 01-29-2007, 12:10 PM   #2
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Welcome, and congratulations for saving another classic Airstream from the elements and critters...

You'll need a few key supplies to insure your project is successful:

1. A Money Bin (See Scrooge McDuck..)
2. A Hydraulic Lifter (gently removes shell from frame and removes when done..)
3. A Combo Welder/Grinder/Epoxy Sprayer that can fix problem frames in 30 minutes or less
4. A case of "Tank Magic" to enlarge, relocate and seal your water and waste tanks to suit your needs
5. A source for "Wallywood", which is rare flexible hardwood, easy to fabricate into curved furniture and cabinetry using simple hand tools...

If you have trouble acquiring these, be sure to use the "Search" tab above to at least learn from others how they accomplished the same kinds of restorations using less sophisticated supplies.. Good luck, and let us know how it goes...

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Old 01-29-2007, 12:18 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! Call us in five years and let us know if you still have your AS! Sounds like you have yourself a full off frame restoration. The Full Monty as it's called around here. First you need to post a bunch of pictures, use your search function, then win the Lottery! You are going to make some great friends here and ou will probably find at least five correct answers to every question you post. Have fun and make friends!
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:05 PM   #4
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sounds like quite an undertaking, but it will be very worth it in the end and saving this great old trailer will be a fulfilling challenge. that kudzu is wicked stuff and it just keeps taking over more and more. anyway, glad you found a treasure in it. best of luck and as always, pictures, please. that way we can all take the journey with you. of course, it will be easier from here! have fun!
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