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Old 06-20-2006, 08:10 AM   #15
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We have a '65- when we got it the entire bathroom floor had rotted and collapsed into the waste tank- I reckon that was our most daunting task. Maybe we could help with some tips too since ours are so similar.

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:02 AM   #16
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We all have been there like stated above. Just remember you dont have to do everything at once. The main thing in my book is to re-seal the outside (everything) then have all the running gear checked and fixed. And then the fun part the inside. We have been working on ours since last November and I get overwhelmed almost everyday. We also wanted to use it and not for a yard ornament so we camp almost every weekend and fix as we go. It is lots of fun. I have found this forums is like a family so if you have a problem ask away and it will be answered and always remember no question is dumb we all have been there. Welcome to the forums.

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Old 06-21-2006, 05:49 PM   #17
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Well, for a start, if it's in NC now, you got it home. That counts for a lot!

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Old 06-21-2006, 09:12 PM   #18
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I feel your pain,

I almost stopped to look at a early 70's Tradewind the other day. Looked almost like my ex-Overlander did when I got it back in 2003. I ended up just keepin' on driving. Damn that was a lot of work, I think I still have stains in the washer from the cyclo wraps.

I would say most every one ever so inclined to be a DIY'er RV'er should embark upon such an endeavour at least once in their life, restoring an Airstream that is. Seems I am running across derelict Airstreams more and more here lately, who knows maybe they are indeed calling me once again.

I still have my cyclo polisher if any of ya'll are wondering,,,,,
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:28 PM   #19
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Time to Kiss Another Toad

Originally Posted by Chas
I feel your pain,

Seems I am running across derelict Airstreams more and more here lately, who knows maybe they are indeed calling me once again.

I still have my cyclo polisher if any of ya'll are wondering,,,,,
Who knows, maybe it's time to kiss another toad. and turn it into a beautiful princess.
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Old 07-03-2006, 09:56 PM   #20
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Feeling very inadequate at times, seems that close inspections just turn up new tasks to be performed, and its not like I can go to a local hardware store and pick up parts. I shall do my best not to get discouraged and to learn everything I can about my new project.


Your title heading caught my eye, because I'm a new airstreamer with the same overwhelmed feeling. You received some great advice, however, and I'm going to "borrow" some of it as I plan my 1967 Safari restoration project.

I've had my trailer for less than a month. My to do list is longer than my arm, and still growing everyday. Today, I was taking measurements for curtains and new cushion covers and stumbled across a mummified rat in the bathroom closet! Wow, that was a shocker! So, add disinfectant to the list....

...and some therapy sessions for my four year old who was in the trailer with me and had to witness me freaking out!

Anyway, just wanted you to know you're not alone. I will keep prioritizing my to do list while vowing to have fun with the trailer in the meantime!
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Old 07-04-2006, 08:51 AM   #21
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Don't worry

If you are like most of us you won't be be overwhelmed you'll be addicted and looking for every spare moment you can to work on it.

Don't worry about getting things wrong- the pros were not pros the first time they tried something. I just look at some of my adventures as the "tuition costs" to learn.

The hardware store can be your best friend , lots of things for Airstream are found there.

Finally, the words " I have an older Airstream" and "can you help me with this" are often magic as people are fascinated with Airstream and will often go out off their way to help you solve a problem.

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