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Old 09-01-2015, 10:56 AM   #1
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Hello from Ontario Canada!

Hello everyone! I have a 75 tradewind that I've been renovating over the last five years. I've learned a lot of lessons over that time and I've spent countless hours reading the forums. I spent almost an entire summer under my trailer removing the belly pan, scraping and por15 rust painting and before ordering new skins and replacing. one tip, I used small gauge roofing screws with a foam washer to secure the belly in most area's instead of rivets for easy access me, there will be a later!

I've replaced the axles and tires. Removed all of the interior wall panels at the front along with the olympic rivets that were leaking which caused a large section of floor to rot. Before replacing the floor I applied ecopoxy over all sides and top of plywood before installing to waterproof.

Recently, I have been learning how to buck rivet (solid buck rivets to replace the olympics I removed) and then I'll re-insulate with prodex foil insulation and replace the wall panel so maybe we can finally go camping!!

When you begin renovating an Airstream trailer it can sometimes feel like you're peeling back layers of an often find something new that needs repairing you never expected!

Good luck to everyone in your restoring efforts and don't forget to wear some eye protection!

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Old 09-01-2015, 11:00 AM   #2
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Welcome! Newbies from Toronto, here, though we aren't restoring. Just no space in the city for it. Love hearing these stories about bringing these beauties back to form.

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Old 09-01-2015, 11:00 AM   #3
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:45 AM   #4
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:59 AM   #5
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Good to hear of your reno work. We too spent many hours on our 73 and there is so much more we can do. Bon Echo is one of our favourite Parks. Bet you have been there too.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:18 PM   #6
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Welcome neighbor. I know the onion theory. I bought mine with a few issues. When I got it home the layers started to be exposed. I also learned to buck rivet. On my first try on scrap metal the rivet went right thru the metal. Ops to much pressure. I was a year before I took it on the road. There were minor water leaks under the floor. I think I got them taken care of. It really feels good to be done and know what you have. This year I decided to grease the wheel bearings. When I pulled one drum off I found grease on the break linings. The seal had leaked. Just another layer.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:23 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the feedback! Haven't been camping anywhere yet with the trailer. Bon Echo sounds like a great park to check out. Looking forward to finally camping later this month at Sandbanks ON. That is, if I can finish a long list of items that need to be accomplished in the next 3 weeks! I've been recruiting a lot of help this past month from friends and family to speed things up a bit.
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Old 09-22-2015, 04:16 PM   #8
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Welcome Slvrstream75. We're new owners as well from Niagara. We've been campers for many years, previously part of the Motorhome set. I'm not sure how far you are from NY state, but I can't recommend the State Parks there enough. Especially Allegany and Letchworth. It might be a bit of a haul, but you will not be disappointed. Up until our dollar took a dive they were also amazing deals compared to parks in Ontario. Averaging $25 USD a night for an electric site in ASP with ample tree coverage and lots to do. We also just got back from a 2 week trip that took us up through Matawa to Quebec then over to Ausable Chasm in NY and Burlington, VT. Vermont is a must, must do, especially if you like craft beer. Though the state parks don't have electric or water sites. I'd recommend North Beach right in downtown Burlington. You have great beach on lake champlain and a bike path that is 5mins to the city! Hope you and your trailer enjoy many adventures in the coming years! Mike
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Welcome to the forums, glad to see more people from Ontario on here.
Yes, Road Ruler is right, Bon Echo is a great place to go. We've also Been to the Sandbanks.
See you at the Park.
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