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Old 05-14-2017, 09:26 AM   #1
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Hey guys! I'm excited to be part of the community. I'm currently going through some life transitions and I am looking for something I can live in and work on. I don't want a complete rebuild because I don't want to bite off more than I can chew right away. I found what I think is a nice one but has some damage. Do any of you know how much work it would take to fix the damage in the image? Have any of you seem this trailer before? Click image for larger version

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Old 05-14-2017, 12:32 PM   #2
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Welcome!!! Sounds like a new challenge in life ahead for you, here's wishing you all the best.

As for that trailer, that's the very definition of biting off more than I can chew. That's a whole lot of work right there. Not sure that's going to be something that you can live in whilst making repairs. I'd say keep hunting. All are different, though...
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Old 05-14-2017, 01:13 PM   #3
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Welcome!!! Sounds like a new challenge in life ahead for you, here's wishing you all the best.

As for that trailer, that's the very definition of biting off more than I can chew. That's a whole lot of work right there. Not sure that's going to be something that you can live in whilst making repairs. I'd say keep hunting. All are different, though...


If it makes any difference, I have immediate family that run a body shop so I would have any tool that I need available. I have yet to get their opinion on the damage though.
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It might help to look on Airstream Addicts on Facebook for pics of gutted trailers (seems there's someone gutting on at least once a week over there). You may get an initial idea of the structure that frames the rear of part of the trailer. The skins are going to be pretty expensive, not saying anything about the rest of the project. It can be done, your body shop connection would be a huge help, and you know best how to gauge your skills. I'd guess you're looking at a minimum of $5K in materials, but I know someone on here has a much better idea than me. Good luck!!!
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If it makes any difference, I have immediate family that run a body shop so I would have any tool that I need available. I have yet to get their opinion on the damage though.
Working and massaging steel back its former shape is one thing; working with aluminum is another thing completely. You are looking at all new panels, window frame and posible distortion to panels that these attach too; let alone interior damage.

A lot of working for an experienced Airstream shop let alone someone who has never worked on one before.

Heck of a project to learn how to buck rivet on.

Good luck, but you're not getting this cleaned up for anything south of $10k IMHO.

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I would say keep looking. There are ones that don't need as much work then that one!
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