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Old 02-18-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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Hi I'm Dianne and I'm new here (obviously). I recently obtained a 1966 Airstream Overlander. I thought it's condition was better then it is when I made the deal, but have always wanted to live in a vintage travel trailer and the opportunity presented itself, so I jumped... into the deep end it seems. In looking at the work that needs to be done, and there's only me as I'm recently widowed, I'm wondering if I made a mistake and should have waited and found something newer, smaller, better... are there any more 'ers you can think of? Anyway... I am excited to have her and I'd love to make her "mine" I just don't know where to begin. Any advice and/or pep talks you have to offer would be greatly appreciated...
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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Hi again! (I also posted on your other thread). There will always be "ers". But this trailer is yours to do as you like.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:08 PM   #3
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Thanks so much Eljay! I noticed your avatar is riding. I ride... traded my hubby's bike for the trailer and kept mine...
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Greetings Dianne!

You will find the process of rennovating your Overlander less daunting if you break the various needed updates into manageable mini-projects that will permit you to use the coach between projects. I followed a similar process with my Overlander when I acquired it in 1995.

My first project involved a safety inspection that included determining that the axle still had some life left (it now needs to be replaced), but the brakes and shocks needed to be replaced. Initially, there wasn't evidence of immediate concerns with rear end separation but the outrigger nearest the refrigerator had to be replaced. A new power converter and a replacement water pump had me on the road for several years - - about three years.

The third year, both the water heater and furnace had to be replaced, but I was still able to continue traveling. I never really had the Overlander out of service for any great period of time. My restoration/rennovation was spread over the years of 1995 through 2003 so the expenditures each year were relatively controlled. The two biggest expenses were in 2002 and 2003 when I had the interior refurbished by Fowler RV Interiors and when I had the exterior refurbished by P and S Trailer Service - - each of those expenses were in the vicinity of $5,000.

I haven't regretted sticking with my Vintage Overlander as it is a wonderful compromise between size and towability. In addition to that, it has a floorplan that isn't available in the more recent Airstreams - - I considered a new Airstream before purchasing my Overlander, but the modern Airstream bathrooms were just too small when compared to the comfortable bathroom in my '64 Overlander.

Good luck with your investigation and rennovation!

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Thanks so much Eljay! I noticed your avatar is riding. I ride... traded my hubby's bike for the trailer and kept mine...
Now that's a plan! I was afraid you might be completely bikeless. Glad to hear that's not the case.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:39 PM   #6
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