I'm a writer-photographer who bought in 1993 an Airstream Caravel
(I believe it is a 1968
although it is listed as 1967
in my profile. I paid $3,500 for it). I used it with wonderful success while I was researching and photographing a book called People of the Great Plains. In three years I drove 40,000 miles out there, from Montana to the Texas Panhandle, and met some wonderful people. The book eventually won three national awards. It is one of four regional books I have published, the rest being about my home state of Vermont. To view the books you can go to www.silverprintpress.com
Now my Airstream is in drydock and that's the problem. I know nothing about the renovation of an Airstream and frankly, I have very poor aptitude for repairing or building anything. So I placed it with a service that renovates Airstreams.
So far, the renovators removed everything inside, stripped it down bare and cleaned the inner shell, removed the bellypan and old floor, welded the frame where it was weak, installed a sub flooring. This cost slightly over $6,000. They then changed the aluminum wiring. Cost: $1,500. A designer came in and billed $1,400 for picking fabric and floor but I have not seen any plans and the floor has not been done.
Total cost: $9,214.36.
I can see the renovation cost going far beyond the amount of my bank account and I need some advice on how to proceed. Perhaps there are other renovators that are less costly or am I just in over my head? Thanks for the advice.