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Old 05-11-2009, 04:15 AM   #1
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Well, I bought a 27' 1973 Overlander 5 days ago with absolutely no knowledge or guidance. My plan is to live in it while I get it back to a level that is campable. It is pretty much gutted-no AC; refridgerator; front sofa/bed; oven; flooring; curtains; etc. It does have a stove top (don't know if it works or not and it has the bathroom in the rear (also, don't know if it works or not.) I have not checked out the tanks, gas, water or electrical systems. The 'good' news is I am only out $1500 dollars either way, and if all I do is live in it for a couple of months or so, I will have recouped that much. So...wish me luck as I dive into my new project. I have learned a lot just reading all of the threads here on the forum. I will keep you posted with pics and info. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge and experience.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:49 AM   #2
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Welcome to the world of Airstreams,

Where are you living in this? I hope a campground with full hookups because you are in a time period that the camper may or maynot have a gray water tank. I believe that 1973 was the beginning of them adding them . I hope that you have one. The gray water is the water that you discharge from your sinks and shower. If you are on private property get a blueboy, which is a portable gray tank and then find a campground to dump it.( Or if it's your own property maybe just run it on the ground)

You are in for a fun and exciting time, we have just about finished rebuilding ours and I can't wait to take it out for the first time. Keep reading here and don't be afraid to ask questions. and Post some pictures.

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Old 05-11-2009, 07:17 AM   #3
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Congrats - another '73 Overlander!!! I've done a bit of work to mine - mostly cosmetic, except for new axles. I'm now working on replacing all the window/door/compartment gaskets. Tedious work. I can't imagine working with one that is gutter - but it does offer you opportunities to make significant changes without the guilt of ripping out the original stuff yourself!
Where are you living in it now? I am wanting to do the same but the places that I've found around here are cost prohibitive!
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:27 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forums!
Congratulations on the Overlander. Living in an Airstream here in the valley would be a challenge in the Summer even if you had an Air Conditioner. Hopefully you are headed to higher ground.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:04 AM   #5
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Welcome AzLandShark ~

I agree with Richard. Living full-time in an Airstream here in the valley without an AC as the temps are now hitting 100 is not my idea of living it up. If you are planning on staying put for awhile, adding an AC would be on the top of my list. Hopefully, you're able to park it in the shade at least.

Did you happen to purchase this one from up on Union Hills and around 37th Ave.? I saw one for sale up there awhile back and from what I remember, yours sounds about right.

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Old 05-11-2009, 03:56 PM   #6
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Guess I left out a few details...it is parked on private land w/access to home facilities/conveniences. I also am not actually going to be in it till Oct 1, 2009. I bought it off craigs list up in Cave Creek. It was being used as a contractor's office while he built a spec home. (If you think I have problems, he has a 6000sf home to sell in this lousy mrkt. now that's scary.) I can only work on the AS on days off. Just trying to get my priorities lined out as to what is first and so on. Most of the larger (expensive) items won't get started till Oct, so for now I am just learning from everyone's experience and comments. Thanks for all the encouragement and any tips are surely welcomed. Nice to know there is a net out there to help me when I fall.
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With what you said above, then the first thing would be to make sure all leaks are taken care of. If its gutted, now is the perfect time and monsoon season will be here in a few months.

Any pix to share with your new family?

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