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Old 04-04-2018, 09:38 AM   #1
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Hi all! I purchased a ď69 overlander about a month ago and doing a total frame up rebuild by myself. Tackling removal of the belly pan today actually. Planning to full time live in mine and hope to continue to restore more in the future(lets see how this one goes first ). Little stressed about tackling plumbing and electrical and got lots of question but taking it one day at a time.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:09 AM   #2
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Welcome and good luck with your rebuild. Take a lot of pictures and dont hesitate to ask questions here when you need help, since a lot of us have been down this road.

Building out a mobile living space that exactly fits your needs is a long and difficult process, but the payoff is fantastic. Posting this message while parked in a free camp site in a beautiful location, fully off-grid and solar powered, while taking a break from my remote work.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:21 AM   #3
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Old 04-04-2018, 06:08 PM   #4
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Hello from Colorado: Welcome to Air Forums and the vintage Airstream hobby. I believe you will find all the answers to your project questions here on Air Forums. I have been helped a lot with my questions right here.

The Greatleys built a "tiny house" as they call it from an Overlander for full time living. Their blog is a great read. The needs for full time living can be different than an occasional travel trailer. Actually, Airstream trailers aren't particularly designed as a 4 season rig or for full timing. I store mine during the winter months. That said, many folks live in their full time and you can too. Full time rigs usually have more robust appliances (furnaces, AC, water heaters, insulation, etc.). So that may be a consideration in your build.

I bought a 75 Overlander last fall and I've been working on repairs and improvements this winter. It is not a total rebuild like you're doing. I'm happy to share what I might know with you. My project thread is linked below if you are interested at all.

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Welcome to the forum. You're going to like it a lot here. Good luck with your rebuild. Happy to hear you are going to get an oldie back on the road. Pat
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Old 04-04-2018, 08:49 PM   #6
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Welcome and congrats on your '69, a unique year for Airstream. If your front windows are still original, you'll note the side wings are curved at top and square at the bottom. This was the only year Airstream did that. Your ceiling may also have two reinforcement channels running along the center panel, again unique to '69 I'm told. This was also the first year of a new body style and curved windows on the sides. Airstream also put ingenious light-weight, honey-comb core cabinet doors in this year. The trailers of this vintage are remarkable for how light weight they are for their size, which makes them great for towing and traveling. There are also super-cool design touches that simply are not available in current models, like the step with the curved front that when stowed, blends into the curved belly, and the forged aluminum exterior power outlets that close flush with the body.

Take some time as you disassemble things to study how they put it together, and try to figure out why things were done the way they were. Sometimes, this will give you greater insight into something clever or smart. Sometimes you will figure out an even better way or a way that better serves your needs. And sometimes, you will find something awful, and wonder "what were they thinking?!"

Most of all, have fun with it!
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Welcome to the trailerhood. Youíll have fun on the renovation and learn a lot of new skills. You live in one of the neatest part of the state. Itís hard to beat Caddo Lake area. Iím a little biased cause I was born right up the road in Jefferson. Have fun and donít be shy about asking questions. Iíve been there and done that. Good luck, Bubba
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