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Old 07-23-2010, 12:29 PM   #1
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Hello from the newest newbie on the site. We just bought our 1967 Overlander a couple of weeks ago and we're just starting to find the time to get working on her. I just posted a question on how to charge the batteries, so hopefully that will get answered soon.
I'm sure I will have lots of questions, as this is our first trailer ever and she needs some work.

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:49 PM   #2
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Welcome! You have come to a great place for answers. They are really helpful on the site! How much work will you need to do?
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:08 PM   #3
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Welcome! You have come to a great place for answers. They are really helpful on the site! How much work will you need to do?
1. Well, my wife and a friend are out stripping off the clearcoat right now, then try to remove as many blemishes as possible.
2. I'm not sure if the batteries are supposed to charge automatically when you plug in the trailer - they're not currently - so I may have to fix that.
3. The water pump works, but cycles off and on ever second or so. My guess it that's a leak somewhere... I dunno. If there's a connection for city/camp water, I can't find it, so I'll need to locate it. I can only find where to fill up the tank.
4. The fridge door seal needs replaced. I just need to get the dimensions and profile etc. to get the info to the cooler-gaskets.com people.
5. The underside needs some/most rivets replaced.
6. Need to add some flashing around where the black water tank/bathroom area is.
7. Need to replace window seals all around and a latch on the front window.
8. Need to figure out how to update the propane tank valves.
9. grease the wheel bearings
10. Install a new stereo and maybe new speakers.
11. Install a new wire harness to connect to my vehicle. It works sporadically. Pretty rusted out internally.
12. Deal with the rusted chromed or stainless stove cover. Dunno what I'm gonna do about that yet. Maybe I'll make a new stainless one... hmm... of does that have a built in piano hinge? I'll have to check it out.
13. A couple of light fixtures need repaired.

That's all that comes to mind at the moment. Internally it looks pretty darn good though.
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:16 PM   #4
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If batteries aren't charging with the trailer plugged in, you might need new batteries - how old are they? Or you might need a new charger, or wiring might be corroded. A couple of things to check out.....
Congrats and good luck! And Welcome!

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Old 07-23-2010, 03:24 PM   #5
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I actually have a professional battery tester I can use to determine if the batteries are good or not. I'll be doing that in about 45 minutes when I'm technically done with work. I can't find my voltmeter unfortunately. Although my wife's superpower is finding things I swear are nowhere in the house, so I'll get her on it. What's weird is that when we went to pick it up, the batteries were working, the lights were bright, the stereo worked, etc. Maybe he charged up the batteries manually before we got there. *shrug*
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:56 PM   #6
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Hello from the newest newbie on the site. We just bought our 1967 Overlander a couple of weeks ago and we're just starting to find the time to get working on her. I just posted a question on how to charge the batteries, so hopefully that will get answered soon.
I'm sure I will have lots of questions, as this is our first trailer ever and she needs some work.

John
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Hi Noob--Welcome. It sounds like you don't have to do alot of work. I own a '67 Overlander as well. I will look forward to seeing some pictures.
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Welcome to the Forums. Lots of good folks and info too. Best of Luck!
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3. The water pump works, but cycles off and on ever second or so. My guess it that's a leak somewhere... I dunno. If there's a connection for city/camp water, I can't find it, so I'll need to locate it. I can only find where to fill up the tank.

7. Need to replace window seals all around and a latch on the front window.
8. Need to figure out how to update the propane tank valves.
9. grease the wheel bearings
11. Install a new wire harness to connect to my vehicle. It works sporadically. Pretty rusted out internally.
12. Deal with the rusted chromed or stainless stove cover. Dunno what I'm gonna do about that yet. Maybe I'll make a new stainless one... hmm... of does that have a built in piano hinge? I'll have to check it out.
13. A couple of light fixtures need repaired.
It all sounds so similar-
Our water pump did the same thing and my husband found a leak in the bathroom plumbing. PO had tried to seal it with electrical tape. Shawn applied some more tape to test the line (it sealed it long enough for the test) the cycling stopped. We still have to really fix that.

My husband has done the wiring to the TV, but it wasn't fun. He had to search the forums.. something about the wires not being the same color today as they were in 1970. He found a diagram that shows how to do it.

We had to caulk and seal the entire outside. Our trailer leaked like a colander when we got it.. which was the week the remnants of a tropical storm planted itself over OK!

We also need to replace window seals.

We have the original propane tanks with overfill protection valves, but the regulator is original.
The wheels need to be done.
He's already worked on some of the lights (loose wire).
We also have a rusted stove plate.

Have you pulled up the carpet/flooring? We found one place that we are going to have to fix... right by the door! Hope you are lucky enough to have missed that one.
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The flooring is pretty good so we're not going to mess with it right now.

It does turn out that I can't adapt my new 4pin wiring to the 7pin that I need so I'm getting that installed tomorrow. I'm also told that I need to get a brake controller, so I'm getting that installed next Thursday. Looks like about $500 for both. Its amazing how much this stuff adds up.

I decided to replace the front panel of the fridge with a thin sheet of stainless steel. I think I'm going to just brush the surface and call it good.

Still at a loss as to how to refinish the stovetop cover. Its like someone cleaned it with something corrosive and its rusting where they tried to wipe it clean. I'm afraid that if I sand/grind the surface, it will just rust more unless I coat it with something. But if I coat it with something, I don't want the heat from the stove to melt or discolor it. Building a new cover wouldn't be hard, but that piano hinge on there is a problem.
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Welcome,

You will get a lot of Overlander specific info from this site that TomW put together as he restored his 67 Overlander.
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Welcome,

You will get a lot of Overlander specific info from this site that TomW put together as he restored his 67 Overlander.
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Thanks. I actually found that site and read it over after we found ours, but before we purchased it. I've actually emailed Tom a couple of times. He's been great. The first thing I had to clarify with him is that while my last name is Henschen, there's no relation to the Henschen Industries that made the axles for the Airstreams for years and years.
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Thanks. I actually found that site and read it over after we found ours, but before we purchased it. I've actually emailed Tom a couple of times. He's been great. The first thing I had to clarify with him is that while my last name is Henschen, there's no relation to the Henschen Industries that made the axles for the Airstreams for years and years.
Did you by chance get your trailer from a boat storage yard in Rock Island?
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Did you by chance get your trailer from a boat storage yard in Rock Island?
I did indeed. Do you know this one? Anything I should be worried about? I see you're from Milan, did you look at it while it was for sale?
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Hello, John, and welcome to airforums.com!

Great photos, and the trailer looks fabulous! Plus, I absolutely LOVE your tow vehicle (TV). I think that vehicle is a winner on any front.

We tow our trailer with a 2007 Ford Freestar, and it does a great job too. We put 4,000 miles on it last November chasing the sun pulling Henri around with nary a problem. Well, except the water heater, which decided to give up the ghost in Navarre, FL.

Good luck with finding the answer to the first of many mysteries I am sure you will find, having become the owner of a vintage AS...

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