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Old 08-05-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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our first airstream

got home yesterday from picking up our first airstream. its a 1978 international land yacht in great shape. needs a good thorough cleaning on the inside. i saw ther messages about cleaning but did not see anything about scrubbing bubbles. has anyone ever used it? anyone know what material cover the walls? looking forward to streamin. kansasmoose
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:46 PM   #3
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thanks for the welcome. our baby is everything and more. first step is getting her cleanined up then it will be time to hit the road
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:57 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums. I am from Wichita, If you need anything chat don't be afraid to ask. I am restoring a 1975 31 foot Sovereign. I am having a blast. It my first as well. You will receive helpful ideas and experience on the site

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:03 PM   #5
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:57 PM   #6
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The best step we made in the initial cleaning of our '77 was to use Krud Kutter from Lowes to eliminate the fly catcher feel of the interior walls/ceiling.

Then we replaced the carpet with Allure Traffic Master flooring to get rid of the funky smell.

Both subjects are burried here in the forums threads, waiting for sluthing (in other words, I can't find them...)
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:31 AM   #7
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krud kutter king of krud

bought a bottle of k/k yesterday. get rid of all your other cleaning supplies camper and home. i was up at 630 to try it out. spent the next 3 hours cleaning- effortless. the krud hides everywhere. hey airdaddy where do you get your parts and what do you recommend to use to seal up gaskets w/o replacing them?
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Kansas-moose Onces again welcome,> per your request> I have contacted Colonial. Brian Hawtin. There whole team has been helpful. However Brian and I have a standing order ready to ship. As for my interior I am ordering the prefinished wood from China, a light weight ply and solids, "Knotty pine" that is for my cabinets, kitchen, bath and storage. all of the plastic in being replace, even the roll tops will be wood. The flooring is from a local flooring wholesaler. I started with bamboo and changed.. My over head will be insulated along with the sidewalls then the over head will designed like the new Airstreams, Padded and a leather pattern. I am also going to cover the dash board.. My frig is coming from PPL. Just a start. Have a lot of ideas, to make it my "Man Cave".

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cleaning roof exterior

is it safe for me to get on top of my 78 international so i can clean the roof? thanks
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just busy cleaning and reading the manual
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:19 AM   #11
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Da Roof ...

never been on mine (yet!) so I can't tell you for certain - a little searching will help you find relevant threads - but I think that the received wisdom here on the Forums is that you can, IF a) you stay off of the end caps, and b) put weight only on the ribs.

Unless you have scaffolding, I'd also strongly consider making a ladder attachment that will bridge across two ribs and also pad area where this bridge contacts the trailer side, so that you don't get scratches or dents. I'm also thinking about a couple of pieces of aircraft plywood to distribute my weight across a couple of ribs on the roof (I'm too wide to balance on one rib! ).
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Kansasmoose,
I have the same trailer in a rear bath model. Great year and model...congrats. I have been on my roof many times. Stay on the cross members (ribs) and be careful. Easy to dent and easy to fall off. If you have any questions specific to that model let me know...I have been through every inch of it.
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walls/ceiling

We used Mr. Clean to clean the sticky walls and ceiling off. Straight out of the bottle. Keep the windows open!!! Then when the sticky is off we coated them with Future Floor Wax to seal. The sticky stuff is glue migrating through the Zolatone. You will be pleased with the nice shiny look when it is done.
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