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Old 02-01-2013, 12:57 AM   #1
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Our First Trailer ever . . . a 1972 Overlander

We picked up a used 1972 Overlander today for our first ever travel trailer. Looks like it needs some minor repairs, but mostly intact and ready to travel. Any advise on where to get good quality parts? We will be converting it to run mostly on solar, LED lights etc. Needs a new fridge . . needs to be polished . . . needs new wheels and tires (mismatched set now) . . . needs a few exterior parts . . . might need a new water closet.
W can't wait to get started . . .
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:12 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I am in the same shoes, almost, I still need to bring mine home. You will find what you need here on the forums.Very good advice and excellent how to threads. Good Luck
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:41 AM   #3
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Take a look at our blog as well... it's a fun project... do remember to have fun with it while you're working on it!

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:55 AM   #4
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Most of the items you mention in your initial post sound pretty superficial. Make a serious inspection of your trailer so that you can address the mission critical items first, and save the polishing for the end. If your trailer hasn't had the axles replaced, then they are probably shot and will need to be. There are many threads on the forums that describe how to check axles and where to get them from. 70's trailers are notorious for rotten floors and "rear end separation." Again, many threads that describe what it looks like and how to do an in-depth inspection.

As for parts, the generic things like refrigerators can be purchased at any RV dealer. the Airstream specific items will have to come from an Airstream dealership. There are a couple of dealerships that sell parts online.

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #5
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Congratulations and welcome!!! Do you have photos to share of your beauty???
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:45 AM   #7
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the welcome aboards. Well, we got it home last night and parked where we can start working on it. Pictures, lots of pictures to follow. We do plan on working on it and using it as it is in good working condition, but we do know we have a lot of work ahead of us.
A lot of the work we have seen done by some of the members here is truly inspiring.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #9
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I would definitely heed the advice of giving the trailer a thorough inspection before using it. A simple tow of 50 miles on bad axles and poor balance could cause so much more damage than you can imagine. This isn't to scare you but the one thing any AS owner should never utter is "well I didn't know that"

Unfortunately the trailer may look great but its the things you don't see that are the scariest. Familiarize yourself with rear end separation and proper running gear balance. If you don't know what that means then I suggest don't use the trailer until you do. Investigate things you can't see in the belly pan. Insulation in there is a sponge that loves to create rust issues. If there have been any rivet repairs on the skin make sure the drills didn't damage any romex or 12v wiring. That could be disastrous! A lot to consider and eagerness can be your enemy if you want the trailer to last you a long time and be safe to tow! Good luck. Looking forward to pictures

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Post a picture like this if you can. This is bad news as its rear end separation and means a lot of work to get it in useable condition. There is temporary stuff you can do but who wants a bandaid on a gaping wound?! Towing in this condition means causing more damage. Even walking around the bathroom if it is a rear bath model can make it worse. Hope this helps
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:34 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forum!

There's an AirForums rally at Monterey Dunes, April 25-28. That's a deadline to shoot for if any immediate work needs to be done. We'd love to see you there. Our trailer is just one year and a couple of feet different from yours.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:00 PM   #11
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #12
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Welcome aboard. You can take a look at the blog I started on my trailer as well, its a 73 Overlander so it should be mostly the same. I've swapped the lights for leds and am in the process of doing a rear floor replacement and preservation of the frame. I've also got two new axles waiting on a bit of warmer weather to install.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:26 PM   #13
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We are also picking up a 1972 Overlander next Thursday (weather permitting). Excited to get working on it and even more excited to start using it!

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Old 03-24-2013, 01:26 AM   #14
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Congratulations Steinmetzmr! I hope you love your trailer and adventure as much as we are so far.
So...I (Monique) dove in head first on the cleaning and investigating. We have done a lot of automotive from the ground up and tackled every home project from little to large (yes, we installed our own solar well so this looked to be a fun challenge. Thanks a lot to the forum, this place is a huge wealth of knowledge, I found answers to things as I was digging, washing, scrubbing and moving along. This trailer has been used consistently its entire life but not loved. The last owners of 12 years took out all battery setups and requirements and bypassed the water holding tank. I think, (I'm sure I'll find out if I'm wrong quickly) those are the worst parts. Floor is solid and we will be checking out the rear this weekend but it seems fine. The trailer is very functional since the last owners used it for 12 years straight on a very regular basis. We will be replacing all the fans with Fantastics, new lighting, fresh paint, new taller toilet (pictures to follow) solar for boondocking as well as a new water tank and new propane. The fridge is from the 50's and is only electric. Lucky for us we live 2-1/2 hours from a huge Airstream parts place that has been around forever as well as being highly recommended for hard to find parts with a warranty. This weekend is also the axle test. I used to sell to Redneck Trailers so I already have axles lined up if I need them.
On another note, the seller was a steel fabricator so he did a lot of work on the trailer for under the beds as well as replace the tambour doors throughout. I went and oiled them and they loved it. I will start to post pictures now. As for the bathroom, that is a quandary.
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