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Old 07-03-2014, 06:41 AM   #15
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Hi Lumei & welcome to the forums! I had a '76 Overlander at one time & my wallpaper did the same thing on the sliding door to the bathroom. I believe your wallpaper is original to the trailer. Here is what my bedroom looked like: Click image for larger version

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ID:	215528 My guess on the thing attached to the wall was a fire extinguisher.....just a guess! Enjoy your trailer...it looks very nice! My Overlander was my first Airstream (I'm on my third) and really polished up nice (if that's anywhere in your future!) This was my '76:Click image for larger version

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Old 07-03-2014, 07:03 AM   #16
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You and your daughters will make memories that last for ever. My twin daughters are 40. They often talk about the fun we had camping in the Airstream years ago.

Your pictures bring back memories for me too! My first Airstream had your floor plan.

One memory I'll share that might be helpful to you:
For a long time I could not get the furnace to light up. There was a thermostat in the front room, so I would set it to a high temperature and try to light the furnace. For the first year I could not get it to light. I thought the furnace was toast. Finally, I discovered a second thermostat behind the curtain in the bedroom. Set that one correctly and the furnace fired right up! I found out later the thermostat in the front room was for the AC that had been replaced. So, it did not control anything!!!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:37 AM   #17
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Looks wonderful have lots of fun.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:28 AM   #18
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I'm guessing the mechanism screwed to the wall was an old gas light. It looks like the mounting bracket and propane line is all that's left of it. Your owner's manual may refer to it. I'm probably wrong as the location doesn't make sense to me. My gas light is in the front sitting area where a person needs the light.

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Thanks David - I saw another user post about a gas light in the front area and was thinking the same thing. In addition to being free, I've been so impressed with all of the friendly, kind people on the forum. I typically refrain from posting comments on sites or participating in forums for fear that trolls will attack, but after consistently seeing how nice people are on this forum I decided to give it a try.

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Congratulations on your new Airstream. The pictures make me reminisce about our 1975 Excella 500 that we had for 9 years before trading for our 2006 Classic. I loved the twin beds and the rear bath configuration like yours. We did find that we dragged bottom in the back at times so be careful. You will have so much fun making it your own I was lucky enough to have the original marketing brochure with my unit that had all these wonderful pictures from the 70's. I did lots of research to find the exact pots and pans, towels, apron that were in that brochure - it was such fun! I miss that old '75 and really miss the twin beds.
Thanks, I think the twin beds will work out well for accomodating our girls. It will be good for them to have their own space. And I like that it doesn't feel claustrophobic in there. I can imagine it was a lot of fun hunting down those items, and it had to be hilarious seeing all of it in person.

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Looks great! Congratulations! Isn't it fun when you realize a dream?
Yes! I can't believe that we actually have an airstream sitting outside our house!

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Lumeni: You can test for rear end separation by standing on the rear bumper and using your legs, push down and up like you were on a diving board. Watch for movement between the trailer's belt line molding and the frame rails. If the frame and body are not well attached, you will see a gap open up between the belt line molding and frame rails.

There may be other ways to test for rear end separation. This is the method I was taught.

Rear end separation is relatively common on 70's trailers due to a design flaw with the new body style. It is repairable.

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Thanks David! We read a little more on it last night and haven't had a chance to take a closer look yet. We're a bit concerned since it seems to be such a common issue.

Oh and if you noticed those lovely fish that were stuck all over the wall rail, I'm happy to report that they were easily removed. Now we just need to figure out a name for our new bundle of joy. I'm trying to think of something that will incorporate the PO's desire to decorate the whole thing with fish, which we thought was pretty funny. We even found some fish themed border that luckily they hadn't put up yet. It was obvious they weren't done with their decorating :-).
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:36 AM   #19
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Hi Lumei & welcome to the forums! I had a '76 Overlander at one time & my wallpaper did the same thing on the sliding door to the bathroom. I believe your wallpaper is original to the trailer.
Thanks! I love your pictures. What a beauty. That's a good guess as well, hopefully we will figure out what it is eventually. How did you deal with the paper coming off? My husband and I have talked about using an iron and trying to reattach it and also just trying to take it off, but there seems to be some extremely sticky stuff underneath.

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For a long time I could not get the furnace to light up. There was a thermostat in the front room, so I would set it to a high temperature and try to light the furnace. For the first year I could not get it to light. I thought the furnace was toast. Finally, I discovered a second thermostat behind the curtain in the bedroom. Set that one correctly and the furnace fired right up! I found out later the thermostat in the front room was for the AC that had been replaced. So, it did not control anything!!!!
Good tip! Thanks. I seem to recall seeing only one thermostat so far but now I'll have to look closer. We tried the AC unit and it kept blowing the fuse on our house because we had it plugged in there. Before it blew the fuse, it seemed to be kicking out some cold air. We haven't checked the propane tanks or the furnace yet. I think this weekend will be spent doing some closer investigation.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:39 AM   #20
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Hello Airstreamer,

Your house wiring works! Chances are you plugged your new Airstream into a standard 15 amp outlet. Your Airstream air conditioner likely needs 20 amps to run, so the house circuit was overloaded. You shouldn't run your AC on a regular 15 amp household circuit. You can run your vacuum, fan, electric drill and other appliances plugged into your Airstream while it is plugged into your 15 amp house circuit.

Your Airstream likely has a 30 amp cord and plug for use at RV parks. Don't run your AC unit unless you are plugged into a 30 amp circuit. Inadequate power could damage the motor in your AC unit.

How about Charlie the Tuna. Or Silver Fish. Oh, I give up.

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Old 07-04-2014, 07:32 AM   #21
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Thanks! I love your pictures. What a beauty. That's a good guess as well, hopefully we will figure out what it is eventually. How did you deal with the paper coming off? My husband and I have talked about using an iron and trying to reattach it and also just trying to take it off, but there seems to be some extremely sticky stuff underneath.


If I recall correctly (it was about 7 years ago!) I pulled it off the door & was going to just varnish the wood. It WAS super sticky! It had large knots (like most cheap plywood), so I removed the sticky stuff, filled the knots, primed and painted the door. I'd probably try using some kind of adhesive along with what you have remaining, because whatever is remaining didn't do the job of keeping the paper up! Or, I'd just yank it all & rewallpaper.....
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