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Old 07-02-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Thrill of the Hunt turned Excitment of Reno

Hi there, my husband and I have been contemplating purchasing an AS for a couple of years. Back in 2012, we discussed getting an AS but the price was just too much so we ended up with a 1973 Penguin. The PO had repainted, updated appliances, and reupholstered it and we loved that it was ready to use right away. We took our girls camping over the last three summers and had a lot of fun.

My hubby and I took a camping trip for our 15th wedding anniversary last week and decided that if we could sell the Penguin, we could roll the money into an AS... if we could just find one for the right price. So we returned Saturday from our trip, put the Penguin up for sale that evening, and sold it by Sunday morning. My husband joked that we should have put a higher price on it. I think the fact that the 4th of July is Friday certainly helped!

We lucked out and found a 1976 29' Ambassador to make our own and we picked it up Monday night. It's a classic beauty with lots of retro flair. Last night we were excited to find the original owner's manual inside. Hey, and there was even a beer someone had left in the refridgerator.

There are updates we want to make, but we want to use it as well so we be doing them incrementally. I love the air forum site and have found it so helpful already. I find all of the renovation threads so interesting and oddly addictive.

We live in the midwest and plan to camp in our area but our ultimate goal is to take a family trip out West and out East at some point before our girls grow up and don't want to hang out with us any more. :-)
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:41 PM   #2
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That's a very nice looking unit!!! Congratulations!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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Great story and WONDERFUL looking trailer!!


Welcome and please flood is with pics of the interior too! :-)
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:46 PM   #4
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Good find. Good luck!
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:56 PM   #5
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Awesome and yes we want pictures please we be junkies! Need pictures lol
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the warm welcome. Here are some of the pix I captured. The program seems to be cutting me off at 11 of them. I'll see if it will let me do another with more. I love seeing other's pictures so I am happy to share. Does anyone know what that metal thing is attached to the wall?
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:09 PM   #7
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More pix. Notice the paper on the divider walls is coming off in some places. Does anyone know if that would have been original? The ceiling has a wall paper on it that is similar but not quite the same.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:15 PM   #8
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I think that wall paper is not original. The interiors were usually pretty dark. See what is underneath the wall paper. I would do a structural inspection. It looks well cared for but many trailers of that era have problems with rear end separation from water intrusion from the rear and resulting rot and rust and eventual structural failure. It looks really clean from the outside so maybe it has been covered.

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Old 07-02-2014, 08:19 PM   #9
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Hi there! You have found a great looking Airstream! Not many of that vintage are in such good condition.

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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Old 07-02-2014, 09:07 PM   #10
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I've read quite a bit about the rear end separation issue elsewhere on the forum, and please forgive me, but I'm not quite understanding what to look for. Does the separation occur in the ceiling, or in the floor, or just overall in the back? How do we check to see if our new baby has a "back back" so to speak?
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:17 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:24 PM   #12
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Looks great! Congratulations! Isn't it fun when you realize a dream?
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:38 PM   #13
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It looks beautiful. Happy Trails.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:24 AM   #14
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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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