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Old 10-25-2014, 01:11 PM   #15
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At the risk of sounding like and being called "Chicken Little":

Taking panels off and putting them back on is pretty easy . . . however, you'll be walking along a very steep cliff, on a very narrow trail that is covered in crisco shortening and slightly sloped towards the river of hot lava below.

Here's a realistic prediction of the "chain of events" (my 1960 Tradewind story):
You take off the interior panels and find that 60-80% of all the screws and bolts holding the wall to the plywood floor have eaten away the aluminum "C-Channel" (no longer "holding" or otherwise doing their job). The front and back 12-18" of plywood is mush, or nearly mush and unfortunately "not doing its job either . . . there are a few other less serious, but still a little disturbing, things you might discover.

At that point it's very difficult to just put it back together.

It's certainly possible that your trailer is not in the above condition. And I hope it is. Just be prepared for what you might find.

Again, the 120v wiring in mine was all fine. The 12v wiring was 95% fine and could have been solved w/out tearing the skins off. I'm glad I slipped off the cliff because I now have a "like new" trailer. My family is not so "glad", as it took years to complete. If I had more money and time I would have been able to finish it faster.

Good Luck. Let us know what you decide / find / do . . .
MarkR, if the trailer is in that bad a shape, then it's probably better to know sooner rather than later so that they can make an informed decision on how (or even if) to proceed. It would seem to me that there would be nothing worse than to discover the other structural defects on the road after investing a lot of time and money in what could turn out to be "half measures."
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:38 PM   #16
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Thanks for the help! We did take some rivets out today -- removed the tub. It was in very bad shape!! YIKES! The rest of the bathroom had been removed by the PO for an extra sleeping space. When we removed the platform we were shocked to see the tub! My husband seemed very confident. We even found water in the fresh water tank!

Thanks again! It is great to get good feed back and support as we make our maiden journey!!!
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Old 10-25-2014, 09:21 PM   #17
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Well, I think I may have figured out how to post some pictures...
My son is very excited.... YIKES! WHAT DID WE DO!

We do appreciate all the help and the great welcomes!
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:01 AM   #18
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MarkR, if the trailer is in that bad a shape, then it's probably better to know sooner rather than later so that they can make an informed decision on how (or even if) to proceed. It would seem to me that there would be nothing worse than to discover the other structural defects on the road after investing a lot of time and money in what could turn out to be "half measures."
of course.

(it's all there - some of it between the lines)
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:25 AM   #19
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Thanks for posting the photos. Yours does have dual axles, and maybe even the newer style dura torque axles. The old tub is maybe your first interior piece out. Step one of many.

Yep, I'm afraid your son has a good chance of catching "aluminitites". You have exposed him big time. He'll be pressing you to get it on the road.

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V Pline,

I'm deep into a '61 Safari rebuild and I am starting to think about the electrical. Everything wood in mine was wasted including the sub-floor, so gutting and pulling the interior panels was a no brainer for me. 80% of the space in the walls was a disgusting mess left by the forest creatuers, but the wiring doesn't seem that bad. (I'm still going to replace it.)

Your exterior is filthy but the inside looks pretty clean. If your subfloor is solid all around the edges and you plan on keeping the interiors, I would certainly see if the wiring will work as is before tearing everything down.

My blog: 61' Airstream Safari Rescue & Rebuild

Good luck!

P.S. Here's something scary the trick or treaters found in my haunted Airstream last night!
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