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Old 09-26-2011, 08:08 AM   #15
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Hey Jim, the wood veneer was a pretty easy update to the plastic. I lightly sanded the plastic and then the adhesive makes a strong bond to the veneer. I am not a carpenter or highly skilled at wood work. I just took it slow and measured carefully many times and cut out a template for each panel. I also used trim plastic from Alsa that was a burled wood effect for the edge trim that was on all of the edges. There are many things that are desirable in the 70's trailers, the curved three panel windows in the front and they were built very lightweight. When I was done I had covered over all of the plastic trim and redone the orange formica counters and front table. It was fun to do. After the Tradewind was stolen I determined that I wouldn't go through that process again and that a newer 2006 trailer wouldn't require all of the TLC i had put into the vintage.
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:30 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by JBSVirginia View Post
I've been looking at this superb Anniversary edition design:

custom vintage Airstream trailers

I wonder if it's possible to start with a 1970's Sovereign and install a similar look and feel, lining the interior walls with the aluminum sheeting and rehabilitating the cabinets with a nice veneer such as deco-form, replacing hardware, new counters, appliances, etc.. A big project, but could be a lot of fun.

Do you guys see any show-stoppers in this plan?
Lots of people have done this, to one extent or the other, and there is no reason you can't do it too provided you have the time and skills, or the money to pay someone else. I gutted my '72 of the trashed interior, and re-built it using a combination of some of the original metal moldings and new birch/maple wood. PM me if you want more specific info. It was indeed fun! -tim

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Old 09-26-2011, 10:49 AM   #17
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Hi Jim,

"Different strokes for different folks". I like real wood cabinets so when I found our 65 Safari we fell in love with the red Mahogany wood. It was never varnished or painted but only oiled. I recommend that you add a grey tank - the job is not that hard. You can also carry a 25 gal. blueboy.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:27 PM   #18
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All it takes is skills, time and money. Looks doable to me. One thing to think about is the steel frame. Trailers today weigh a bunch more than the '70's models. Sometimes twice as much for comparable models. You might keep that in mind.

Dave Winick has produced some great stuff. New and restorations. Google his name. You'll be impressed with most anything he's built. A true artist.


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Old 09-26-2011, 04:52 PM   #19
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:01 PM   #20
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You look like my long lost brother.
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:11 PM   #21
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He looks like he lost his hair brush. :-)
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:33 PM   #22
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Thanks all for great advice

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