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Old 08-19-2008, 08:05 AM   #15
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That's exactly what I have in mind, it looks great. Thanks for posting photos. I assume you used rivets, did you rivet to the ribs or just anywhere? Where did you buy the aluminum? Did you use rolls or sheets and what thickness? Again, it looks great.
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:39 AM   #16
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Bambi headliner

Wow!

What a great looking trailor.

Where did you get the aluminum and what tools did you use for cuting it.

I have all of the wood working tools that you can get but do not have any metal work tools.

Thanks for your reply.

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Old 08-19-2008, 09:09 PM   #17
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that really is great looking,after our long trip i plan on doing that too. i got about half of my cork floor laid down today and most of the painting is done. new cushions are being made and might be ready in a couple of weeks. will take some pictures when i finish the floor.

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Old 08-19-2008, 10:15 PM   #18
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Interior Re-skin

Hello Loveshack and A. L. Thanks for the compliments. I purchased the aluminum in 4' x 10' sections from Aircraft Spruce in Georgia. You can google them and find their website. They are an aircraft supply company but they sale to the occasional Airstream owner from what they told me. I ordered .025 thick. They can roll it in rolls that will fit in a box that is able to be shipped by UPS. I ordered 10 sheets in two boxes and shipping was around 80.00 (cheap). I would probably move up to .030 thickness if I did it again. The .025 is REALLY flexible. I used a 3000 series aluminum (pretty sure). I hand riveted all the pieces attaching to the original ribs whenever possible (about 900 rivets total). I purchased the rivets from Aircraft Spruce as well. I occasionally missed a rib but did not worry. The new aluminum only added about 125 pounds to the camper, overall. I used a set of inexpensive air niblers, electric niblers, hand drill, and hand shears to do all the cutting and trimming. I had help hanging the ceiling, but I hung all the walls myself. If you pull the mouse fur off carefully, it makes a great template. I hope this helps you or anyone else especially with the mid 90's units with the drooping ceilings.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:33 PM   #19
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I am sure that most might think we are crazy for redoing an 05 safari but we didnt like the layout or color in ours so we are redoing it. I took a few pics of our progress and posted them click on images on my profile if you are interested. we are putting down a cork floor, painting our cabinets and moved our dinette and couch areas our sitting. we have plenty of before pictures and i will try and take more as it goes along. the cushions should be ready next week i think which will make a huge difference.

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Old 08-27-2008, 08:31 AM   #20
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I am sure that most might think we are crazy for redoing an 05 safari but we didnt like the layout or color in ours so we are redoing it. I took a few pics of our progress and posted them click on images on my profile if you are interested. we are putting down a cork floor, painting our cabinets and moved our dinette and couch areas our sitting. we have plenty of before pictures and i will try and take more as it goes along. the cushions should be ready next week i think which will make a huge difference.

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You're not crazy at all, it is looking great. I like the cabinet color and if you skin the ceiling, it's going to look perfect. Please keep us posted on your progress and photos are always helpful. I may "borrow" some of your ideas.

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Doesn't seem crazy to me Roy B. It looks great. I think a person should personalize their AS if they want to.......sort of like customizing a Harley. Like the pics.
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thanks guys ..... today i drove out and picked up a sample for the table and counter tops. Wilsonart has a new color call "Satin Stainless" looks just ike a piece of stainless steel so i think we will use it if the wife approves the color,i am color blind so i do leave that to her plus she was an art major in college. Got more floor laid today :-} looking good too.

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Old 09-05-2008, 09:46 PM   #23
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posted a few more pictures since we are getting close to finishing for now at least
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posted a few more pictures since we are getting close to finishing for now at least
Looks great, what a diffrence paint and a few changes can make.
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I have an 05 Bambi Safari that has developed aluminum oxidation marks on the roof liner. Airstream tells me it is from the movement of the aluminum but they can only suggest a spray on product that might work. I have tried to get the spray and can't find it here in Canada. I wondered if anyone has had success removing these stains with a specific product. I may have to remove part of the liner if this doesn't work so I am also interest in anything that would remove the glue.
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:46 AM   #26
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My 98 Bambi is 10 years old and was due for a remodel. I have taken down the head liner and and found the skin not to be suteable to leave as aluminum. lots of small holes and uneaven panals. I have not decided what I will go back with. The options are to replace the aluminum or to go back with the original materal from Airstream or
use a product like ultra leather. How ever the glue can be removed with spray on Goof-Off (Home Depot has it) It is a lot of work and is a nasty job!
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yesterday while putting my new countertop and the stove back into place I decided to pull some of the carpet off the wall behind the stove area. I cleaned the glue off with the spray on goof-off you are talking about. I was amazed that it took it off and the skin looked great after i spent time cleaning it. It makes me want to take all of it down, but i am still afraid it wont look that good everywhere and it wuld tkae quite awhile to clean it all. Oh well we are finished with our 05 safari for now and ready to hit the road in a few weeks for a nice little vacation. i will take a few finished pictures and post them soon.

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I have been thinking that in my 98 bamby {one of the first of the new Bambies} using the aluminum skin as a finished interior serface was not a consederation. The instalation was not installed in a manner where it could be exposed. In the later models where it is used in some of the units may be the inatalation practices inproved.
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