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Old 08-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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What do you typically do with the sagging vinyl walls?

I've seen where folks have applied wall-paper. I've seen where folks have painted. And then I've read where folks inquire about replacing vinyl. I'm such a beginner. (Owned our '77 Sovereign all of 3 days) I want to remain as true to the original inspiration as possible... I think.
The vinyl wall covering is just wrinkled like a pug! What do you seasoned travelers suggest?
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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On the wood partion walls ours sags puckers due to the heat. In these areas I pulled the vinyl off and painted the exposed wood in the bedroom. In the kitchen and hallway I left the wood natural. The exposed wood looks nice but the adhesive residue is slightly tacky.
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The PO of my trailer put very nice textured wallpaper on the wood partition walls, and used the same stuff on the upper lockers as well (it's an Argosy, so they're hinged doors rather than tambours.) It's holding up very well and I like the way it looks. If only the curtains were as nice...
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Personally, I would try to discover exactly why the vinyl wrinkled in the first place. Could it be heat from some source? If you you might think there would be more wrinkling that just this one spot.

The first thing to do when acquiring a vintage Airstream is to locate and stabilize (stop) all water leaks. You don't want any of them continuing to damage your new baby!

For me, the next step was to put one of those paper school notebooks in the trailer to note any and all deficiencies and then...? Clean the whole interior to within an inch of its life! Even the darkest, dirtiest corners.

Why? By cleaning it, you will find each and every little thing that you will want to repair | fix | improve, before falling down the rabbit hole of chasing things that may or may not actually be important.

When you arrive at the end of your cleaning job, you will have a nice, clean trayla and a good long list of things to do. Take an hour or so to go through the list, and number each item as to the order in which you want to do them. Now re-write the list in order.

Start working on it, beginning with number 1!

People start large projects such as yours, and some wind up abandoning them because things get overwhelming. By planning it out, YOU will control the jobs, not your trailer.

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Aage: the OP is in central Texas... the heat comes from EVERYWHERE! I think eventually the glue sticking the vinyl to the luan just gets cooked at the same time that the heat shrinks the vinyl. Most old Airstreams down here with the original wall coverings have that wrinkling/pulling-loose look unless they've been stored under cover most of the days the AC isn't running.
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Aage: the OP is in central Texas... the heat comes from EVERYWHERE! I think eventually the glue sticking the vinyl to the luan just gets cooked at the same time that the heat shrinks the vinyl. Most old Airstreams down here with the original wall coverings have that wrinkling/pulling-loose look unless they've been stored under cover most of the days the AC isn't running.
Very true. OK, assuming the TT is also from central Texas, a slather of glue, and that item can be stroked off her list.
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I ripped mine all out and put in some nice birch wood.

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That looks so GOOD!
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Personally, I would try to discover exactly why the vinyl wrinkled in the first place. Could it be heat from some source? If you you might think there would be more wrinkling that just this one spot.
Our wood walled vinyl, like me...is wrinkling in more than one spot.

I know mine's an age and and heat issue and suspect that my rig's is as well.

The vinyl will stretch when it is hot, but the adhesive is pretty much done for. I think that it could be re-attached if you really wanted to retain the look.
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We would like to fix wrinkles, but our vinyl is quite stiff and brittle where it is wrinkled, and there just doesn't seem to be any hope of straightening it out. Does anyone have any tips on how to do that - or on how to remove it?
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Splitrock - can you tell me how you went about replacing the vinyl with birch panels?
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Splitrock - can you tell me how you went about replacing the vinyl with birch panels?
Yes, I made a picture story of how I did it. The links are below.

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I can answer any questions.
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Try heating with a hair dryer and see if that makes it easier to remove.

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We would like to fix wrinkles, but our vinyl is quite stiff and brittle where it is wrinkled, and there just doesn't seem to be any hope of straightening it out. Does anyone have any tips on how to do that - or on how to remove it?
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