Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-16-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
New Member
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 1
Installing a rear hatch on an '71 Globetrotter

Hey guys - we are using our '71 Globetrotter as a mobile office and trade show booth for an adventure travel company in Colorado. We love the new Eddie Bauer edition (Eddie Bauer Airstream) that lets you load your kayaks in a rear sport hatch. Question for you guys - has anyone tried to retrofit a new door or window on an older Airstream? We've put swing-out windows on enclosed trailers, but this job feels a bit bigger

Any help would be appreciated!

JoeatIconic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
Rivet Master
Aerowood's Avatar

1971 21' Globetrotter
Arvada , Colorado
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 2,684
Yes people have done it, some not so good, some quite well. The big thing here, is understanding the way an Airstream is constructed, with the shell carrying part of the load. By removing structure from any part of the shell it will weaken it, especially in the back. The structure remaining will need to be reinforced to cary any load around the removed portion, and then a suitable door, hatch, etc fabricated.

If you want to see a 71 GT gutted check out my thread below.

Aerowood is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2016, 03:14 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
1972 25' Tradewind
Denver , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 97
Wow. I guess people were so astounded by Aerowood's excellent work on the '71 GT that the thread just died. Found the thread wondering about the same thing. I'm not sure I want to install a huge fold out hatch (like the Eddie Bauer and new Pendleton Nat'l Park models), but I am thinking about some external ports for more storage, etc.
25' 1972 Airstream Trade Wind Land Yacht
2006 Jeep Liberty CRD (diesel)
kidjedi is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
professional on retainer Frank's Trailer Works Commercial Listings 43 04-13-2012 09:51 PM
A/C on a Vintage A/S? Chlyman Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 16 04-02-2012 09:22 PM
My Airstream is on Food52! J5MM Stella's Kitchen 7 03-16-2012 01:25 PM
'66 Airstream Globetrotter Photo-Studio conversion in Austin AustinToast General Repair Forum 10 03-16-2012 11:32 AM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:28 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.