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Old 08-25-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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'89 Airstream fifth wheel :)

Well after searching for a few years I finally found me an AS fifth wheel . lol. I just cant explain it I had to own one. I bought the one that has been passed around first from "jakes mom" then to "luvz2cook" to rob bakers cousin and then finally to me. I think im definatlly going to keep it though. Im allready elbow deep into the project.... and what a project it has become. :/
scale of 1-10....... 5

So far ive taken out the entire rear floor and currentlly debating on what new floor system to put back in. all the old carpet has to come out in the bedroom. Maybe replace some of the plastic roofing patches a prior owner put in .
If its all right with the mods Id like to document my "build" here on this forum.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:15 AM   #2
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:51 AM   #3
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Lotsa pics coming soon
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:35 PM   #4
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here are a few pics..
Ive included one where the rivets are pretty bad and the strip is detaching from the skin and the fiberglass end cap.

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Old 09-10-2011, 08:26 PM   #5
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Talking *update* 89 AS FW build

Well, im away from the camper for a wknd so I thought id post a few pics of my progress.

I started off my taking out the old fold-out couch and rear floor. This whole area was just pathetic

Does anyone know if airstream deliberately leaves this type of wood under the couches for the aroma it has...its a really sappy type of wood

So, anyway i tore out the entire floor from rear to bath area. Let me tell ya this was a pain in the a$$.
What I did was to remove furniture /cabinets etc from back to front- replace rear floor- move furniture cabinets etc from the front to the back- and then replace middle/front floor.




The subfloor consisted of a moisture barrier with @ 3" fiberglass pink insulation 2x2 limber and 2x4 lumber with 5/8 ply wood (osb board).
I replaced with 2x4s 3/4 marine ply and 3 1/2 fiberglass insulation. I sealed everything up with great stuff. The moisture barrier was just discarded. Its more of a moisture catcher.
Here is the new plywood floor.


and the sidewalls/rear wall

sneak peek at the new laminate plank floor http://www.airforums.com/forums/images/icons/icon10.gif



Any questions, comments, critiques, complaints are welcome.
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:46 PM   #6
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Man what a find....Im always searching the sites in hopes to find an AS 5th wheel that's for sale. Lucky you!
What a way to dive into a project. Looking good so far. Keep it up. You got a treasure for sure.
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:45 PM   #7
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Wow - I wondered what the floor looked like underneath. Jim just finished putting in a cabinet in the back of our Argosy fifth wheel. I have to get some photos and post them tomorrow. We didn't have the sofa in the back - ours is in the slide out.

Keep up the good work. It's lookin' good!
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:58 PM   #8
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thanks for the comments guys, more pics coming soon.
Id love to see some of the argosy djmclean. What type of water heater yall got in the argosy. Mine has a hole in the tank.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:41 PM   #9
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thanks for the comments guys, more pics coming soon.
Id love to see some of the argosy djmclean. What type of water heater yall got in the argosy. Mine has a hole in the tank.
Check out this thread for our 5-er! I just posted some new photos from today....
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f419...eel-80632.html
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:53 PM   #10
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I don't know what kind of water heater we have (maybe a Suburban). It's a 10 gal and works on either gas or electric. Our previous camper had a small gas only and also leaked. Never found where it came from and it only leaked when the water was heated.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:13 PM   #11
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Restoration status

Well, she is in a lot better shape now. For a while there I was debating on getting rid of her for a newer model. lol
Anyway, here are some pics for those that are interested.
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Some more of the kitchen
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Bedroom
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Some random wall detail pics for pic junkies like me. lol
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