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Old 12-27-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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1959 24' Tradewind renovation questions

Ok, so I have read and read all different forums concerning renovating a airstream but I cant find the questions that I want answers for. So here are a few questions for airstream renovators.
I have a 1959 24' Tradewind in need of some renovations, when I purchased it I noticed the floor in the front was rotten but in the rear is ok. All of the appliances work, Fridge is a Dometic and propane only, It cools great. The furnace works, the stove and oven works great, water heater works and no leaks, Holding tanks do not leak and toilet and shower works great. I have replaced the damaged floor and am getting ready to reinstall the walls and kitchen with appliances, but before I do should I
1. Upgrade all the wiring- It all presently works and all lights work. But it only has the two prong plug outlets. I would have to remove all of the old wiring and replace it. Will this affect the resale price or originality?
2. It has the cast iron plumbing, but no leaks and solid. Should I replace all the drain and vent pipes? Will this affect the resale or originality?
3. It has all copper water lines, should I replace these or keep them. They do not leak or have any corrosion, will this affect the resale or originality?
4. All of the cabinets are in pretty good shape, I dont think I will have to refinish these, Just some minor repairs.
5. The interior finish is good. I just need to clean the Zolatone finish.
6. What is the most desirable flooring for the vintage airstream of this year?
I am going to be selling this after the renovations, I dont want to devalue it in anyway.
Thanks for all the help

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Old 12-28-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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Depending on the floor rot, a lot of interior has to come out to repair it correctly. I'm speaking on just my opinion here, but I'd rather buy a trailer with some known rot in the floor than to buy one that the floor has been repaired incorrectly and not only the structure and interior parts damaged as a result. Perhaps some pictures of the interior would help. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You certainly won't get your money back out of it.

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Old 12-28-2013, 04:57 PM   #3
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I also have a '59 Tradewind. I did all the repairs/upgrades you have listed, but my intention was to end up with a trailer we would keep until we are no longer able to use it. This is our grand finale Airstream - we've owned two others. But if your intention is to sell as soon as repairs are completed, I would recommend not proceeding with items 1-5 in your post. If you did all this work, you likely would have a larger audience of potential buyers. But almost certainly, it would be impossible to recover the additional money you would have invested. I would think that a '59 Tradewind in good condition (as you describe it) would be easy to sell without these repairs.
I removed all the 9" floor tiles - almost certainly containing asbestos - and used sheet Marmoleum as floor covering. It is not "original equipment" but it is certainly period-correct. BUT it ain't inexpensive - you could use other materials instead.
Good luck with your project!
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should be all copper wiring. entire body and frame are earth ground , new 3 prong outlets can be grounded to body with new duplex outlets .
rivet ground to interior of wall skin with soldered ring terminal and star washer . you will be able to use existing bakelite j-boxes this way and when done replace original general service breaker with a gfi breaker . this is a worthwhile upgrade .
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