My goal is to get my 1962 22' Airstream Safari presentable and sleepable for my wedding night, June 4, 2016.
I've got the trailer, a heated indoor space for the renovation, and an amazing fiancée who loves the idea, but I'm going to need your help!
So far I've got all the furniture, fixtures, etc. out and saved for future use.
My plan is to get everything behind the walls and below the floor in tip-top shape and then refinish and reinstall the furniture for the wedding. (We're not planning on using it for the honeymoon so it doesn't have to be 100% functional by June 4.)
June 4 priorities:
- Frame repaired and painted
- Grey and drinking water tanks below floor?
- Exterior "water tight"
- New insulation
- Working trailer lights
- Working interior electrical
- Composting toilet
- New axil and tires
(Probably not going try to have the plumbing and gas fully functional by June 4.)
At a later date I will polish the exterior, redesign the interior, and make her into a fully functional boondocker. I'd like to build in some features now that will make it easier to make changes in the future. Any suggestions?
Here's what I've brainstormed so far:
- Full CAD drawings based on what's discovered during the wedding renovation.
- Design new floor for easy subfloor access after wedding.
- Run electrical conduit throughout.
- Redesign belly pan for easy removal without messing with buck rivets.
What do you wish Airstream had built in to make renovations easier? Any ideas on how to achieve 2 & 4 on the list above?
Given the deadline, my biggest question right now is whether to do a frame-off floor repair, or keep the frame on. Large sections of the floor look good but there is definitely rot in the typical areas. It seems to me that frame on/off depends a lot on how much frame repair is required. Is this correct? Is there any way to asses the frame before I take the floor out? (Un)fortunately the belly skin is in good shape so it's not giving me a good look at the frame.
Thanks for your help and support in advance. Looking forward to this!
PS - I'm surprised I haven't seen this mentioned in other full renovation threads, so I want to say it here (I only recently discovered this)....
The 9" floor tiles and adhesive most likely contain asbestos! Be careful and take appropriate precautions!