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Old 02-05-2016, 12:07 PM   #1
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1968 Overlander Update with Photos

My wife and I bought our Overlander last April just before the arrival of our first boy. I wanted to update the group and share some photos of the improvements I've made and maintenance we've performed with a lot of input and suggestions from this list. The photos will help tell the story better than a long post so here is a bulleted list. In general, I am doing my best to not put any more holes in cabinets, trailer etc and being careful to preserve original elements, even if I am removing them. I see myself as a steward of this trailer and want it to be preserved beyond my ownership...though we have no intention of selling. For the moment the Airstream is our extra bedroom or "In-law Suite" and we make it pay for itself by renting on Airbnb. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6030421
  • Replaced uncomfortable/poorly functioning gaucho with an Ikea Lugnvik Sofa Bed: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90214134/
  • Just last night installed 5 mini blinds using a variation the method outlined in this thread except I didn't use any screws and just 3m VHB tape which is amazing: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...nt-111812.html
  • Stripped clearcoat using Citra Strip.
  • Sealed leaking mushroom vents with vulkem 116
  • Added new smart TV on articulating arm. Very happy with installation! see photos
  • repaired leaking propane at pilot valve on oven...btw, after seeing yellow gas paste settled with time and gravity at the bottom of threaded connection...will only use yellow teflon tape on gas fitting in future
  • resealed refrigerator vent, spraying out with silver paint this weekend
  • replaced gas regulator which was also leaking, with automatic changeover Cavagna model
  • added under cabinet Ikea LED strip lighting (that I already owned but wasn't using)
  • added (2) Broan 174 electric cadet heaters.

Still have to chase some leaks, especially at rear trunk/bath near dump valve. My intention is to use Git Rot at this location to repair some of the rot once the trunk leak is located and fixted. Window gaskets need replacing all around. Plumbing vent covers ordered and to be installed soon. (part of leak chasing) Would like to figure out air conditioning and/or fantastic fan for this summer.

Attached are a few photos and here is an album with a bunch of photos:

https://goo.gl/photos/zMvU7XSkhK1P8nyd7
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:32 AM   #2
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congratulations

A great satisfaction owning 1968 Airstream is knowing that they never got better. Sure, they got longer and wider and heavier, but they still leak, the floors still rot, the battery still boils, and now, over-priced and over-loaded with features as meaningless as wally's oxymoronic mantra, “lets not make changes, let's only make improvements”. Today, riding profitably on the reputation built in the sixties, Thor attempts to out-luxuriate the SOBs, by slapping in a bunch of “pseudo-glam” and ignores the years of pleading from owners to address the serious issues.



Before you hawg out your unique, valuable, original vintage vents for fantastic fans, consider this…


A $16 reversible radiator fan fits in the original housing. For infinite speeds, It can be installed with a PWM, and reversed with a $5 DPDT switch. I used a $5 harware store 2SPD switch and a $5 eBay solid state 6V transformer for HI/LO. At LO speed, it's comfortably quiet, on HI, It'll suck the hat off your head. It does not interfere or inhibit operation of the original open/close mechanism. Everything installs from inside the trailer, no need to get on roof.


The “Flat-Rate” for this job is one hour. Material Cost $30.


Works like a charm...
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:21 PM   #3
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That does look better than a fantastic fan and I'd guess way less likely to leak
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Old 02-06-2016, 06:22 PM   #4
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That's a great fan! Where did you get it at. I'd like to do that also. That's looks awesome. Do you think it will work on a 75 argosy?
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:11 AM   #5
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Hi there Rugjenkins,


The fan came from the eBays. “12V reversible radiator fan”. They offer a variety of diameters, CFMs, Watts, manufacturers, colors, and methods of attachment.


At some point in the seventies, Airstream changed to a side hinge vent. I don't know if Argosy followed. There's a respected contributor to Airforums named “Aquinob” who did something like this to a seventies vent that is very unlike a sixties vent. Aqinob's account of his fan adventure is well explained and clearly illustrated. It may be closer to matching what you have. I'm certain that if you type “aquinob fan” into the google window of the search function, You'll find his many page journey both informative and entertaining.


It's a fun little project. You may have to tailor it to your particular vent. I tried a 9V transformer for low speed, but it wasn't low enough. I tried an LED dimmer PWM, but it caused the motor to emit an audible whine. If you require infinite speed range, use a High Frequency PWM, and it should be inaudible. The two speeds, Tornado and Quiet Breeze, suffice for me.


I was able to resist the Hillbilly in me, and not use a 1973 VW Superbeetle heater/defroster fan switch that I already had, but I'm certain that would have worked as well. You could most likely source everything from your auto parts store.


AirstreamPDX,


Viewing your mid-bedroom makes me want to nap. My vents have the very same glaciers of sealant. I've seen others like that too, and conclude that the factory applied it.

Nice work.



Happy Trails
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TV Set-up

Good Morning, please tell me about your TV set-up. What size are you using? What bracket system did you use? And, how are you running the internet to achieve getting Netflix?
Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:31 AM   #7
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Good Morning, please tell me about your TV set-up. What size are you using? What bracket system did you use? And, how are you running the internet to achieve getting Netflix?
Thanks!
We are running a 32" smart TV and running Netflix to it through a wifi router we plumbed from our main house router. We can run the TV wirelessly exclusively, but the picture,/response is better this way. The trailer head v it's own WiFi network. The TV size was determined mainly by the height. We wanted to swing it out and then Beck out of the c way when b we weren't watching. The gap in the plywood bulkhead at the refridgerator is ~27 inches. This dictated the height of the TV. I can't see needing to go bigger than 32". From the gaucho it seems quite generous. The mount is something I hacked from Amazon. Really I only cut some length off the top and then cut the bolts a bit shorter so I could reverse them and screw them down into the counter. I also used vhb tape as you can see. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Monitor-Articulating-Foldable-STAND-V001K/dp/B00QKVIHWG The stand cost $40 and is incredibly well engineered and solid. I feel we got great value above the cheaper, flimsy TV stands. Overall I am quite pleased with the installation, function, and flexibility of our setup especially for an old Airstream!
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:19 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the information. Getting ready for the cosmetics so I can set out. Nice simple improvements. The replacement for the Gaucho is good. Do you miss the storage?
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Absolutely amazing "resto-mod".
That trailer is beautiful.
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Thanks for all the information. Getting ready for the cosmetics so I can set out. Nice simple improvements. The replacement for the Gaucho is good. Do you miss the storage?
We don't miss the storage. In fact much of the generous storage in our Overlander goes unused.
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Hi, so what is in that white vented area on the kitchen cabinet?
Nice idea on the fan, I am happy with the Fantastic Vent Fan I put in but would have liked to keep the original vent.
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Hi, so what is in that white vented area on the kitchen cabinet?
Nice idea on the fan, I am happy with the Fantastic Vent Fan I put in but would have liked to keep the original vent.
The vented area is a Broan 174 heater. That was an existing door/magazine rack in the plywood. In an effort to keep everything "restorable" to original, I saved the magazine rack so it easily could be reinstalled.
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Old 02-28-2016, 04:36 PM   #13
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Window blinds

I have followed suit and like the brilliant idea that you passed on and improved on. My blinds are here and I am having a hard time locating the 3M VHB tape. There are too many model numbers. Can you get me that? I tried using your photo to match up, even that proved ineffective. I want to be sure I purchase the right material. Also, what have you sourced out as your lower fixed window coverage. I have a couple of ideas, tho have not worked out the practicality.
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:39 PM   #14
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Here it is Dpaul: TapeCase 0.75 in Width x 5 yd Length, Converted from 3M VHB Tape 5952 (1 Roll)

I had to trim about an 1/8" off of the .75" so I would likely order .5" to do the job. The stuff is absolutely tenacious so would definitely hold. I would also use just three strips, one at each end of blind and one in the middle. The (4) ~3" strips I used is overkill. For the lower windows I am probably going to order the same blinds, they will just be small.

BTW, I've had them about a month now and they've gotten a bunch of use. They are working out great!
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