Originally Posted by ParkCity
a 69 eh? Wow thanks. I was just going off what the PO had told me.
Thanks for the sound advice. Can I not get to the bolts from the top if I were to cut out sections of the plywood and do it piece by piece?
Also, if I jack it up with the belly pan still on, wont this make it hard to take off later, since it will be resting on the jacks?
Should I take the belly pan off, jack it up, then start removing the floor?
You purchased a 1969 31 foot Airstream.
It's basically a good trailer, but does have several problems, that with some time and money can all be corrected and/or updated.
A good starting point is to obtain a service manual, that has about all the answers to what ever questions you may have. The very first service manual however, is for a 1974 Airstream, but the 69 to 73 models are almost identical.
Next, I would suggect that you gut the trailer, and then remove the shell.
You will find some issues with the frame that you can easily see and correct.
Another issue is the rear end separation problem. That can easily be corrected since the shell would be off the chassis.
After the frame has been taken care of, you can then replace the axles. You can increase the weight rating of the axles as well as alter the starting angle. You could, if you wished, add disc brakes to the setup.
Before you start on anything, you should prepare a game plan of attack, for both your time and money.
List everything that you wish to do, along with the costs. That will help you decide in what order you would beging the projects.
Many things are still available through an Airstream dealer for your 1969.
One of the very first things that you should address, after the chassis and floor issues are out of the way, is to completely waterproof the trailer.
Replace all the window, access door, entrance door and sewer vent pipe cover gaskets, as well as the ceiling vent cover gaskets. Then address the waterproofing by checking for any leaks in the shell. Could be missing rivets, loose seams and the like.
Welcome to Airstreaming and the way it "WILL" change your life.