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Old 03-15-2015, 08:03 AM   #1
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Another vintage restoration

Hello guys I'm in new in the forum I just bought this 1969 Airstream Overlander from a nice couple and I'm planning to to restore it.

Of course all that I was worried about was the furniture placing to my surprise it needs more work than that.

I should replace the subfloor, the electrical wiring and most likely the plumbing as well. I live in orlando does anyone knows a handy man? I'm a 23 year old college student so I'm not really handy with tools
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:14 AM   #2
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I will say it since most will not… as a 23 year old college student can you afford to restore a vintage Airstream? I just think of myself 25 years ago and I know that I could barely afford the utilities on my apartment let alone a major toy like an Airstream. I do not intend to ruin your dream, I don't know your situation at all. I just try put myself in the situation at your stage of life and for me owning an Airstream and having the funds to restore it were far from realistic.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the concern Frank, thank God I have the support of my parents
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:33 AM   #4
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are you living in it? How do you know what needs to be replaced? Pics would help. But a complete redo will take months if not years. What are your plans for it's use? Good luck, you will find help here. John
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:41 AM   #5
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Thanks John! No I'm living in it, I live at home with my family. The floor you can easily tell is rotten and the previous owner told me that they had problems with the plumbing before. About the electrical wiring I think is better be safe than sorry since it is old I would like to have someone look at it to make sure it will be safe to use the trailer when is ready.
We would like to use it for vacations only.

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Old 03-15-2015, 04:17 PM   #6
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You might want to talk to John in Panama City
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"...I have the support of my parents "

Apparently, if you're planning to hire somebody to renovate an elderly Airstream for you.

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My suggestion would be to go find a job working for someone that rehab's houses. There you will learn basic wiring, plumbing, framing, etc... You will be gaining knowledge and money! This way, you can do it yourself and not have to ask mom and dad to pay the freight.

I understand parents like to help their kids, but the money they are going to spend would be better spent helping you get into a business or something instead of a play toy.

I bought my first house at the age of 21 1/2 years ( on my own without help from parents). It was a dump! To redue it, I learned about plumbing, electric, framing, HVAC, well/septic, etc.. paid 22,500 sold 87,500 and even used it as a rental for five years before selling it.

Take pride in yourself, it's a great thing when you can say "I did this on my own".

Enjoy,
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Good advice from rideair, learn and do it yourself it will be a difference of 40k in cost.

It's more rewarding and you will know how to fix everything in your home/trailer. YouTube everything!
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That looks a lot longer to me than an Overlander, but perspective can be deceiving in a photo. Although, from the distance between the axles and the rear, it sure looks longer than 26'.

Have you checked out the vin#?

And by the way: welcome to Airstream Country!

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