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Old 05-01-2011, 07:00 AM   #15
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After reading many posts here, we just bought a 72 to restore.
I lucked out and found a used one for cheap that the floor is in excellent condition, all the rivets are there, the frige ,hot water heater, and AC all work, just some minor plumbing repairs, new floor covering, new tires, and some curtains and it will be usable and look pretty good.

There is tons of work left to do, but we can use it as is. We still have to :
Replace weatherstripping on windows and doors
Break out the inner glass on every window so we can clean the old tint off
Refinish the bathroom sink / tub
Redo the counter tops, refrigerator cosmetic panels
Replace quite a few Tambour doors with something
Strip and polish the outside
Probably replace the axles

and that is just getting it to good working condition. There will be numerous other things it will need, but I like working on it. Its just cool having a 39 year old TT that is mostly all original and still in good shape.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:21 AM   #16
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do yourself a major favor and make sure the foundation has no cracks before you paint the walls. all the things your are talking about is paint.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:22 AM   #17
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I'll chime in. I'm not seeing that it's the cost that is bothering you, more the skills and ability that you may require.

If the decision is solely $ based rebuilding or restoring an Airstream seems less logical to me.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:57 AM   #18
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Except for the endcaps I won't be doing any painting on mine. The finishes in there will be less liability than paint.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:37 PM   #19
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Except for the endcaps I won't be doing any painting on mine. The finishes in there will be less liability than paint.
I thought that was figural: make sure the basics of the rig are sound before getting to the finishes, the frosting, things that you don't want to or can't remove once they're in, like countertops, flooring etc.

I think there are some universal truths to renovation of an old trailer, but its also a personal thing... ours had taken so long, I've learned a ton about the rig, and also how we want to use it, what we want it to look like. Expect it to be a process and you won't be disappointed. Another form of journey with your trailer.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:00 AM   #20
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I would say: Take a good in-depth look at Your prospective renovation trailer and figure 'how much' renovation/repair You are willing to take on.

My 1st trailer was a 77 Mallard(from midwest)...it needed quite a bit of attention in various areas--not necessarily the type of trailer that would justify the expense and time. After it was primarily used for storage--I sold it.

Recently, I was looking for a "great deal" on an AS or other Silver trailer....
As with any vintage silver trailer a "great deal" is hard to come by! They all need something....abd from what I have been finding out...the older AS are much more invloved in some ways.

All said, I found a 77 Silver Streak that needs attention of various levels...but overall, the structure is sound(which I was looking for). Still, it had its price as it is..I look forward to My "77 Silver Streak 'Refurbish' being a success.

At some later point I may venture into the AS trailer...but You have to start somewhere and I Really Like the Vintage Trailers!

Good Luck,
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:19 PM   #21
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To the above I'd add: read and ask questions on the forum. Some things are time sink holes and others take money, and armed with information you can make an informed choice, or leap, as the case may be. I can't believe how little, actually nothing, I knew about these things when I bought ours. Its been fun, but a particular kind of fun, not everyone's kind of fun.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:16 AM   #22
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Seems this is what I am undertaking!!

Here's a link to some of what I have been doing:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f417...ish-77204.html

My thought: Make sure You either have the capabilities or the $$ maybe the combo of the 2...and have a good understanding of the depth You are willing to go into with renovating.

TV is one thing...edited greatly!!

Real Life just IS!

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Old 05-17-2011, 12:20 PM   #23
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Try not to get too imaginative

If you look at a trailer that has a rear bathroom, and think to yourself, "Well, I'll just move that bathroom to the centre and put the bedroom in the back" you are probably cruisin' for a bruisin'
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:49 PM   #24
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If you look at a trailer that has a rear bathroom, and think to yourself, "Well, I'll just move that bathroom to the centre and put the bedroom in the back" you are probably cruisin' for a bruisin'

THAT'S funny!!!

Save those visions for a House worth it ...

My intent is to fix/restore/upgrade ("Refurbish") and have a pleasurable experience with this ...
the Process to be Proud of and Share...with Family and Friends(Silver Kin Included).

Cheers,
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