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Old 03-11-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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Bought a '71 Overlander

Hey Guys,

Just made a deal on this 1971 Overlander for $3500. Looking to do a full restore starting with frame rebuild if necessary (been parked for several years) new axles, rewired, re-plumbed, mid-mount shower, rear bedroom, with a modern interior built in my woodworking shop.

Looking for some pointers on anything and everything as its my first airstream, I'm renovating it to serve as an office for my business but mainly as an RV, so its main function will be recreation, thus I'm not going to do anything to the layout aside from a desk directly across from the door.

I'm only 21, and although I grew up on a farm in the country, and have restored a lot of old houses, I'm still new to the airstream scene.

Looking forward to any input and ideas for a modern interior.

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Old 03-17-2013, 01:43 AM   #2
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Congratulations! I think your general question is a bit hard to answer at this early stage. My suggestion would be to do what I have been doing for the past 9 mos and that is to poke around the forums. Read all kinds of threads. I am amazed at how much I have learned and had no idea I needed or wanted to know.
I also follow links to restoration blogs and vintage parts shops as well as look through what google offers up to me on interior styles. Lots out there on the internet. All of that searching, reading and looking at pictures helped me to narrow down not only the approximate year and make of trailer I wanted but I also started to develop what I like in interior style. I was able to find the company that is currently remodeling the interior from using the search function on the forum about repair and restoration outfits in my area.
By the way, that looks to be a very nice trailer, especially for the price.
Good luck!

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Old 03-17-2013, 06:09 AM   #3
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OMG, the interior in that trailer was installed upside down!

From the pictures you posted, the interior doesn't look that bad. It seems a shame to tear it all out. Consider as well that the original configuration has the bathroom at the back, it would be a complete gutting frame-off job to properly re-arrange the bathroom / bedroom as you mentioned. Right now, the waste tank and all of the bathroom plumbing including the water heater are at the back. Moving the bathroom mid-ship would require all new plumbing of supply and waste and possibly moving the water heater unless you are OK with the heater under your bed (not great listening to "whoosh" and "bwahhhh" for 5 minutes thereafter as the heater cycles to keep water hot overnight).
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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Hey Guys,

Since my initial plan, I have decided to keep the bathroom at the rear, with a double bed in front of it.

But in other news, we were up and at it before dawn today at the RV park it was located. With a little budging to get it out of its spot, we got it free, only to find out that after sitting at its site for 12 years, the axles turned freely, electric brakes grabbed surprisingly well, and the brake/turn signals worked.

After taking the scenic route back to my shop it finally landed in our yard without any issues. Have it parked right next to the dump trailer for ditching old mattresses and what not. We'll be using the walls and cabinets as templates for the new walls, planning on using birch plywood for bulkheads and cabinets, with oak face frames and doors.

I do have a question on insulation though, I have noticed most people opting for fiberglass when re-insulating, but I saw one guy using 4 or 5 layers of bubble-foil to insulate with, was wondering if anyone has any experience with the R-Value of this compared to fiberglass? I know if it's anywhere close, I'll be opting to not have to have the fiberglass itch for days afterwards!

Thanks again for all the info, here are some pics of us getting it out.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:05 PM   #5
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looks almost like mine 1971 ambassador
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