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Old 07-05-2016, 08:53 AM   #1
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Gutted airstream unsure of where to start!

Hello I just bought a 1964 24 foot tradewind. I am definitely new to airstream but I have big dreams for my little trailer. It is completely gutted. The floor is done but it needs everything else. I'm realizing of course this is going to be a huge project and I am so lost on where to start. I will be restoring the airstream with my dad and he is ready to help but I need a corse of action. Plumbing needs to be done and someone mentioned that should of been done before the floors were put in so I am hoping there is a way around this. Any help or input is much appreciated!
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:24 AM   #2
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1. Make it safe. (frame, axle, tires, wheels, hitch, brakes, vehicle lights)
2. Make it dry. (gaskets, leaks)
3. Make it sound. (floor)

Now go camping!

Now....
1. Waste Plumbing
2. Fresh Water Plumbing
3. LP
4. Electrical
5. Furniture
6. Mechanicals (fridge, WH, Toilet, Sinks, Air, Furnace)
7. Soft goods
8. Decorate!

Sometime along the line work on the exterior, awnings, and the 100 things I left out.

Good luck. It looks like you have a nice start.
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:46 AM   #3
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Ditto what DanB said.

Love your pallet wall and floor, nice clean slate.

There are tons of pictures online of original plans, Airstream Archives and modern ones on Pinterest, House.

There is a way around the plumbing it will involve some holes in the floor eventually.

For now put in a mattress, cot, camping table and chairs, dish pan and lugaloo in the bathroom.

Then do something I saw referred to here on the forum as "bucket time". You sit, you contemplate your needs, your camping style, your family size etc.

Then tape off areas for spatial help and build mock ups out of cardboard or plywood.

And spend lots of time on the forums and online. You tube has a whole series on a renovation. There is likely nothing you will need to do that someone here hadn't already done and they will be glad to help.

Make a rough draft outline of the process and keep it flexible to your needs, logical procession and money.

For us we're roughing it but still camping. I recently decided water versus electricity is my next choice. Lanterns are easy but I want to turn a faucet and get water. So I adjusted the outline.

Start your own thread, this could be it, and then let the thread progress with you during your build. Post your specific questions in their areas of expertise.

We're rooting for you!!!
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:53 AM   #4
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Aluminum tents are great. Camp a couple nights and you will discover what your priority will be, water, electric, etc. enjoy, go to a full hookup cg and use their facilities, no one needs to know what is inside your trailer. But make it safe and dry first.
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:27 PM   #5
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Do the research on other people's solutions, then get some paper and pencils and start dreaming. If you don't have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:41 PM   #6
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As for the fresh water it should all be routed above the floor. This is to prevent freezing as much as possible. Most black water tanks of that era also sat above the floor. If you want shower facilities the grey water tank will need to be below the floor. The galley and bath sinks will drain into the grey water tank. The black and grey tanks will require venting.
Then there is the exterior and interior electrical systems. I don't know if the original equipment and wiring still exist. If so, a thorough checkout is required for both the 120 volt AC and the 12 volt DC systems.
Have you determined if the coach is water tight?
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:16 PM   #7
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1. Make it safe. (frame, axle, tires, wheels, hitch, brakes, vehicle lights)
2. Make it dry. (gaskets, leaks)
3. Make it sound. (floor)

Now go camping!
Double ditto, In that order.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:18 PM   #8
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a clean slate! Nice, should be a fun project.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:29 PM   #9
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Seems to be water tight electrical is done next step is plumbing . It has a black tank but no grey tanks. Since floors are done I'll need to figure that part out without tearing it back up hopefully!
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:35 PM   #10
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How will you be camping. Always full hookups? Boondocking?

Could use a Nature's Head toilet and convert your black tank to grey but you still have to get the water into it.
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Following this thread will be fun. And helpful, as our 68 Safari is just a bit behind yours. Except we haven't got the new floor in yet. Or the old rotten one out, yet. Or any electrical, or waste or plumbing, yet. Or LP. Our interior skins are rolled up in the garage and we have holes in the top where the vents and AC used to be. But we're coming right along.

We do, however, have dreams. Well, Lisa does. I have skills. Some skills. Just a few.

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It has a black tank but no grey tanks.
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Easiest solution is to buy a "blue boy" portable tank to substitute for a greywater tank in those areas where they are picky about draining greywater directly on the ground, such as national parks. In most settings draining greywater on the ground, while maybe not PC nowadays, works using the "don't ask don't tell" policy. I'm a pretty green person, but in most situations I don't see how draining grey water on the ground or in a septic system in the ground is any different. A blue boy will also double for taking the backwater to the dump station when you don't want to hitch up the trailer.
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Following this..

My wife and I too bought an airstream a few months back. It was basically gutted with the bathroom/subfloor and inner shell still in tact. A few weekends ago we took a whole day and got it completely gutted! Everything is out.. What a task! But we are so excited and can't wait. Click image for larger version

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It's a 72 sovereign rear bath. Thanks for everyone's advice.
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How will you be camping. Always full hookups? Boondocking?

Could use a Nature's Head toilet and convert your black tank to grey but you still have to get the water into it.
I would like the option of both. Seems like the blue tanks might be the easiest way to go about the grey water since I do want flushable toilet. These are great suggestions and encouragement thank you all
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