Noob here, excited for the many years of airstream enjoyment to come, but to get to that point we’ll need the word of the wise I hope to find here! My husband and I were gifted a 1968-69’ Sovereign
and are looking to do a full restoration. 8 months ago my sister-in-law towed it from Montana to it’s current location in New Mexico. We’re looking to bring it to Texas but before then we will be having the bearings, brakes, lights and axels addressed. This is all out of our scope of abilities and we feel it necessary to be done by a professional. Which begs the question, what would you leave to a professional? We’re comfortable (and well enough by our standards) doing finishing work, but I know there will be many things better left to someone more knowledgeable/capable. The plan is to have most, if not all, under carriage work taken care of prior to hitting the road to texas. And after that point I’m not sure if we start gutting or take directly to a restoration shop (recommendations appreciated) or if there’s any prep work we could do to save on costs? Basically, Id like to source every add-on (i.e. sink, faucet, TV, fridge, stove, bed, tankless water heater, shower head etc.) myself to ensure it’s as comfortable as possible as we may, at times, live in it full time…I’m curious as to how to handle this when hiring help… I’d hate to inconvenience, but like to do my research when it comes to gadgets. So, if any of you have the time or desire to help out a stoked couple looking to ensure they’ll never be homeless, your advise much is appreciated.
Summary of requests and facts:
What projects would you avoid tackling yourself and would recommend a professional?
Do you have internet on board? If so, who is your provider? I will likely be “on the clock” at times while traveling.
By “gut” I mean walls and floors. Rewire, replace insulation, replace subfloor. Reconfigure layout.
Does anyone recommend a shop in Texas? Eric Stolz’s email was returned undeliverable.
We may be living in it fulltime depending on the state of our professional industry.
New to forums. Do you recommend I post in multiple communities? Did I even do this correctly?
Feel free to ask questions! Thank you very much!