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Old 07-10-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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Hello! Im new here and we just bought a 1971 overlander airstream...and it needs ALOT of work...its had some "upgrades" but even those probably need to be redone. Where should we start and what are some websites that we can use for the restoration? Any help would be great, thanks!
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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Welcome and good luck.


Start with the floor and frame. Is it rotted out and is the frame rusted out. check the edges of the floor, under the water heater and fridge.

If this is good then you just need to gut it and do what you want. If not you are in for a lot of work.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:51 PM   #3
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That is a 41 year old trailer you are starting with. Find a club member in the area that is willing to go over it with you and tell you what is wrong and how much time and money you will be looking at to get it back on the road. Look at WBCCI.ORG for starters to make contact or the inspector section on this website. There is too much to learn to start blind. There are many ways to bring it back to life, but all are more expensive than starting with a unit that is functionally sound and with less miles and years on them.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:00 PM   #4
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John "sandlapper" is in South Carolina is close and may help you
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:12 PM   #5
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you are welcome to join our Georgia Airstream Campers group here too. We have NC and SC members many well versed in restore and repair of our shiny silver trailers...John is a member as well.

Hope that helps.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #6
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You are already here

You should start by reading. Then after that read some more. Then some more. You must read all you can for a couple of months to become mentally prepared for your undertaking.

The website that will help you the most is right here.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:41 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your replies...i know this is a big project but i love airstreams and think they're pretty awesome and im excited about restoring it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:10 PM   #8
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Good luck with your rebuild...there are lots of experienced folks who will offer outstanding advice to help you along the way.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:43 PM   #9
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Congrats on your new Airstream!!!

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Hello! Im new here and we just bought a 1971 overlander airstream...and it needs ALOT of work...its had some "upgrades" but even those probably need to be redone. Where should we start and what are some websites that we can use for the restoration? Any help would be great, thanks!
We're restoring at '59 Overlander.
I think the Airforms search box has been our biggest help.
Also: Vintage Airstream - Airstream Trailer Resource

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Thank you all for your replies...i know this is a big project but i love airstreams and think they're pretty awesome and im excited about restoring it.
That helps too!
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