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Old 06-16-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Looking for restoration help in New Mexico - my first Airstream

I'm a total newbie to the community - happy to be here. I hope I am posting this in the right place and not asking too many dumb questions right off the bat...

My wife and I have the opportunity to acquire this 1968 Sovereign from northern New Mexico, where it has been sinking in the ground on a piece of land that my father-in-law owns. It was there when he bought the land and has sat unused for who-knows how many years, 10 at the very least.



It is in the dirt up to it's rims and the interior has been a home to squirrels. It has been cleaned out, but is in need of MAJOR renovation.

Our plan is to 'liberate' this beauty and move it into our backyard in NY to accommodate guests and have it as an additional living space to supplement our tiny house. We don't anticipate that it will see much road time beyond the 2,000+ mile haul from New Mexico to New York.



We hope to make it as 'eco' as possible - convert the bath to a composting toilet and put in some kind of gray water system. We are just in the beginning stages of planning but are thinking that doing the restoration in New Mexico will make more sense (financially).

Any advice from this community is highly appreciated. I am happy to share more photos. Is there anyone in New Mexico who does restorations of this kind? I'm looking for help with the major fixes, but am on a budget so will have to pick and choose my battles. I have no idea what condition the axles are in, getting it out of the mud would be step one.
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:47 AM   #2
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Hi, I'm bumping this post back to the top

No one has recommendations for companies or individuals that restore Airstreams in New Mexico? That seems kind of hard to believe...

Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:17 AM   #3
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We have only had experience with A&P Vintage Trailer Works in Paradise, TX (about 30 miles northwest of Dallas. They can take a shell off and build a new frame and all the insides to suit the user's needs.

I have seen lots of their restoration work while having two new units modified the way we wanted them.
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:26 AM   #4
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Since you mention it came with the land. Big question, do you have a title for it? May make getting it registered and on the road difficult.
Cost between getting it worked on in NM vs NY probably not significant. Colin Hyde is in Plattsburgh, NY. Will at least need new wheel bearings and tires to get her moving. Brakes may need some work as well. Colin could get you new axles to start with including bearings and brakes. If the wheels themselves are in the dirt you'll probably want some new ones as well. Since its been in the relatively dry NM environ, the frame may not be to bad.
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Thanks for your replies until now. Yes we do have the original title, so I don't foresee any problems there.

The first step is definitely the towing - and forgive me for being such a newbie and potentially asking really stupid and basic questions:

How will I determine if I need to replace the axles? To my layman's eyes, the Airstream looks like it is sitting low so I would want to change, no? New shocks, axles, wheels, brakes... Where would be the best place to source these parts? Inland RV? I called and the woman said that they don't have any distributors in New Mexico, so I am worried I will have to order well in advance, and I worry about the specs being correct for the trailer. (After reading other blogs in this forum).



I will be inspecting and attempting to free it from the mud in August. I hope that I can make it road ready and tow it out to New York, but am uncertain that I will get it ready in the week that I have out there and may have to wait until Spring.
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Axles will probably need to be replaced, but that doesn't mean that they have to be done immediately. You can probably tow it safely on the axles that are there, but it will likely need new bearings, wheels and tires, and thorough cleaning of brakes to tow safely. Colin Hyde is a great source for axles in NY, he can get them so they're easy to swap right out, I don't recommend Inland RV for them.
Judging by how high the wheels look up into the wheel well vs how low trailer like old to ground as well as age you're pretty assured of needing new axles. Once you get it on some level ground and free from being buried it'll be essier to tell.
You're LUCKY you got the title. Hopefully it's in your family's name! NY is a PITA. If it's in your father in laws name, buy it from him for $1.
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Timeless travel trailers in wheat ridge, co could do this.
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HiJoeSilver- I got my axles from Inland and they bolted right up. I don't know what you're talking about.
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Colin Hyde Trailer Works is in Plattsburgh, New York, might be convenient to your New York home (if you are willing/able to trailer the coach to New York).

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HiJoeSilver- I got my axles from Inland and they bolted right up. I don't know what you're talking about.
Not so much for me. Bolt holes didn't line up, tubes were to big so had to cut bigger notches. Had hard time getting them to send the mounting hardware I paid for when ordered, ended up having to buy it twice to get it. Plus some other things.
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Colin Hyde Trailer Works is in Plattsburgh, New York, might be convenient to your New York home (if you are willing/able to trailer the coach to New York).

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Colin can have them shipped to you as well. Cost depending on where you have them shipped based on distance from factory and method.
Not sure he can getting them to you before you'll be in NM though.
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