Originally Posted by ShullsinUtah
I have found a couple 70's AS that look really good outside.
Everything still works inside but I realize that certain things must change.
Can you help me with a list and what you guys think it would cost to change?
Everything still works in them according to owners, but I think it would be wise to replace some of these essential items:
Tell me what you think.
New axles, shocks, wheel bearings, tires
New gray tank, blank tank and fresh water tanks
New control panel for measuring levels, etc.
Wire for LED lights, solar, tvs, stereo.
New modern bath for Momma!
Replace kitchen appliances because Momma loves to cook.
Do you replace wiring if all is working?
What have I missed?
What is necessary or not necessary?
What about costs to do it?
Everything is still working ??????
Working how well compared to new???
That opinion varies from 0 to 1000.
If the furnace was not used very much, then overhauling it will be OK.
The water heater, being 40 years old, has got to go.
The wiring will be fine, unless there was a shoemaker fooling with it. Univolts can last a long long time.
Replace all the exterior lights with LED's.
Interior light lenses? Depending on what year, they are still available.
The AC, again depends on the past useage factor.
Stove, oven can go but replacement stoves are 3 burners.
The reefer again, depends on how much useage, but for sure the burner would need overhauling.
Water pump, fix it if it's the original Jabsco, or Peters and Russell.
Running gear, replace all of it. The starting angle of the axles can be increased as well as the rating at no extra charge. DO NOT downgrade the brakes to 10 inch, just because it's cheaper. Stay with the 12 inch brakes. Tires, get load range "D" if you get a 25 footer or better. Get balancers that fit on to the drums. Mag wheels look nice but don't do anything for your pocket book.
Replace all the exterior gaskets, especially the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets that only last 2 to 3 years.
Check the floor for any rotting. If you find any, how bad is it????? Leaks?? If it will take a shell removal to replace all of the floor, then pass on that deal. Splicing the floor is not a good idea.
Will the tub/shower, bath sink need refinishing?
Drapes, carpeting, upholstery should be replaced, unless they are in good to better condition.
Tanks will depend on what year you may choose. Use caution, as many older gray tanks are no longer available.
TV antenna?? Replace it if it used the old 300 ohm wiring.
Metal damages?? Depends on what and where.
Coupler lock, LPG regulator, aged out steel LPG bottles??
Condition of frame?? If near salt water, inspect before purchase.
Entrance door hinge/hinges? Door lock condition?
Are all the windows glass, as they should be??
Rear end separation?? If so, usually flooring has to be replaced as well.
Plumbing is OK unless modified.
Control panels for older coaches are no longer available.
Keep the trailer in the Airstream family of repairs and parts, so that should a problem come up when traveling, you can go to a typical Airstream dealer and get the correct parts.
But, before you do anything, make a list of everything you want to do, along with it's costs. Add to that list the hours it will take if your doing the work. Then decide will your budget and available time be able to handle it.
Lastly, make sure you have plenty of that "special" beverage on hand, just in case you screw up.