Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-19-2008, 02:54 AM   #43
2 Rivet Member
 
Brownsville , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 21
When remodeling, does the right/left sides and front/back of trailer have to be balanced? Does there need to be the same weight on all sides?
__________________

__________________
coltmccoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 03:09 AM   #44
2 Rivet Member
 
Brownsville , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 21
Are their places the repair/work primarily on AS? Which shops are best?
__________________

__________________
coltmccoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 03:37 AM   #45
2 Rivet Member
 
Brownsville , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by overlander64 View Post
... An example of such a program is the Recreation Vehicle Service Academy. Another example of a similar program would be the Texas State Technical
College at Waco's Industrial Systems and Tecnology Specialty in Recreational Vehicle Maintenance
, or Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA -- Recreational Vehicle Technology Specialized Diploma. There are similar programs offered somewhere in just about every state.

Kevin
Is there a place that does specifically AS?

And which place is the best?
__________________
coltmccoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 04:30 AM   #46
Moderator Emeritus
 
overlander64's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,396
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
What is the Estimated Price for Full or Partial Restoration?

Greetings Coltmccoy!

Quote:
Originally Posted by coltmccoy View Post
Is there a place that does specifically AS?

And which place is the best?
There are a number of places across the country that specialize in complete refurbishment and some that specialize in just specific areas of the coach. In fact, the factory in Jackson Center, OH does offer restoration/refurbishment services -- particularly during the winter when sales are usually slower.

When I had my coaches refurbished, I sought out shops that were not too far distant from my location and had them do most of my refurbishment.
I have been very pleased with the work done by each of the above firms. They are not the only ones out there doing this type of work. Each of these firms were located within a six hour drive of my homebase so were good choices for me. There are a number of recent additions to the ranks of shops offering Airstream restoration/refurbishment services and several of them are represented here on the Forums.

Good luck with your research!

Kevin
__________________
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 04:39 AM   #47
Moderator Emeritus
 
overlander64's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,396
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
What is the Estimated Price for Full or Partial Restoration?

Greetings Coltmccoy!

Quote:
Originally Posted by coltmccoy View Post
When remodeling, does the right/left sides and front/back of trailer have to be balanced? Does there need to be the same weight on all sides?
The better balanced a coach is, the easier it is to tow and the less likely it is to sway or yaw. Ideally there will be a slight bias toward the front -- slightly more weight ahead of the axle(s) when compared to the weight carried behind the axle(s). When I first started RVing in 1969, you could easily identify coaches that were poorly balanced side-to-side as they almost always listed toward the heavier side -- that doesn't happen as frequently today, but it is something to be carefully considered. In cases where a coach isn't well balanced from side-to-side, it can cause tire problems -- my Nomad purchased (17.5') new in 1980 was a good example of a coach biased toward the curb side -- it had multiple blow outs on the curbisde tire and was a handling nightmare on the highway.

Good luck with your research!

Kevin
__________________
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 01:16 PM   #48
2 Rivet Member
 
Brownsville , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 21
Thank you Kevin so much for the info. Are all the RV trade schools the same? Or any better than others? Do any train specifically on AS?
__________________
coltmccoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 01:55 PM   #49
Moderator Emeritus
 
overlander64's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,396
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
What is the Estimated Price for Full or Partial Restoration?

Greetings Coltmccoy!

Quote:
Originally Posted by coltmccoy View Post
Thank you Kevin so much for the info. Are all the RV trade schools the same? Or any better than others? Do any train specifically on AS?
The only specific training in Airstream Repair that I am aware of is that available to employees of Airstream dealerships through Airstream. I also suspect that some of the larger Airstream dealers may provide their technicians with necessary Airstream specific training. The basic mechanical systems are shared with most other RVs of similar price class -- the uniqe to Airstream consists primarily of body structure and to a lesser degree the frame. The basic riveted body structure is shared with many small planes, thus the reason air frame repair shops are sometimes contacted for Airstream body repairs when a qualified Airstream shop isn't readily available.

In the world of Vocational Education, RV Technician Specialties are a relatively new area. Several of the programs I have heard about are just getting started so there isn't a great deal of long-term data on placement/retention of graduates once they enter the profession. Schools that are near concentrated RV production as well as schools near concentrated RV use are likely to have the programs with the longer track records.

Good luck with your investigation!

Kevin
__________________
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 09:51 PM   #50
1972 Travelux Princess 25
 
Cobourg , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1,042
Quote:
Originally Posted by coltmccoy View Post
When remodeling, does the right/left sides and front/back of trailer have to be balanced? Does there need to be the same weight on all sides?
The weight should be equal both sides with about 10% of the trailer's weight on the hitch. This is called "tongue weight".

All hitched up and ready to go the weight should be equally distributed on all 4 trailer wheels.
__________________
Living in the trailer park of sense, looking out the window at a tornado of stupidity.
Ganaraska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2008, 12:44 AM   #51
3 Rivet Member
 
imeynstein's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Texarkana , Arkansas
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 224
Images: 9
Blog Entries: 3
I do agree that the 'new' AS may not have any work that needs to be done, but please look at the interior...Most 'new' AS's are not as aerodynamic as the older ones, nor do they possess the aluminum that is as as polishable as the older models...I guess it just depends on your preference....
I prefer the older models....This way I feel as though I can change the interior to meet my own personality and needs. Whereas, if you do have to moolah to spend on a newer model, you could do the same, but you would own a boxy type of model with a dull finish on the exterior.....
__________________
imeynstein
imeynstein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2008, 09:04 AM   #52
Rivet Master
 
87MH's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Texas Airstream Harbor , Zavalla, in the Deep East Texas Piney Woods on Lake Sam Rayburn
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,435
Images: 292
Quote:
Originally Posted by coltmccoy View Post
...What is the price range for a full or partial restoration/remodel project with a full bath, kitchen? ...
See this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f372...get-45902.html
__________________
Dennis

"Suck it up, spend the bucks, do it right the first time."

WBCCI # 1113
AirForums #1737

Trailer '78 31' Sovereign

Living Large at an Airstream Park on the Largest Lake Totally Contained in Texas
Texas Airstream Harbor, Inc.
87MH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2009, 01:02 PM   #53
1972 Travelux Princess 25
 
Cobourg , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1,042
To get back to the original question on the cost of restoration. It is almost always more expensive to restore and old car or trailer than to buy a good one. If you hire the work done, it is always way more expensive.

This is simply because mass production is cheaper than hand labor.

So if you are thinking of buying an old Airstream and fixing it up, it's going to make more sense to simply buy a good, late model trailer.
__________________
Living in the trailer park of sense, looking out the window at a tornado of stupidity.
Ganaraska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2009, 05:43 PM   #54
4 Rivet Member
 
63Silver's Avatar
 
1963 28' Ambassador
Smiths Grove , Kentucky
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 406
Images: 43
The cost is relative to condition and what you want the trailer to look like when you are finished. I paid 2200.00 for my Ambassador and spent another 2000.00ish on it. We were not looking for restored (too expensive) we wanted usability, immediately. There are still several things that can be done but they can wait or may never be fixed for example, the furnace doesn't work and I have no plans to fix it. We use 2 small electric heaters which are cheaper and safer. You must decide what do you want and what are you willing to live with. This is our first camper, you learn as you go. Good luck!!

63silver
__________________
63Silver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2011, 07:40 PM   #55
3 Rivet Member
 
jerbear315's Avatar
 
1966 17' Caravel
College Station , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 132
Images: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by utee94 View Post
Welcome to the board, your screen name certainly got my attention rapidly! I live in Austin as well, and am a UT grad and big-time Longhorn fan.


I just bought my vintage Airstream a couple of months ago, and have only just begun some restoration projects, so I can't tell you all of the financial information that you need. But there are many knowledgeable folks here and I'm sure you'll get some help.


I can tell you that for restorations of vintage units, people can end up spending as much or more than a brand-new unit cost, depending on the extent of the repairs needed. This is especially true if you hire a shop to perform a lot of the work for you-- those shop labor rates are expensive.

Good luck!
Is there anyone in your area that can help with restorations? We are in College station. I have heard there is someone who left camper clinic in Lockhart, but lost his contact information. We need help at least putting on a new axle.

Jerri Lawson
__________________

__________________
jerbear315 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
airstream, project, repair, restoration


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Partial Floor Replacement osolow 1990 - 1993 Excella 12 08-18-2009 03:59 PM
Buying '69 Sovereign for full-time home, negotiating purchase price dingding Member Introductions 2 03-20-2007 08:15 PM
Partial Carpet Replacement Rich Walden Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 1 09-22-2006 04:40 PM
Just Joined, Just Started a Full Restoration HamiBambi Member Introductions 10 07-06-2006 08:25 PM
Full or partial awnings ArtStream Awnings 24 01-29-2006 10:42 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.