Just wanted to introduce ourselves. My husband and I just bought A 26' 1965
Overlander International last week from Ohio. We live just south of Atlanta, GA with our two sons (12 and 14) and four large dogs (3 deaf and one hearing). This past spring we purchased a 1968
Serro Scotty 15' and renovated it back to original condition with a few technical updates. It was a tiny and fabulous trailer and was used a lot this summer but we are too large of a family to fit! So... we decided we really wanted an airstream. My husband and I are pretty capable of fixing/building most things and love projects so we looked for a "project" airstream.
We definitely found it! It had been sitting in a field for 20 years and bought to restore by the person we bought it from. He had it for a year and let it sit rotting a little longer.
It is a mess inside, rotting wood, mice skeletons, bugs, etc. Yes, really gross. But, the frame is solid, the skin is good , and most of the inside is original to use as templates. After washing off the greenery growing on the roof, it looks ten times better already.
We are debating how far to strip it down and rebuild. Yesterday we took out all the insides (except the bathroom) down to the bare floor. We will need to replace some of the floor but it is in surprisingly good condition considering how long it was open to the elements.
First order of business, we are fixing windows. I think we have most info needed except where to get replacement window frames. The part on the trailer is there, I just need the frame part that opens up. Can I buy that part anywhere or do I have to look for salvaged parts?
Thank you in advance for the advice. I am sure we will have tons more questions as time goes on.
Jennifer and Russell