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Old 03-22-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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Hi there all! We have been looking at buying an Airstream for a while now. Looked at the new ones, but are a little out of our price range. I found one that is in need of TLC. I want to purchase and restore (and thankfully have a mechanic for a father who is willing to help). Neither of us has worked on an Airstream before though. My question is in terms of one we are going to look at. The outside has a few "dings" and the wiring and plumbing will need replaced. Also there is rot in the floor, only under the kitchen sink. And mild rust to the under carriage. What would be a good price to pay for this 1969 31 footer and how hard is flooring replacement. From what I read it looks time consuming but do able. Def want an Airstream but don't want to get in over my head!

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Old 03-22-2014, 08:56 PM   #2
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This thread is one example of redoing an Airstream that appeared to be in good shape.
Repaired tanks
Replaced plumbing
New converter and battery
Rewired exterior lights and added LEDs
New LEDs inside
Two small floor repairs (2x4' and 2x2')
See the link to the attached Excel file for all the tasks, hours of work, and parts cost.

As for the price of the '69, be advised that (IMHO) the condition of the shell and frame are the #1 considerations when it comes to cost. After that, #2 is, is it ready for camping. #3 is, do you want everything vintage and if so, is it and is the interior in good shape?

It sounds to me like it's a typical, not currently being used, 40 year old Airstream. With the dings (need to see photo to really make an estimate) and you already know it needs electrical and plumbing, I'd say $2000 to maybe $2500.

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Also we are going tomorrow so if it goes well I will be posting as we get her going =) looking forward to it and so thankful for the forum!
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Also we are going tomorrow so if it goes well I will be posting as we get her going =) looking forward to it and so thankful for the forum!
What Zep says makes sense. He does beautiful work. You are right in assuming that bringing an old Airstream back to shiny on the outside and strong on the inside is a marathon, not a sprint. If you enjoy puzzles like this, have some common sense (and don't forget the mechanic dad!) this can be a family project with many rewards. Don't forget to show your appreciation to your dad in some very concrete way that he'll appreciate... new fishing gear, 14 year old single malt scotch, or something else he'd love but wouldn't indulge himself in.

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Old 03-22-2014, 11:24 PM   #6
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That was me a year ago. Since the I have managed to gut the camper, get it rebuilt, and even take a couple long trips in it.

Enjoy the project and make it yours!

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:42 PM   #7
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Ended up getting her! Excited for the weather to warm up and start working! Will def keep up to date on progress! Can't wait to make her our own home!
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Ended up getting her! Excited for the weather to warm up and start working! Will def keep up to date on progress! Can't wait to make her our own home!

Congratulations!!!
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OK, you've got a few dents to fix. If you are ambitious and you're going to remove enough of the furnishings to allow you to remove the interior skin and get at the dents from behind, DO NOT POUND THEM OUT! Roll them out. Some people have used old roller blade wheels mounted on handle.

If you pound them, you WILL thin out the aluminum, which will create a permanent and unrepairable bubble in the skin. Your only option then is to replace the particular skin panel.

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We have got the design and plan laid out. And one other important thing, her name. Anakin the Airstream (StarWars buffs we are)
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So we have got the old furniture and flooring out. Also the exterior dents. Does anyone know what type of wood is in the bumper near the black water tank? Need to replace it and want to make sure to get the right kind. Also we are getting solar panels. Any suggestions on type and how hard they are to install?

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Wood in the bumper? That's a stumper. The design should be identical to 70-73 and I haven't seen that. You need to post a photo. It's easy--use the paperclip in the top row of icons above.

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This is the progress for 2 weeks. Gutted and started the floor replacement. Purchased 4 foot clawfoot tub to put in when the floors are complete. Anyone tackled that before? Planning to install raised platform (small) for the tub to keep the new flooring safe.
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This is the progress for 2 weeks. Gutted and started the floor replacement. Purchased 4 foot clawfoot tub to put in when the floors are complete. Anyone tackled that before? Planning to install raised platform (small) for the tub to keep the new flooring safe.
Weight is always an issue with any trailer. You don't want all the weight on one side or the other, or too much weight in the tail. If the tub is a fiberglass reproduction, you're probably fine. Cast iron... erk! Thinking of "too much weight" you'd probably want to think of the tub + the water + the body.

In some of the early Airstreams the "tub" shower pan was really kid friendly, but I can picture a big adult getting wedged in tightly. As far as I know, no current models have anything but showers. (I have the Eddie Bauer, and have joked about folding up the benches and using a kiddie pool for a good long soak, but so far that's just a joke, besides I'd have to siphon it out onto the ground or into the sewer connection.)
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