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Old 07-03-2008, 12:00 AM   #1
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First Airstream, already making it my own

Hello all.

Got my first Airstream a couple of months ago. 86 Soverign 31'. I am already tearing into it and making it my own.

The carpet was shot, the goucho was worn and there was just not enough seating.

I have been reading all of your posts and it has been a GREAT help.

So far, here is what I have done.

Replace water heater tank (cracked from not being winterized is my guess)

Replaced water pump and some plumbing. Now all systems work!!

Gutted bathroom and re-faced walls with "Milk board" skeets.

Removed bathroom counter, sink, etc.. Replace with new stainless sink, faucet and new countertop.

Replaced flooring around toilet where it was rotted and built a riser (pics soon).

Removed carpet and installed a VCT floor.

Stripping the vinyl from the walls (wow, what a job, you guys where not kidding)

removed goucho and small "TV" counter (as someone here called it) and am building "wrap around seating".

Added two of these Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies! lights from Vintage Trailer Supply, they look great! (need to post pics)



I am sure I am missing something, but I upload some pictures here: http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...mageuser=28207

I have MUCH to do, but for $3500 I think I got a good deal!! All the appliances work, goes down the road great (knock on wood).

Once the inside is done, on to the polishing.....

Thank you all for you post, I certainly could not have done this without all of your advice!!!!
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:29 AM   #2
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Looks like you're doing a number on it! Congrats! Keep up the great work and keep us up to date on your progress...you'll be so pleased when you can get it out on the road...
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:36 AM   #3
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Are you gonna keep the walls bare aluminum? I think that would look pretty groovy with the black floor...nice job and keep posting the pictures...or better yet start a blog to document the process.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:22 AM   #4
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It looks like you are doing some really nice work. I'm impressed

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Old 07-03-2008, 06:18 PM   #5
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Are you gonna keep the walls bare aluminum? I think that would look pretty groovy with the black floor...nice job and keep posting the pictures...or better yet start a blog to document the process.

Yeah, I am going to keep the aluminum walls. I am modeling it after the 75th anniversary Bambi, I just love that trailer.

The issue is all of the ABS plastic window trim is beige plastic, and worse, so are the bulk heads.

I have the window trim off and painted it with some of the "plastic paint" in a silver gray color. It actually turned out pretty good.
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:20 PM   #6
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It looks like you are doing some really nice work. I'm impressed

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Thanks! We will see how it goes. The stripping of the walls have been the biggest pain, but its almost done.
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Take some pictures. I would really enjoy seeing your work.

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