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Old 05-20-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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gutted, need help & ideas

Hello, we just bought a 1965 26' landyacht something for $800 today, it is completely gutted, with the exception of the fridge which is new anyway. We're not sure what to do or how to design it, all we know is we want the bedroom in the back with a full size bed. Is there anything we need to check for? Anything that would create a problem in the floorplan? Any help, suggestions, opinions or advise would be excelent and greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:40 PM   #2
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Hello, we just bought a 1965 26' landyacht something for $800 today, it is completely gutted, with the exception of the fridge which is new anyway. We're not sure what to do or how to design it, all we know is we want the bedroom in the back with a full size bed. Is there anything we need to check for? Anything that would create a problem in the floorplan? Any help, suggestions, opinions or advise would be excelent and greatly appreciated.
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Cool! Welcome, by the way. Please take time to read lots of stuff, and use the search feature.

Post pics when you can, that helps identify what you really have.

How much work do you plan to do yourself? There are plenty of threads on this forum that document all kinds of work done on various years and sizes of Airstreams.

There is is fact too much to take in at one time, so you might just subscribe to some that you want to remember, and then go back to them periodically to refresh your understanding. To subscribe to a thread (that you are viewing), just click on "Thread Tools" tab, then choose "Subscribe to this Thread". Then in your User Control Panel ("User CP" button), all subscribed threads are available. And anytime you reply, you are subscribed too, I think.

Please keep us up to date with your work, with pics whenever possible to help others too.

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Old 05-20-2008, 06:45 PM   #3
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First thing to check is if the floor is sound with no soft spots or rot
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:06 AM   #4
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well, the guy had been using it as a "mobile bait and tackle" shop lol. It was strange, to say the least,but I put up a few pics. the floor seems to be great, except by the door which we will re-do and the a/c works, thats all the biggies I know to look for. We plan to do all the work ourself, it's going to be our project. One major question though, it has 12v and 210 wiring, which is better? or does there need to be a little of both? As of right now, we have taken everything out but the fridge, part of the tub frame and front area where theres a radio.

I think if you click on the picture it opens the slideshow

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Old 05-22-2008, 10:22 AM   #5
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Interesting purchase.

Are you planning to include a bathroom in you plans? If so, the original was in the rear, but could be added at the side if you want a rear bedroom.

Check HERE for some info on what your trailer looked like originally.

BTW, that fridge is likely worth more than you paid for the whole trailer.

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Something smells fishy about this one!

I'm sorry I could not resist that one.

Good luck with you project. You have certainly come to the right place.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:09 AM   #7
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Those bait prices look a little high to me, maybe that's why they had to sell the trailer!

The link that byamcaravanner provided should give you a good idea of the original layout of your trailer, and as he pointed out yours originally had a rear bath.

But with the gutted state that it's in, you could certainly locate the bath on a side, and put a bedroom in the rear. One thing to keep in mind if you do so, is that the black tank associated with the bathroom will be in a different location than it was designed for, which could affect the balance and weight distribution with respect to towing. And if you choose to add a gray tank (your trailer was not originally equipped with one), then that will also be a weight consideration for you. It's not a huge deal, a lot of people have successfully added tanks to their trailers or relocated existing ones, and searching through the forum will show you plenty of success stories along those lines. It's just something to consider.

Good luck on the restoration, and if you are willing to take the time to document your progress on a thread here on the Forums and/or in a web blog, there are a lot of people who would love to follow your renovation.

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:46 AM   #8
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well, the guy had been using it as a "mobile bait and tackle" shop lol. It was strange, to say the least,but I put up a few pics. the floor seems to be great, except by the door which we will re-do and the a/c works, thats all the biggies I know to look for. We plan to do all the work ourself, it's going to be our project. One major question though, it has 12v and 210 wiring, which is better? or does there need to be a little of both? As of right now, we have taken everything out but the fridge, part of the tub frame and front area where theres a radio.

I think if you click on the picture it opens the slideshow

There are many things you can do with that trailer.

Keep in mind, weight and balance is very crucial to good safe towing.

On the towing side, based on your photo's, the axles on that trailer have been shot for years.

If you decide to update the trailer to make it livable, with the present axles, you would destroy all your hard work, if you towed it.

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Old 05-23-2008, 11:51 AM   #9
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based on your photo's, the axles on that trailer have been shot for years
What do you mean, and why do you say that?
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:02 PM   #10
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BTW, that fridge is likely worth more than you paid for the whole trailer.
What do you think its worth? I know its less than 2 yrs old, and can be power by both gas and electric. I would love to use it but for the floorplan we have designed now it wont fit without covering a window and losing major counter space.
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What do you mean, and why do you say that?


And what do you guys think the refrigerators worth? I am thinking about selling it, its too large for the plan we designed.
Reading the following article will teach you how to check out the axles yourself.

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Rule of thumb is if you cannot see 2 to 3 inches of the tires, "above" the top of the wheels, then the axles are history.

Towing an Airstream trailer with bad axles, is a quick death sentence for the entire trailer.

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Old 05-23-2008, 12:31 PM   #12
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Welcome to the forum. Your trailer has an interesting history. A few of your pictures would make a wonderful contribution to this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...res-41836.html
I never imagined that an airstream might have once housed fishy and wormy creatures!

Concerning the floorplan you might check on the Airstream and Vintage Airstream sites to see if owner and service manuals are available for this model. Especially the service manual which is as close as you might get to a blue print of your trailer. Good luck with your restoration and post lots of pictures of your progress!
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What do you think its worth? I know its less than 2 yrs old, and can be power by both gas and electric.
I can't say what you could get for it used, but they sell new for $1000 +/-
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:17 PM   #14
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You definitely have a conversation piece. It sounds like something I would do. Most of us have some kind of story to tell about ours. You will enjoy telling yours.

My 2 cents:
Read like a mad man
Get a plan
make lots of lists
be flexible
celebrate the small things
remember anything is possible
take it slow and do it right
you can always go back and redo it
the best way is your way
if they say you can't it just means they can't
dream
never hesitate to ask

Good luck and have fun at it. I do
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