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Old 04-28-2009, 04:46 PM   #1
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The interior inside an old AS I'm looking at has been destroyed by multiple leaks. How difficult is it to completely gut an AS including removing the fiberglass, but without taking the shell off? Also how much would a professional charge to do this?

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Old 04-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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I'm doing the same thing. I have a 1960 Tradewind. It obviously had multiple leaks. the first thing I did was re-gasket every opening and fix the roof vents. I am in the process of removing all the interior cabinetry and gallery (tomorrow is galley removal day). I am photographing each thing I remove and diagram where everything goes. I have to replace a large amount of the floor and who knows how much plumbing. I asked about a professional doing the job and the only answer I got was "Oh wow, this is going to be very expensive." Then they laughed.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:40 AM   #4
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Not sure what size your Airstream is... we have a little one. Hubby did a complete frame off, but putting the parts back together wasn't too bad. Get out the digital camera and take a zillion pictures of everything as you take it apart. You will need some of that info when you reassemble and redo. It is also a great time to renovate the wiring and upgrade electrical, check the plumbing and all that... it is a big job. Took hubby 9 months to do ours from start to finish (well almost finished...) Here is his thread and you can look through the many pics and get an idea of what you are up against! It is an experience, but you will learn all there is (nearly ) about your Airstream!
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:35 AM   #5
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The fiberglass end cap needs to go back in. It is part of the trailers structural integrity. And remember EVERYTHING you remove has value to someone. Except for the old insulation, no one wants that.
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:05 AM   #6
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The interior inside an old AS I'm looking at has been destroyed by multiple leaks. How difficult is it to completely gut an AS including removing the fiberglass, but without taking the shell off? Also how much would a professional charge to do this?
The best thing you can do in IMHO! The old wiring should be updated and all that old insulation needs to go!!! Get new stuff in the walls and you will have the security of knowing what is behind the interior walls is updated and good to go. Makes for a better nights sleep! Begin by taking photos as suggested and then get busy removing (carefully) the interior. Once all the cabinets and plumbing items are removed then (carefully) drill out the rivets and remove each section of the interior skin. Finding the places where leaks have occurred and sealing them from the inside of the exterior segments will also help you to identify the areas on the outside of the shell where you need to make sure the seal is done better. Getting all the openings seals replaced is a good thing and using newer products with longer life spans (window/door seals) and (hatch/access panel seals) never hurts you in the long run. Get started and keep us up to date on your progress. Happy Trails, Ed

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