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Old 05-04-2015, 08:19 PM   #15
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we're doing a complete redo of our '53 flying cloud.
inside gutted, shell off, interior panels out, new floor, frame repair, new belly pan and rebuilding everything that goes inside. We plan on spending about 30k. 7k of that is paying someone to do work (new floor, new belly pan), everything else is cost of materials and doing it ourselves.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:32 PM   #16
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Depending on how long you'd plan to keep it you'd probably be better off buying a new trailer if that's what you like the look of. Things can get expensive very fast especially if you're having someone else do the work. There is nothing easy about refurbishing an AS, the fact that EVERYTHING is curved makes even the simple things difficult = more $$$. You'd probably come out ahead if you bought new, took very good care of it and sold it in 10 years.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:16 PM   #17
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I just bought an '66 Tradewind for a project. If what I have spent so far on 1/8" drill bits is any indication, I'm going to have a bundle in this baby before I'm through. But who cares about the money? The fun outweighs the worries. What can beat the grin brought on by pulling down the ceiling and being showered with old mouse turds?
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:24 PM   #18
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I redid our 78 31' Sovereign in 2007. It was fun but I wouldn't want to do it again.

The big item was the refrigerator during rehab. I did all the work myself and spent about $2000... Which includes the refrigertor and plywood for the floor.

The other stuff, rivets I had ... I also had an air operated rivet gun which made the going easy and a good battery operated screwdriver/drill combo.

Slats..... check out double headed drill bits, I get mine at HKW supply in SGF MO. They are short and you can really lean on them. Plus they go through aluminum like a hot knife through butter.

I replaced both axles last spring, bought from Inland RV, a good investment. I got about maybe $9,000 in our trailer, including purchase cost. Plus a lot of sweat equity.

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Old 05-04-2015, 09:27 PM   #19
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My 10 year old airstream is at the "Mother Ship" for some updates and repairs. I am having the floor replaced. At Jackson Center, that includes gutting the interior, removing the old floor and installing a new one. In my case I had some leaks that I could not find. As a result, I had some floor rot. The factory is replacing the the rotted sections while the interior is empty. I am also having all leaks repaired.

Airstream charges approximately $4,000 for a floor redo. If I did not have floor rot, I would have replaced it myself. I was concerned about replacing the rotted floor on my own so I am having them do the rot repair work along with the floor replacement.

Airstream is also doing a Seal Tech test and repairing all leaks.

The cost for that work is about $8,000.

Making your new purchase water tight and rot free is among the first things you will have to do, assuming your axles and running gear are ok. If you are moderately handy, you can replace the fans, skylights and vents. I have done that myself. With a 10 year old trailer most of the interior should be in decent shape with the exception of upholstery. You may need new batteries and a good multi stage charger. Again, if you know which end of screw driver to hold, you can do that yourself.

If you are careful with your purchase, and reasonably handy, you should be able to do 90% of what needs to be done for $15,000. That does not include adding solar and related work. Of course it all depends on the condition of the trailer you buy.

When considering the cost keep in mind the sky high cost of a new trailer. You can wind up with a nice, enjoyable trailer for half the cost of a new one.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:43 PM   #20
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Slats--- google double headed drill bits. http://www.amazon.com/inch-Double-En.../dp/B000JM4M1M
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Half the fun of doing it yourself is scrounging the parts and supplies cheap!
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:55 PM   #22
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To piggy back off Buzzr, we looked at the cost of a new one and complete redo of a vintage AS and decided on the complete re-do. We felt with all the extra thing we wanted to do it would have ended up being more expensive to buy new. Additionally, having the knowledge of your trailer from the bare bones to the cosmetic stuff gives you the ability to do your own repairs and upgrades, therefore saving you money in the long run.
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