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Old 09-28-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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Newbie with big Airstream dreams!

Hello! I am an absolute newbie to the Airstream community! I will be moving to New Mexico in November and I have a dream to full time in an Airstream. I've been doing research online for months and I've decided that I would like to do a full, custom renovation. I'd like to be very involved in the renovation process but I must admit I know very little about plumbing and electrical. I am handy and a quick technical learner, but I know I need a professional to guide me through this process. Does anyone have any recommendations on companies or people in the Albuquerque or overall New Mexico area that can help me with my renovation dream?! Thanks in advance for the help, and thanks to all the avid posters that have helped me with my research up to this point!
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Old 09-28-2015, 05:19 PM   #2
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Welcome and keep dreaming,

There are plenty of 4Corners Unit members in and around ABQ that might speak up here. Also see several trailers on the classifieds section from NM and ABQ.

Might be a little cold in the winter to full-time live in your Airstream but its likely been done in a colder climate.

Folks here are very friendly and will help when they can.
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:42 PM   #3
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Doing a "full monte" will allow you to make it more of a "winter" trailer.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:03 PM   #4
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nckysixx, I'll be following this thread closely, as I'm starting the same adventure! We just bought a 1975 26' Airstream Argosy. We are planning on pretty much overhauling the whole thing. Hopefully in the next 6-8 months, so we can hit the national parks with our family next Summer. I'm in Oklahoma, so in your 'general' neck of the woods.

I'm a newby too, as in, this is my first post on this site!
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:54 AM   #5
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Who knows, Holiday Travelers RV in Albuquerque may have resources you can use, they handle many, and have a lot of used AS in their inventory.
  • Phone: 505-294-8280
  • 11810 Central Avenue
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My wife and love your Land of Enchantment.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:22 PM   #6
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Welcome to New Mexico! Holiday Airstream in ABQ is a great dealer and repair shop.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:51 PM   #7
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Welcome to New Mexico! Holiday Airstream in ABQ is a great dealer and repair shop.
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I second the vote of confidence in Holiday Airstream. A family business with great people. It is apparently the only Airstream dealer in New Mexico.
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:51 PM   #8
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Get a 34

If you're going to fulltime in it, get a 34 foot triple axle from 1986 or newer. You may need new axles, but you won't regret it.

These trailers are small,compared to a 5th wheel with a slideout. So a 34' is where you want to be.

The frame issues were fixed midyear 1985, so that's why I say go newer than that.

You should be able to find a good deal on a mid 90's 34 footer. It'll make you a nice foundation to start with.

For what it's worth, I pull a 34 foot triple axle Avion ("Silver Sister") which is actually 36' long, and I have no problems getting it into anywhere I want to camp. And, the triple axles tow very nicely. Very stable and safe.

You're embarking on a neat project. Have fun with it. If you're not brand locked into Airstream, consider Avion's 1987 and older as they didn't use the rubber axles then and so they don't need replaced. Silver Streak and Streamline are also nice trailers. But if you must have an Airstream, I recommend a post '85 34 footer.

Best of luck and hope to see you on the road!
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Old 10-03-2015, 03:11 PM   #9
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DDOK: What a coincidence. I have a husband named Dean Wormer.
No, wait, seriously, wrong movie. My wife and I, also in Tulsa, have just secured our first AS and will be active on this board and frequent visitors to the closest home depot.

Good Luck!

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Old 10-03-2015, 03:52 PM   #10
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I will "third" on holiday airstream. They fixed our warranty issue on our new AS quickly, efficiently and were as friendly as they could be. We were on the road and they graciously worked us in. The four corners unit is great also!
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Old 10-03-2015, 04:17 PM   #11
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All right, we may as well make it four votes for Holiday in Albuquerque.....They were great in the 80's (two stops there on different trips for different problems). They were super, and the pricing was definitely reasonable. If there are 3 people who pat 'em on the back in 2015, they've probably kept their quality high.

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Old 10-04-2015, 10:47 AM   #12
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DDOK: What a coincidence. I have a husband named Dean Wormer.
No, wait, seriously, wrong movie. My wife and I, also in Tulsa, have just secured our first AS and will be active on this board and frequent visitors to the closest home depot.

Good Luck!

Jay
Jay - Great to see another Okie! We should definitely stay in touch. If you have any great Oklahoma remodel resources, please share. As mentioned, we are just starting our remodel journey. Reading through these forums, I recognize we have a ton of work ahead of us, but we are looking forward to having our own personalized Argosy when we are done.
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:14 PM   #13
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Welcome all you new Airstreamers. You can see the great references you have garnered from folks about your Airstream dreams.

I also recommend the 34 foot triple axle Airstream for your full time dreams. They are great values in the mid nineties vintage. Holiday Airstream or maybe someone else can help you renovate it to your liking. I'd budget $15k or more for the renovation. The larger trailer would be more comfortable than say a 25 footer.

We have an 86 Limited 34 footer. It has two furnaces for warmth. It has a nice galley, big fridge, microwave cabinet, and good storage areas. It has three wardrobe cedar lined closets. The bath is functional. The shower works well enough. Ours is a rear bedroom layout.

We layed down a cork floor covering, new upholstery, new curtains, new blinds, new air conditioner, new fridge, new water heater, new water pump, LED lights, new tires, shocks and brakes. I replaced the belly pan and subfloor insulation. I stripped the old clear coat of and spent many hours polishing, it looks better.

The cabinetry in our trailer has held up well and is still original. It would be a great trailer for full timing in decent climates (not Minnesota). Living in an Airstream full time means trailer parks, close neighbors, propane tanks, possible water and sewer freeze ups, and battling rain water leaks. Airstreams are lightweight travel trailers. Some of the 4 season fifth wheel units may be a better choice. I see more of those in the extended stay lots at RV parks than I do Airstreams. But I like the uniqueness of the all aluminum Airstream. There are a lot of people living full time in Airstreams. Read about their experiences here on Air Forums.

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Old 10-05-2015, 07:45 AM   #14
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Wow! So many helpful tips!! I'm really looking forward to getting started! I will keep everyone posted with the progress! Any and all help is appreciated!!
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