I'm a new Airstreamer - bought my 28ft 1994 Excella in mid May and we've been out in it for just 3 short trips. Our big debut comes up in late July where we'll tow it 2000 miles for a 2 week family vacation through the Ozarks and Kentucky.
I don't post much, but I sure have been using the forum's search capability. We did a bit of remodling when I bought the trailer & it's all done now. Thanks to everyone who helped me while I was doing it & everyone else who posted all the questions in the past -- all I had to do was read the responses.
I've posted pictures in "My Gallery" for those curious about the changes.
What we did:
Replaced carpet with Pergo.
I learned: I don't like the new snap-fit Pergo. I have all sorts of little creaks at the seams when I walk on it. But it looks fantastic and is very easy to clean. Easy to do. I put a centerline down the middle of the hallway and lined everything up on that. I also had to cut the carpet at the cupboards, because airstream laid the carpet down and then put everything in it. Around the toilet, shower and sinks, I siliconed the edges of the Pergo to slow down water ingress in case of a spill.
Ordered a new gaucho from Steelcase.
I learned: A wife that sews is great. She ordered extra fabric & we redid the window ties & all the valences to match the sofa. Now it looks like an original job - the fabric pieces from the couch show up throughout the trailer. The previous owner had a cover that hid the batteries and I kept that and made cutouts where the sofa interfered. I had to shim the sofa with some Pergo strips to get it to clear the battery cases.
Converted the Twins to a Queen
I learned: Easy enough to do, but you have to push against the windows and bend the mattress till you're cringing to get it in. It turns the bedroom into a 2 ft high loft with a mattress on it. There is enough space on the far side to put glasses & a watch down and on the entry side there's about a foot. We put a tall fan in the corner and my wife made some fabric covers to hide the plywood. I cut the 1/2" plywood in three strips from side-side & they are removable (sitting loose on the existing twin supports). I had to add a brace or two against the wall to support the Queen in places the Twins never needed supporting. I've saving all the old kit, so I can return it if needed. The Queen mattress is better than most of the RV mattresses you can buy - it's 10" pillowtop & was our mattress before we upgraded to a King a year ago. I'd tried the Bear mattress and it was ok, but never could get it so it didn't feel like an air mattress.
Installed a Flat Screen tv
The old TV sat high on the shelf above the microwave and I kept forgetting to store it for towing (bad). The new LCD flat screens are getting cheaper - so I found one on open-stock and went for it. I pulled the microwave and installed a 2x4 brace on the backside of the thin paneling for the folding-arm mount that the TV bolts to. There were some 1x1 strips that the paneling attached to & I had to notch the 2x4 to fit flush against the paneling. It's all very secure now.
End result - fantastic trailer.
Only thing that's bugging us now is how to route the cold air to the back better. We live in Louisiana & the aircon is absolutely necessary. We find you freeze in the front & sweat in the back. I'm currently experimenting with strategically placed fans.