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Old 03-03-2016, 06:47 PM   #43
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Quit gutting AIRSTREAMS!


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The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

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Old 03-04-2016, 05:22 AM   #44
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hey Tony..I only wish I had your skills. I can do a lot but it takes time and research beforehand.I do cars..home stuff and the trailers to the best of my ability..and enjoy the satisfaction of getting it done. I appreciate the craftsmanship I see in vintage trailers..but it has become worrisome for me to see how many are totally lost to modernization. ..

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Old 03-04-2016, 06:16 AM   #45
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I did not gut mine because it was in good shape and I bought it to camp in not to remodel.

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Old 03-04-2016, 06:04 PM   #46
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A mass produced fiberboard interior "Lost to modernization".

The horror!

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Old 03-04-2016, 07:42 PM   #47
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WHAT I SAID is basically consider your skill set before you elect to go the route of complete demolition.

Guess what? forget it. Have at it. Can somebody sell me a gaucho?
Can I get an Amen, Brothers and Sisters!

Basic knowledge of both AC and DC power system is needed. What about gas lines and how they work? Not to mention woodworking skills. And metal working skills and.......

If you already have rudimentary knowledge of these things, then you have to have access to the tools to put it all together. Electrical tools need to be bought....a wood-shop is a REALLY good idea. Ever heard of a cleco? You got the hand-tools to deal with those? And I won't even mention axles, tires or tow vehicles.

And that's just the beginning of the list.

Ya can't do it with a screw driver and a pair of pliers....

Wish I had a gaucho for you Dan, but mine was missing that from the PO.


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Old 03-04-2016, 08:37 PM   #48
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After the first one, we knew what we did not want in an Airstream. The narrowed the list of eligible choices. We happened to the see a repossessed Classic 34' twi-axle on the dealer's lot. I looked at the weights and knew it was more than I could scale with my truck, but we fell in love with the Hickory interior. That really narrowed the field to three choices with the 27FB having the back third the same as in our 25FB. We as settled on what we have now, a 2014 31' Classic model 30.

We have customized many aspects of the trailer with some hidden improvements and some visible.I knew I lacked the skill set to do this level of work.

I have seen quite a few wonderfully owner remodeled units. I envy their abilities. I have also seen the ones the OP started the tread over, where over confidence did not come with the necessary skill set.

To each their own. If the folks inside are happy, I am happy for them.

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Old 03-04-2016, 09:17 PM   #49
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For a first day thread, there sure are a lot of comments. Gonna set a record.

My only input is after being involved with many types of refurbishing the least fun is when you encounter previous efforts that are just a technical/ugly mess either in view or hidden, some of which can be dangerous. These can greatly increase the refurbish work/cost. I always look for the original condition project.

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