I am just so so pleased with our purchase! _ Peter is dying to see the inside in the daylight - just will have to wait till tomorrow.
I braved the cold and ran out an extension cord for a portable heater - too chicken to plug anything in yet - that is the Hubby's job! - Anyway the mold spots throughout and the dust bunnies have been calling me for the past three days.
While cleaning you get to see so much more - especially in the daytime I am amazed at the similarities to our Yacht - just kidding our 20 ft Cuddy Cruiser.
At first glance you think you are going to have to pull everything out to clean, and repair things - but now I am pleased to report that we are one of the lucky ones to have found a 35 year old A/S that has obviously been "loved" by it's PO's!
There are a few spots where pipe sweating has caused some mold staining - and when we load her up for the water test in the spring we will be ready for any leaks!
The glue on many of the laminated doors has deteriorated and may be our biggest job - to re-surface/glue some of the cupboard doors.
The "Plastic" hinges have become very brittle with age and we will no doubt have to replace them - as everything I touch seems to break
well a few things like one of the drawer plastic hinges and one of the plastic hinges on the dinette backrest.
We were questioning how much is original as this A/S is in such great shape! Today I got my answer - besides the addition of carpet with some pretty thick underpadding - EVERYTHING is original. Even the curtains and cushions - which I found an Airstream material tag still intact.
We will need a few trim pieces such as the gold/brass trim on two of the forward bulkhead cupboards - and I think the overhead light plastic covers are at the end of their day too - when you touch them they disintegrate - yikes.
I even found a lot of neat goodies left in the aft storage compartment (crow bar, lug wrench, 12V
air pump, hydraulic jack, jumper cables, chain, black shore power cord and more!!!)
Hubby will be very pleased.
The closet which is a generous size even has brass coat hangers - which I would love to know if they were standard issue when Airstream rolled them out?
A few cranks, fuzzy window seals, lever knobs are missing or broken - nothing major so far (except the fridge door skin). The only other thing I can see is the galley work counter has a pretty good warp and has dropped half an inch. But we know the culprit - it is called a Zenith MONSTER - this VHS machine must have weighed about 40 pounds - bouncing on the top since mid to late 70's it is a wonder the counter survived at all!
Wally thought of everything! even the small bevels in the counters so that eggs do not roll on the floor - just like in a yacht!
I'll post a few pictures here now but I will try to post in my album our first set of photos of the interior later tonight - Keep in mind this is only a slight clean - we have done nothing else to her.
What a find and to us what a buy! Now I know what the VAC means about spend a little more on your initial purchase price and you save big time in the long run!!!!
To all those out there who have rebuilt your units from ground up I tip my hat to you - after seeing how these A/S are made up close - WHAT A HUGE JOB!
(We are not full timers...yet... - but we will be pretty heavy duty part timers - no kids just two good size dogs - they will have their bed and Peter and I ours - so everyone will be happy! and it is the perfect size for us - as we spend most of our time outdoors!)
PS does anyone know who the dinette seat on the right folds out to a single bed? - Our owners manual is on route
Sorry for the long post - but I'm sure some may have been very curious as to the condition MoonBeam is in.
Is there anyone else out there with a 1969 or 68/70 GlobeTrotter 21 ft?