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Old 05-07-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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Airstream taboo: Remodelling

Hello,

I have spent a lot of time on this site so far, and have read some amazing threads that have helped out big time (re: floor rot, shell on floor repairs) but am wondering about this subject that I think might be a giant taboo: Remodelling, re designing, redoing/completely changing the interior of an airstream/vintage kin as opposed to revamping/restoring.

Can somebody please point me to a section or some threads that have some great designs that are completely different then the original interiors? I have been working on a travelux for the last little bit and have been very inspired by hofarc but would love to chat with some other folk that are doing similar stuff and see some examples!


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Old 05-07-2014, 07:07 PM   #2
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Vintage Airstreams are like vintage autos. You have the purists, restore to as built by the factory. Then you have those who say, "Make it different!" Neither is right or wrong, as they are preferences. I know I have read about, and viewed photos of, totally restyled Airstreams, and appreciated the owners pride in workmanship and desire to bring the unit into the 21st century. I have admired the faithful restorations to 'as built' beauty as well. Do as you please, but, plan well regardless of the path to avoid having to rework your work.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:08 PM   #3
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We redid our '72 31 ft. Our thread is "Little Girl Refurb" on the '72 sovereign threads. We kept many things in the same place, but the bathroom is definitely different, and the look of the trailer is not how Airstream did it originally. There are many who are redoing or have redone their trailers and have added some very innovative changes. There are some who want things kept vintage, and others, like us, who redo for our own comfort and use.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:20 PM   #4
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I have two Airstreams. The 1975 is going back looking original... except for the orange shag carpet with behind the scenes upgrades to power, lighting, plumbing and other strategic systems. My 1981 is going to be a full blown custom. It came to me gutted and is basically blank slate.

I looked a 1953 a few years back, that was a time capsule. If I had purchased it, it would have been cleaned up and kept as original as possible, because of it's condition. What I found very intriguing was it even had period magazines in the drawers under the dinette! Apparently it had been parked in around 1965-68, and rediscovered in 2008.

If it is something rare or unusual I would prefer to see it restored to original, something that has already been abused, modified or there are a lot of them out there, I don't worry so much.

In the grand scheme of things it is yours to whatever you wish.

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Old 05-07-2014, 07:32 PM   #5
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I have 2 Argosy trailers (well 3, but one is just for parts and will give its last gasp to make my 28' whole again.)

My 24' trailer is a very, very original trailer in good usable condition. I just can't bring myself to make big changes to it because it's such a time capsule. I enjoy traveling with it, but it's not exactly what I want.

Enter Il Progetto, the 28' center-bath Argosy. It's been "rode hard and put up wet" and is already much altered from its original state, so I'm going to make it just what I want it to be. It'll still be mostly the original layout, because that's what I was looking for, but lighting, systems, finishes and flooring will all be to my tastes, and I won't feel the least bit guilty about anything but what I'll end up spending on the project.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:00 PM   #6
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I don't think there is anything taboo about changing the interior of an Airstream to make it suit your tastes. As mentioned above, maybe a very rare and older (say 50's and earlier) vintage should be left intact, but there are tons of 70's era units that scream for some updates. Visualize that funky vinyl print in the bathroom, the orange shag carpeting as well as all the dark faux wood print over aluminum. Just makes me want to go out and find a leisure suit and grow some mutton chops.

So far I've redone the rear bath and am now working on the kitchen area. The bathroom in my opinion was an especially bad design for trying to shower without smacking your arms into useless cabinetry. If you havent seen that thread, its here:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...up-100164.html and the current work is detailed here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...on-115482.html
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:00 PM   #7
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Some of the 70's trailers are so far gone and the original interior was plastic fake wood that many times there is nothing left of the interior to save. They also require ripping everything out and starting over. There is that rare garage kept 70's trailer that is still original and good shape. Those should be preserved. You can always get a junk trailer to remodel.

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Old 05-07-2014, 08:34 PM   #8
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If you sue the Search tab above (in blue bar..) and search using terms remodel and renovate you will find more than 2,000 threads on the subject. Many go to great lengths showing photos of progress towards reconfiguration and redecorating of classic Airstreams.. One of older classics is Uwe Salwender's restoration of a '63.. He stripped to shell, added maple cabinetry, built-in A/C on side under cabinet, and on and on... See: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ler-11687.html


I believe it is your trailer, and unless you are deeply worried about maximizing resale value to a collector, you should modify away to suit yourselves, worrying only about weight, operational logistics and power/water needs.. For example, others have added large copper bathtubs, but there is a practical problem with that if you are boondocking with small holding tanks.. Likewise, fancy wool carpeting is probably not good if you have large outdoor dogs.. And so it goes... Good luck, and share some photos as you go through process..
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:10 PM   #9
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Very little Airstream left inside...

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My trailer was way too used up to consider restoring.
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If a person likes natural wood....

The 75 we just bought will go back stock, at least for a while.
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If a person likes natural wood....
You need to tow that bad boy with a Woody wagon! :-)

Just gorgeous!
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J Morgan's is one of the best remodels I have seen. I have seen some really bad ones on ebay and craigs list and act like they actually improved the trailer. All original usually means nothing has been maintained in 40yrs.

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Thanks for the compliments! They mean a lot to me. I suppose they kind of validate my work and my vision. Thanks again!

I had more fun doing that project than any project I have ever done. It was a total blast.

I broke all kinds of rules on that build, but I think that Mede it more fun,,,
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J. Morgan, that is one beautiful remodel!!!!
We dragged a '47 Spartan Manor home and your work inspires me!
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