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Old 06-24-2015, 09:39 AM   #1
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1965 Airstream Overlander 26 - Washington

Title: 1965 Airstream Overlander 26 - Washington
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

This 26’ 1965 Airstream has been gutted down to the frame and structurally rebuilt to be a self-sustained off-grid touring rig. It’s been an incredible project, but a new contract is taking me out of state for work and I sadly won’t have the time to keep giving her the level of attention she deserves. Here are some of the details for what’s been done:

- Completely gutted down to the frame;
- Frame repaired and reinforced by a certified welder;
- Axles replaced with two brand new Dexter axles, rated at 5,000 lbs each ($900+ for the axles alone);
- Stabilizer jacks installed to welded on supports (each rated at 5,000 lbs);
- Trailer jack replaced;
- All internals cleaned and resealed;
- Leaking rivots replaced and roof structure reinforced;
- Fantastic Fans and AC unit installed (~$900 in parts);
- Brake lights and housings refurbished and replaced;
- Heavy cut buffing completed on exterior;
- Original trims and insignia fully re-furbished or in good condition;
- Towing lights replaced and upgraded;
- New electric over hydraulic disc brakes installed (~$1,000 in parts);
- All wiring necessary for towing installed and functional;
- Three new custom sub-floor water tanks installed and plumbed (two fresh, one grey or black) (~$800 in parts);
- Water tank heat pads and tank level sensors installed (~$600 in parts);
- Sub floor insulated with four inches of rigid insulation (several hundred dollars in materials);
- Sub floor wiring conduit, gas lines, and plumbing installed;
- Brand new sub-floor installed;
- Many other upgrades that I can show you in person.

Additional parts purchased include: components to replace all window seals and mechanisms; parts necessary to build replacement hatch doors; hundreds of feet of necessary wire; rivots and buck rivot tools; difficult to source shower pan and stainless steel for shower walls; on-demand water heater; water pump; suburban heater; all internal aluminum skins and fiberglass panels; and the original Airstream wheels in excellent condition as well as temporary wheels currently installed. There are several bins and boxes of additional miscellaneous parts and fixtures that have been purchased for this trailer that will also be included.

This trailer is beautiful and will be better than any brand new trailer when she’s finished. Several hundred hours of work have gone into making her stronger and more self-reliant than any production trailers out there. The structural work is done, so now she’s ready to get to all of the really fun stuff and finish her. - $19,000

Also purchased for this trailer, but available separately or as a package are:
- Brand new Nature’s Head composting toilet - $900

- Brand new premium solar package (Go! Power Solar Extreme package with additional solar panel for 620 Watt capacity and eight Trojan 6V deep cycle marine batteries and various connections and wiring) - $5,00

This trailer has been designed to operate completely free of hook-ups aside from filling the water tanks. If you’d like to continue down this path I can walk you through all of the design elements already incorporated and those that will need to be finished up along with the interior. If you’d like to build her out to a more traditional hook-up based trailer, the ground work is already in place.

The trailer and components are currently stored in Bremerton, WA. She’s ready to tow locally and could be delivered for a negotiable price, but for long-distance I’d recommend putting some new tires on. If you’re interested in building her as an off grid trailer, I could sell all of the above for $23,000. All of these prices are well below the materials costs, so you’re looking at a great deal and probably close to a thousand free work hours done to get her to this point. She’s structurally sounds and ready for a new set of hands to finish her up.
You can contact us by filling in the form on the right hand column of the ad listing:
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