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Old 09-21-2011, 03:07 AM   #1
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Almost ours, a '53 Flying Cloud

She will be shipped around half October so she will be ours somewere in the beginning of November. If we plan it right we can see her in October when we will be in the US for a vacation.

For now I知 thinking of a list of stuff I need to order in the US so it can ship with the trailer. The seller is getting me a rivet shaver and rivets. This trailer doesn稚 have a bathroom or toilet. I can do without a shower as most campsites offer sanitary facilities but I do prefer a toilet as I don稚 like to wander around campsites at night so we need to figure out where we can put one and what kind. I prefer the ones with a black water tank but I知 not sure if we can fit it in. So any thoughts on that would be appreciated J

I can稚 find the exact floor plans for our trailer. It looks a lot like the one on page 3, the double bed one http://service.airstream.com/files/library/1ba95de6e4a8d9a2.pdf but the scan is very speckled. I値l try to enhance it with photoshop.

I would buy a polisher but they have a different voltage compared to the ones used in Europe. But I will be stocking up on polish but I知 not sure which one to buy yet.

What tools would I most likely need. My hubby has quite a collection of tools and the skills to match. So I知 thinking of specialty tools like the rivet shaver.

I'm not sure if the pictures show up on my profile, if not i'll post them here.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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No tips/tricks/hints/suggestions My husband already rebuild it like 10 times in his head!

I'm talking to shippers at the moment, there is a lot of difference in prices, you wouldnt believe it, we are talking about $1000 and more.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:29 PM   #3
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Rivet shaver...nice.
Air/hydraulic riveter....nice.
a small set of US Standard wrenches....some metric will work.

Shippers are a peculiar breed. Get references.
The port you choose will make a difference.....and getting it to that Port. Where did you buy the trailer?....that should tell you which Port is closest.

So glad you finally got your Airstream.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:17 AM   #4
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Wrenches, excellent suggestion. Gives hubby the opportunity to shop hardware in the US

The trailer will be shipped from galveston. I have quotes from 3 different shippers going from $1900 to $3200 which is a BIG difference.

About the riveters, can we see them in a store and if so, which store?
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Galveston is an excellent port to ship from. Try TransGlobal for the shipping.
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62overlander, do you have experience with them? I actually have a quote from them!

And how did you come to naming your AS Anna?
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I have used TransGlobal for car shipping from Germany to Houston. No complaints from me. I was very happy with their service.

You can see an air/hydraulic blind rivet puller at Northern Tool, Fastenal and China Freight Tools.

Finding a 3x rivet gun in a store may be more of a difficult thing, unless you are in Topeka, KS, Everett, WA or LA.
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Congratulations on finding the trailer! Now your late-October visit to the US can be just for fun (and for picking up Airstream accessories to take home without extra shipping costs. )
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Thanks Top, i will put them on my list. We will be visiting the US next month so that gives us the opportunity to buy some stuff we need for the AS.

It's good that some of you have experience with TransGlobal, they actually gave me the best quote but i was worried (cheap is not always a good thing).

DKT SATX I was actually hoping to see the trailer there. We will be flying on Houston, which is close to the port. Not sure if we are able to arrange this but it would be nice And yes i'm going on an Airstream goodies and necessities hunt!

Any tips on how to get a toilet in the AS. We will have to use one of the closets. Any one experienced with installing one were there is none?
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If it doesn't already have a black tank and you're not planning on doing tons of plumbing, you might consider one of the small composting systems designed for yachts. One brand is "Nature's Head" but there are some other brands. It would be a summertime solution, unless you provide it some extra heat in the winter. When the temperature in the composting chamber gets below 22C or so, it's not very effective.
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We don't have the warmest weather here so not sure if this is going to be a good solution. Sounds interesting though.

I don't think the FC has a black water tank but i'm sure my husband doesn't mind doing the plumbing as i mentioned in an earlier thread he is quite the bob the builder
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And while checking the details on vintageairstream i found out it's not a 53' as the seller states, it's a 52!
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