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thezirps 12-15-2014 07:33 AM

Hello everyone
We are Kristin and Roy. We just purchased our first Airstream and it is a fixer upper. A 1971 overlander that was gutted.

SteveH 12-15-2014 07:42 AM

Hello, welcome to the forums, and Airstreaming. Good luck with your restoration. I know you will have fun with it.

BassCan 12-15-2014 10:04 AM

Welcome, congrats on your Airstream. The adventure awaits.

Belegedhel 12-15-2014 10:29 AM

Welcome to the forums!

Is your trailer the one that was for sale in Anahuac?

good luck!

BambiTex 12-15-2014 10:50 AM

Welcome. There seem to be quite a few of us in the Houston area.

PharmGeek 12-15-2014 10:51 AM

Awesome! Welcome. I love seeing the progress you all make in restoration...keep the photos coming!

thezirps 12-15-2014 11:24 AM

Yes the one in anuhuac....we will be doing a frame up restoration. We are lucky enough to have the resources to take on this project.

thezirps 12-15-2014 12:36 PM

7 Attachment(s)
Our starting point

Landshark 12-15-2014 01:07 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum and A/S ownership!

Looks like you have your work cut out for you, but it will be fun and you will have such a good feeling for having saved one of these great trailers. :flowers:


thezirps 12-15-2014 01:56 PM

Thank you...we are excited and are giving us a good amount of time and budget to do it. Not going to rush but do it right.

m.hony 12-15-2014 03:49 PM

Looks like a really good shell and frame- a good starting point for whatever you want it to be-

thezirps 12-16-2014 04:35 PM

Well after a little research, not that it makes a difference, but it is a 1972 built in Jackson center OH

cwf 12-18-2014 12:31 AM

nyce.. take your time.. do it right..

dbj216 12-18-2014 07:26 PM

Hello from cold Minnesota. Your 72 Overlander appears to have very good "bones", that is to say good frame and shell. Maybe the axles have already been replaced.

The subfloor is a main structure element as you well know. I wonder how much flex is going on if it is towed without a subfloor? Come to think of it, I wonder how the body is even attached without the subfloor? I have learned that subfloor replacement is easier with the shell off. Maybe that's the plan.

You'll have to start a renovation thread to "blog" all your adventures with this vintage Airstream project. The Airstream Knowledge Base, Travel Trailers, and then Overlander is a good place for a renovation thread. There are many enthusiasts that have a ton of knowledge and experience with these old trailers, and enjoy helping others with their project questions. Check out some of the Overlander threads and see the beautiful work that's been done.

You're jumping in the deep end with this "build it yourself" Airstream. I've enjoyed my 66 Trade Wind 24 footer and the limited work I've done to it. I'll bet yours will be quite nice when you're done.


KeithC 12-18-2014 07:43 PM

Glad to see you here.

thezirps 12-19-2014 10:09 PM

Started a thread under knowlege, overlander, 1972 to track our progress over the next few years of restoration.

dbj216 12-20-2014 07:11 AM

I'm gonna subscribe. It will be fun to watch your progress and learn from your creativity. You may have followed other threads as vintage Airstreamers bring these trailers back from "old and moldy".

Here is one of my favorite threads. It's on a 72 Sovereign, which is two sizes longer than your Overlander, but it's the same year, so the construction will be very similar. It will keep you up all night reading it.


sophie18 12-25-2014 05:14 AM

Welcome to the airforums

overlander64 12-25-2014 09:27 AM

Greetings Kristin and Roy¡

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Over lander ownership! I am sure that your Over lander will give you many years of enjoyment!


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