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Old 03-07-2021, 04:25 PM   #1
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62 Overlander - Bettie

We were very fortunate to add a 1962 Overlander to our family recently. The early owners took good care of it as it has many original features. The more recent owners made some modifications for their comforts and travel style and the last owners first traveled then lived it it for several years.

This is our first Ohio trailer and may come from Carolina then to Minnesota then west. It has ghost numbers so somebody was a WBCCI member at some point.

This is our shiniest trailer so far. This one has twin beds and solar which we've not had before. Some of the wood interior is still present with a newer bankette that's painted white. The original lamination is loose in some areas and we won't be doing it any favors in our hit AZ sun. (Got to build that garage)

We've already camped in it and it's so easy, considering our last one was empty inside. You can set up camp a lot faster when your items are already in the cabinets versus storage bins.

Since we been asking some questions about her we thought we better get a thread started. She could definitely be the keeper.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-07-2021, 07:40 PM   #2
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Holy Cow! Your Airstream herd is growing. It's going to be fun to see how you make it even better. It is a dual axle Overlander 26', which I think is important for a trailer of this length. And it will have Dura Torque axles, another plus in my view. My first vintage Airstream was almost a 59 Overlander, but I passed on it because it looked lake a sway going someplace to happen. Here are some photos of it just for fun and comparisons.

Welcome Bettie. We hope to get to know you inside and out.

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Old 03-07-2021, 11:07 PM   #3
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Thx David and also thanks for always being such a encouraging cheerleader of these projects and the folks who love them.

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Old 03-10-2021, 02:08 PM   #4
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Old 03-10-2021, 02:15 PM   #5
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And some interior images. (The prior owners lived in the trailer stationary after some travels)Click image for larger version

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Old 03-10-2021, 06:38 PM   #6
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Wow! Bettie is beautiful! Someone did an amazing job renovating the old lady into a young beauty. Did you do it? When traveling, you could have an open house hour and charge $5 for a peek inside.

How does the trailer compare to your Ambassador. Maybe the Ambassador has a bigger closet, or a bigger living room up front. I bet the rear baths are pretty much the same, same with the galley.

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Wow! What a find!
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:18 AM   #8
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Thanks guys!
David one big difference is the Overlander is fully furnished and almost fully functional. The Ambassador (cringe) is still empty and a beautiful aluminum tent. Where does the time go to. The Ambassador will be finding a new home soon.
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:35 AM   #9
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Wow! You have quite the flock of Airstreams! And to think I knew you when you only had one...
So, I'm puzzled. What is hanging over the beds? Looks like more mattress?
Chris retires at the end of this year, so maybe in a year or so we'll make it out to Arizona for a part of a winter. Would love to see you again!


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Old 03-11-2021, 08:13 AM   #10
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Kay, Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes we need one of those birdies to fly the coop :-)

We are on our 4th vintage model to date. Started with the 65 TW that's when we met you at the Academy. Moved up to the 62 Ambassador, empty inside but lots of good work had already been done. Added a 61 Globetrotter after realizing a Bambi would never be in budget. Just added this 62 Overlander. We really love the 60s models. We got project paralysis on the Ambassador despite camping in it for 5 years and it's a smidge long for the forest spots we keep trying to tuck it into. After trying to emulate your large full-time bed in our 60s models we realized twins was going to be the fix. I don't like making a bed late at night after pulling in somewhere or coming back from the camp fire at midnight. yes I could make the bed before we go out but then I'm trying to make a bed at 5:00 at night while trying to rush out the door with my potluck stuff. Quite honestly the second half of the gaucho never really sleeps that good. First night in the Overlander on our way home with it we slept great on 10" twin mattresses.

Regarding your question. Yes those are the extra cushions for the front dinette. The folks we bought it from had it set up to live and work in it. They kept the dinette table so it's not pictured there. With the table down the cushions formed the front sleeping surface. Kind of a nice way that they've got them stored, tied up to the bulkhead Marine style.
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She looks awesome! Are you going to add AC or will the fans do?
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Truckasaurus,
These days one surely needs AC as it gets hot in the summer everywhere nowadays. Us living in AZ we could certainly use it even when we escape to the northern forest's in the summer. However I sure do hate to see one on top of a '60s vintage. Much prefer the smooth roofline. Always intrigued when I see a threat about somebody putting one inside like a split air. That's so far down the road the fans will have to do for now.
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