After years of day dreaming I finally picked up this 1961
a couple of weeks ago. The guy I bought if from simply called it a "land yacht". It is a 26 footer according to the title, but any badging that once said so is long gone. For starters, can anyone verify that what I have is in fact a 1961
I realize it will take a significant amout of time and patience to get this old girl in tip top condition, but I am up to the challenge! I myself am fairly handy, and my father is a whiz with anything related to carpentry/electicity etc. Together we plan on doing a restoration starting from the ground up, (replacing the axles, fixing any rot in the frame and floor as well as referbishing the electrical system and plumbing, etc.
But with the arrival of Spring here in Eastern Oklahoma, I would really like to just give her a good cleaning and taker her out "as is" a few times. The P.O. says "everything" worked last fall when winterized. So far I have verified that both 12v
and 110v lights work. I haven't checked the plumbing yet but hopefully this won't prove to be too much of an immediate issue...As far as towing, it has new tires and it pulled just fine for the 100 mile ride home, (with turn and brake signals that work).
I guess my second general question is: What basic concerns should I have and what preparations do I need to make prior to taking my new pride and joy out on a weekend camping trip?
Also, based on the attached photos, can anyone tell me how original the interior layout of my trailer is? I'm fairly certain that the dinette is not original, however I'm not sure about the stove and sink set up.
The fridge is an all electric dorm fridge, but I suspect the stove may be original. Ultimatley I would like the interior to be as close to original as possible, although I have a long way to go before I start thinking seriously about that part of the restoration...
So overall I am very excited about my new airstream and I look forward to learning all that I can along the way to total resoration...Any feedback/advice from this forum will be greatly appreciated...and please be patient with me for afterall I am a newbie!