Originally Posted by jebrant3
We plan to gut the interior and remodel it to fit the work/travel lifestyle we plan to have over the next year.... Replacing some floor boards....
I've already inquired with the current owners if there are any known leaks, and they have noted some minor water damage in a 2 foot area near the kitchen cabinets in the floor.
Welcome to the Airstream madness.
Unfortunately, from the snipped out comments above, I wonder if you understand what a job it is to renovate a 40 year old Airstream.
"Replacing some floor boards" is not what you do in a plywood floor Airstream in which the floor is an integral part of the structure of the trailer. You often wind up with a shell off repair, and then you find even more things like frame issues.
The current owner says there is "minor" water damage in a 2 foot area. I bet there is a lot more than that.
A gut job interior renovation like you are planning takes far more than you might imagine in time, skills and dollars.
I am not trying to be a wet blanket on your ideas. However, way too many people have started on an Airstream renovation and found just how difficult it really is. I want you to become a happy member of the community, not one with a gutted project and lost interest.
Since any major gut job renovation is going to cost you $10,000 to $15,000 in materials and untold hours of labor, you might re consider and purchase a newer trailer in close to great condition rather than getting lost in a black hole of restoration and renovation.
And I really hope that this is not considered a post of discouragement to the final goal of good camping. It is meant as a realistic positive post. Just understand how complex and costly renovation and restoration can become if you are not fully equipped to do it.