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Old 03-22-2020, 06:28 PM   #41
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Wow does it ever look amazing. Hope to get mine like that one day.
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:06 PM   #42
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Some updates: Interior work is nearing completion. Cushions and curtains are installed, a new accordion door (separate post on that).

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The kitchen got a new fridge, sink and range. The gray tank is under the sink and is small - about 12 gallons. Gap under fridge is to stow shoes and a fire extinguisher. We did this instead of putting the fridge on the floor with the usual small drawer on top.

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The bathroom has a large storage box - specifically for bedding and the toilet has been moved to the side corner. prolonged quarantine with my sewing machine caused me to go a little nuts and upholster the toilet. (expecting ridicule). There is a new black tank under the toilet.

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The bathroom cabinet was rebuilt - same size as before and has an access door in the floor of the cabinet to reach back of panel and water heater if needed. (also exterior access for this)

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Old 06-30-2020, 04:19 PM   #43
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There is a removable table that stows under the desk - slid all the way into the bathroom cabinet. It's large enough for 4 people - barely, but great for two. The cut corner on the table allows space to go in and out of the door if needed.
The hole in the floor where the table leg mounts is covered by a carpet when the table isn't in use.

The storage pic shows the table partially into the storage slot and also the location of the electrical panel access under the desk. The wheel well has been boxed in under the desk. The desk tops lift up to access storage inside (school desk style) and charging stations for devices


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One interesting challenge was curtains. Trailer sides are curved and holding the curtains against the wall has been a challenge on every trailer we've had. Various tracks and tie backs have been less than awesome imo and so I tried something new this time - time will tell is it was a good solution . Curtains are snapped right to the wall. A wood bar 2/3rds of the way down the curtain has small embedded magnets at each end. These stick to small metal (painted) plates attached the edge of the window frames to keep the curtains tight to the wall. Curtains are easily removed to wash. The same bar, when pulled up to the to edge of the curtain, holds up the curtain, valance style.

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Old 06-30-2020, 04:50 PM   #44
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How to build an accordion door:

many older Airstreams came with an accordion door separating the bathroom or sleeping areas from the main living space. On mid sixties models they were made of vinyl and wires with hangers that attached to curtain slides. There is no direct replacement for these but it's possible to make one using the original hardware, fabric and some plastic vertical blind slats.

Basically you make an envelope, seam up channels, insert slats and replace the hardware. There is a hard bar (curtain rod) on either end, also in fabric channels. One end is fixed to the wall and the other is the leading edge and the magnetic close attaches to it

Using fabric that has a vertical stripe on one side will make seaming the channels MUCH easier - these big pieces of cloth are a challenge to keep straight on a sewing machine.

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Most of the parts used for these doors are still available except for the metal bent wire hangers but it you can reuse the old, find some salvage or fashion new you can make a new door that's better than the original. The slats give rigidity and the fabric provides a little sound barrier.


Initially we used larger hangers shown below but later switched to smaller curtain carriers.


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Old 06-30-2020, 08:21 PM   #45
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Nice progress! We've enjoyed seeing the upgrades you've made. The pleated door looks amazing. Everything is coming together well.
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:27 PM   #46
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Really looking good. Nice job on the "wire stays corset inserts" for the bathroom curtains.
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Really looking good. Nice job on the "wire stays corset inserts" for the bathroom curtains.
This is the second time I've made one of these. First time around was for the 64 overlander which had two of these doors. More sedate color but all these years later they are still going strong.

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Old 07-01-2020, 01:38 PM   #48
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That is stunning!
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Old 07-01-2020, 02:24 PM   #49
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Janet, thank you for replying. I was tempted to say I had seen one of those on the forum before. I thought I would not be able to find it. I have a feeling the one I saw on here previously was yours as I was very impressed with that one also. I tried to make a mental note at the time to do that with my future one. Hopefully I will remember or I need to start making a word document of all these great solutions.
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Janet, that's beautiful!

Someday we'll have a a 25 year old Airstream, but we're going to have to wait 24 more years as ours is a 2020 Bambi 19cb. I'll be doing renovations as the years pass, for certain. I've already decided that when our current tow vehicle needs replacing, which probably won't be for another 10 years, our new one will have a larger tow capacity and I'll do things such as put on the front rock guards, etc. An Airstream is a gateway drug to other ideas and possibilites.

Anyway, as I said, your Airstream is stunning.
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There is a removable table that stows under the desk - slid all the way into the bathroom cabinet. It's large enough for 4 people - barely, but great for two. The cut corner on the table allows space to go in and out of the door if needed.
The hole in the floor where the table leg mounts is covered by a carpet when the table isn't in use.

The storage pic shows the table partially into the storage slot and also the location of the electrical panel access under the desk. The wheel well has been boxed in under the desk. The desk tops lift up to access storage inside (school desk style) and charging stations for devices


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One interesting challenge was curtains. Trailer sides are curved and holding the curtains against the wall has been a challenge on every trailer we've had. Various tracks and tie backs have been less than awesome imo and so I tried something new this time - time will tell is it was a good solution . Curtains are snapped right to the wall. A wood bar 2/3rds of the way down the curtain has small embedded magnets at each end. These stick to small metal (painted) plates attached the edge of the window frames to keep the curtains tight to the wall. Curtains are easily removed to wash. The same bar, when pulled up to the to edge of the curtain, holds up the curtain, valance style.

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Thanks for sharing. What a beauty!!!
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Thanks for the updates. I kept my accordion door, grimy as it was for my Caravel. Now with your tutorial on your update, I'll do the same. I really didn't just want a curtain.
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Janet, that's beautiful!... your Airstream is stunning.
X2!! What an amazing job you have done: the wood is gorgeous. And far from making fun of your commode cover, that was my first thought after another post said they didn't like the commode ruining the view from the nice big rear window. But then I am a seamstress, too, so I guess great minds think alike!

I had also figured out how to do a real folding door after looking at a few survivors in vintage trailers, but your instructions are very detailed and answer those "devilish detail" questions.

My tiny Caravel is not with me yet, but I will have to figure out where to stow my bassoon safely, so music will figure in mine as well.

I am envious of the fun you have had making this tiny gem from something very rough indeed! Best of luck going forward!

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Janet, what an amazing job from when I saw that in Richland as a shell with the floor down. BEAUTIFUL WORK!
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Thanks for the updates. I kept my accordion door, grimy as it was for my Caravel. Now with your tutorial on your update, I'll do the same. I really didn't just want a curtain.
I agree about the the curtain solution, just not great. Using an upholstery weight fabric; one that has a crypton backing (used in healthcare settings for barrier control) is about perfect.

I reused the hangers and latching hardware as well as the leading and trailing edge bars. I pitched the rigid wires and used blind slats for rigidity. The cut slats, don't need to go quite to the top. Leaving a several inch gap near the top makes inserting the hangers a little simpler. The slats also add nice weight so the door hangs well.

BTW totofbarics is a great place to find high end upholstery remnants https://www.totofabrics.com/ and bargain prices.
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An Airstream is a gateway drug to other ideas and possibilites.
^ Fact!

This is the 3rd Airstream for us. I used to wonder how/why anyone could ever go beyond Airstream number 1 but as time has passed our needs have changed and we've learned along the way.

We started with a 19 foot Minuet; it was tiny and cute but the abundance of plastic in a 70's trailer made updates difficult and the extra narrow body was just too confining.

After an 8 week trip we decided we needed a bigger trailer and after looking and and never finding looking for a 24 ft tradewind to restore, settled on a 26 foot overlander. It's been great for extended trips and two people and dogs but too big for one person and too long to park tight spaces. I appreciate not having to covert beds into couches in the morning.

We kept the Overlander and added this Globetrotter to the "fleet". It's really set up for one person although the front bed pulls out to accommodate two.

Still wrestling with the spare tire and how or where to carry it. There is room on the tongue but the old carrier doesn't fit the larger wheels and tires. (we went to 16 inch wheels).
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My tiny Caravel is not with me yet, but I will have to figure out where to stow my bassoon safely, so music will figure in mine as well.

Instrument cases are bulky! Storage takes planning. Depending on the floor plan, your caravel may have deep storage bins in the front (floor) that might hold a bassoon case - maybe.

One of the coolest things I've done at a rally was jam with a French Horn player... adding woodwinds to the mix would be good fun!
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Janet- Love your Mahogany. Did you use 1/4" and then build a frame, or is a thicker plywood. What was your finish?
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Janet- Love your Mahogany. Did you use 1/4" and then build a frame, or is a thicker plywood. What was your finish?
There are several thicknesses of ply.

The upper cabinets are solid face frames with ply doors - the construction is basically the same as the original cabinets and in most cases we used old broken cabinets as templates.

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The end caps of the upper are solid and thick and milled to be smooth and roundish. originally they would have been thin ply but there were hard, sharp corners. This seems better to me and is an experiment

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All doors are 1/2 - note that they have a solid leading edge (lip). This provides stability, prevents warping and also some protection from bashes and dings. The floor of the upper cabinets is 1/4 inch.

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The lower boxes under the seating are 1/2 inch ply and front facing top edge boards are solid. The openings to storage areas have solid edges same as the doors as protection from dings. Doors are 1/2 inch.

The kitchen and bathroom cabinets are a mix of 1/2 and 1/4 inch, using as much 1/4 as possible to reduce weight.

The ply over the black tank is 3/4 over frame (concerned about strength here and so sacrificed light weight). The wheel wells are boxes 1/4 inch ply and rear storage box is 1/2 ply - the lightest birch we could find.

Cabinetry was a challenge for us as our wood working skills are rough - the kitchen cabinet was rebuilt - twice, before we got something decent. We got better as we went along. We had the original uppers and bathroom and pantry cabinets as templates but had to wing it one other boxes. Finding balance between durability and light weight was a challenge.

Afaik 1964s came with white oak so the mahogany was a deviation from original and we made this choice for two reasons: 1. personal preference, 2. materials availability. Mahogany ply is available and in common use in the boat building biz.

The finish on the wood btw was satin polyurethane (oil based) which has a slight amber tint. Several coats with sanding between.



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