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Old 10-27-2018, 04:23 PM   #1
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The last remodel

Over the past six years or so I have been working on my old Airstream after a 120 day gut and refit. I had a deadline so I did it get it ready to camp quick while taking care of the major stuff.

The first time out I used a lot of off the shelf stuff in my kitchen. I redid the drivers side kitchen a couple of years ago ditching the prefab crap, and now I just finished doing the same on the passenger side.

At the same time I relocated my batteries, inverter, charger, and my 120V control panel.

Do you think it was worth the effort?

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(Edit- FWIW I wasnt supposed to post the picture of the dirty water in the sink..... ) lol
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:55 PM   #2
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Wow! So pretty!
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:33 PM   #3
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Very special Airstream indeed. I like it. What a big difference between your hand crafted Sovereign and my original Airstream Overlander. My interior is fabricated from aluminum extrusions, plastics, melamine plywood, and tambor doors. Hey, at least it is light weight materials.

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Old 10-27-2018, 09:03 PM   #4
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Very special Airstream indeed. I like it. What a big difference between your hand crafted Sovereign and my original Airstream Overlander. My interior is fabricated from aluminum extrusions, plastics, melamine plywood, and tambor doors. Hey, at least it is light weight materials.



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Thank you!

Yeah, its heavier than stock, but still probably lighter than a new 30.
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It looks stunning! Great job!
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that is one great looking AS. love the wood. kurt
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Old 11-20-2018, 06:34 PM   #7
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Looks nice and cozy! Love the wood look. ��
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:23 PM   #8
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Really nice. I like it, especially the woodwork!
What is that HVAC unit below the TV?
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:02 AM   #9
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Really nice. I like it, especially the woodwork!
What is that HVAC unit below the TV?


Thank You!!

Thats a direct vent wall furnace under the TV.
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Looks great!

Are your axles and shocks original, and have you weighed the trailer since the work was completed? Any concerns that you have added too much weight? All that plywood/particleboard really adds up.

What tires are you running [vs. the new gross weight]?

Thanks for any details, including the countertop, and sink [Corian?], material. It looks like real wood in the photos.

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Old 11-21-2018, 02:38 PM   #11
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Well, I did change the axles, I should have bought 3,500 pound axles instead of 3,000 pounders, but all and all they work fine, the trailer rides soft enough that the suspension cant be bottoming out very often.

The last time I weighed it weighed 7880 pounds with 1,100 of that on the tongue wet and ready to camp. When stock, Airstream claimed an empty weight of 4,900 lbs.

Ive made some changes since that WILL lighten the tongue a couple hundred pounds and hopefully keep the weight on the axles the same or maybe a little less.

Im on my third set of tires, the first set were trailer tires, the last to sets are/were LT tires both load range C with a max load of 2,000 lbs a tire. I wore out the first two sets with no tire trouble.

The entire interior is sheeted in 1/4 plywood, the cabinets are constructed from 3/4 plywood ripped into 2 wide strips. The cabinet doors are 1/2 ply.

The countertop is made from 3/4 pine boards laminated to a piece of 3/4 plywood.

Ive never had any weight related issues in the nearly six years weve used the tar out of the trailer.
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:45 PM   #12
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The last remodel

I will have to admit to making the back of the trailer too heavy on the initial build, which initiated my first re-re model after my first outing. After that I was more careful of a little weight here and a little weight there.... it adds up....
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I will have to admit to making the back of the trailer too heavy on the initial build, which initiated my first re-re model after my first outing. After that I was more careful of a little weight here and a little weight there.... it adds up....
Congrats on a beautiful trailer.

I've often wondered if the Airstream/Airforums community has a fond term for "creeping additional weight".
I just know that initially, most people have great intentions to reduce or keep track of weight; only to loose it as the project nears completion.......too worn out to care.
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Thanks for the updates JM.
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