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Old 04-30-2018, 12:04 PM   #1
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What year is my 27' Overlander with Center Bath??

We are doing the thing! My wife and I drove out to Virginia a couple weeks ago and brought back an Overlander to Colorado to start our renovation. The project was started by the previous owner but we are going to finish it and make it our home!

First speed bump though is figuring out what year we actually have.
VIN number says 74'
Manufacturer Date say 73'
Layout says 75'

attached are some photos of our Airstream, the ID plate and the overhead layout which I was only able to find in the 1975 owners manual.

I was hoping there would be mention of this layout in the 74' service manual but nothing.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance and we are stoked to be a part of this community!
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:44 PM   #2
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Welcome. I'm certain you've got a 74. Pretty typical to manufacture the year prior to the model year. My 74 was manufactured in 10/73.

I don't know what to tell you about the floor plan, other than you may have a rare configuration. I don't think it's unheard of for Airstream to try different configurations prior to releasing them as standard. The mid bath configuration is certainly desirable.

How's the interior look? Photos?
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Thanks for the input. That's what I kinda figured. I guess I just need to buy the 75' service manual also.

Also, I was literally just reading your blog on insulation. I really appreciate the airstream knowledge you have put out there. Will definitely be referencing it often during our build.

Here are a couple photos of how we found her. Will be uploading more as progress is made.
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Ah, blank slate. Did you get any of the interior bits or is that all gone?

What's the plan? Doing a mid bath rear bedroom like the original floor plan? Full timing?

May I suggest, step 1 is to check every exterior rivet with a suction cup and remove all of the old caulk around the windows and reseal if that hasn't already been done to your satisfaction. It's never going to be easier to fix leaks than it is right now.
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Hello from another Coloradan: We drove through Buena Vista two weeks ago on our way to Santa Fe. You live in a nice area of the state for sure. We are up the road in Conifer.

The center bath layout is indeed more desirable as "water weight" is more centrally located over the axles. And you can nap in the rear bedroom and not be disturbed by someone making their way to the "necessary" room.

I purchased a 75 Overlander last fall. It is a "standard" rear bath layout with twin beds. I've been doing some repairs and upgrades to the thing. My goal is a travel ready, reliable trailer the whole family can use.

If your goal is full time living, your build will be quite a bit different than a travel trailer. Airstreams aren't the greatest full time units as they were designed to be light weight and tow easy. Aluminum is a great conductor of heat, the walls are only about 1 1/2 thick, and the appliances are standard RV fare. The Greatley's blog as a great place to start as they built theirs for full timing.

It looks like your trailer has new axles under it. The ride height looks higher to me in your pictures.

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Link to my 1975 Overlander Improvement Journal:
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Link to our 1976 Renovation Project:
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f221...ct-202081.html
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