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Old 01-23-2007, 09:21 AM   #21
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The $10,000 answer closely remembles my ongoing quest... The biggest question is have you made friends with it yet or does it feel like a stranger lurking in a dark alley? My 27' still scares me silly but I am stuck with it - gradually assembling the bits and pieces to finish the belly rehab and get axles reinstalled now...

And hey y'all, if your soft water weather bothers you come north for some hard water 'frozen' variety. I am anxious for it to get above 30 so I can resume heating the interior w/o doubling the electric bill by using a space heater...
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:29 AM   #22
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Hey James (ditd) Flint,

I know how I felt after I got my Flying Cloud mostly gutted. I looked and thought my gosh, what have I done? So I kicked back for a day, thought about how I could break it into noticeable projects that would show me (and my wife) a measurable change, and then followed that plan fairly closely. It worked and in 4 months of nights and weekends we were out for our first foray. I did take pictures along the way so I could look back a week and see what had been accomplished and that helped a lot. It was and continues to be a tremendous source of satisfaction and enjoyment for both of us.

We all say don't get discouraged and it is very true, and I can tell you that in our case the end result justified every ounce of effort and frustration and redoing things to get them done the right way - and the coaching and guidance gleaned from this forum was extremely helpful.

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Old 01-23-2007, 11:57 AM   #23
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James, I know how you feel. I purchased a '61 Overlander that was 98% original, only the furnace & stove vent fan didn't work. I've put on new axles, new gas lines, new Zipdee, and resurfaced the tub. I'm sure it needs a new furnace and hot water heater for safety reasons. It has few plumbing leaks, window seals issues, old pressurized water system, on & on. I can do as little as needed to get started camping. I'm sure the project won't end any time soon, that's one reason I bought it. It's still cheaper than my boat & I'm sure the AS will retain it's value. Good luck.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:38 PM   #24
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I bought new

If you get discouraged, go to Colonial Airstream " Of New Jersey " 1121 Rt. 88 Lakewood, NJ 08701 Airstreams #1 Volume Dealership and check new inventory.

Figure you can get 15% off the list price.

Feel better now?


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Old 01-24-2007, 06:33 PM   #25
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Thanks for the encouragement everybody, except for you Jim! I think I'll plan a short trip a soon as possible. Part of the problem is being low on cash to make further repairs. Thats it! More cash more therapy.
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:02 PM   #26
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Well said boatdoc ,we know this to be the absolute truth !!and Im talking
about your last sentence of your post there.

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Old 01-25-2007, 10:30 AM   #27
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I don't want to know how much I spend on our Traveler. I put the receipts needed for warranties in a folder and file them, the rest are filed in the round can under the work bench. After restoring and using many fun toys I don't want to know what I am spending!
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Old 02-15-2007, 07:19 PM   #28
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I used to build custom motorcycles, as a hobbie. If it's not one thing, it's another. However, once the wind was in your face. You forgot all about the beating your head against the wall. I am in the same boat again. Fix one thing its another. But, I keep reminding myself about all the fun we are going to have in her. Keep going, and write it off as lesson number one.
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Old 02-15-2007, 07:34 PM   #29
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Yep, The pride of ownership and satisfaction of a job well done.
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It could look like mine as well...and it needs axles as well. But I will tell you that you can get both axles for less than 1K locally...


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Old 01-14-2010, 12:40 PM   #31
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James,

Hang in there. The fact that you're doing the work will make it worth it. I paid $5800 for our Sovereign on Ebay and about another $20K for the refurbish/restoration...whatever you want to call it....resto to me means that everything looks new....refurbishestoration...there.

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:45 PM   #32
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dent in rear panel

I saw a wonderful way to fix and airstream with a dent and it didn't cost nearly what replacement would have cost. They had a body repair shop fix it as best they could and bond like you would a car. Then they had an artist friend paint a beautiful scene with mountians. Everyone loved it and thought it was a great idea. Maybe this is something you could have done. Keep plugging along you will get your airstream finished.
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