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Old 03-06-2007, 09:44 AM   #61
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:50 PM   #62
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Tedd, It is always good to get positive feedback on any project! Hope they were helpful. I know you can Git 'er Done and make the trailer whole again. Keep us posted! Ed
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Old 03-07-2007, 03:28 PM   #63
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The run down

OK, here is the scoop.

My father asked me to get a quote, so I contacted a couple of people via PM's to get some insight. After that I emailed Airstream service. After a few emails between us, I wound up talking on the phone to the service manager. Spent a lot of time making sure we were both on the same page. Then I was given a number for the work I wanted done.

At this point I have to sit back and catch my breath. I am trying to keep all of this in perspective and not let my heart run away with my father's wallet. I have spent some time talking this all over with the wife. We still need to hammer out a few more issues to make sure we want to go through with this. I have passed along the information to my father for him to mull over.

This is a big step financially and mentally for me and the family. I want to make sure that I am not jumping into a monster hole. Before you all jump me, the work to be done will give me a solid shell and running gear, so I will have a solid base to finish.

The plan is to gut the trailer, and then take it and shell half to Jackson Center for the splice and new axles. Then bring home and replumb with PEX and re-install the interior.
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Old 03-07-2007, 03:37 PM   #64
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Hey, if you can make it work financially and it's not going to become a burden then great. The important factor that always comes to the forefront is the fact that it is a major project and will you have the time and patience to actually finish it. If not it will be hard to break even on it. However, if you believe you can finish it, and the family has bought into the project, you are golden and then IMHO go for it.

I have lot's of experience with this with my car addiction. I have a 70 SS Chevelle almost done that's sitting due to my health and it's bothering me, not my wife. She's a trooper.

Keep us posted.
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Old 03-27-2007, 06:20 PM   #65
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Well after much consideration and soul searching, I have decided to not go through with the splicing operation. With my father offering to foot the bill for this, I have thought it would be better to invest the money into my house. I will patch up the leaks for another season of camping "rat style". The options are open for now. I think it wiser to invest in the homestead for now. I just will have to stay local (500 miles or less) for a while.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:49 PM   #66
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Sorry to hear that, Tedd. But I understand your reasoning.

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Old 04-15-2007, 06:20 AM   #67
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Hi Tedd! just popping in to say hi! Sounds like you have made steady progress. Can't say that I can blame you for investing in the homestead versus the "roam"stead.
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:00 PM   #68
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The important thing is that down the road your trailer can be repaired if you do decide to do it and store it properly now. You get the all important mother ship done the way you want, then you can think again about doing the escape pod. Sometimes we put time agendas on things that don't really need them. I'm famous for that according to my wife.

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Old 04-26-2007, 08:11 PM   #69
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Wow an other camping season is here. Go figure, the water system has come on line with out any new leaks?!?!?! Fridge fired right up and cooled right down. I guess the old gal just wants to get out and do what she was made to do .... camp. That and I did go down to the local Airstream dealer, so maybe the Overlander wants to make a good for the season. :O)
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:35 PM   #70
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So.....

How did you like the USAdventureRV Center in Bolingbrook? I was in there last fall after they were recently opened and it was starting to look like they were going to be able to grow a good business there. Always glad to have another source for parts and info. They are great guys and I hope they do well up there. Ed
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:32 PM   #71
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OK yet an other camping season is here.
Started to upgrade the Gaucho. I am adding lags to the pull out section. I have found that my ummm weight has pulled out the hinges when getting in and out of bed. Anyway, when I was removing the cushion, I hear the fabric tearing in a lot of different places.....

Long story short. We have fabric and the sewing machine is humming. Found some cool fabric. Will post pictures later. We (yes I am helping) are working with a dead line. The Midwest Rally is in a week and a half.
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:45 PM   #72
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OK yet an other camping season is here.
We (yes I am helping) are working with a dead line. The Midwest Rally is in a week and a half.
Hi Ted.
Necessity is the mother of all perspiration.
Oops. Better not talk so loud. I'm not quite ready either.

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Old 07-01-2008, 02:08 PM   #73
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OK yet an other camping season is here.
Started to upgrade the Gaucho. I am adding lags to the pull out section. I have found that my ummm weight has pulled out the hinges when getting in and out of bed. Anyway, when I was removing the cushion, I hear the fabric tearing in a lot of different places.....

Long story short. We have fabric and the sewing machine is humming. Found some cool fabric. Will post pictures later. We (yes I am helping) are working with a dead line. The Midwest Rally is in a week and a half.
Any pictures yet?
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:46 PM   #74
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Sorry..... I posted pictures on an upholstery thread..
I will repost here.

This is the end of this tread. I picked up a near mint body 1968 Overlander. The interior of this one will go to finish the 1968 as it has no interior.
I will then pull any useful parts to sell off to help finance this project.
Then I will cut up the aluminum for scrap for the same reasons...keep this project in the black.

Sorry, but it was just too good of a opportunity to pass on. This way a it is a win win for the Airstream community.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:06 AM   #75
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I can not believe that I have been using this trailer for three years!!! I just fixed the rear end separation issue. The frame on the curb side dropped about 2 inches over this summer of traveling. I used service bulletin #146 as a guide for the fix. I have to say that the 1 1/2 inch width is too big. I would recommend using about 1 1/4 inch. Still have 2 more trips this season. I believe that I have but about 800 miles on the old gal this year!!
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