Looking to renovate a gutted 24' 1962
Trade Wind into a mobile recording studio! Through our Entertainment LLC this will be a business investment for recording and touring. We want to get an idea of just how much of a project we're getting into, time and budget wise.
I have not seen the trailer yet myself, won the ebay bid for $1175 and seller says to come check it out before paying, so we're not 100% committed yet. Have to make a trip from NY to Michigan to check it out so I want to see what the forums say before we make the trip!
Info from the Seller:
-He moved it from a neighbor's land about 5 yrs ago and has been using it for storage (last time it was towed).
-No title but he's applying for one, should be able to get it soon.
-Previous owner covered floors with masonite (not all the way to the wall), some parts of it pull up easy, you can see original linolium tiles underneath.
-One leak around the front vent.
-There's water damage in one area where he can put his hand through the masonite as you'll see in the pic.
-Can't see status of frame as the aluminum belly covers everything underneath.
-Outside looks in good condition, only one dent in the front.
-Paint is peeling from inside walls in the pics, not sure what's happening where the floor meets the walls.
We're looking to create a simple, open space that we will soundproof with layers of rubber and foam inside the walls. No need for bathroom or kitchen but considering a small bar sink and a simple outdoor surf shower. We'd build a desk and some shelving/storage for recording/touring gear. Also want to make the interior electronics solar powered.
My main question at this point is how much time, labor and $$$ can we expect to get it to a point where the walls and floors are repaired and we are ready to start soundproofing.
I know it varies a lot but to know some ballpark ranges or previous experiences would be helpful. Do the floors just need repairs or do they need a complete redo? Same for the walls? What are the basic steps involved? We have a few friends who work in construction who can help us, but I don't think any of them have worked on an Airstream before, so what would they need to know to give us an estimate?
We have some $$ and plenty of time to commit in the next couple of months, but we want to get it ready ASAP. What can we hope for and what's a worst case scenario? What's the differences in budget and time if we just outsource everything to a pro? Is this particular trailer is going be good for our needs or should we pay more for something in a more repaired state?
Please let me know your opinions and experiences! Thanks!!
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