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Old 04-18-2019, 01:53 PM   #1
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Subfloor –*should we let it done or should we do it on our own

Hi Airstreamers!

My name is Severin and I'm from Bavaria.
My wife and I bought a 24' 1967 Trade Wind.

There is a company in Germany whitch imports Airstreams from the US.

The plan is to renovate and convert it for traveling through Europe.

At the moment we're hesitating if we should let the company do a few jobs
as replacing the subfloor and renew isolation on the bottom as well as belly pan and banana pan. But we also thinking about doing it on our own.
They want around 8000€ for the job what is a lot for us.
But we also know that it is a lot of work.

I have two friends here where we live who would help me –*they are both carpenters and very handy. But they never worked on an airstream yet.
And we don't know how much time we would need to do the job.

What are your thoughts?

Thank you very much!
All the best, Severin
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:25 PM   #2
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1976 31' Excella 500
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Tools. Time. Those are the two big things! You can do it on your own, but it will take longer. Depending on that company, your work might look a little less "pro" but you will also have the satisfaction of doing it yourself (and depending upon who you are, doing it *right*). If you want to be camping quickly, it might be worth paying someone else. Otherwise, welcome to the club, and know that you have a HUGE amount of information and help here on these forums!
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:54 PM   #3
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Hello Severin,

I am currently working on the trailer/belly pan of my 1980 Excella. What I can tell you is that it's not the funniest part but it's a rewarding thing to do like kidjedi mentioned. If you have friends to help you, time and tools, you'll be able to find all the infos you need here or on YouTube.

My wife and I did a shell lift and we found some very helpful videos from Driving and Vibbing on YouTube on how to take apart the shell and replace the wheel well, belly pan, subfloors etc.

I would say though that the Airstream world is very different from "normal" construction. My brother and I built his house and I feel like I'm learning new things everyday I work on my trailer .

Hope this help you take a decision.
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