Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-26-2007, 08:22 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1972 31' Sovereign
Crossville , Tennessee
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 5
Smile 72 Airstream

I am in the process of renovating a '72, 31 foot Airstream and I need lots of help from you out there. Where I live is a small town where there is not much information on the renovation. My son and I have about torn out the portions which need renovation. We are in the process of cleaning the inside and removing the weatherstripping from the windows so that new can be applied. We have purchased new rubber and glue and weatherstripping for the storm windows. Wow What a job. He is going to remove the belly soon and we will need new rivets if you can tell us what size and where is a good place to purchase them. We will need lots of input and will appreciate anything you can help us with. He is gone much of the week traveling the state and I am almost at a standstill until he gets home. Now it is hunting season too and winter is fast approaching. The people who owned the Airstream prior to us let the water lines freeze and now we need to replace the floor in the bath area which is in the rear. Enough for now, but many thanks for your help. Betty Wiles
Wiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2007, 09:19 AM   #2
Rivet Master
87MH's Avatar
1978 31' Sovereign
Texas Airstream Harbor , Zavalla, in the Deep East Texas Piney Woods on Lake Sam Rayburn
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,435
Images: 292
Here is what I did to reattach the belly pan:

1” X 1/8” aluminum flat bar and machine screws available at just about any hardware or big box store.

More pictures here:

I think it is easier to work with the flat bar and machine screws as opposed to installing individual rivets.

On the freeze problems – be sure to check out the integrity of all of the belly tanks while you have the belly pan off. You may find some of the plastic tanks and/or valves damaged due to freeze.

"Suck it up, spend the bucks, do it right the first time."

WBCCI # 1113
AirForums #1737

Trailer '78 31' Sovereign

Living Large at an Airstream Park on the Largest Lake Totally Contained in Texas
Texas Airstream Harbor, Inc.
87MH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2007, 09:48 AM   #3
Rivet Master
Silverhobby's Avatar
Vintage Kin Owner
Vintage Kin Owner
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Greeeneville , Tennessee
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,301
Send a message via Yahoo to Silverhobby
Rivet Resources

Welcome to the FORUMS Betty,
If you have a Fastenal franchise in your area, they can get or have in stock, many types of rivets. They also sell Vulkem and Parbond sealant.
Home | Fastenal
Also check out;
Airstream Innovations at Inland RV Center, Inc. (951) 734-8130

Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies!
Kevin with Baity the Lab/Pointer
//------AIR # 7303------\\
WBCCI 17109
visit my restoration blog at:
Silverhobby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2007, 09:54 AM   #4
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
Silver Threads's Avatar
2000 25' Excella
Kingston , Tennessee
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 905
Images: 23
Welcome to the forums. We are just down the road if there is anything we can do to help. We have a 72 Overlander. You are welcome to come and look at it. Send ,me a PM if you need too.
John & Tammy Adams
Silver Threads Custom RV Curtains
2000 Airstream Excella | AIR 15902
Silver Threads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2007, 07:16 PM   #5
1 Rivet Member
1972 31' Sovereign
Crossville , Tennessee
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 5
Many thanks to everyone for help. Betty
Wiles is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Jet Blue's Mobile Airstream Classic 350 at Colonial Airstream Colonial Airstream Classic Motorhomes 21 10-02-2011 03:05 PM
Really Cool KARE 11 piece on MN Airstream Park & Airstream SMPLSGUY Airstream "In the News" 4 09-19-2006 04:25 PM
Airstream Parks: North Texas Airstream Community/NTAC RivetED Link Archive 2 11-26-2004 07:56 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.