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Old 01-16-2020, 03:32 PM   #1
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Hello from snowy British Columbia!

Hi everyone,
I'm very excited to be part of this community. I've dreamed of renovating an Airstream for years and this past summer I finally convinced my husband that it would be a great "little" project! We purchased a 1992 29' Excella that had been mostly gutted. We just finished gutting it and are now going to try to put it back together I know we've bitten off more than we can chew so I'm very grateful to have this forum to rely on along the way. We just booked our maiden voyage for the May long weekend (just a few km down the road to work out any glitches) so we have a deadline to keep us motivated!
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:43 PM   #2
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The mathmatical equation for an Airstream renovation is as follows:
Take what you think it's going to cost, and triple it; take your labour hours, and triple that too.

Don't be surprised, or disappointed if you don't make the May deadline.......or even next May's deadline.

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Old 01-16-2020, 07:02 PM   #3
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Depending on how much you know, how much experience in renovations, time you have, it is just like remodeling a home kitchen or bathroom—small, complex rooms take a lot of time—so too with trailers. Like Tony, I'll be surprised if you make it by May, but so long as the running gear works and you have some lights and a floor, you can sleep in sleeping bags. Gutting is easier than recreating.

Are you going to restore the original floor plan and redo what was there before, or are you planning on a new floor plan? Balance is important and you need to have the same or similar weight distribution within the trailer. This can be an opportunity to look for lighter materials to reduce weight. Airstreams are poorly insulated, so that can be improved a lot if you have removed the inner skin.

I've remodeled every house I have owned and understand the desire to make it yours and hopefully save some money in the process. If you want to change the floor plan, you will find many limits on what you can do. The most weight usually is in the middle for stability and towing considerations. Thus the bathroom, the stove and the fridge tend to want to be over or close to the wheels.

Check out the Airstream website. They have some of the owner's manuals and other information about some year's trailers online. Sometimes there are shop manuals and if there is one for your year and model, or a similar model within several years (or even longer) that would make your job much easier. I am not familiar with 29 footers from that far back, but it was an interesting floor plan in the 2000's. Maybe the floor plan never changed, so even a newer one may help your rebuild.
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Old 01-17-2020, 02:49 AM   #4
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Good advice and suggestion at the end, Gene.

AS document archives:

https://www.airstream.com/owners/document-archive/

The 1992 29' floor plans are at the bottom here:

https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...rplans-495.pdf

. . . but I did not see any other document matches for 1992.

Hopefully more knowledgeable folks will have some pointers. By exploring similar model years, you may find sales brochures with good interior renderings, etc..

Welcome to the forum, Adrianne, and good luck with the renovation.

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Old 01-17-2020, 08:40 AM   #5
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Greetings from central Kentucky, Adrianne, and welcome to the forum. I wish you the best of luck in attaining your goal, on time or any time. I hope you have a warm place to work on it. I'm sure it's just a bit chilly up there right now.
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Old 01-17-2020, 07:59 PM   #6
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Hello from Colorado and welcome to the vintage Airstream hobby. I think vintage is defined as 25 years old or older, so you can join right in.

I enjoy the vintage Airstream hobby. I've worked on our 86 Limited 34', my son's 69 Globetrotter 21', my former 66 Trade Wind 24', and my current 75 Overlander 27'. It is fun for me to see how these trailers were designed and made, and how to maybe make it a bit better. It does take much, much longer to put a trailer back together that it does to take it apart.

You might like to start a "project thread" on your 92 Excella in the Forums "Knowledgebase" found near the bottom of the forums page. Click on Excella, and find your year range. There you can read up on what others have done to make their trailers better.

I'm currently helping a friend with his 76 Sovereign 31'. Yep, we gutted it. We have repaired the frame, subfloor, finished with new plumbing, painted the interior, repaired the bath plastics, and starting rebuilding the cabinetry. We've been at it three months. We have much more to do.

We have snow here in the Colorado Rockies also, maybe the most known aspect of the state. You might enjoy my Overlander with a white hat.

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Link to my 1975 Overlander Improvement Journal:
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Link to our 1976 Renovation Project:
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f221...ct-202081.html
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hello Adrianne, welcome to the vintage AS club! as Toni pointed out, the time line to finish does stretch out. you can use the trailer as you remodel. 3 years in on my 80 Carevelle, i'm down to finishing toutchs; used the trailer the whole time.good luck! kurt
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We also have A TAD of snow in Flagstaff, Arizona!
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Great photo! Are you close to MarioM full-timing in Flagstaff in his 16' ?

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f459...ps-203999.html

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Great photo! Are you close to MarioM full-timing in Flagstaff in his 16' ?

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f459...ps-203999.html

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No, we're down in 'The Deep Desert' for the winter. Can't wait for Spring, we've had a lot of rain, could be the 'wildflower bonanza' we had a few years ago!
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dbj, we used to live in Marshdale, between Evergreen and Confier. Feet of snow were common and it was an adventure to get into Denver and back. Out on the western slope, we get inches or fractions of inches. I like the snow and winter in general, but am not all that displeased with less snow and cold.
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Old 01-18-2020, 06:31 PM   #12
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Thank you all for your warm welcome, generous encouragement and wise information. We sadly do not have a warm, dry spot to work so we are puttering away with space headers, snow shovels and tarps!
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Nice place to work on a restoration because the scenery is so great. It has been a long time since we traveled through there, but my memory of it feels really good.
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Old 01-22-2020, 11:29 AM   #14
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Here’s a reminder Gene!
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