Sorry if this has been posted before! I've been trawling the forum and can't find the information I'm looking for, but if it's already been covered, I'd be very grateful for pointers.
My husband and I just bought our first Airstream: a 25ft Sovereign
from 1987 with rear bedroom. We're beyond excited. At the moment, it has hard vinyl wall panels throughout the interior (pic attached, though it might not be the most informative. Will try to get a better one later.) I've seen lots of information about how to paint them, which we might do -- but if there's wood or aluminum underneath, I'd love to get down to that. There's information here about removing other types of vinyl and plastic interior covering, but I can't find anything about these hard panels. Does anyone have any advice? I think my main questions are:
1. We've been trying to remove the rivets using just an electric drill, and they're not budging. I'm attaching a close-up of one of them here. Is there a rivet-removing tool I can get? Or are we just doing something wrong? Any tips/tricks?
2. Any ideas what might be underneath this hard paneling on a 1987 model?
3. You'll see that the rear has quite a built-out plastic end-cap, and it's even more built out on the front. Ideally we'd like to get rid of this, so you can see the shape of the Airstream. We've been looking into things like Larry B's beautiful aluminum segmented end cap. But we'd have to get the end cap off first. Can anyone see any reason why we shouldn't try to remove one of the very bulky late 80s plastic end caps?
Thank you so much! I feel like I'm already learning so much from all you wonderful people.