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Old 10-14-2018, 05:34 PM   #1
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Covering Over Old Exterior Openings

I recently bought a 22' 1963 Safari and I am in the process of renovating it. I am going to replace the original LP powered range and refrigerator with modern electric appliances and replace the hot water tank with on demand water heating. This, and a few other modifications I am making, is going to leave me with quite a few exterior openings and small holes which I would like to eliminate.

I've attached a couple photos which illustrate these openings. Can anyone offer advice on how to eliminate these openings? I would like the coverings to be as inconspicuous as possible. Example photos would be very helpful (if possible)!
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Old 10-14-2018, 06:27 PM   #2
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As far as the first pic.

Part of the appeal to the vintage Airstream, for me anyway, were the near and unique looking vents and covers. If it were me I would seal them up from behind or inside, and leave them. As any cover you do will just look like you have covered a hole.

Same for a couple on the second pic. Tank cap, I would remove the nipple, but keep the cap.

Antenna mounts not sure. Umberella stand - giggle. A patch will be a patch Im afraid. We covered ours on our 63 with th mounts for the new window guard.

Ugly level- replace with a more sleek one maybe.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:05 AM   #3
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Hot water panel: install hatch for exterior storage.
Fridge vent: leave it, they look cool (or convert to additional fantastic fan type vent)
Antenna holder: leave it, again it looks cool, and you could use it to hold something else (shovel or a flag?) :-D

Stove panel: install hatch for exterior shower or grill
Water pressure inlet: replace with external electrical outlet
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:54 PM   #4
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Excellent - thank you!
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for the ideas!
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:28 PM   #6
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An electric range will do you no good when you go camping....they pull too much power. I did replace the original fridge with an electric only fridge, as my Twinkie is always plugged in, somewhere.....

And do some research before you do the tankless hot water...lots of info on here about that.....numerous folks have removed their tankless and reinstalled a tank heater...tankless suck on many levels, in a camper.....they suck on many levels in houses too, but do have their advantages, if you install a giant unit, or numerous units.....but then, you just spent major $$$$.....
Tank gas water heaters are ideal in campers, because they get real hot, and recover quickly.....4 people can take a hot shower in a camper, in a 30 minute period, with a 6 gal. gas water heater......just sayin !

Congrats on your Airstream ! Post pics !
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