Originally Posted by gtijewlr@tel
April 10-I'm a new 'streamer myself and have some work to do on my 72 TradeWind-the cupboard doors are all pretty much kaput (I think theyre called tambour)-any body out there repaired or replaced them? For those of us who believe in God, I think he's got a twisted sense of humour- been wanting one these trailers forever and since taking delivery two weeks ago its been snowing so havent been able to get out and polish it like I want to-oh well warmer weather will come.Did manage to paint the hitch and tanks but did them grey and they look awful, so will have to try aluminum if it stops snowing long enough.
Use your search function for tambour. There is a lot of information on repair (including a great photo guide, I will have to look for it again). I did some of mine last winter by more or less following the directions from that thread. There is also a lot of discussions on replacements and other options. Have fun, the Tambour is easy once you get everything set up.
Now for the good or bad part...I have a good idea of what an average unrestored AS 72 Tradewind is like. I have replaced the covers on the gouchos, repaired tambour doors, replaced the univolt and made it into a two gp 24 battery system. I hav also replaced the furnace...if your is original--bad news-- I think the originals were Suburban NT 22 or NT 24. Check with your search feature to be sure, or e-mail Andy at Inland, it was recalled about 20 years ago--don't use it. I have a repalcement water heatter to put in this summer after the new awning and a pair of axels....then I am still not done.
What I am saying is that these things, if cared for are so solid they outlast the appliances. 30+ years on an old style torsion axels was asking an awful lot. The new ones should make it even longer, I hope I am here to see those replaced. Make a good assesment of your project system by system, read up on old and new threads. I anticipate having a fully renovated (not restored) after three years of work. I only get to work on it on weekends and then only one or two half days on a week end. It has been a great hobby & look what you will have when done (a new one would cost 5 to 8 times what you will invest). On top of that you sort of get to know everything so maintenance is not much of a problem. I started by reriveting the belly pan, the replaced the univolt charger with something that won't boil my batteries. Next was upholstry and tambour, just get a project or two and follow it. See where it leads, Some have totally ripped the innards out and now have interesting interiors on them.
Before I sign off....welcome to the world of Airstreamers, make use of the expert advice you can get here,....oh and do not paint the trailer until you have read up on the techniques for painting Aluminum, you can make a real mess if it is done wrong.