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Old 04-15-2007, 06:09 AM   #21
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Last time I was at Bob's, they had a 1965 Overlander there. It's been a year, but you never know.
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:47 PM   #22
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Inland RV can be expensive. I would recommend eBay. Our Bambi II was missing a hatch door when we first purchased her. Our machinist neighbor made up a temporary door for us out of aluminum while we waited/searched on eBay. After two months, one finally came up which we won at 1/2 the price quoted by Inland. And it was an original door, not a repro. That was an important factor for us.
Inland RV "does not" provide "reproductions."

We "do" provide new, increased quality, and off the shelf delivery on almost every part we have for the older coaches.

Some folks don't mind shopping and waiting.

Other owners, when they have a problem with their Airstream, want it fixed "now" as long as the costs are reasonable.

We had a customer who lost a rear access door, who said he would look around for one on the highway. He figured that if he lost his, someone else might do the same thing.

After about 4 years, he gave up looking.

Any dealer of anything, must be supported by it's customers. If not, they will soon disappear.

Price is not ther only objective when buying parts, of any kind. Supporting that dealer ofr manufacture assures that they will usually be around when they may be needed again.

To bypass dealers because of the want to save a few bucks is ok, but then when those dealers are all gone, then the answer is simple. Forget it.

Be supportive of those that support you, your interests or hobbies. If not, they may not be around when you really need them. Supporting a dealer or supplier that has little to no overhead is ok. But, when the chips are down, the dealer that has the large overhead, usually means they carry plenty of parts and inventory, that the brand "X" dealer can never have in the first place. Those costs must be passed on.

Don't depend on Airstream to have parts for older trailers or motorhomes. They are rapidly reducing their inventory oif many older parts, and the latest round will be water, black and gray tanks. Many Airstream motorhome parts are no longer available. We strive to continue with many of those parts, at least the more frequently used items.

The more owners that use salvaged or e-bay parts, the less incentive any dealer will have to keep the supply of those parts available and on the shelf.

Common sense of supply and demand. Reduce the demand to a point low enough, and the supply will dry up. Then once more, Airstream gets blamed, for being inconsiderate of owners needs.

If price is the objective, then why in the world would someone become interested in an Airstream to start with?

And so it is.

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Old 04-20-2007, 06:47 PM   #23
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Called Inland, The rear hatch is only $241.00 and that isn't as bad as the $400 I was told that I would end up paying from there.

If the shop can't fabricate one to replace what they lost, I will buy from Inland.

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Old 04-21-2007, 11:45 AM   #24
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Called Inland, The rear hatch is only $241.00 and that isn't as bad as the $400 I was told that I would end up paying from there.

If the shop can't fabricate one to replace what they lost, I will buy from Inland.

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Steve.

It's actually $240.00.

When you get a quote, make sure they guarantee that it will fit, that it is insulated, that it has a keyed T handle lock with two keys, that it has a lock stiffner plate built in, and that it has the proper gasket on three sides.

Then apples compare to apples.

It's interesting to note that some people, with intent, like to inflate or misquote our prices. ($400.00) Wonder why??? Hmmm.

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Old 05-30-2007, 08:22 AM   #25
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Access Doors

I just had 3 access doors made for my Bambi II. They are beautiful. I had a bunch of other work done as well so I'm not sure the exact cost of each door but my total bill was $365. I was so impressed by the guys work that I told him I would be passing his name and number out to my fellow airstreamers. He said sure thing, just give him a call with the exact measurements. He used one of my beat up doors as a template. If you're interested I can try to get pics of mine up. I am extemely happy with the results. Give George Diehl a call at 585-356-5269 in Alexander, NY.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:27 AM   #26
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I just had 3 access doors made for my Bambi II. They are beautiful. I had a bunch of other work done as well so I'm not sure the exact cost of each door but my total bill was $365. I was so impressed by the guys work that I told him I would be passing his name and number out to my fellow airstreamers. He said sure thing, just give him a call with the exact measurements. He used one of my beat up doors as a template. If you're interested I can try to get pics of mine up. I am extemely happy with the results. Give George Diehl a call at 585-356-5269 in Alexander, NY.
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I would love to see photos of your replacement doors.

We lost a door on our Bambi II last year on the way home. We replaced it with another one I found on eBay but it was quite pricey.
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Pictures of access doors coming soon

I'll be sure to get some pics this weekend and put them up.
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:40 AM   #28
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I hear Colaw Salvage mentioned a lot on this forum, and remember Tin Can Luv posting a bunch of pictures of various Airstreams on their lot, but has anyone gotten anything of significance from them vintage-wise?

I don't doubt that it could have happened, but I don't recall anyone posting any vintage finds from the place.

Just curious.

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Tom, I have purchased several vintage parts for my '73 from Colaw's. I thought the prices were very reasonable and the people easy to deal with. The only thing that was over-priced (IMO) was an Airstream "M" that fell off the front of mine at some time in the past. They charged $25 for a single letter, but what the hey, where else was I going to get one?

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Old 06-12-2007, 01:16 PM   #31
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Access doors

Here are the pics of the access doors I had made by a great local guy in Western NY. I told him I would be posting his name and number on this site and he said, sure thing just give him a call with the dimensions. He made the doors to match the one I had left, although that one was beat up so he made me another one of those as well. So they fit and look just like the old ones but he has improved the locking systems so they don't pop out.
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Here are the pics of the access doors I had made by a great local guy in Western NY. I told him I would be posting his name and number on this site and he said, sure thing just give him a call with the dimensions. He made the doors to match the one I had left, although that one was beat up so he made me another one of those as well. So they fit and look just like the old ones but he has improved the locking systems so they don't pop out.
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Thanks for the info...I'm sure it will come in handy someday as we always seem to lose a door every other year!

I like his work -- it looks more original than other ones I've seen offered by another company which make them with rivets showing in the outside of the door.

If you don't mind, could post or pm me with pricing as I can see you have the same model trailer I do!
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:04 PM   #33
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Thanks for the info...I'm sure it will come in handy someday as we always seem to lose a door every other year!

I like his work -- it looks more original than other ones I've seen offered by another company which make them with rivets showing in the outside of the door.

If you don't mind, could post or pm me with pricing as I can see you have the same model trailer I do!
Riveting on the side, allows the doors to twist very easily, as the original Airstream doors did.

Fabricating them with pop rivets, also allows twisting.

Riveting the doors as we do with "buck rivets" will "NOT" allow "any" twisting. That makes the structurally, stronger.

Therefore it makes it much more difficult to lose our doors.

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I am also looking for the rear hatch for my 68 GT. Lost it on the road. If anyone knows where I can get one, I'd certainly appreciate it.
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I am also looking for the rear hatch for my 68 GT. Lost it on the road. If anyone knows where I can get one, I'd certainly appreciate it.
We have all the access doors for your 68 trailer.

66.67 and 68's have different sizes, so make super sure of the year.

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Fortunately, I have all of the original hatches on the '67 Overlander but I'm open to idea on how to rig the doors so even if something pops loose... it doesn't end up along the road.
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We have all the access doors for your 68 trailer.

66.67 and 68's have different sizes, so make super sure of the year.
Do you have the original factory doors or repos?
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Fortunately, I have all of the original hatches on the '67 Overlander but I'm open to idea on how to rig the doors so even if something pops loose... it doesn't end up along the road.
You can fasten a small chain to each side, that is long enough to get into the compartment, but short enough where the door cannot hit the ground.

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Reproductions.

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Do you have the original factory doors or repos?
We manufacture the access doors in our shop.

Our doors are riveted together, for greater strength.

The original Airstream access doors were simply crimped together, and were wobbly from side to side.

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