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Old 11-25-2016, 01:15 PM   #1
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1975 Land Yacht rebuild

Hey folks, My name is Jim and I live in Central Maine. last Fall my wife and I were looking to get back into camping and ended up buying a run down 1975 Land Yacht Sovereign. The previous owner had started a renovation and gave up. We hauled it home, excited to start the renovation. Excitement quickly turned to despair when we got home and discovered not only was the floor rotted, but the main frame was so rusted that it had broken in two on our way home. I began the tear down and quickly realized there was nothing salvageable. Everything had to go. It was either rotted, moldy or soaked in mouse urine.... So with that in mind, We started. I ripped out the interior skin which was covered in 9 different colors of 70s carpeting... yes NINE! Including thick shag carpet along the center of the trailer ceiling. YUCK! Next came the tear out of the mouse infested insulation in the walls and the rotted floor. With the plywood floor removed, I discovered that most of the outriggers and cross members from the wheels forward were completely rotted. I had a local metal shop make me some 12 gauge C-channel and made my own cross members and outriggers and patched the frame where it had broken. Next came new Roxul insulation in the floor followed by new 3/4" exterior grade plywood.
Once I had a solid floor, I started tearing out all the old plumbing and electrical. I didnt like the rear bath with side twins so I decided to re-engineer the layout and put a rear bedroom with a queen bed and relocated the bath to the side of the trailer. After running the new wiring(110 and 12v) as well as new drains and Pex tubing for the water lines, the main walls and cabinetry came next.
Being a carpenter by trade, I like the look of wood and we wanted to have a cabin feel to the interior. All the interior skin and walls are Birch plywood with a clear semi gloss polyurethane with stained maple slats to cover the seams.
We now needed a name.... cause thats what you do when you have an Airstream We were trying to come up with something that tied in Maine, the cabin feel and Airstream. I stumbled on an old keychain we had hanging that was a little silver moose and it hit me! The Silver Moose!! It was a perfect fit. Hope you like my build video.... I'll try to post pics of the outside when I attempt to polish it in the Spring.
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:07 PM   #2
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Nice work! How long did this little project take?
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:19 PM   #3
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It took about 6 months of nights and weekends after work
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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That's a remarkable turnaround for 6 months while working. Looks great!
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:25 PM   #5
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NICE!
What's the silver slot at 1:06? I cannot get a perspective on that....
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:45 AM   #6
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:12 AM   #7
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Hey folks, My name is Jim and I live in Central Maine. last Fall my wife and I were looking to get back into camping and ended up buying a run down 1975 Land Yacht Sovereign. The previous owner had started a renovation and gave up. We hauled it home, excited to start the renovation. Excitement quickly turned to despair when we got home and discovered not only was the floor rotted, but the main frame was so rusted that it had broken in two on our way home. I began the tear down and quickly realized there was nothing salvageable. Everything had to go. It was either rotted, moldy or soaked in mouse urine.... So with that in mind, We started. I ripped out the interior skin which was covered in 9 different colors of 70s carpeting... yes NINE! Including thick shag carpet along the center of the trailer ceiling. YUCK! Next came the tear out of the mouse infested insulation in the walls and the rotted floor. With the plywood floor removed, I discovered that most of the outriggers and cross members from the wheels forward were completely rotted. I had a local metal shop make me some 12 gauge C-channel and made my own cross members and outriggers and patched the frame where it had broken. Next came new Roxul insulation in the floor followed by new 3/4" exterior grade plywood.
Once I had a solid floor, I started tearing out all the old plumbing and electrical. I didnt like the rear bath with side twins so I decided to re-engineer the layout and put a rear bedroom with a queen bed and relocated the bath to the side of the trailer. After running the new wiring(110 and 12v) as well as new drains and Pex tubing for the water lines, the main walls and cabinetry came next.
Being a carpenter by trade, I like the look of wood and we wanted to have a cabin feel to the interior. All the interior skin and walls are Birch plywood with a clear semi gloss polyurethane with stained maple slats to cover the seams.
We now needed a name.... cause thats what you do when you have an Airstream We were trying to come up with something that tied in Maine, the cabin feel and Airstream. I stumbled on an old keychain we had hanging that was a little silver moose and it hit me! The Silver Moose!! It was a perfect fit. Hope you like my build video.... I'll try to post pics of the outside when I attempt to polish it in the Spring.

Nice work! Curious where the leaks were ? Did you pull out the vista windows to re-seal? I've got a pesky roof leak somewhere and can't locate it ... I need to pull vista windows to remove all the gunk anyways ...
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:39 AM   #8
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Absolutely beautiful! Looks like it should have taken years. What is the material you used for the countertop?
This should give hope to many who are stuck in a 'forever' restoration project.
How about some more images of your new side bath too?
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:40 AM   #9
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SO impressive!

I hope to run into someday and see your masterpiece in person. Congrats!
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Old 11-26-2016, 12:06 PM   #10
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Wow! Seriously looks fantastic, I hope you get many many great adventures out of The Silver Moose!
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Old 11-26-2016, 12:49 PM   #11
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Wow, beautiful. Looks like you need to go into restoring Airstreams full time.
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Old 11-26-2016, 01:34 PM   #12
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Very impressive!!
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Old 11-26-2016, 01:47 PM   #13
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Good Lord! That is some really impressive work - and just 6 months part time?!?! Man - I really admire your skills especially as I have so few of my own for such tasks! Wow! Stunner!

We had a Buddy Rally once with the New England Unit and it included a tour of everyone's trailers. Yours would have been a blast to see live! Happy trails to the Silver Moose! Hope to see you on the road someday!
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Very Impressive. Did you overlay the wood on the walls on top of the interior aluminum or directly to the ribs? The reason I ask is the strength effect of the riveted interior with or with out the aluminum in the long run. I have had and seen aluminum trailers with out the interior skin develop 45 degree cracks around door and window corners, but usually on the longer trailers. Please let us know later how your project holds up under extended road use. It would certainly be lighter w/o the interior aluminum. What thickness was the plywood? I am thinking about eventually replacing the OEM mouse fur in my Classic.
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Wow, nice work! I can't believe you did all that in just 6 months! Also what kind of dog is the white one? That's a cute dog. I also wonder what that oval metal slot is?
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You are a true craftsman - very nice!
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:27 PM   #18
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What's the silver slot at 1:06? I cannot get a perspective on that....
Its a skylight in the shower where the refrigerator vent used to be
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Wow, nice work! I can't believe you did all that in just 6 months! Also what kind of dog is the white one? That's a cute dog. I also wonder what that oval metal slot is?
Thanks.... Bauer is a Pomimo (Pomeranian/American Eskimo) The oval slot is a skylight in the shower where the refrigerator vent used to be
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