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Old 02-20-2024, 06:47 AM   #1
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Hi from the UK folks

Hey there, we have purchased a 1969 Ambassador and I have searched high and low for a floor plan preferably with measurements if anyone has one please? We are new to the whole airstream family and would like to do a full interior refurb. Everything is currently original and in good working order so we would be looking to everything interior. Also any ideas to to make it look the best it can. Thanks in advance from Sevenoaks, Kent UK
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Welcome Joey, try these sites: https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...ayouts-239.pdf

https://www.airstream.com/owners/doc...ive/year/1969/

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Old 02-20-2024, 07:45 AM   #3
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If it is all in good working order I'd suggest camping with it for a while and see what works for you and what doesn't and then modify it accordingly. Airstream (and all RV companies) have put a lot of effort into designing functional and practical campers and a lot of modern remodeled ones look pretty but lack functionality- for instance, open designs look nice, but lack the basic need of storage. A few camping trips will help clarify what you like and don't like about the camper...plus it is a lot more fun to camp than it is to spend endless weekends "remodeling".

Otherwise there are a lot of sites about renovation- including ours, although we only modernized the mechanicals and left the interior original. But best of luck in whatever direction you go!

https://shinyhappytravelers.com/airstream-restoration/
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Old 02-20-2024, 07:49 AM   #4
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Hi Joey,

Welcome to the forum and the AS family. And congrats on getting your Ambassador. Post a few pictures when you have some time. We would enjoy seeing it.

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Old 02-20-2024, 09:33 PM   #5
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Welcome Joey.

I grew up about half an hour from your location. I had a 1977 and currently a 1968 unit.

What exactly do you mean by refurb of the interior?
Is it correct to assume, that you want to keep as much as possible and restore to riginal condition rather than a re-model?
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Old 02-21-2024, 01:04 AM   #6
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Oh wow did you? It’s a nice part of the world. We are looking to get rid off all the original features and go with something ultra modern with nice clean lines etc. Just make it feel clean and spacious really. Do you have any contacts in the UK for something like this?
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Thanks for the info. It is going to be static on our land with a herd of alpacas so we he idea is we rent it out as an air bnb.
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Thank you.
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Hi Joey

Although not that active on Airforums, there are quite a few Airstreams in the UK and Europe; they are more active on Facebook.

We used to have our own region of Airstream Club International (until the (unelected) committee members decided to quit AIC and from their own 'club', taking the membership list with them - but that is another story!).

There are organized rallies in UK and across Europe so plenty of oppertunity to review interior layouts in person.
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Just wondering, do they reverse the curbside and streetside for the UK? I'd guess not.
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Just wondering, do they reverse the curbside and streetside for the UK? I'd guess not.
No, but also we dont have a requirement to park with tail facing traffic, so can still park with the door to the curbside.
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Old 02-26-2024, 12:05 AM   #12
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Oh wow did you? It’s a nice part of the world. We are looking to get rid off all the original features and go with something ultra modern with nice clean lines etc. Just make it feel clean and spacious really. Do you have any contacts in the UK for something like this?
I am going to advise you to take a closer look at the current interior before making a re-model. Here is why:

A full re-model was my first intention when I took on my 1977 unit in about 2004.
But the more I looked at the original interior the more I apreciated the thought level that went into creating every detail.

Sure I had a load of ideas, but I realised no single person can top the knowledge of a company that has been developing their interior solutions over decades.

Plus I realised that even with outside help, it would be a massive task to re-model

So the avocado and cream, fake walnut with fake worm holes and crazy flower wallpaper in the bathroom all stayed and the guests loved it to bits. (No b+b, only good friends, live music and good cooking together)

I kept the interior on the 68 unit too. I think with a '69 you may have a lot of real wood and real veneer. It is quite easy to bring back to glory with products like gun-stock oil etc.

Social media is full of re-models. It has reached saturation. Original interiors seem to be getting as rare as hen's teeth.

I am not so sure what air b+b customers really want, but they can get any of those generic interiors we see on the internet social medias nearly everywhere else on a holiday too. But where can they live in a historical interior which speaks of 1969 and forward looking space-age ambition?

Therefore I take the time here to ask you to take a moment to consider your timeplan and return of investment and the right way forward for you. Enjoy the ride!
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