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goransons 03-21-2017 09:01 PM

Thanks! I'm happy to say that the testing of all the 110 and 12 volt systems have been successful. The trailer is wired for roof top AC, and has 12 volt at all the vent locations if someone wants to add fantastic fans etc. 12 volt worked the first time everywhere, refrigerator fired right up.

After work this week, thanks to the longer days I hope to get all the fresh water lines in. Today I picked up all the pex pipe and fittings and will start tomorrow evening at the water tank and work my way back. Once that's in I can start on the all new drain lines.

It's a shame we aren't going to use this trailer, it will have mostly new sheet metal, new axle, new tires, new glass, new sub floor, new floor, all redone woodwork, new electrical, all new water lines, new gas lines throughout, new drain lines throughout, new black tank, new 10 gallon water heater with electronic ignition and 110 element also, new rv refrigerator, new weatherstripping, new propane tanks, regulator, battery, inverter, basically everything. My wife and I are hoping that over spring break we can manage to knock out the last of the mechanical, she can get the upholstery done, and I can get to polishing. Hopefully by mid-April it will be for sale.

groovzilla 03-21-2017 11:43 PM

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Scott - Got a majority of the interior finished a couple of weeks ago after you saw the trailer. Still have the bathroom to sort out.

I moved the refrig to the curb side under new stovetop and have a TV mounted above the new cabinet(installed after photos taken) I made on street side.

I never liked the original interior design with bigger/wider cabinet & fridge on street side near pull out double bed. I basically rebuilt it making it narrower.

**Also decided to buy a newer 2008 Land Rover LR3 to do the towing.

I'll be tackling the bathroom in a few weeks.

dbj216 03-22-2017 06:20 PM

Your windy Trade Wind is worth all you put into it and more. It is a pretty special trailer. Get some comparables to set your price.


goransons 03-22-2017 06:37 PM

Interior looks great! Thanks David I hope so! The Airstream market around the northwest sure seems better than last year, at least prices look better. Not sure anything is selling!

goransons 04-01-2017 07:16 PM

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I'm finishing up the black tank and toilet surround but today was far too nice a day to work inside so I polished the entry door, installed a new door eyebrow, and reinstalled the jalousie eyebrow, and stripped the rest of the clearcoat on the curb side. If the weather I'd like this tomorrow I'll finish the first cut on the rest of the curb side Attachment 282535

goransons 04-01-2017 07:43 PM

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goransons 04-02-2017 04:25 PM

First cut on the upper half of the curb side. Swirl marks will go away on the next grit with the random orbital. Also with perfect weather the bathroom counter got three coats of epoxy paint.

goransons 04-02-2017 04:26 PM

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dbj216 04-02-2017 06:44 PM

You won't have to polish as much as I did as a lot of your aluminum is new. You're going to spend all those hours making your trailer reflective as a mirror only to see all those water spots at the next rain event. At least that is what happened to me. And did I mention bird and bug splats, or wet leaves?

That counter top looks great. What was the substrait you painted over? Fiberglass, wood, or countertop "pressed wood"?


goransons 04-02-2017 09:49 PM

I know the insanity of keeping up a mirror shine. I won't be going that crazy on it. That counter is the factory counter. Fiberglass one piece with plywood backing for attaching to the cabinet. Had some minor failures of the gel coat. Repaired, sanded and 3 coats of a Urethane epoxy paint used on automotive plastic bumpers. It's very very sticky, lays out nice, very flexible and holds up better than the roll on tile stuff.

groovzilla 04-03-2017 01:07 AM

Looking good Scott!

dbj216 04-03-2017 06:03 PM

Thanks for the description of the nifty vanity top. I figured the original was gone with the wind. It sure looks nice after your restoration. You have added more value to your old Trade Wind. The polish job will also add value. Polished Airstreams are an "attractive nuisance".


goransons 04-04-2017 09:01 PM

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We have water!!!

Drain lines are finished and bathroom counter is in. Final trim out in the bathroom and wiring up the water heater then on to finish trimming out then gas lines next.

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groovzilla 04-05-2017 08:48 AM

looks good scott! i really appreciate your desired to restore to original.

if and when you get time, could you please send me a quick diagram of how you piped your water supply lines from the fresh water tank to 12v pump, to hot water heater/etc? showing flo restrictors and how hot/cold are piped to and from hot water tank

i'll be doing copper pipe in my trailer soon and need info on layout.

goransons 04-05-2017 05:03 PM

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Thanks! I'll work on that this week. Why copper? Pex is so much easier and won't have the same issues if it freezes a little.

Long day today. Working on punch list stuff. Finished around the toilet, wired the electronic ignition on the water heater, installed towel holders, toilet paper holder, toothbrush holder etc. tons of little trim outs etc. finishing paint tomorrow and then will clean and wax the floor. Still have propane lines to run but going to focus the next few work days on closing up the belly pan. Attachment 282782Attachment 282783Attachment 282784

goransons 04-05-2017 05:04 PM

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dbj216 04-05-2017 06:20 PM

Looking brand new! The wood cabinetry in your single axle Trade Wind (Safari? I can't tell the difference.) is magnificent. Our 86 Limited has the hickory cabinetry which looks quite nice, and has held up well. But it is 20 years newer.

Have you ever wondered how many times you have ducked your head and stepped in and out of your Airstream? My hip was sore the other day and I decided it was due to stepping in and out of the Globetrotter. It's up on jack stands making the step higher.

Renovating old Airstreams is good exercise.


goransons 04-05-2017 07:38 PM

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There's a fine line between running into the garage for a tool and hoarding them in the trailer. I haven't found the perfect solution. 1000's of times on that door I bet. Thanks! I can't wait to get the gas lines in and be on to just cosmetic details. Did get a new socket in the sconce by the kitchen today. Old one needed a switch so it got updated. Originally was a gas lamp but I'm just not a fan of hot glass and molten mantle over brand new cushions so it's a reading light now

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goransons 04-05-2017 07:41 PM

I can't wait to get this on the market and on to Wally's trailer but I'll get there soon enough. Also just listed my 51 clipper on the classifieds.

goransons 05-17-2017 08:17 PM

Sorry it's been so long since I've updated.

Life gets crazy during little league season!

Since my last post we've installed a new dexter axle, which was interesting for sure. In 1962 I've heard that Airstream considered the torsion axle to be a "forever" axle so it was welded in. No axle plate at all, just pressed against the frame and welded until the factory ran out of welding rod or the dinner bell rang.

After about 5 hours of cutting and cutting the axle was out, then fabricated installed new axle plates, axle, then figured out the old wheels had the wrong size hub hole in the middle (too small) so new rims are on the way.

I've wired up the brakes, and installed a breakaway switch (originals were hydraulic). Back half of the flat belly pan is back in place, just need a calm day to install the front half, then I can do gas lines this weekend. I'm hoping to have all the gas systems up and running before next week, then will be doing final polishing and details. By June 1st the trailer will be going up for sale so we can start on the Wally Byam trailer and have the resources to do it justice.

If you know someone who might be interested send them our way. 100% new floor (full sheets, not pieced), new axle, lots of new metal, all new wiring, new insulation, completely resealed, all new waste lines, valves etc, all new pex plumbing, new 10 gallon electric/gas water heater, new 2-way dometic refrigerator, new water pump, new battery, new intellipower inverter, new black tank, new faucets, new new new new new new. Hoping to find it a good home.

Pictures to follow soon of the progress, just a dead phone.

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