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The Flintstones 08-27-2006 07:51 PM

New Airstreamer
Hi all,
I have just aquired a 1970 27ft Overlander, I am excited and nervous at the same time. Its in very fixable condition but I have never owned a rv and this one did not come with any manuals, instructions or any paperwork except the title. I am a pretty handy guy but can someone help me get copies of the manual or any original paperwork that would have come with it. I don't know how anything works!!! and figuring all this out by just analyzing is going to be very difficult and extreamly time consuming.:( Any help or advise is greatly appreciated. I guess I will be spending all my spare time on this forum seaching.
thanks again

Rivetedude 08-27-2006 08:03 PM

Welcome to the club and congratulations on your purchase! The manuals should be readily available from various owners here who are willing to scan or copy thiers and send them to you. Don't overthink things. Fixing stuff on an Airstream isn't rocket science, but you do need to have the right information. The hardest part you've already taken care of and that's finding the forums. Any question you may have WILL be answered here regardless of how trivial it may seem. This is a great community and a wealth of knowledge.


maxandgeorgia 08-27-2006 08:03 PM

Welcome, James! Yes, you'll spend LOTs of time searching the archives of this forum! Tons of information can be retrieved using key words and the search tool found at the menu bar at the top of this page. Do you have time for reading?! Go to the Forum Interface and you'll find many subforums that will apply to issues you will have. Ask specific questions and you'll be amazed at the responses you'll receive from forum members who have asked and found answers to the very problems you encounter. Before you know it, you'll have your Overlander on the road for camping and YOU'll be one of those answering the questions of the newcomers:) Search and ask away! ~G

moosetags 08-27-2006 08:09 PM

Welcome; this is the place to get the info you need.

cameront120 08-27-2006 08:17 PM

Welcome! Keep an eye on E-bay. There is a fellow who sells re-printed owner's and service manuals. If you don't see your year, e-mail him and ask, he probably has it.

The Flintstones 08-27-2006 09:27 PM

Thanks for the encouragement, I have to start somewhere and yall have made me feel welcome. I'll start asking those questions and searching away!

Janet H 08-27-2006 10:09 PM

if you are looking for manuals, you can get reproductions from Helen Davis at Secretarial Services, PO Box 484, Sidney, OH 45365 (937) 492-8885. High Quality reprinted Service and Owners' Manuals are also available from the Airstream Store at look under books. If you don't see the year(s) you need contact Airstream.

Ganglin 08-28-2006 08:38 PM

If your loking for a Service Manual - 1972 is the first year they were made. It's well worth the money as many systems were the same over the years. Purchased mine from the guy on E-Bay - we have a 1971.

Rivetedude 08-30-2006 09:35 PM


Originally Posted by Ganglin
If your loking for a Service Manual - 1972 is the first year they were made. It's well worth the money as many systems were the same over the years. Purchased mine from the guy on E-Bay - we have a 1971.

My trailer is a '72 and my service manual is a '73, but so far I've found it to be accurate to the letter. Any noteable changes between the two years? So far I can't find any.

Bradjun1 08-30-2006 09:55 PM

If you call the Airstream factory you can get a reprinted service manual. They are provided by secretarial services. I paid about $45 for mine a few years ago. It is a copy of the shop service manual. Good Luck

cameront120 08-30-2006 09:59 PM


Originally Posted by Bradjun1
I paid about $45 for mine a few tears ago.

Somehow I think this may not have been a typo!:lol:

CaddyGrn 08-30-2006 10:00 PM

Welcome to the forums!

OH.... goodie a new Airstream owner! Post pictures of your new baby! We love Airstream pictures! Post pics now, during any work, after work completed, and while camping!

This is a great forum and the folks are very helpful... if you aren't sure what to do, and can't find the answer searching (check out the search tool on the top blue tool bar...) post a question! If you have a problem or a part to fix, be sure and post a picture of the broken part, or the questionable item... folks will recognize it and be ready to help!

Good luck!
Mrs. NorCal Bambi (traveling in S Tardis)

flifish9 08-31-2006 04:06 AM

I just bought a 73 overlander two weeks ago as well! James maybe we can help each other? I have no manual i have been feeling around for things. I haven't figured the piping yet. I have to figure it out quick Winter in NY is not fun near Buffalo. The condition of mine is remarkably better than I thought when I bought it. I thought I would have some unpleasent surprises, wel not yet. I know about most of the problem areas. I need the doors to be fixed all of the "tanmbon" doors, The leveling support jacks need to get loose to work, the awning came out of the track and Zipdee came unwound. The only thing I haven't got confidence in is my Hot water and draining the water. I have no manual either. Email

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