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Forum: General Repair Forum 11-25-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,942
Posted By steve46
First, thanks for reaching out to help others in...

First, thanks for reaching out to help others in the hobby.
I am looking for several items for a 1976 25’ Airstream:
—Curtains/drapes, principally to use as patterns for new ones to be made...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 11-12-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By steve46
Seeking source for curtains: 1976 Airstream

We are looking for someone to make new curtains for the windows in our 1976 Airstream Trade Wind. I am having difficulty locating someone who has experience in doing this for 70s vintage Airstreams....
Forum: 1966-68 Caravel 10-18-2020, 04:55 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,546
Posted By steve46
The Marmoleum looks great. We used the same...

The Marmoleum looks great. We used the same product in our ‘76 Trade Wind rebuild and, yes, we used a professional to install it—as they say “don’t try this at home”. With an expensive flooring...
Forum: General Interior Topics 10-03-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 92
Posted By steve46
Seeking bath photos—‘76 Trade Wind 25’

In dismantling my ‘76 Airstream 25’ Trade Wind, I neglected to take enough photos (who has done this before?), especially in the bathroom. In my (weak/lame) defense, at the time I never envisioned...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 09-01-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By steve46
When I had some work done, I emailed a list of...

When I had some work done, I emailed a list of things to be done beforehand.. When I arrived, the service manager went through the Airstream with me and, armed with a printed copy of my list, he...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 08-20-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 170
Posted By steve46
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Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-08-2020, 05:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,691
Posted By steve46
There are a number of variables to consider. ...

There are a number of variables to consider. Having done a “shell off” myself, I can attest to the effort, time and expense involved. In my opinion removing the shell to replace the subfloor on a...
Forum: On The Road... 07-30-2020, 05:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 619
Posted By steve46
I just sent you a private message. I am in...

I just sent you a private message. I am in Flushing and can discuss ideas toward a possible solution, if you wish.
Forum: 2016 - Current Classic (all lengths) 07-28-2020, 05:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By steve46
You could offer it within the Classified section...

You could offer it within the Classified section on AirForums. There are likely others who could use it as is, especially for refurbishment of an older Airstream.
If I was closer, I’d pursue this...
Forum: General Interior Topics 07-19-2020, 05:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,424
Posted By steve46
Another vote for “do not gut it”

As someone who has completely gutted a 70’s Airstream, then rebuilt it, I encourage you to take the objective input that has been offered here—clean it to “presentable” then photograph and honestly...
Forum: 1974 - 1977 Overlander 07-04-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 553
Views: 76,810
Posted By steve46
Fiber optic lights

My ‘76 Trade Wind has this feature which I think is very cool, and useful—an “ahead of its time” way to monitor brake and turn signal lights. Mine work fine and the black rubbery plastic housing for...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-27-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,509
Posted By steve46
We had a similar excellent experience at the...

We had a similar excellent experience at the Jackson Center service center more than a year ago. While initially we were quite perturbed at the lengthy list of items to be fixed on a new Airstream,...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 06-23-2020, 04:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 285
Posted By steve46
Please post dimensions of the unit—length,...

Please post dimensions of the unit—length, width and height—and indicate the upholstery material. Thanks.
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Sovereign 06-21-2020, 05:45 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 19,710
Posted By steve46
Thanks for the photos. You’re just a bit ahead...

Thanks for the photos. You’re just a bit ahead of me on the galley rebuild. We have that same Furrion stove/oven combination to install. I’ve gotten some ideas from your pictures, so thanks for...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 06-15-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By steve46
I have one, an original that you are welcome to. ...

I have one, an original that you are welcome to. Send me a private message with your address
Forum: 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 06-07-2020, 06:02 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,433
Posted By steve46
Very well done, David, both you and your friend...

Very well done, David, both you and your friend should be proud and satisfied at what you’ve accomplished in a relatively short time.
DONE?—probably not, there is always some fine tuning to do,...
Forum: 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 05-23-2020, 05:40 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,433
Posted By steve46
Subfloor thickness

When I replaced the floor of my ‘76 Trade Wind—as part of a shell off project—I believed that the original 1/2” subfloor was inadequate. First, I had an additional piece of steel welded into the...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 05-13-2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,444
Posted By steve46
I’d suggest sandblasting. Once the frame and...

I’d suggest sandblasting. Once the frame and shell were separated and the floor removed, I took it to the local Gas Tank Renu and they sandblasted it for me at a cost of just under $200. It took...
Forum: 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 04-22-2020, 06:31 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,433
Posted By steve46
I feel your pain

David, so far, engineering and constructing the cabinetry for the refrigerator has been near the top of the list for challenging tasks for me. Mine is now framed and nearly ready to permanently...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 04-13-2020, 05:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,456
Posted By steve46
I cleaned the walls by scrubbing them with “Krud...

I cleaned the walls by scrubbing them with “Krud Kutter”, using a stiff bristle brush, then after rinsing well, wiping all down with mineral spirits. Next step was to roll on “Kilz” as the primer...
Forum: Wheel Wells 04-10-2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By steve46
Here is what I did on my ‘76 25’ Trade Wind. I’m...

Here is what I did on my ‘76 25’ Trade Wind. I’m not sure if you mean the outer, black, wheelwells or the inner, off-white wheelwells, but on mine, both sets needed some repair. The black outers...
Forum: 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 03-17-2020, 04:53 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,433
Posted By steve46
Nice job, I am continually impressed by your...

Nice job, I am continually impressed by your progress. FWIW, I built the walls between the bedroom and galley out of 3/4” birch plywood. I, too, thought the original “sandwich” was wholly...
Forum: General Repair Forum 02-28-2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 608
Posted By steve46
I suggest that you also check the screws on the...

I suggest that you also check the screws on the underside of the table, the ones that secure the aluminum plate at the top of the pedestal into the underside of the tabletop. There are slotted...
Forum: 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 02-23-2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,433
Posted By steve46
Battery box

David, thanks for the idea, here is a photo of my new constructed battery box, dry fitted into its spot.
Forum: 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 02-23-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,433
Posted By steve46
Not even close to square

David, your discovery reminds me of my own experience. Someone once remarked to me that the factory must not have ever issued levels or squares for use in assembly (imagine if someone asked....what...
Forum: 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 02-21-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,433
Posted By steve46
David, I feel your pain—I think that...

David,

I feel your pain—I think that rebuilding curved bulkheads and getting them square and properly aligned is tricky, frustrating and not particularly satisfying. Add to that building/fitting...
Forum: 1974 - 1979 Sovereign 01-31-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 26,433
Posted By steve46
Building walls between us

First, thanks for documenting your work so the rest of us can learn something. I have gleaned a few things for my “refurbishment” project, for example, the wooden box atop the battery compartment to...
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-03-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,908
Posted By steve46
Thanks for all of the ideas. I now have some new...

Thanks for all of the ideas. I now have some new things to try!
Forum: General Repair Forum 09-27-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,908
Posted By steve46
Window seal lubricant idea—has anyone tried this?

To keep my window seals from sticking to the glass, I have tried a couple of things that were suggested: 1) rubbing silicone spray and 2) using olive oil on the seals. Neither of these practices has...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 08-24-2019, 04:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,434
Posted By steve46
I cannot comment on the Eastwood tool, however I...

I cannot comment on the Eastwood tool, however I purchased the VTS kit and it worked very well for me. When I knew I was done buck riveting, I sold the rivet gun on AirForums, along with the...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-19-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,158
Posted By steve46
Lessons learned

I will share what I learned along the way toward getting the finish floor installed. I did use bondo to fill the elevator bolt holes and around the perimeter where the floor had been routed to...
Forum: 2018 - Current Globetrotter 08-04-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,909
Posted By steve46
Lighting

Thanks for the lighting ideas—I will be implementing one of these soon to make our lives a little brighter!
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-30-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,158
Posted By steve46
I call them elevator bolts and that is how they...

I call them elevator bolts and that is how they referred to them when I purchased replacements at the Airstream factory. They all get threaded into holes in the frame/chassis, but not around the...
Forum: 2018 - Current Globetrotter 07-30-2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,909
Posted By steve46
Thanks for all of these ideas. Here’s a...

Thanks for all of these ideas. Here’s a situation I have not seen addressed yet—bathroom lighting. We have found that when in the bathroom, with the light on, upon opening the mirrored cabinet...
Forum: Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 07-30-2019, 05:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,320
Posted By steve46
Thanks for taking the time to produce and post...

Thanks for taking the time to produce and post this. It was informative and useful—particularly the part about the red light. Has anyone else seen this light from bed at night and wondered what...
Forum: On The Road... 07-26-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 92,500
Posted By steve46
While it’s been a few years, we’ve stayed at the...

While it’s been a few years, we’ve stayed at the Ship Creek RV park (in a rented RV, not an Airstream) and recommend it. It’s within easy walking distance of downtown Anchorage, has nice staff and...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-24-2019, 06:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,158
Posted By steve46
Thanks for the replies. The plywood was laid...

Thanks for the replies. The plywood was laid flat upon the frame and no adhesive was used, only the elevator bolts secure the floor to the frame. The plywood may have shrunk, therefore the less...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-21-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,158
Posted By steve46
One point I neglected to mention: the belly pan...

One point I neglected to mention: the belly pan has already been installed therefore I have no access underneath to attack a solution from that point.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-21-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,158
Posted By steve46
Elevator bolts—new issue/quandry

I am about to install the finish floor on a 1976 TradeWind and have a situation I have not seen addressed elsewhere. The subfloor has been entirely replaced in a shell off refurbishment with 3/4”...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 06-19-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 202
Posted By steve46
1976 Service Manual—WANTED

Title: Add New - Airstream Trailer Classifieds - Airstream Trailers For Sale
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

Looking to purchase a Service Manual for 1976 Airstream. Please...
Forum: On The Road... 06-18-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,561
Posted By steve46
We have encountered some of these instances in...

We have encountered some of these instances in the past and sometimes, maybe even usually, some “polite awareness raising and request” works. For example, when “boxed in” with no where to go, when...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-03-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By steve46
In a word, yes. It is not a big deal or huge...

In a word, yes. It is not a big deal or huge chore to remove the windows, however. Once the windows are removed, the old gasket can be removed, and new material can be installed—it’s a fairly...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-01-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 372
Posted By steve46
Thanks, I appreciate the input on the channel...

Thanks, I appreciate the input on the channel “relaxing” when not attached to the wall —I, too have noticed that. I think I’ll be making cardboard patterns to start. Thanks.
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-01-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By steve46
Thanks for the input. I prefer the sheet version...

Thanks for the input. I prefer the sheet version of Marmoleum, but it is rather spendy. I do wish to secure cabinetry down through the floor so the floating version may not be a good option for me....
Forum: General Repair Forum 05-20-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 372
Posted By steve46
Bulkhead dimensions/pattern for 1976 TradeWind

I am refurbishing a 1976 25’ TradeWind and need to rebuild the interior walls/ bulkheads—specifically the ones between the galley and the bedroom, as well as the ones between the bedroom and the...
Forum: General Repair Forum 05-20-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By steve46
Marmoleum click flooring

I am refurbishing a 1976 25’ TradeWind and the next step is the finish floor. Has anyone used the Marmoleum click flooring, either the 12” tiles or the 12”x36” version? If so, did you 1) let it...
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-10-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 991
Posted By steve46
We also had recent warranty work done at the...

We also had recent warranty work done at the Jackson Center Service Center and can echo the positive comments noted above. Lester, our technician, was knowledgeable, competent and thorough—he...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 03-13-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,308
Posted By steve46
Thanks for the ideas so far—we’re always open to...

Thanks for the ideas so far—we’re always open to learning what works for others that we might adapt for our use!
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 03-08-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,308
Posted By steve46
So, this is still of interest to us. I would...

So, this is still of interest to us.
I would describe the overhead cabinets with the “swing-up” doors as being very similar to the overhead storage compartments on an airplane, that is, quite...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 02-10-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,807
Posted By steve46
Your idea is just what I did on my ‘76 TradeWind...

Your idea is just what I did on my ‘76 TradeWind Land Yacht. I used 3/4” tongue and groove “plytanium dry ply” and routed the edges down to the original ~1/2” thickness and it worked very well. Be...
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