Look at the other side..... - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-23-2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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Look at the other side.....

I realize this is a glass egg forum and I am a big fan but saw this blog about a couple with "aluminitis" and there story about refurbishing their old troubled Airstream. Not that different from the folks on this forum that do the big reno's with the molded RV's.

Quite the story.... An Airstream Called Trouble
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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Thanks Wayne. I'm a former aircraft mechanic and watching the process she's going thru brought back many memories. She's quite the craftswoman, eh? Sheet metal was one of my specialties. I loved repairing and re-skinning airplanes and helicopters after crashes or ground accidents. It's as much art, as anything else. Good for her!

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Old 10-23-2014, 08:51 PM   #3
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Different strokes for different folks.. RIGHT? I think I've gained knowledge, due to this forum to fix fiberglass... breaker bars, etc., etc., etc. not so much.

I can appreciate the knowledge other folks have gained to fix their trailers, but I ONLY want to know about experiences gained by all molded (fiberglass) towables. YMMV. As far as I'M concerned... go to some other forum!
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I can appreciate the skill that goes into restoring any vehicle, trailer, boat, airplane, home, etc. Some of the methods, and all of the passion might even transfer to fiberglass trailers. This post was in the Hobbies section, and it has at least as much to do with fiberglass trailers as woodcarver, rockhound, painter, geocacher, woodworker, or quilter. OP has an Airstream, so it could be said that is his hobby? I like fiberglass molded trailers, but find others interesting as well.

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Old 10-23-2014, 10:47 PM   #5
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No argument here. I just laugh
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:27 AM   #6
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Thnxs for the kind/wise words Tom.

For sure there are a vast variety of hobbies and passions out there and restoration projects apply to many of the forum members.

Before buying our Airstream we looked at a dozen glass eggs thinking we would reno one to suit our needs. Then we changed direction and got the aluminum bug.

One of our big projects was a kitchen make over. We bought HD counter top and faucet. Ikea cupboard doors, and went to work. Turned out great and these ideas could easily be adapted to a fiberglass trailer.
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I love those kind of blogs. It's really amazing, that most of the time, people have never done something like this before, learned how to do it and then completed an amazing reno.
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Nice job Wayne! Totally different look. What model, length, and year do you have? How far along is your restoration? I hope to see it someday.

We bought a new Scamp. Don't get me wrong here, because we love it and are proud as punch towing it, camping in it, showing it off, etc., but I'm secretly jealous when I see or read about someone restoring or renovating an old classic. The medium, whether it be fiberglass, aluminum, wood, or tin isn't really that important to me. My hats off to all of you that aren't afraid to learn and grow in the process.

There is no better feeling than the one I get when I completely rebuild something. If I was younger, that's the route I'd have taken. Now, time is a precious commodity and we have places to see, and people to meet, so we bought a new one. I'll always admire those of you that take the other path.

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I've bookmarked "An Airstream Called Trouble" in my collection of trailer blogs for inspiration and ideas anyone can use. Thanks for sharing it, Wayne.

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Some day, some time, some where someone is going to redo the inside of a fiberglass trailer in aluminum and this just may be the inspiration that takes them there. If mankind builds it I am usually interested enough to poke my nose into it. There's allot to learn out there.
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I did the same Tammie and booked marked that link! Thanks Wayne for sharing and Tom you had some REALLY good points and thanks for that as well.
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Thats really interesting, I also will be following it.
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I'm impressed. She's a hell of a girl.
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Nice job Wayne! Totally different look. What model, length, and year do you have? How far along is your restoration? I hope to see it someday.
We have a 73, 23' Safari (small dual axle). We did a lot of sprucing up in the beginning, mostly repairs. Then we replaced the orange shag with laminate flooring, the kitchen make over and new toilet and taps. There is no end to the improvements that can be made.

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There is no better feeling than the one I get when I completely rebuild something. If I was younger, that's the route I'd have taken. Now, time is a precious commodity and we have places to see, and people to meet, so we bought a new one. I'll always admire those of you that take the other path.

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I'm in the same boat Tom. The age thing starts to kick in and time. So many things to do it becomes more difficult to find the time to get it all done. Thnx for your interest.
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