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Adding Insulation Under The Floor Of Your Airstream

Adding Insulation Under The Floor Of Your Airstream

Well, we had a minor setback with the floor installation. We bought the wrong plywood. Ugh. We purchased 3/4″ treated and tucked it away in the garage to dry for a couple of months (the stuff was heavy as hell because it was so wet.)  It wasn’t exactly our fault that we bought the wrong stuff. We left a single panel of subfloor intact at the door to make working on it a bit easier, but it just so happens that…

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Removing Airstream Rivets With A Drill

Removing Airstream Rivets With A Drill

If you’re going to be doing any major renovation on the interior of your Airstream, you’ll end up removing rivets. Likely, you’ll be removing a lot of rivets. There are a few ways to go about this. Rivet removal tool. Chisel and hammer. Drill, ⅛” drill bit, pliers. We went with the drill and drill bit, which proved to be easy and quick. We used a Ryobi 12-volt drill.  The rivets we drilled out in our Airstream Argosy had little…

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Weekly Roundup of 5 Riveting Airstream (Love) Deals: Indoor Cleaning Edition

Weekly Roundup of 5 Riveting Airstream (Love) Deals: Indoor Cleaning Edition

Thanks for joining us for our third Weekly Roundup! I’ve been having a lot of fun scouting out deals and sharing them with you. We like to feature a homemade item first, so if you sell something Airstream-related let me know because I’d love to promote your products! Starting this week, the weekly roundup will be a shopper’s guide in specific categories, such as cleaning, power tools, lighting, etc. This will make it easier to find products in previous roundups…

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Preventing Rust On Our Airstream Trailer

Preventing Rust On Our Airstream Trailer

Justin and I spent a couple evenings with some rust preventive paint on the trailer which came out looking quite nice. It was a bit hard to spend so much money on a small can of paint, but we didn’t want the trailer to get any worse for wear. We only had a couple of spots that were really bad, but even those should be fine since we used this stuff. You can use this paint directly on rust, but Justin did…

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Aircraft Remover (Paint Stripper) Test On Our Airstream Argosy

Aircraft Remover (Paint Stripper) Test On Our Airstream Argosy

I decided to test the Aircraft Remover this afternoon. I decided to do a small corner up high, mostly because the paint is chipping away badly up there anyway and also just because the kids were out in the yard with me and I wasn’t sure how this stuff was going to work. The warnings on the can are pretty brutal and I didn’t want anyone accidentally touching it. They’re really good about listening and eventually I’ll have to work…

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Time To Strip (The Paint, That Is)…Our Aircraft Remover Arrived!

Time To Strip (The Paint, That Is)…Our Aircraft Remover Arrived!

Over on Instagram, I noticed that people were having good luck stripping the paint off of their Argosy travel trailers with something called Aircraft Remover. We picked some up from Amazon and if the weather is good I’ll be attempting to use it this weekend. In the meantime, I’m working on a winterization post that will hopefully go up in the next few days, and I will be keeping you guys updated on the Aircraft Remover. Wish me luck! Also,…

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Step-By-Step On-Frame Airstream Floor Removal

Step-By-Step On-Frame Airstream Floor Removal

Updated January 28, 2017!   Vintage Airstreams can have soggy and/or soft spots in the subflooring. Sometimes these areas are rotted right through, perhaps hidden by the top layer of flooring. This can be quite a shock to the owner once discovered. These spots are often found: Near the door In the bathroom, especially under the tub Around wheel wells Around the bumper Under leaking windows Our Airstream Argosy’s bathroom subfloor was incredibly rotten (especially under the tub), and the…

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Airstream Rock Guards – Protect Your Windows!

Airstream Rock Guards – Protect Your Windows!

  Airstreams have beautiful, wonderful windows. I long for the day that I can sit at the table and work while I watch the sunrise with a cup of hot coffee from our Argosy. It’s a huge inspiration for me as we renovate our Airstream. Before we brought our Airstream home, I started reading up on the AirForums and Facebook groups about what the heck to do next. One of the first things that people always say is to protect your…

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Renovating Your Airstream Trailer With Kids

Renovating Your Airstream Trailer With Kids

Our kids are 3 and 5 years old. They want to be involved in everything. They see us covered in itchy fiberglass and they’re trying to get on our shoulders to rip it off the ceiling. Stay back kids! BACK! They see the power washer out, and they pretend that they’re using it. Meanwhile, we’re just trying to get stuff done, and keep the hazardous materials far away from the kids. It’s hard. Here are 5 ways that you can…

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