We’re Dave and Lorrie, and we would like to share our journey in restoring our 1966 Airstream trailer. We hope you’ll find this interesting and entertaining.
Earl is a 1966 Airstream Overlander that is 26’ 8” in length hitch to bumper. We are the third generation to have owned the Airstream. In 2017 we decided to live a life of constant travel and adventure living in the Airstream.
We decided that this was too important to be our first project. We took our time investigating professional vintage trailer restoration companies in the state of Texas.
One company, was A&P Vintage Trailer Works in Paradise, Texas. We visited them a couple of times, viewing completed and current restoration projects. We were impressed not only with the quality of their work, but the owners were precisely the kind of people we wanted to bring the Airstream to the vision we had.
Below is the story in pictures, as best we can tell it. As we were living on the road in a interim trailer, we kept in touch with the process as best we could.
The restoration is near completion, and we’ll have the final reveal hopefully late February 2020.
Sink and Prep
The sink on the curb side will stay in the same location, only smaller. Going with a smaller sink makes room for more cabinet storage.Under the clipboard, in the picture, is a three burner cook top. That area will be turned into counter top and storage, without the L shape. We'll use a oven /cook top combination.
Cabinet Construction and Installation
Updates Below - May 2020
Sadly, the COVID-19 Pandemic has delayed the completion date. Most workers were sent home and just the owners continued the work. But, things are opening up again and we are still hopeful to get our baby in May.
We are looking forward to hitting the road in our new Airstream. We will have full use of the patio area without the intrusion of slide outs. Yes, we've some living space inside, but we actually gain storage space. The width and length of this trailer will open up so many camping opportunities in the future.