The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer… the most recent contractors I’ve been working with are not exactly pro Airstream restorers. However, they are professional welders with skill & experience in a variety of disciplines – including stock car repair, plumbing, electrical work, and solar panel installations. Still, since taking on this project (and in addition to updating the chassis and electrical system as previously shared), my contractors in Vermont managed the following in their spare time over the course of about 5 months:
- Primed & painted the rear bumper, stair & A-frame:
- Fabricated & installed a new stainless steel cover for the water tank:
- Deadbolt Lock install:
- Spare tire holder replacement:
- Vent system repair
- Propane lines fabricated & installed:
Around Thanksgiving, I got an update that it was time to review the work and pick up the trailer. One major thing that hadn’t been done was to assess the refrigerator for repair. It was getting power, but still wasn’t working. Because a high concentration of ammonia in the appliance made it potentially dangerous for my contractor to work on, I’d need to schedule an appointment with a local RV shop to take a look. All in all, I was very pleased with the work that my contractors, the McMahons, had done on the Airstream. Without them, I’d have been unable to get many of the tasks on my list completed so soon, or have kept anywhere near my construction schedule.
After reviewing all of the work that had been done, I headed down the road to Pete’s RV to check out the refrigerator. I showed up as a walk-in so it took longer than expected, but the result was that the refrigerator was better off replaced. They performed a drop test to check the propane pressure throughout the trailer, and reported that it had failed! This was a surprise because the lines underneath the trailer were brand new & certified and all of the appliances had been tested. After being told that it could take up to 5 days to assess the problem (in a worst case scenario), I opted to review the problem once I’d gotten the trailer home. With most of the major work done, I was eager to get back and start polishing, wrap up the punch list, (maybe) figure out solutions to my non-working refrigerator & air conditioner, and hit the road!
Up next: Removing Plasticoat from a Vintage Airstream Trailer
Visit the Little Green Airstream’s Facebook page for many more photos of the trailer once the work was completed in Vermont!