1971 Airstream Overlander 27 - California

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  • Listed by: iambeckyb
  • Member Since: June 21, 2017

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1971 Airstream Overlander 27 - California



This airstream is a mixed bag. I use it as a guest house not travel trailer. It’s a cool trailer but I have run into so many problems finding reliable help to renovate it… so I am over it.

First Mistake… I bought it sight-unseen out of Nashville. I sent a friend in Nashville to go take a look at it, and she as the seller fell in love on the spot. I am not kidding, they ended up getting married and had a kid last year. She clearly was not focused when she told me how great the trailer way… I over paid by a few grand and she ended up married with a kid, so I guess it all works out… but long story short, pictures do not tell the real story which is why I will be so specific with this post.

The initial renovation was does quick. The guy in Nashville was using it as a AIRBNB rental. He sloppily gutted it and:

• put in cabinets – not even
• floating floor – not even
• couches – are actually very nice
• painted it – super sloppy

I have put at least 5k into it… which included new:

main cabin:
• white plastic panels on wall
• butcher block counter top
• cabinet doors
• sink
• faucet
• water heater
• refrigerator
• closet
• blinds

tore out bathroom
• sink cab
• sink
• faucet
• plumbing
• shower head/faucet
• 1/2 way thru tiling – guy walked off job

The guy I had do the renovation said it would take two weeks… two months later he was still not done, and eventually stopped showing up half way thru tiling the bathroom. I got frustrated and lost interest in the project at that point… and I have just been using it as a guest house in the summer in which it works great for.

– Gas ok
– Heat ok
– pulled ceiling AC out – but have an external AC unit
– water heater – brand new

If I had access to good labor/time I would:

It’s floating so easy to take out. I would remove countertop, cabinets and take the floor out… seal up all areas pests can enter – relay the floor, balance cabs and put countertop back. That will leave you with nice floor, counter and cabinets, you can recycle the existing bamboo floor its in good condition or buy new flooring – easy breezy if you know what you are doing.

After you make the floor perfect, you can put the cabs back and even them out properly so the cabinet doors open and close nicely.

The walls are covered in a white plastic and I would just live with that. It looked really nice at first but the summer heat made the glue bunch up and created some issues – not much to worry about in my opinion.

Bed and Bookshelf:
The bed area and bookshelf are cosmetic and that area can be cleaned up easily by anyone who knows basic woodworking.

The bathroom has potential to be killer but it’s 1/2 tiled. I have the balance of the title/grout which is easily $500+ worth of product. The floor needs to be sloped and ithen you can install a new or composting toilet.

The exterior is distressed in a way that I like. My goal was for the inside to be killer and outside rustic… there is white paint speckles on the outside from the previous owners sloppy renovation. You don’t see it unless you look close but it’s there. I assume it needs new tires… its been sitting in the desert for three years.

Other than that.. paint existing or buy new screens and I think you have yourself a pretty hip little trailer.

This trailer just needs someone who can finish the work themselves or has reliable help. With that said, it is super comfy as is and I use it as a guest house all summer… winter it is too cold, but if you have power (I don’t) it will be fine when heated.

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