Saturday, March 27, 2010

More Pre-Ownership Pictures

One of the points of contention in the purchase and bargaining for the Ambassador a couple of years ago, was the stove. When we made our original bid on the Airstream, the owner said "what just for the stove? It's a brand new stove!" Well, as we were to eventually find out, the stove was brand new in the 1980's!

Little did we know at the time, but the someone had purchased a new stove for the Ambassador, but had never even installed it. Luckily, it didn't completely fall out going down the road, but it could have really gone flying if it had!
Overall, the kitchen doesn't look too bad, but as we tore it apart, we found that the window above the sink had the worst leaks and had really done quite a bit of damage to the countertops and wall next to it.Here you can see just some of the really bad damage that was done to the woodwork from the bad air vents that were piped through the Airstream, under the California trailer code. Unfortunately, the seal around the vents were not tight, so water poured all the way around the pipe and into the camper. Also, the pipes at the top had no covers on them, so rain poured into the pipes too.
This is the wall between the kitchen sink and the driver's side bed. I was quite excited that the tv tray was still in the Airstream and worked. It swings out into the aisle so the tv can be watched in both the living area and the bedroom. We have yet to reinstall it, as with the technology of today, there is not much of a need of that big of a shelf for a tv, if we ever put one in. Flat screens go in so well on a wall without the shelving.
Here's a shot of the passenger's side bed. It's even got it's original bed cover and mattresses. Unfortunately, there had been a lot of flooding and animals on these beds. We threw them out first thing. If you had seen the dogs that were freely in the Airstream, you would have done the same.
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  1. Uncle Bill and Aunt MaryMarch 27, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    What's the big "wheel" in front of the stove? Can't quite figure that one out. I thought it might be part of an umbrella patio table, but have my doubts. Doesn't look like a part from the Airstream factory!

  2. It was one of those wheels you use to measure distance with. The owner had to keep was very important! Along with his mother's dining room table, which he asked us to dump out in the junk for him!

  3. I adore an airstream! Can't wait to see what you do!

    love, kelee

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  5. I love it...I want it!! Have signed up as follower because I can't wait to see what you do with your airstream. I'm all excited for you - I adore airstreams and vintage caravans but unfortnuatenly don't own one yet!! Happy Easter :)