Streamline Aluminum Trailers: Restoration And Modification by Daniel HallStreamline Aluminum Trailers: Restoration And Modification by Daniel Hall

Streamline Aluminum Trailers: Restoration And Modification

byDaniel Hall

Paperback | September 8, 2017

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The iconic shape and appearance of a streamline aluminum trailer sitting at a campsite or being pulled down the highway has captivated collectors and vacationing hobbyists for nearly 90 years. During this time, the exterior appearance of the trailer has changed very little, so recollections can range from seeing a 1937 Dodge Pickup to a 1969 Impala hauling one of these beauties. Today, restored rarities from Airstream, Silver Streak, Boles Aero, Clipper, and Spartan can command as much as $100,000 in the marketplace. These trailers have become symbols of American pop culture for several generations.

Until now, very little information has been available to help you when it comes to restoring and updating one of these trailers. Daniel Hall, of the vintage restoration company Camper Reparadise, addresses all items of streamline trailer restoration thoroughly in this one-stop-shopping book. Details on your trailer and how to restore it are covered from trailer tongue to trailing bumper. Key restoration components including chassis, floor, exterior/interior skin, electrical elements, insulation, doorjamb refabrication, LP, plumbing, and polishing are all covered comprehensively in a visual, step-by-step format.

Whether you're a collector car enthusiast, resident of a trailer campground, or a vacationing addict, owning this restoration guide will be an essential tool in keeping your trailer active, updated, and in immaculate condition.

From exploring the forests of Upstate New York as a child to traversing the mountains and deserts of the West as an adult, Daniel Hall is a life-long outdoors enthusiast. That wanderlust, however, found significance in vintage campers. Fueled by a family history with Alaskan Campers and restoring old boats with his father, Daniel compl...
Title:Streamline Aluminum Trailers: Restoration And ModificationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:September 8, 2017Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1613252277

ISBN - 13:9781613252277

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Getting Started 
Models to Consider 
Where to Find a Project 
DIY or Outsourcing 
Tools and Equipment 
Design Modifications 
Planning Your Work Space 

Chapter 2: Disassembly 
Safety First! 
Animal Contamination 
Tanks, Stove and Fridge 
Galley, Bed and Cabinets 
Interior Skin 
Lift the Shell 

Chapter 3: Chassis 
Frame Members 
Stabilizer Jacks and Bumper Mod 
Propane Tank and Spare Tire Mount 
Finish Application 

Chapter 4: Flooring 
Material Choices 
Plywood Template 
How to Salvage Damaged Wood 
Subfloor Install 
Marmoleum Floor 

Chapter 5: Body 
Belly Pan 
Aluminum Bodywork 
Hidden Components 
Body Reinstallation 
Panel Patching

Panel Replacement 
Locker Restoration 

Chapter 6: Doors and Windows 
Main Door Disassembly 
Main Door Reassembly 
Baggage Door Restoration 
Window Restoration 
Rubber Gasket Replacement 
Screen Replacement 
Chapter 7: Electrical Systems 
Volts and Circuits 
Battery Choices 
Distribution Block 
Solar Panels 
Chassis Wiring 
Trailer Taillights 

Chapter 8: Insulation 
Foil-Backed Bubble Pack 
Spray Foam 

Chapter 9: Interior Skin 
Panel Sanding 
Panel Painting 
Interior Panel Repair 

Chapter 10: Interior Cabinets 
Wood Finishes 
Woodworking Procedures 
Aluminum Trim 
Tables and Bed Lifts 
Overhead Lights and Lockers 
Metal Plating 

Chapter 11: Appliances 
Ice Chest 
Gas Lamp 

Chapter 12: Plumbing and Liquid Propane

Chapter 13: Polishing and Brightwork 
Polishing Tools 
Small-Scale Polishing 
Large-Scale Polishing 
Preserving Your Work 

Chapter 14: Traveling with Your Trailer 
Empty the Tanks 
Towing Preparation 
Hitching Up 
Choose a Destination