November 21, 2022

1972 Airstream

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The 1972 Airstream is a classic travel trailer with a unique and iconic design that has been popular for decades. Airstream trailers are easily recognized by their distinctive rounded and polished aluminum coachwork, which dates back to the 1930s and is based on the Bowlus Road Chief, an earlier all-aluminum travel trailer designed and built by Hawley Bowlus.

The Airstream brand was created by Wally Byam in the late 1920s, when he began building trailers out of Masonite in his backyard in Los Angeles. Byam published a magazine selling “how-to” kits to customers wishing to build their own trailers, and he eventually introduced the Airstream Clipper in 1936, which was essentially a rebadged 1935 Bowlus Road Chief with improved wind resistance and fuel efficiency. The design was a hit, and Airstream became the sole survivor of the Depression-era travel trailer builders, with over 400 competitors going out of business.

Today, Airstream trailers and recreational vehicles are still manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio, and the company is now a division of Thor Industries, employing over 800 people. Despite the changes in ownership and production methods over the years, Airstream trailers remain a symbol of American ingenuity and craftsmanship, and they continue to be sought after by travelers and collectors alike.

The 1972 Airstream trailer has a classic design that is instantly recognizable, but as with any vintage vehicle, it requires regular maintenance and updates to keep it in top condition. At Texoma Classics, we understand the importance of preserving the unique character and charm of classic vehicles, while also making sure they are safe, functional, and enjoyable to use.

The 1972 Airstream trailer that came in for restoration is no exception. The trailer will undergo a complete renovation of its electrical and plumbing systems, as well as a full interior gutting to make way for a new, fresh look. Our team of experienced technicians will take great care when removing the interior components, making sure to preserve any original features that can be salvaged.

Once the interior is removed, we will begin the process of upgrading the electrical and plumbing systems, using high-quality materials and advanced techniques to ensure that they are safe and reliable. We will also work with the owner to develop a new interior design that reflects their personal style and preferences, while still maintaining the classic look and feel of the Airstream.

By renovating the 1972 Airstream, we can help to ensure that it is safe, functional, and enjoyable to use for years to come. At Texoma Classics, we understand the importance of preserving classic vehicles and making them accessible to future generations, and we take pride in our ability to deliver high-quality restoration services that you can count on. Whether you need electrical and plumbing upgrades, a complete interior renovation, or any other restoration services, we have the expertise and experience to get the job done right.

The kitchenette has been dismantled.

We have begun to tear down the bathroom.

Further teardown of the bathroom, almost completely torn out.

We have removed the skin, endcaps & electrical to replace with new pieces.

New outlets and electrical ran through trailer. The breaker box has also been redone.

Installing monitoring system and rerunning the 12 volt wires.