Airstream Repairs Part 2 – Shelf Fix

 

Fred & Emily


Evening, Peeps.

Riffing on our repair video here, we noticed during our last trip in the Airstream that there was a perceptible bow in the closet shelf. Looking more carefully at the design it became apparent the shelf was not supported in the rear where it meets the exterior shell. This left the shelf hanging precipitously in space, so even without much weight on it just fishing around for items on the shelf would cause the wood to sag.

Fred and I talked about various approaches to this problem and finally landed on the idea of a supporting bracket affixed to the Airstream shell itself and a floating “T” to hold the shelf up and away. We decided on the floating “T” because we felt like the Airstream designers probably left the shelf floating to give everything a chance to flex in transport – bolting the shelf directly to the Airstream skin would risk tearing it apart.

Floating Support

At last, armed with the idea pictured above we proceeded to manufacture a bracket and you can see the results in a four minute video below.

Hope you enjoy this Airstream DIY and peace out!

Airstream Repairs Part 1 – Closet Fix

Fred & Emily


Evening, Peeps!

Yes, the blog still lives. But sadly, boring things like work keep getting in the way so we haven’t been producing as much content as we’d like.

Still, we found some time to address a fairly serious issue in the Airstream which is separating closet panels. While I would normally jump all over Airstream for their bad quality on this front, I have to say I think I understand what they were after.

The closet in its original form has sort of a “negative edge” appearance, which has almost no visible screws and a nice clean white appearance with few seams. When new, this approach is quite stunning and makes the closet look very spacious.¬†¬†Until the screws back out, the unglued pegs fail and panels start to bow.

Fred and I talked about various solutions to the imploding closet, like re-threading the failed wingy/doodads that made the negative edge possible in the first place, or running a white piece of angle along the closet edge. In the end you will see see our video below we settled on a very straight forward set of brackets to keep things in place.

Hope you enjoy this Airstream DIY and peace out!