Stripping & Polishing
Polishing a vintage Airstream trailer is a sure fire way to increase its beauty and value at the same time.
At RetroRVs we use Nuvite aluminum polishes to safely bring out the mirror-like shine of a vintage trailer. We first strip the Plasticote (clearcoat) using Eldorado stripper, an environmentally safe industrial paint stripper. Then we use different grits of Nuvite aluminum polish to polish the surface layer of the aluminum skin without exposing the base layer of not-so-shiny aluminum. The final polish contains a protectant to keep that shine longer. Subsequent polishings only require the final polish step.
We charge $195 per linear foot from bumper to ball. You'll see people turn their heads and smile when you drive past!
Sheet Metal and Outer Shell
With so many years and miles, most vintage campers have gathered a few dents or bends along the way. We are experts at repairing the dings on new and vintage RVs, matching the finish to the individual exterior. Depending on where and how deep the damage goes, we can replace a panel with new aluminum sheeting, or remove and repair the existing panel. If needed, we will also repair or replace the structural ribs. We pay attention to detail and match the original factory look by either using buck rivets or Olympic shavable to obtain the original smooth rivet head finish. While we're in there we'll also check the insulation and wiring and replace it if needed. Our goal is to get as close to factory finish as possible.
Subfloor & Undercarriage
The undercarriage is the foundation of your Vintage camper. Like the foundation of a house it is vital to its maintenance and often overlooked. The undercarriage is the first place to start in trailer renovations. It's important to work with someone who has the equipment and knowledge to replace or repair the frame without harming the body of the trailer.