Restoration Suppliers & Resources

Parts, Services and Supplies

The interest in restoring vintage Airstreams is still in its infancy, but taking off. It can be compared to about where the hobby of restoring early Ford Mustang’s was back in the late 1970′s. Now look at that field today – 11 magazines, 114 books, 4 national clubs and hundreds of companies selling thousands of restoration parts. There is almost not one part that hasn’t been reproduced.

First and foremost, go to an RV parts dealer, or contact one of the RV Parts Suppliers below, and purchase a “Coast RV” or “RV Parts & Accessories” catalog. At over 500 pages each, they contain almost every part still made by the RV parts makers, and will be one of your most valuable tools. They are also available in an online format from the parts suppliers noted below. Second, become reacquainted with the older independent plumbing, electrical, and hardware stores in your area. That is where you are going to be able to find older or good quality parts. Forget Home Depot, Lowe’s & Wal-mart. And third, to fix up an old trailer you will soon discover many businesses you never frequented before – glass, sheet metal fabrication, wheel & axle and sail canvas shops to name a few. Check your Yellow Pages, and start inquiring around now before you need them. Ask at one shop who they would recommend – people in the trades know each other.

Here we have just started to capture the all the resources available to the restorer of early Airstreams. We are very interested in any sources not listed below. Please contact us with hereto untapped information that you come across, and we will add it to the ever growing list.

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Restoration Parts & Suppliers

 ZolatoneZolatone is the original interior paint used on vintage Airstreams from 1952 on. One Online place to buy Zolatone (auto body supply co)
 Obsolete PartsRV Net list of boneyards & dealers who specialize in repairing older trailers
 James P. AmbrusoReplacement Airstream draperies
  Grote IndustriesMfg of original Airstream 1960's marker lamps & reflectors - still available today, along with a Bargman #9 taillight substitute.
 B. Walters Co.Manufacturers of the original Airstream gaucho slides (for pull out beds)
 Tekonsha / BargmanBrake controllers, electrical connectors, door hardware, door catches, etc.
 Tear Drop PartsMany Vintage Trailer ('40's & '50's) parts and accessories
 Sealand TravelerBeautiful well-built porcelain toilets for Airstream trailers
 Inca Plastics OEM supplier of Airstream water & waste tanks since the 1960's
 AirpartsRaw stock aluminum, conventional rivets, and aluminum working tools.  Good source for aluminum skin panels (.032 2024T sides; .025 2024-O belly skin)
 Seaward ProductsMakers of quality marine/RV appliances - good for custom interiors
 Crest FastenersBest source for interior 1/8" pop-rivets. Also sells Olympic rivets and the shaver.
 Blaine Window Hardware1950's/1960's Window Operators, window latch hooks & window screen supplies
 All-Rite RV SupplySupplier of custom and Hehr replacement windows and parts and custom water/waste tanks. Also source for aluminum corner (cove) molding - look under bath trim.
 Foam SourceCut-to-size foam for cushions and mattresses
 SDI MattressesCustom RV foam bed mattresses
 Bedmasters Spring MattressesCustom RV foam and innerspring bed mattresses
 FoamOrder.comCut-to-size foam for cushions and mattresses
  RockyMountainMattressCustom made mattresses for you RV and Airstream
 ZipDeeRoll-up Awnings for Airstreams
 DometicRefrigerators, A&E Awnings, Air-Conditioners & HW Heaters
 SuburbanForced air Heaters & newer Ranges/stovetops
 AtwoodHW Heaters and newer forced air heaters and ranges/stovetops
 PalomaTankless LPG hot water heaters very similar to the old Valiant's used by Airstream in the late 1950's. They say they are now not for RV use, as RV certification now requires combustion air to be drawn from outside.
 Aircraft-Spruce, Inc.Good source of raw stock materials (metals, hardware, chemicals) used in restoration
 Dexter Axle Co.Axles,both leaf spring & torsion, & brake backing plates- sold through dealers listed in their dealer locator
 Hadco EngineeringOriginal supplier of 1950's axles, brakes and wheels. Use to overhaul original Hadco leaf-spring axles
 Fiberglass Coatings Inc.Penetrating Epoxy for floor repair, fiberglass gel coatings for bath repair, adhesives, cleaners, foam core material & more
 West SystemFiberglass resins & cloths used in the repair of tubs/showers/baths
 Winona Mfg. Flexible Tambour for 1970's interior cabinet doors
 Tape-EaseWood Veneer and Tambour for interior cabinets
 Van Dyke's RestorersSource for the stainless '50's-'60's shower wands, hose and fittings - plus more useful stuff
 ReproDepot FabricsVintage Fabrics for curtains, etc.
 Barkcloth HawaiiReproduction tropical vintage style fabric for curtains/upholstery
 Silver Threads Custom made drapes at affordable prices
 Tonic LivingVintage appropriate fabrics. Use coupon code "Airstream"
and get 10% off your order.
 Contemporary ClothReproduction 1950's/1960's (atomic) vintage style fabric patterns for curtains/upholstery
 Beacon Fabrics Source for appropriate looking awning material and supplies - plus curtain track in aluminum.
  Atomic Textiles Funky Fabrix - based in Australia, but ships to USA. 10% off if you mention you saw the link on this site.
 AtrimThe supplier for vinyl welt in many colors, which is the round stuff on panel and cabinet edges and corners. Also source for upholstery supplies, bed & cushion foam, & "How-to's" on making cushions.
 AutoTrimSource of welt by the yard and other upholstery supplies
 Fabric Guru Prints, drapery & upholstery fabrics.
 Midwest Products RV refrigerator rebuilders & list of dealers.
 Heating Parts Specialties UK source of pressure type thermocouples and parts for Vaillant water heaters. Ship to USA.
 CornerHardwareOnline source for locally hard-to-find hardware: galvanized window screen, pyle, you name it...
 POR-15Rust treatment for frames, etc.
 General EcologyReplacement filter elements for the Ogden Model A pn RS-50G (not on website),  plus very well built new water RV purification systems.
 LinoleumSuppliers of Marmoleum flooring, just like the old stuff
 Oakland Rim & Wheel Wheels, brakes, axles, chassis and electrical and other trailer parts
 Walker Custom Chrome Affordable chroming of parts by mail. Send your parts with phone # - they call you back with price. 2145 Grand Coulee Blvd, Shasta Lake City, CA 96019 (530) 275-3634
 Mill HardwareThousands of useful parts for fixing & repairing appliances & trailers
 Tear-Drop PartsPerfect reproduction teardrop marker lights
 Dupree Products High quality Sewer Dump valves, fittings and supplies
 Axis AxlesTorsion & Spring Axles for trailers, leaf springs, safety chain & correct black wheels
 Trailer Tire & WheelNewer all aluminum alloy wheels and traditional silver 15x6 steel wheels
 Hub Cap Mike Baby moons and trim rings to fit all Airstream wheels from 1947 to 1975, including the originals and newer replacements
 CarlisleHydrastar Brake self-contained actuators for trailers with hydraulic brakes
 Hoskin & MuirMetal extrusions and trim used throughout the trailer in restorations
 Extrud-a-TrimSource for many aluminum extrusion shapes
 Metals DepotQuick and economical online source of all the metal extrusions and sheetmetal you will need (Ledford Steel Co.)
 Ronco200 different sizes & custom of RV water & waste tanks
 Restoration SpecialtiesVintage automotive restoration parts, but many are usable on our trailers, too
 Tail Light KingThe kind of guy you see at swap meets with hundreds of different old automotive lights
 Interstate Metal FabricatorsUseful items such as baggage doors, shower tubs, body materials & interior wall fabrics
 Amazon now has almost everything needed for the RVer and Airstream restorer; from tooling, to building materials, and RV parts at discounted prices and free shipping in most cases.
 Tin Can Interiors Upholstery and curtains for vintage Airstreams - located in Ohio.
 CurtainTracks.com Vintage appropriate aluminum curtain track extrusions and hangers
 The Yellow Pages!!This is the your most important source of repairs and parts - local machine, fabrication & repair hops. Become familiar with what's available. There are more services available locally than online.

RV Parts Suppliers

 Iowa Boys Source of conventional and restoration RV Parts. Online catalog
 RV Parts OutletSource of conventional RV Parts at discount prices. Good online catalog
 Metro-RV PartsExcellent online catalog of plumbing, electrical, LPG & appliance parts (the "Coast Catalog")
 Formerly AirstreamDreams.com. The biggest and best online site of true vintage restoration parts and supplies, including Vulkem sealant, Olympic rivets, vent covers, lights and window/door seals & the hard to find 1966-1969 window replacements.  Steve adds new hard-to-find items quite often, so check and see what's new.
 Mobile-MartOnline supplier of RV parts
 Marks RV SupplyGood supply of usable parts and accessories - Vintage Airstream friendly
 T & J TrailerLargest supply of parts on the Internet- get their RV catalog
 Dyer's RVArizona based online dealer
 RVSurplusSalvageNew & reconditioned newer parts. Online catalog, with pictures
 Camper's Repair CenterVintage Repair Parts in Montevallo, Alabama 1-205-665-2531
 Singleton's RV SalvageLocated in Washington state
 Wine Country RVOn-Line Coast RV Catalog, Napa Calif. based dealer
 Out-of-Doors Mart Airstream how-to-repair articles and parts
 Three Way Campers Inventory of 1970-1980 Airstream parts- need to phone
 Affordable RV Parts Discount pricing on RV appliances and parts - based in Las Vegas
 DeLuxe Trailer SupplySouthern California (Paramount). Will ship nationwide. 1-562-531-9123

Tools

 Yard Store Aircraft Toolson-line sheetmetal tools at great prices
 ENCOon-line tools, polishers, rivet-guns, etc.
 Cleveland Aircraft ToolSheet Metal tools
 Perfect PolishPolishing cloths, heads, instructions and NuVite polish
 Tool Crib of the North Discounted high quality tools available through Amazon.com
 Harbor FreightOn-line supplier of low-cost (cheap) versions of industrial tools

Informational Sites

 Champion Tires<Wheel Bearing Lube "how-to"
 Champion TiresTrailer Tire explanations
 RV Solar ElectricSolar Power explained
 RV Mobilecompany specializes in RV refrigerators
 Ammonia RV Refrigeratorsgood technical info site on how RV reefers work
 Atwood HeatersQuicktime movie on how LPG heaters with electrical fans operate
 Tin Man TechSheet Metal tools, information and "how to's"
 Airstreams-EuropeAirstream informational site and FAQ's on exporting Airstreams

Airstream Service

 South Jersey RVFormer Airstream dealer w/old and new parts as well as doing restorations and repairs
 Griffith RV Service Oklahoma City, OK. Specializing in body repairs.
 C & G TrailerBellflower, CA 1-800-662-3790 - good parts help
 Oasis RVOne of the most often recommended Airstream Dealers
 Can-Am RVNear the US border, and vintage Airstream & skin
repair knowledgeable
 Ace Fogdall RV Iowa vintage friendly dealer
 P&S Trailer ServiceParts, Service, Polishing & Clearcoating in Helena, OH
 Mobile R.V. Repair and Service Luzerne, Pennsylvania
 Fletcher's Trailer ServiceTrumansburg, New York Vintage Trailer specialists- Sales, too
 Wine Country RVEx-Airstream mechanic in Napa, CA, ask for Ron 800-659-8777
 Chavez R-V

Salinas, CA
Not an Airstream dealer, but a very resourceful RV repair & modification facility for central California. 580 El Camino Real. 831-443-3550
 Airstream DealersIt is truly amazing what is still available from Airstream, and the dealers are almost the only source of specialized repairs: skin, axle, fiberglass - you name it, they do it.

Restoration Companies

  Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations Plattsburgh, NY.  One of the most recognized restorers of Airstreams in the country. Providing finish ready shells to full-up restorations & renovations
 P & S Trailer ServiceAirstream Polishing and clearcoating in Ohio
 GSM VehiclesUpper NY vintage restoration shop. Can do part, or all of your renovation
 South Jersey RV Newfield, NJ Check out a visit to the shop.
 Truck Trails NorthwestAluminum Skin Repair & Polishing, Lynnwood, Wash, 425-514-5859.
 Polishing GuruSouthern California. Be sure to check out the before & after album.
 Timeless Travel TrailersHigh-end remanufacturing of vintage trailers in Colorado.
 Bayer RVClear-coating, restoration service & Airstream Dealer in central Texas
 Vintage Trailer CrazyTemecula, California - high end rebuilders
 Vintage TraileringGrand Rapids, Michigan. David Winick Design, designer
of the 75th Anniversary Bambi for Airstream
 TrailerWorks Custom restorations in South Carolina - good gallery of completed projects
 Twisted Silver Nashville Tennessee area repair, restoration and modification
 TheTrailerCompanyFlorida based. Also Airstream vacation rentals (in Florida) and trailers for sale
 Mel Trailers Southern California based vintage repairs and restorations
 Area 63 ProductionsMeticulous restoration, renovation & repair in Southern California
 ReVitalized Trailers, Inc Polishing company in Washington state - can haul/tow the trailer, too. Be sure to checkout the gallery to see what a real polished trailer should look like.
 Sierra Trailer RestorationNevada City, California
 AirdreamRVCustom renovations & restorations, polishing & upholstery in Maine
 Universal Polishing Trailer polishing in the SF Bay Area
 Frank's Trailer Works Specializing in the complete restoration, renovation and customization of early aluminum travel trailers.
824-D Landay Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21237 - 443-690-0116
 Vintage Airstream Restorations Vintage Airstream Restorations sells and restores vintage
Airstream trailers for recreational or commercial use. Also provides
complete service and maintenance including polishing.