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We are still planning on having our maiden voyage to Malibu starting in under 2 weeks! I’ve been spending my evenings sewing curtains, cleaning and decorating Airstreamy. I’ll have a whole post on the curtains, once I get all the parts and have them installed. I am sewing in the black out fabric tonight, on all my panels. We still have some work needed to get the LP and water systems up and running. We had RSVP Mobile RV Service out yesterday and the owner, Joe, is awesome and very knowledgeable. He came out and hooked up our propane tanks (regulator and hoses) and installed our water heater. Joe is coming back out on Monday with another tech to get us fully connected to LP and water. We have a few issues in the lines that they will hopefully be addressing come Monday. Matt is on task to get the black and gray water tanks installed.

We ordered a stabilizer kit and a break connection for Matt’s Expedition, which are being installed on Monday.

Our propane tanks are in!

Matt helped rivet some of the bathroom trim back into place last night.

He also bought me some edgebanding to finish the trim in the bathroom.

Here is the epoxied counter and the metal trim that all needed edgebanding.

Here is an example of the finished edgebanding….I still have to caulk around all trim and find a way to get paint off of metal, without scraping it. I think I am going to try nail polish remover.

The old trim was yellowed and gross…along with everything else in the trailer. I just looked at a bathroom photo from when we bought Airstreamy….ew! One of the first things I did last year was rip out the old trim and epoxy all cabinet, sink and shower surfaces. The epoxy is holding up good. I had a few small nicks in the finish….one day I will get around to fixing them.

Check out this ‘before’ and a ‘current progress’  shot….still gotta caulk, clean and get the flooring down, but whoa!

I have been working on making our hotel on wheels feel more like a hotel than a trailer. I bought a rug and took some pillows, stackable chairs and a long tall table from my pool house to spruce things up. The table will be perfect for working on the computer, eating meals or setting stuff on.  It will have to move around, once the couch is extended to a bed, but it will wake a good night stand, too. Magically, all of the colors work with the curtain material I bought. I just set up 1 of the 2 front curtain panels to see how it would look….still waiting for our order from Inland RV, which has all our T and S hooks that we need to install them to the existing track. The other curtains are the ones that came with the trailer…can’t install the new ones until our parts come in. 😦

Lala likes to work in Airstreamy with me.

One of our pantry cabinet handles decided to stop holding the door in place last night….gotta find a replacement and figure out how to keep it shut on the road, in the meantime!

So Christie and I decided to sleep in Airstreamy a few weeks ago. We got so excited about taking it out for trips that we wanted to know what it would be like! We turned the AC down to 60…..brrrrrr. We brought blankets, pillows, a TV, computer and popcorn out into the airstream for a movie night sleepover.  We watched Home Alone 2…..my favorite movie ever is Home Alone, but we misplaced the dvd. We even brought out some fall decorations. The funny thing is that there was no working water in the trailer, so we didn’t get the full experience of camping. I can’t wait until we have running water…faucets and toilet! I figure it will be pretty infrequent that we use the shower, but that will be fun, once it is hooked up.

We realized that we’ll need some good window coverings and lots of blankets, when we go camping for real in November. We have been planning our maiden voyage and booked our first RV location at Malibu RV Park. We have a whirlwind of stuff that we have to do before we take the trailer anywhere. We plan to visit family in Pasadena for Thanksgiving and spend a day at Disneyland (should be decorated for Christmas, as of November 12th!).

This is a photo of the Malibu RV Park….looks heavenly!

I am trying to find good tutorials for making the old school curtains that came in the airstream originally. We have the upper and bottom tracks, and we ordered the glides that attach to the curtains. I haven’t settled on a fabric yet…I think I need to get something thicker than I was originally planning. As long as I can figure out the pleats, we’ll be set.

My goal is to have them look something like this (Photos from Pinterest):

I have been trying t find cute vintage-esque vinyl tiles for the bathroom and could only find good ones with like $100 shipping, since I was only ordering a small quantity! So, I went out into our pool house today and grabbed some leftover blue mosaic tile we had from our hall bathroom remodel. I laid it out to see how it would look….very hard to get a good visual of it, but I am excited. It is lightweight, basically cost $0 and is ready to install as soon as Matt elevates the floor 3/4 inch. He thinks the floor needs support back there and I think the tile will lay easier on a nice new subfloor! I’ll be finishing up cosmetic stuff inside, while Matt handles all the big stuff.

We finally had the time to take airstreamy to get new tires and new brakes. We got our new tires at Discount Tire. They were great to deal with, got Airstreamy in and out in a couple hours and did great work. The new tires are Carlisle 8-ply Sport Trail Trailer Tires ST 205/90D15.

 

Here are photos of our tires before the replacement…eek!:

 

Here are some after photos of the new tires:

 

We have had really poor service from our local RV shops, to the point where we have basically decided to save money and start doing everything ourselves. We really had high hopes for Camping World, but they had Airstreamy for 2 weeks with a specific set of items we wanted them to complete (hook up water heater, 45 point inspection, test gas system, install propane tanks, fix any damaged water lines, etc.). The only thing they got to in those 2 weeks was the breaks. They installed 12″ electric brakes, TT wheel bear 2 axle, R & R packing plates and drums….totaling about $1800 of work.

We feel like they probably looked at Airstreamy and then looked at the other RVs in for service and figured we probably didn’t have money. Well, they were wrong about us and they won’t be getting another dime of our money! I think from here on out, if we need service, we’ll get on airforums and ask for a recommendation….those folks seem to know everything!

 

This past weekend, we got the new water heater in place and started working on odds and ends. We found out that our water pump works, so we will keep the new one we bought as a back-up, which our neighbor suggested. We had a plumber come by and fix a copper line in the back of the airstream. We got the speakers back up, but we will eventually replace them, when the bigger projects are complete.

It seems like our ‘to-do’ list keeps growing. We realized we need new tires. Looking up Airstream tires is overwhelming, as everyone has an opinion. Our neighbor who goes RVing for several months at a time says we need 10-ply tires. We might try to call Airstream to see what they recommend for our age and size. Once we get the tires ordered, we’ll likely take Airstreamy to Camper’s World to get the gas tested and have them put the tires on at the same time. Matt says we need to get 2 new propane tanks, as the old ones are not safe. He also thinks we need a stabilizer, so we are researching those. I’ve been looking at cute curtain fabric, too. Fun times!

Christie and I have been dreaming of going camping, so we decided to get serious about getting the airstream camp-ready. We basically took a long hiatus because the Airstream needs SO much work. We decided to focus on the plumbing, as this is the system that needs the most work. We already have the toilet. Today we went to Camping World to pick up supplies for installing the toilet. We bought black and gray water tanks last year. We need to mount them, which requires a lot of work. It’s amazing how much goes into making all the systems work. A 70s airstream like a classic car and a old house combined; repairs aren’t always as simple as they seem.

After a lot of research, we decided against getting a tankless water heater for the airstream. The reviews online are surprisingly bad. I was looking forward to reducing the trailer weight and contributing to a green renovation, but all research pointed to an LP 6 gallon water heater. We bought our new Suburban water heater through PPLmotorhomes.com. We’ll be spray-painting the new exterior door silver, so it matches the airstream.

I took some photos of Airstreamy today, as motivation to get it on the road! Can’t wait to go glamping! It’s sooooo dusty inside…time to clean!

Holiday Awesomeness

I love the holidays and now that I have something new to decorate, Airstreamy, you bet it is going to be decked out!

How cool is this airstream christmas village?! I almost had a heart attack!

I just bought a couple of these limited edition Eddie Bauer snowglobes…the airstream lights up!

More Christmas inspiration photos:

Here are a couple snapshots I took on my phone on Halloween…last minute decorations for trick or treaters:


Happy holidays!

Progress is slow…

We finally got our airstream back from the RV shop. They kept our airstream for almost 3 weeks and the only thing they had to do was pressure test the gas lines. They called Matt to tell him that there are a number of leaks in the lines and they wanted $500 to re-plumb the lines. Matt thinks he can re-do the copper lines himself for a lot less. So, it doesn’t look like we’ll be out on the road any time soon, but at least we know what needs to be done. Now, if only someone would free up Matt’s schedule so that he could fix all the things needing to be fixed, I’d be a happy camper. I’m getting slightly discouraged in not being able to take Airstreamy out, but I have to learn to be patient. 🙂