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DAY 3:

Our 2nd full day in Malibu was Thanksgiving. We went to Whole Foods in Thousand Oaks the night we arrived, so that we could stock up on food for our stay. We bought prepared turkey and gravy, Gardein for me, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and rolls.

We decided to set a timer on the camera and shoot more photos of us being silly by the airstream. Fun times!

3 turkeys in an airstream for Thanksgiving!

We hadn’t done much exploring at Malibu Beach RV Park, so Matt and I decided to go on a walk up the hill and down the bluff.

There were 4 Airstreams, including ours, at the park. This one had 3 tires on each side, so we are guessing it was larger than our 31 footer.

There was a lovely Argosy facing the ocean down a few spots from us.

These people had the right idea….next time we’ll bring bikes. They also had movies playing on a screen on the side of their RV at night!

RVers apparently get very into holiday decorations. Love this turkey inflatable. Also, we saw lots of dogs walking around. Some people even set up little pens or tents for their dogs to run around in.

It wouldn’t be an RV park without flamingos.

You are on a hillside, so snakes live around these parts.

We are in the front row, but there are elevated sites up higher…pretty incredible views.

Pretty much anywhere in the park has an amazing view.

Lots of palm trees and greenery, with a beachy backdrop

Mandatory ocean background photos

Airstreamy got some neighbors overnight…we are on the right.

There were some $$$ coaches here….some I looked up were like $450,000 RVs!

Like this Prevost one… $$$$

Nice view from a large site up top

We walked down a path below the park and looked up to see Airstreamy.

I totally forgot to buy some of this wine at the onsite store! Happy Camper is the coolest name ever!

We got back to the airstream and started prepping for thanksgiving dinner. Matt worked on the green beans.

I worked on stovetop preparations, with the gravy, green beans and stuffing. We only brought 1 pan with us, so we ended up having to spend $22 at the onsite store to buy a couple more.

Matt lit the oven for me, so we could bake my gardein and heat up their turkey.

Matt stung up some Christmas lights our grandma had given us.

Then, we started our feast at sunset (which is at like 4:30 in the afternoon).

My plate is gardein, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, a roll and cranberry sauce.

We had a blast!

Seriously….beyond epic views (epic is a major California word that I brought back to AZ with me).

Tomorrow is a lazy beach day!

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DAY 2:

We woke up to an overcast day and decided to make some coffee (we brought our Keurig) and watch some TV, while we all got ready for our trip to Disneyland. It was our first time using the shower in the airstream. We have a 6 gallon water heater, which means that you have to take a very quick shower or turn the water on and off, to get a full shower in. I didn’t master a showering technique yet, but I am hoping that I can work on a more efficient way to wash my hair. The toilet works great and I like having the handle behind the toilet, instead of a floor lever. The sink and faucet work great, too. We did encounter a leak in the main valve for the water heater, but it was so slight that we just put a bowl under it.

We’re ready for Disneyland!

When we were departing, we decided to snap a few shots in front of the airstream….they turned out pretty cool with the fog in the background.

The last time Christie and I were at Disneyland, about 26-28 years ago, I cracked my chin open at the Disneyland Hotel and had to get stitches. Christie remembers me ruining the trip, with my fall. I made sure I went back to the scene of my accident to take a photo of the lobby where I fell.

Matt had never been to Disneyland before. His main mission was Space Mountain. Had I known that Space Mountain was a nauseating, head-pounding roller coaster, I would have spent the 75 minutes we waited in line doing something fun. Ha!

We stayed at Disneyland for 12 hours. We got to ride most of the rides, which was awesome. We rode Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice In Wonderland,  Disneyland Railroad, Disneyland Monorail, Finding Nemo submarine, Enchanted Tiki Room, Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, Jungle Cruise and Mad Tea Party. It was a winter wonderland there, especially at night.

Christie is obsessed with Christmas and we got to go into a candy store and watch candy being made (as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives).

This was Christie’s smile for about 12 hours.

The parade at night was amazing. Lighted floats with the best Disney characters and Christmas decorations everywhere.

The enchanted tiki room was cool. There was a singing bird named Fifi, which is my nickname.

We took the train around Disneyland a couple times. There was even a train called the C.K. Holiday. Christie has the same initials and loves the holidays, so that was pretty cool.

There were soooooooo many people at Disneyland….it was bananas.

It’s a small world is beautifully-lit at night. We waited in a rather long line for this ride, but it was so enchanting with a dazzling light show.

The castle at night was amazing. We didn’t go inside, but I wish we would have.

If you love Christmas, you have to go to Disneyland this time of year. It is pure magic!

We didn’t end up getting back to Malibu Beach RV Park until after 1:00am, as Disneyland is about 50 miles away from Malibu. When you travel for so long getting to your RV destination (7-8 hours), an hour or two on the road is nothing!

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DAY 1:

We hit the road on our maiden voyage on Tuesday November, 20th, 2012. We wanted to hit the road at 7:30am, but due to the need for a stop at Camping World in Avondale, about 30 minutes away, we decided to leave at 8:30am instead. We didn’t really know how much time it would take to get to Malibu, but we were guessing 7-8 hours.

We pulled out of the driveway and I felt a sense of accomplishment; we got the airstream ready in time!

Matt drove the whole time, while Christie and I napped (I didn’t sleep the night prior, as I wanted to get everything I could done before we left).
We stopped for gas 3 times on the way and arrived to Malibu Beach RV Park right before sunset. We checked in, were shown to our spot (#19, overlooking the beach!) and proceeded to get the systems connected. One thing we forgot was a cable wire. We ended up buying one at the RV store onsite, so we could watch TV on thanksgiving….watching the parade and dog show are family tradition.

Malibu Beach RV Park is located above the Pacific Coast Highway, about 3.5 miles from the Malibu Pier, overlooking the ocean. Rates at this time (Oct 1st-May 23rd are $47/ night weekday and $52/night weekend. There is a 3 day minimum and a $20/day extra fee for the thanksgiving holiday stay).

As the sun was setting, I wanted to take progress photos of the interior, after we unpacked.

Check out the dreamy view out the bathroom window!

Once I got done snapping some interior shots, the sun was setting. It was magical….this is reason enough to stay at Malibu Beach RV Park. We didn’t have any neighbors on our first night stay either. We paid for a full hook-up including 30 amp service, water, sewer and cable.

Day 2 is our Disneyland adventure!

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We had to kick our projects into high gear, in order to have the airstream ready for our maiden voyage.
The laundry list of items that got done quickly by having ASAP Mobile RV Service over the last couple weeks were:

Project 20- Smart Charger

We realized that our charger was constantly charging the battery and was inefficient. We had a new smart charger added, which will shut off once the battery is charged.


Project 21- Replace the heater blower motor

The Suburban heater blower motor was not working, so we had to get a new blower motor installed. It was chilly at night on our maiden voyage…thank goodness for heat!!!


Project 22: Install smoke detector, LP detector and carbon monoxide detector

We were concerned about gas leaks and being able to get out in the event of a gas or fire emergency. We had all 3 detectors installed and hard-wired in.


Project 23: Replace kitchen faucet

The old kitchen faucet was leaking, once we were finally able to test the water. ASAP had a replacement on their truck, so they hooked it up and there were no leaks.


Project 24: Install LED running lights

Matt ordered LED running lights to replace the old regular lights. Matt had to crimp the new wires in, but we got them all hooked up perfectly.


Project 25: Install the custom black and gray water tanks

We have had the tanks for months and months, but it was quite an undertaking to get them installed. I bought Matt a welder and he made brakets and supports for the front and back of the tanks. We didn’t get the tank plumbing done until we hit a Camping World on the way to California.

Project 26: Get a new fridge

We had to ditch the white fridge that came with the airstream, as it broke a couple months ago. I researched LP refrigerators and thought they all looked super expensive…like $1400 and up! I just wanted something to get us through our first few trips, as I knew we would be looking for full hook-up locations. I scoured amazon and craigslist and found a $100 mini fridge with good-sized freezer. It worked great on our maiden voyage.

Project 27: Install new shower mixer valve

I went to home depot, lowes and ace hardware to try to find a replacement shower valve, but came up empty-handed. After Matt tried Camping World, he stumbled across Central AZ Supply and they had what we needed. It turned out that we needed Moen mixing valve, which installed perfectly. AZ Central Supply even cleaned up our trim piece and it looks like new!


Project 28: Install max air vent

We had bought a fantastic fan to replace a leaking vent in the front of the airstream. When we went to have ASAP install the fantastic fan, we realized we would have to look our great lighting up front-NO WAY! So, Matt ran to Camping World and bought a max air vent to replace the vent cover that was leaking. We are planning to install the fantastic fan between the bedroom and bathroom, which is an area that would benefit from ventilation.


Project 29: New pex plumbing in the shower area

There was a major freeze at sometime before we purchased the airstream. Our uneducated selves would have never known this. Ah, the things you learn along the way! ASAP ended up replacing the burst copper with pex.

Project 30: Install shower curtain rod and curtain

I did this all by myself with a power drill. I ordered an ikea wire drapery wire, as it could be installed from the ceiilng to the wall. Once I installed it, I folded over a standard shower curtain liner (that looks like a finished curtain) and it fit perfectly!

Project 31: Test the oven

I decided to test the oven before our maiden voyage to ensure thanksgiving would be successful. I made cinnamon rolls in the oven; they cooked perfectly, but I burnt the bottoms. I asked some friends for advice on gas ovens and went out to buy a silicon mat for my cookie sheets and an oven thermometer to verify the tempurature.



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A week before we left for our maiden voyage, I decided to try my hand at tiling. We had leftover tile from a few years ago when we remodeled our hall bathroom. So, I asked Matt to pick up some thinset, grout and other tiling supplies. I spent a few hours a night working on the tile.

I started by cutting the tile to a dry fit, then applied the tile using a V-notch trowel and thinset.

I had to cut some corner tiles and didn’t need to get too close to the toilet.

Then, I applied grout and waited 24 hours to survey the final product. I found that the grout shrunk after 24 hours, so I proceeded to apply more grout. Luckily, the next night (the night before our maiden voyage), the grout was perfect and we were able to seal it.

Here is the finished product. We are still working on the sink and tub skirting, but that will come soon.

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I decided to embark on making all of my own airstream window coverings. I thought this would be a quick project, but having never made draperies before, it ended up consuming a few days making just 8 panels. We ended up buying roll-down vinyl shades for the kitchen and bathroom. So, I needed to make panels for all the other windows.

I decided to make pleated panels with black-out lining. Boy, am I glad I added the black-out lining. We just spent a few days at an RV park and it really helped make our airstream feel private and secure.

I started by cutting panels about 2 times the size of the window I was creating a panel for. I knew that by adding pleats, that would take some of the length away. I also wanted the curtains to be larger than the windows for coverage purposes.

After cutting the panels to the size I wanted, I sewed the edges over to contain the edges that could fray. I then cut the blackout liner to a size slightly smaller than my drapery panel, since I would need to fold over the edges to finish the look. The key to my pleated curtains was pleater tape and pleater hooks. I was hoping to find a simple way to make pleats, as I am far from a professional seamstress!

The pleater tape has little pockets that are used to hold the pleater hooks, which create the actual pleats.

Here is a photo of the G hooks sewn in that are used to attach the panels to the airstream track.

Here are the pleated bedroom curtains, which I actually sewed the pleats into place, after inserting the pleater hooks. I kinda wish I just left the pleater hooks in, but these curtains are lighter without the hooks.

Here is a view of the finished from window panels. The panel on the right window still needs to be pleated….

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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!

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