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We dropped our 1974 Airstream Sovereign at M & M Truck Polishing on Thursday and picked up her tonight. M & M Truck Polishing is one of 3 or 4 truck polishing shops in Eloy, AZ, which is half way between Phoenix and Tucson. We found them originally through this post on Airforums.com.  Knowing they had past experience with Airstreams was huge for us. We have been wanting to polish Airstreamy since we got her. We even bought a bunch of polishing stuff, but never got around do doing it ourselves. So, in my instant gratification mode, I told Matt we needed to take the trailer down to Eloy ASAP.

We called a couple of other shops in Eloy to see what they would quote us for a price. One shop quoted us a super low price, but I wasn’t sure if they would stick to it and we hadn’t seen any of their work.  I was fairly certain that M & M wasn’t even around anymore, as the phone # on the building is disconnected and there is no photo number for them in the phone book. Luckily, as soon as we got to Eloy, we pulled into M & M and the guys happened to be there-SCORE! We agreed on a price and a timeline, then said goodbye to our old friend, Airstreamy. Her makeover is beyond amazing. I think they had 3 guys working on the polishing over a period of 5 days. My best guess is that there was at least 180 man hours in this polish job (5 days x 3 guys working 12 hour days).

If you want to take your trailer to M & M Truck Polishing, the main polisher there is Antonio and the phone # we have for the shop is 520-483-5571. E-mail me at Jennifer@TwinsAndCompany.com if you would like more info on pricing.

Here is what Airstreamy looked like when we dropped her off last Thursday:

We’ll be replacing all the blue trim and re-painting the lettering in the coming weeks.

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The old WBCCI numbers are gone, but we’ll get new ones when we join. Look at how bad the banana wraps were.

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They applied a diluted acid to help remove the clear coat before starting to polish.

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This was a quick area the guys showed us before we left her for her 5 night sleepover:

Here are some in progress photos:

When we dropped Airstreamy off on Thursday, Antonio wanted to show us just how shiny the finish could be.

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After just 1 pass with the clear coat still intact.

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Tools of the trade.

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And, here the after shots from tonight, as M &M was wrapping up the polishing:

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They even polished the wheels for us.

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The letters are dirty, dirty. We’ll be cleaning them soon.

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Airstreamy’s first selfie. 😉

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Hibbard selfie!

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Let’s talk about how dirty you get from polishing an Airstream. These guys deserve major moola for doing jobs like this:

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This is Antonio, the main polisher. He is awesome.

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How about some before and after shots?!

They were able to remove some dents from the front panels and banana wraps…how cool is that? Our banana wraps look SOOOOO much better.

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We’ll be spray-painting our LP tanks and hitch, so they look better against the polish. We also bought a Cyclo model 5 polisher, so we can get out a few swirl marks. The guys at M & M did an outstanding job-we would recommend them to anyone.

I’m in love with Airstreamy all over again! ❤

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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

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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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The biggest eye sore on the airstream has been the oversized, after-market swamp cooler. I wanted it taken off the second it hit our driveway, but removing it required the skills of a talented metal guy. That’s where our friend Hot Rod Ron comes in. Ron came over today to help Matt seal the roof up, after Matt took off the evap cooler. After the existing metal was exposed under the evap cooler, Ron used a cut-off wheel to cut the metal straight, both on the roof and inside the ceiling. They then went to go pick up 2 sheets of aluminum, a tube of silicone and a rivet gun to patch the roof. Matt cut the aluminum sheets down to size and Ron walked Matt through the patch job. We have to get some insulation before we patch up the inside, but that will happen in the next day or so. Thanks Ron for all the help today. We owe you big time!

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This song has been playing non-stop around here.

We washed the outside of the airstream yesterday and picked up our new beds and flooring from Ikea. Then our friend Mary stopped by to help us do some cleaning. A dance party always follows us. Meow!

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