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S1E2: The Sad Truth

S1E2: The Sad Truth

Overview and Notes

This is our second video. Thank you very much for watching! We have had way more views than we expected. Either you guys are really bored OR it is an awesome video. We going to assume it is an awesome video.

This time we are talking about our 1956 Airstream Safari. We need to be really honest and confess that we went shopping for a brand new Airstream about 3 weeks ago… and fell in love with a couple of floor plans. They are very nice! We are seriously considering ditching the vintage trailer with all the work that it’s going to take, and buying a new Airstream. (This is a super painful confession for us.)

So WHY are we renovating a vintage trailer?

Our story is fairly interesting because it started a long, long time ago. A couple of our friends that have known us for a long time saw our video last week about our new project and questioned, “New? I remember seeing that trailer a million years ago! You tell me you are really going to do something with it now? Right?!”

Back in 2001 (many years ago) we were bitten by the vintage trailer bug, and since that moment the search was on. Every time we went on a road trip out in the country or on back roads, we practically had binoculars out looking for an old trailer sitting in a field somewhere that we could capture and call our own.

We would drive around with the kids hunting for trailers. Sometimes we’d spot one only to realize it was an old propane tank or horse trailer. That happened A LOT!

When we first spotted our trailer it was NOT for sale, but we could tell this was different than any trailer we had seen before. There was something incredibly unique about the way this trailer was designed, and we instantly fell in love. We thought it was so cool, but never thought we could afford something so beautiful. About 2 weeks later, we found an ad online for a 1954 trailer… even though the year in the ad was wrong, it was the same 1956 Airstream Safari we found earlier and fell in love with.

We immediately made plans to go look at the trailer, and Steve wondered if we should take money in case we wanted to buy it. Let’s be realistic… we LOVED this trailer, and it could have been the biggest pile of POO and we still would have bought it!

So… we bought it. And a few days later the guy we bought it from towed it to our house. Why did he tow it to our house? We didn’t even have a tow vehicle, of course! That’s how much of a newbie we were.

We didn’t have a tow vehicle, and we didn’t have a place to store it. BUT… we had the trailer we’d been dreaming about, and I’m sure our neighbors loved us!

Let’s go right into the sad truth…

There is the sad truth to this whole sorted tale. We have this book that documents all the plans, ideas, and purchases we have made for this project. On the cover of this book is a picture of our son, Max, when with bought it. He is sitting in his Little Tykes car, our “tow vehicle.” He is about 3 years old in the picture… he’s now almost 20 years old! So there’s the sad truth. Maybe those skeptics were on to something.

It’s not like we parked this and went in and sat on the sofa for 17 years. We did a lot of other things. We had this great trailer, but wanted to fix it up right. It’s a 1956 Airstream and we didn’t want to just slap it together. Resources were limited and progress was S L O W .

In 2006 we put the Airstream in storage, and took on another project (that we are full-timing in now!) The project is our house. If you are interested in the restoration adventures of our home you can read all the details here:

We did spend several years working on our home. It is our forever home, and it was important to make that project our priority. Now that the home is livable and at a place where we don’t have to spend every waking moment working on something, we feel that timing is right for us to jump back into our Airstream dream.

So, that’s where we are right now. We do have a plan…. There is a method to our madness. We will share that plan with you in our next vlog.

Thanks and stay tuned. The fun is just beginning! Subscribe and follow us on our crazy adventure. It really does help us stay motivated and accountable. See you next time on Turn Right Here, Left!

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S1E1: New Year. New Project.

S1E1: New Year. New Project.

Overview and Notes

Hi, we are Steve and Haley and this is our very first video and blog post. Oh my!

We are putting together this Vlog/Blog to document our adventures. Today is New Year’s Day (Happy New Year!) and we have been setting goals on what we want to accomplish this year (three years from now and even 20 years from now). One of our big goals is to be traveling in our vintage trailer and seeing this great country that we live in… So in order for us to get on the road, we need to get the trailer livable and roadworthy.

Busting our baby out of storage and bringing it home.

Our trailer is a 1956 Airstream Safari. The body itself is 18 feet long. The total length from ball to bumper is 22 feet. It has 13-panels of aluminum forming each of the end caps. We love the way it looks. We love the floor plan: front kitchen with twin beds in the back. And it needs everything.

Right now, it’s a big aluminum tent. When we bought it, the floor was rotten. We have replaced the floor and it is good and solid now, and we are ready for electrical. BUT… electrical is NOT Steve’s friend! So, it’s good to delegate to professionals who know how to do it safely and correctly. One of our goals in this renovation is to not have our Airstream electrocute us at any time during our travels. That can mess up a trip… and a life!

We are on the five year plan and the Airstream has always been referred to as “our retirement home.” That doesn’t necessarily mean we will be retiring in five years, but we definitely plan to be more mobile in five years… less in the office and more on the road.

We are emerging empty-nesters. I know that sounds weird, but we have two kids (one in college and one out of college and working) who still live at home. This seems to be fairly common in today’s society. So, even though we don’t have an empty nest, we are living our lives as IF we are empty-nesters. We have informed our kids that this is the position we are taking, and it was met with a pretty decent reaction. I think they are ready to more independent of us. And they are looking forward to watching us fumble through the next steps of the trailer renovation.

The big part of it, is that we enjoy spending time together as a couple. We really enjoy the journey. Of course the destination and the things you do once you get some place if fantastic, but the process of getting there is something we both enjoy. We look for unusual things to do, or find the most scenic byways, or chat with the locals to find the best places to go and must-do things while we are there. That’s the most exciting part… the road trip itself and the adventure that comes with it.

We refer to this process and journey as Turn Right Here, Left.

The Long, Long Trailer; © 1954, Warner Bros. Entertainment

We really are TRHL, and it’s not just the mix up in directions. It is to put an extra twist in your daily life. To see what’s around the corner that you may not have discovered or even looked for. It’s looking for the unusual and unexpected, and embracing it. That’s how we find the coolest stuff and we almost always end up with a good story.

Even though this blog is really for our benefit… to keep us motivated and document our journey… we welcome you along with us. We would enjoy hearing from anyone who finds their own adventure, and anything that we would put on our list to Turn Right Here, Left.

So Welcome! We are excited see what happens in the next few months. Next time, we will dive into the trailer… so keep checking in on our progress. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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